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Merced College Deploys Avigilon HD Surveillance System

The system enables control over analog cameras, which will ease the transition to HD as more funds become available.

Merced College in Merced, Calif. has deployed the Avigilon High-Definition (HD) Surveillance System which allows the school to use its existing analog-based cameras, the company says in a written statement.

Video surveillance is part of Merced College’s crime prevention strategy, and because Avigilon HD Surveillance System allows the college to use its analog cameras, the school is able to ease the transition from analog to HD as more funds become available, according to Avigilon, which is based in Vancouver, Canada.

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. Merced College security officers manage the surveillance system using Avigilon Control Center Network Video Management Software with HD stream management.

“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,” said Deputy Sheriff Jim 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.”

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.