Reaching Others University at Buffalo - The State University of New York
Skip to Content

Video Security Camera Service

The Video Security Camera Services provides the necessary infrastructure to support the campus video surveillance system. This system enables University Police and individual departments to monitor and record video images of UB's indoor and outdoor premises.

The Video Security Camera Service was originally developed for the University Police Department (UPD) to enhance campus security as part of the NYPA project. A separate instance of the infrastructure is available for departmental use. The department-level service is not monitored by UPD, although UPD may require that they have access to all cameras in case of an emergency.

Need more information?

For more information on the Video Security Camera Service offering please submit a consult request.

Roles and Responsibilities

The support of the video security infrastructure is a joint responsibility for CIT (EIS & NCS), University Police (where applicable) and the tenant department hosted on the departmental instance of this infrastructure.  Installations usually involve a System Integrator to install and configure cameras.

Tenant Responsibilities

  • Paying for the cost of the camera equipment purchase, installation, integration and, subsequent maintenance for the equipment.
  • Hiring the system integrator in consultation with CIT/EIS.
  • Determining the appropriate placement of their cameras.
  • Working with UB Facilities to ensure that installation adheres to approved standards.
  • Requesting installation of network cabling and connections, and coordinating with the installation vendors.
  • Regular inspection (testing) of camera functionality to ensure proper operation.
  • Reporting failures to the appropriate parties.
  • Monitoring the video images and taking any desired actions based on what is observed.
  • Providing a “Data Custodian” (person) who determines the appropriate use of the department’s video data.
  • Renewing the support contract for their departmental cameras.

CIT/EIS Responsibilities

  • System administration of the central servers which include routine patching and backup of the servers.
  • Periodic upgrades of server software and hardware.
  • Providing cost estimates for server and storage for adding cameras to the existing infrastructure for any UB affiliated department that would like to use this service.

CIT/NCS Responsibilities

  • Consult for network connection needs for new installations.
  • Provide estimates for network needs for new installation requests.
  • Support and maintain the current network connections for the existing cameras
  • Manage the support contract for the CIT provided camera service for the UPD environment.

UPD Responsibilities (when applicable)

  • Determining the appropriate placement of their cameras.
  • Working with UB Facilities to ensure that installation adheres to approved standards.
  • Requesting installation of network cabling and connections, and coordinating with the installation vendors.
  • Regular inspection (testing) of camera functionality to ensure proper operation.
  • Reporting failures to the appropriate parties.
  • Monitoring the video images and taking any desired actions based on what is observed.
  • Providing a “Data Custodian” (person) who determines the appropriate use of the department’s video data.

System Integrator Responsibilities (when applicable)

  • Installing and configuring the cameras
  • Testing the operation of the cameras post install
  • Providing an inventory of the cameras installed and the configuration of each camera.

Summary of Costs

  • Adding a camera  to the system $418.32
  • Adding a network port for the camera(s) $243.08/port
  • Camera installation and integration charges will vary with each installation.
  • The above costs are provided as a ball park estimate based on a standard configuration. Cost for each installation will have to be estimated per the requirement of the installation.

Did This Page Answer Your Question?

(Required)
 
Email, UBITName or phone number
(Required)
Enter the letters or numbers you see below in the space provided. Click "Get a new challenge" if they are not readable.