Video Security Camera Service

The Video Security Camera Service enables University Police and individual departments to monitor and record video images of UB's indoor and outdoor premises.

Request a New Camera Installation

  1. Review the information below including Roles/Responsibilities and Summary of Costs.
  2. Please email University Police for an initial consultation.
  3. Contract with a certified vendor to install and configure the new cameras.
  4. Fill out UBIT's Request a New Network Connection form.
  5. Fill out UBIT's Video Surveillance - New Camera Setup form.

Video Retention

  • Under the standard configuration all recorded video is kept for 30 days.
  • The cost per camera may vary if the business needs require a different retention period.

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.
  • Consulting with University Police (UPD) to determine the appropriate placement of their cameras.
  • 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.
  • Providing a list of static or reserved DHCP IP addresses that will need access to view the cameras.

UPD Responsibilities

  • 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.

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.

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
  • Provide confirmation of the existing infrastructure's preparedness for proposed cameras

Summary of Costs

  • Vendor charges for camera installation and integration. Charges will vary with each installation. Those costs are not included in the costs listed below.
  • Adding and maintaining a camera on the system has an annual fee, currently $82.10/feed.
  • Network port installation and activation costs for the camera(s) (one-time cost).

Important: The above costs are provided as a ballpark estimate based on a standard configuration of single-feed cameras. Cost for each installation will have to be estimated per the requirement of the installation.

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