A comprehensive security system was needed to help protect students, staff and visitors to this busy south of London campus.
As the college has a busy programme of evening classes, a high priority was to ensure that all areas of the campus were monitored utilising high quality image capture.In addition, the college was undergoing extensive building works as part of a major redevelopment project which meant that the configuration of the site was ever-changing.
The OCS solution
With the on-going redevelopment project, it was decided to take the opportunity to upgrade the existing security system provision. OCS security experts designed and installed a comprehensive CCTV recording and access control system based on state-of-the-art CCTV recording equipment.
The college's main building has four storeys, plus a basement where vocational workshops are held. OCS provided a network of more than 100 cameras as well as network video recorders. These enable close monitoring of activity in and around the busy main building, particularly at key areas including the perimeter, entrance, corridors and IT rooms.
All camera views are captured by the recorders located within the mini communications room set up on each floor, which simplifies the cabling requirements. 'Frontline' cameras - external cameras and those covering the entrance and key areas such as the Refectory - are routed directly to the control room. The 'frontline' cameras can then be viewed live from the control room's bank of nine monitors.
In addition to the CCTV installation, access control systems operate 10 fast lane barriers and over 60 proximity card readers ensure that access to critical areas is strictly controlled. As part of the project OCS also installed the intruder alarm system which comprised of over 300 circuits.
The benefits to the client
As well as providing students and staff with a sense of security in the knowledge that security cameras are onsite, the cameras provide an effective crime deterrent.
Security cameras are useful in the event of an accident and for monitoring access to restricted areas. Cameras are also vital for monitoring people exiting the building, for example during a fire alarm, and enable the college to monitor the effectiveness of its evacuation procedures.