Graybar Brings Surveillance System to UNA Campus

Opportunity

The University of North Alabama (UNA) is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The 130- acre campus is located in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, and has been ranked as one of the safest campuses in the country by BestColleges.com. So when a series of incidents was reported in the on-campus parking deck, university officials were quick to respond.

Solution

UNA connected with Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and a provider of supply chain management and logistics services, to discuss surveillance camera systems for the campus parking deck as well as the library, science and courtyard areas.

Already familiar with the different building designs and angles, Graybar Business Development Manager – Security Solutions Chad Umbarger and Graybar Sales Representative Dan Bates reached out to Goss Electric Inc., a full-service, Alabama-based electrical contracting firm, to help specify and propose a surveillance package for the school. The system consisted of a combination of servers, software and Arecont Vision cameras.

Graybar worked closely with Goss Project Manager David Robinson and UNA Assistant Vice President – Facilities Administration and Planning Michael Gautney, UNA Chief Information Officer Stephen Putman, UNA Network Services Manager Randall Phifer, UNA Vice President – Student Affairs David Shields and UNA Chief of Police Kevin Gillilan to identify and place a number of demo cameras for the school to review.

“With the design of the parking deck, it was important that we placed the first floor cameras the right way because it’s an area that can still be accessed without going through the entrance,” said Shields.

After a visit to the Goss facility in Decatur, Alabama, UNA was quickly sold on the new surveillance system. The large facility showcases many camera systems and monitors for customers to review and assess different surveillance options and viewpoints.

“We set up a demo camera system, with huge monitors, so that UNA could see how just how the proposed surveillance system would work,” said Bates.

Results

The cameras were installed over the summer at all of the entrances, exits and the first floor of the on-campus parking deck. Cameras were also installed around the perimeter of the new science building, Collier Library and both inside and outside two new residence halls.

The cameras will provide the university with an additional investigative tool and the surveillance footage will also be routed to the UNA Police Department and stored.

Pleased with the new surveillance system, UNA hopes to add even more cameras to other areas of the campus as time and resources permit.

“This is the first phase,” said Shields. “We will implement more cameras as we have the resources to do so.”

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