Winner of 2007 Security Innovation Award

At the ASIS trade show held in Las Vegas last month, Security Technology & Design magazine presented the 2007 Security Innovation Award to Loyola University of Chicago.
COPENHAGEN - 8 October 2007.  At the ASIS trade show held in Las Vegas last month, Security Technology & Design magazine presented the 2007 Security Innovation Award to Loyola University of Chicago.  Their impressive implementation is an integrated system including Milestone Systems XProtect IP video management software, over 200 surveillance cameras, and access control with intrusion alarms using smart card technology.

A single-card security platform was the motivation for installing a comprehensive, multi-campus system upgrade, to provide simplified access to the school facilities for students, faculty, administration staff and visitors, as well as easier administration of the system. The consulting team designing the integrated solution was led by Jim Gompers and overseen by Frank Dale, Manager of Physical Se urity for Loyola c University. 

It was a massive project to integrate previously separate hardware, databases and mainframe systems onto one platform. Departments and functions included security, housing and cafeteria access, library privileges, multiple retail Point-Of-Sale systems, parking access, billing, and more. A Peoplesoft database was chosen, and a MAXxess Systems ISMS (Integrated Security Management System) for state-of-the-art access control.

Loyola University’s security overhaul included a major surveillance system upgrade to Milestone XProtect IP video software managing over 200 cameras from Toshiba and IQinVision. The IQinVision megapixel cameras were installed in the highest priority areas.  Existing DVRs from Dedicated Micros were also incorporated into the mix.

The solution integration was made possible by the flexibility of Milestone’s open architecture – a scalable solution for phasing in new cameras on the network, and supporting a mix of different brands. All camera streams go to a central server with the Milestone IP video management software, routed over the security network to each of the viewing stations and the central command and control center. Loyola can also send camera views to satellite monitoring stations at both their Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses, shifting monitoring to any open, staffed station. All video is tied back into the central ISMS from MAXxess.

Present plans include additional deployments of IQeye and Toshiba cameras for the Water Tower Campus, The Fine Arts Annex, The Mundelein Center, the Lake Shore Information Center, and the Athletic Field. 

Read the full story about the Loyola University project in ST&D magazine online: http://www.securityinfowatch.com/print/Security-Technology-and-Design/Cover-Focus/Building-on-Success/12419SIW2.