April 17, 2013

Campus Ramps Up Student Safety, Security

IT associate vice president writes about issues in winter issue
of a national auxiliary services magazine

Winfred Jones, Associate Vice President of Information TechnologyGRAMBLING, LA – University security and safety is important these days with ever-evolving technology and ongoing campus security threats of violence, according to Winfred Jones, associate vice president of information technology at Grambling State University.

In “Grambling State University implements new technology to keep students safe,” published in the 2012 winter issue of the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS) College Services magazine, Jones shares the university’s experiences with university information technology and other administration officials with an emphasis on Grambling State’s four main security system components.

“Although GSU security staff did employ a technologically advanced security system, they were soon faced with limitations,” Jones writes. “This small scale, IP-based system restricted GSU to incremental implementations of 60 cameras each, without campus-wide unified monitoring capabilities.”

Jones writes about how media coverage of campus violence having an impact on students and parents when choosing a university. With the student safety in mind, Jones consulted Jim Walker of Camera Watch in Jackson Miss., about how best to update campus security. Jones worked with his IT team to find a system to use the latest technology while providing universal solutions across the entire university. His team did extensive research, identifying Genentech’s advanced IP security solution, Omnicast, as a perfect fit.

“Thanks to the new system, the university now has 260 cameras functioning on the system which are positioned throughout the entire campus, a striking increase from the 60 that the university was limited with the older system,” Jones writes. “All users at GSU find the system to be reliable, effective in emergency response time and efficient when assessing real-time data.” Jones says the university’s investment provides superior protection of university students, faculty, staff and property.

College Services is the quarterly magazine of NACAS, published each March, June, September and December and distributed to 2,500 directors of auxiliary services at various universities. The entire article can be read at http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/naylor/JILQ0412/index.php#/38


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