Police at Georgia Tech are using what they say is a first-of-its kind surveillance system for a public college in Georgia. When fully operational, their system will include more than 730 surveillance cameras, many of which will route to a central video surveillance hub similar to what the city of Atlanta uses in the downtown district.
"Eventually we'll pretty much have every area of campus covered," said Walter Warner, Manager of the GA Tech Police Operations Center. "I'm pretty sure that as the technology grows and people become more aware of it, other police departments, other college campuses will utilize this kind of technology."
The campus has had surveillance cameras in place for years, but never have they been routed to one central location in real time like they are now, said Warner. The upgrades cost the university around $300,000.
Currently, 16 cameras are routed to the surveillance hub, with 10 more expected to come online before June 1.
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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