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Nearly every campus across the country faces an ongoing challenge with helping provide a safe and secure learning environment both for students and educators alike.   Elon University in North Carolina has already taken steps to address this, by recognising that deploying a fully IP-based surveillance infrastructure can create a new partnership model between IT and security.  This new collaborative approach uses the converged network as a platform for deploying and managing video cameras across the campus.

In this video, Elon’s assistant vice president and CIO Chris Fulkerson shares some key insights into how productivity of security staff and the campus police force has increased since deploying a Cisco IP video surveillance solution.

“Every parent’s main concern is security for their college student. This Cisco Video Surveillance System has enabled us to multiply our security and police force by giving us eyes in multiple locations all at the same time. At Elon, the surveillance system has proven to be a real deterrent to crime. Our old system was very labor intensive to install and operate.  With this new system it takes just 10 seconds to deploy a camera.  We are excited that it gives the power and flexibility directly to police to operate the system instead of requiring so much IT intervention.  We are now free to leverage our investment and integrate surveillance with the rest of our physical security systems.” 

And in particular, Mr. Fulkerson shares a ‘rocking’ story here of how there is no way to plead ignorance when confronted with the facts, as one student on campus recently found out.

Learn more about how Cisco’s new virtualized physical safety and security solutions, including the newly re-engineered Cisco Video Surveillance Manager 7.0 can help underpin a conducive learning environment by helping speed up deployment times and reduce the complexity of video surveillance.  http://blogs.cisco.com/news/vsm7

Elon is also embracing virtualization as a foundation platform for bringing together the network, compute and storage.  Read more about how Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) is underpinning a new IT infrastructure for the university here.   We welcome your insights -- what are the major challenges your university or college is facing when addressing the safety of students and faculty?

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  1. Its good to hear that reputed univesities like Elon University in South carolina are using the power of IT in improving productivity. It helps not only save time and resources but also helps to provide a better friendly university environment. Its really nice to hear about the advantages of innovative security systems provided by Cisco.

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