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Merced College Relies on Avigilon HD Surveillance System for Campus-Wide Crime Prevention

12/07/2010

With advanced management features for enhanced image clarity, Avigilon HD surveillance system eases transition from analog to full HD performance

VANCOUVER, CANADA – December 7, 2010 – Avigilon, the performance and value leader in high definition (HD) and megapixel video surveillance systems, today announced that Merced College in Merced, California, has deployed the Avigilon HD Surveillance System as part of its proactive crime prevention strategy to ensure the general welfare of staff and students on campus. By deploying the Avigilon HD Surveillance System with its advanced management features and superior image clarity, the College is able to leverage existing analog-based cameras to ease the transition from analog to HD performance as budget allows.

“A key differentiator of the Avigilon HD Surveillance System is the fact that it enables us to zoom in to examine specific details of an event while it is still recording, a feature we initially thought was too good to be true,” explained Deputy Sheriff Wilde of the Merced College Police Department. “The Avigilon HD Surveillance System also delivers a major improvement in image clarity, resulting in more useable footage for greater conflict resolution. Overall, image clarity is one thousand times better than what we had before.”

Security officers at Merced College seamlessly manage the Avigilon HD Surveillance System using Avigilon Control Center Network Video Management Software (NVMS) with HD Stream Management. The College installed Avigilon 16MP, 11MP, and 5MP HD cameras to monitor activity across both the Merced and Los Baños campuses, including several parking lots. Merced College also installed Avigilon Analog Video Encoders to dramatically improve the performance of its existing analog cameras, which monitor the interior of several college buildings.

Since deploying the Avigilon HD Surveillance System, Merced College has successfully investigated and resolved numerous cases of crime, vandalism, and assault on campus. In one case, they caught a perpetrator in the act of stealing trim off several parked vehicles, leading to a successful conviction. Because of Avigilon’s ease-of-use and powerful management tools, security staff can easily capture and review the detail needed to successfully resolve incidents and ultimately, reduce crime to create a safe and secure campus environment.

“The need to ensure student safety and campus asset protection has increased dramatically,” said Alexander Fernandes, president and CEO at Avigilon. “By incorporating the Avigilon HD Surveillance System into its crime prevention strategy, Merced College has created a hybrid surveillance solution that cost-effectively helps to ensure campus security and delivers greater peace of mind to staff and students alike.”

About Avigilon
Avigilon designs, manufactures, and markets award-winning HD surveillance systems. The performance and value leader, Avigilon’s solutions protect and monitor thousands of customer sites in more than 60 countries around the world. Avigilon Control Center, the world’s first open HD Network Video Management Software platform, and megapixel cameras deliver full situational awareness and actionable image detail. Campuses, transportation systems, healthcare providers, public venues, infrastructure, and manufacturing sites with security, safety validation, and compliance requirements all benefit from reduced investigation time and more successful investigations by immediately producing indisputable video evidence. Avigilon earned Frost & Sullivan’s HD Surveillance Company of the Year award in 2009, the Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation in 2010, and was ranked among the top five fastest growing technology companies in Canada in the 2010 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 ranking. For further information, please visit www.avigilon.com.