As one of the largest universities in California, UCLA’s Housing & Hospitality Services supports the school’s academic mission by providing a variety of accommodations designed to enrich students’ overall college experience. With a growing student body, the university is in the process of adding 1,500 bed spaces and renovating existing residence halls. With more students being housed, the more security is needed. The department is responsible for security monitoring campus housing.
The Housing Department was preparing for move-in weekend, the biggest weekend for the department. Thousands of students, parents and visitors are on campus are on hand as students settle into their living spaces. The department wanted to install new security cameras in time for move-in weekend, however, the places they needed the cameras didn’t have an available power source and trenching wouldn’t be cost-effective. They needed an easy to install, wireless solution that they could implement in time for students’ arrival.
V5 Systems provided a portable solution with its V5 Portable Power Units (V5 PPU) that provide power for video surveillance in blind spots around campus housing. The units were installed with Axis Communications cameras in areas where the university normally was unable to monitor because of the lack of a power source. The company also provided units the university will use for temporary security needs during special events and in construction areas.
With video surveillance in place, UCLA’s Housing Department was able to quickly install security solutions in advance of the hectic move-in weekend. The surveillance has also enabled them to catch several incidents in a month, such as theft and vehicular accidents.
Saturday night football is popular in the Bay Area, and a local university stadium is often packed with attendees. The event area, including its parking lots,is not covered by video surveillance because of issues with access to power and communications.
A large group of people in the overflow parking lot started to riot. When campus police attempted to intervene, the crowd refused to leave and began to throw rocks and bottles at the officers. The situation was dangerous for both officers, bystanders and rioters, but the police didn’t the situational awareness necessary to control the crowd.
V5 Portable Security Units (V5 PSUs) were positioned at the college stadium strategically to detect problems and identify suspects. When fully configured, each unit is packaged in a compact, lightweight enclosure weighing just 25 pounds, allowing for easy and rapid event management.
Following the deployment, there were no more unruly incidents in the parking area during the remainder of the football season or to date. The units have also assisted in the prevention of many crimes, including assault and battery, sexual assault, arson and bike theft.
At the heart of California’s busiest traffic corridor, Hayward’s downtown has been in the midst of a total makeover. In order to promoted business development, the city needed to make the downtown an attractive, safe place for businesses and patrons alike.
Situated near the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), vandalism, theft and drug dealing thrived in the city center because of the ease of escape for criminals. After researching traditional security camera solutions, city planners discovered a variety of limitations, including power requirements; they were completely unable to access city light-poles in the area.
Hayward’s city council and police department turned to the V5 Portable Security Unit (V5 PSU) to help realize a safer cultural hub, freed from the limitations of expensive fixed surveillance. Hayward PD could deploy and redeploy these self-powered units in locations that were difficult to protect before.
Hayward was able to avoid nearly $750K per mile in trenching fees and saw a 60% drop in service calls for crime within the first 3 months. Hayward can now refocus on a revitalization that promises a more beautiful, prosperous future.
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