Top Considerations for Campus Video Surveillance
Third generation solutions provide much more than recording and playback of video on a monitor. The top ten
items to consider in a video surveillance solution are:
This is arguably the most important feature. The solution should require no special training. All functionality should be available through a web browser, not requiring complex
software installation and upkeep. It should be capable of being used by multiple users at the same time. Exporting video should be possible right from the browser, even when
you are not on campus.
2. Video Analytics and Alerts
While most new cameras include motion detection, they are prone to false detections to the extent that changes
in lighting, blowing leaves, etc. can cause it to trigger. CheckVideo includes Homeland Security vetted analytics with full classification of people and vehicles and options
to specify zones and detect activities such as loitering. Analytics make your cameras an alarm system as well,
because they can be programmed to instantly alert to the presence of people of vehicles in certain areas or at certain times. Law enforcement can be alerted and can stop crime instead of investigating it.
3. Health Monitoring
It is often the case that when video footage is needed for a camera, it could be missing because of a prior malfunction of the camera, recorder or a programming error. This happens more frequently with complex network based
systems that depend on networks to deliver video from the camera to the recorder. CheckVideo monitors its own
health for recording errors, communication loss, video loss
and if cameras have been tampered with or vandalized. Administrators can also be alerted via texts and system alerts.
Over the past few years, hackers routinely break into security cameras and DVRs, and use them to launch
against your networks and attack external websites. CheckVideo isolates your existing cameras from your
network, improving cybersecurity. Timely patches are pushed to all devices ensuring vulnerabilities are
addressed for the life of the hardware. All communications are encrypted and users have to be authorized to view
video. Furthermore, with no passwords required per recorder or camera, CheckVideo eliminates paths for
hackers to compromise your video security system.
5. Lightning Fast Searches
Most schools use their video systems heavily for investigations. This means finding video by seeking to a
date and time and playing through to find the relevant event. This can take tens of minutes to hours, especially
if multiple cameras are involved. CheckVideo includes an industry-first search engine that enables searches in
seconds, even for multiple cameras. This makes it possible to use video cameras to truly understand activities around
your campus and deploying law enforcement to provide coverage where it is needed.
6. Managed Service
It is often the case that a video security solution is upgraded or purchased over time, resulting in different systems, incompatible versions or a splintered system across buildings and campuses. As video surveillance
has migrated to IP solutions, it is based on software that is only as current as the day it was installed. Updates to
camera firmware and NVR/VMS software are available, but the effort to apply these updates is very labor-intensive, or
may require faster computers, so they do not get applied. Like your smartphone, CheckVideo automatically pushes
software upgrades which makes your system better over time and ensures it stays compatible with changes to mobile phones and browsers.
7. Video Backup
DVRs and NVRs have a single point of failure with all video being recorded on that device. If the recorder fails, a harddrive fails or the recorder has connectivity issues, video evidence is lost. Enterprise solutions that
include RAID technology and a failover server can get very expensive. Fortunately, cloud backup can provide
an always-available, highly secure backup of your video. CheckVideo includes 24x7 on-site recording PLUS event
video backed up to the cloud, from 3 days to 2 years depending on your needs. The best part is, this video is at the highest resolution supported by the camera, and does not consume much bandwidth.
8. Unified System, Single Login
With multiple servers and possibly systems from multiple vendors, security officers have to individually log into
each NVR to view and download video. CheckVideo unifies multiple systems and cameras spread across campus or across the state. Each user receives a virtual NVR that shows cameras that they are authorized to view, regardless
of physical location. Users always use a browser pointed to CheckVideo’s service and enter in their username and
password. They can see, search, and save live, recorded or event video on the cameras they are authorized to access
across multiple sites. Video access can also be enabled for first responders in the event of an emergency, without
requiring physically access to the NVR.
9. Pro-active Monitoring
It is common to display multiple cameras in a grid or matrix on a monitor, or even across multiple monitors on a display wall. With the increase in cameras, it is virtually impossible to keep an eye on every camera. With Smart matrix, CheckVideo is able to push video into the matrix view based on activities of interest. This makes it possible
for a single operator to monitor tens or even hundreds of cameras and dispatch appropriate response. This stops
crime and would-be criminals, ensuring a safer campus for everyone.
10. Cost-Effective Upgrades
Most schools and colleges already have a large investment in video security infrastructure such as cameras, cabling, networks and workstations. CheckVideo offers cost effective options to keep existing cameras and up-convert
a first generation (DVR) or second generation (NVR) solution to a smart third generation system. It can also
function with existing NVRs, which do not have to be replaced.