Kings Ely

Video Surveilance

Keeping our students, staff and site safe and secure

Using the school’s existing IT infrastructure, Inivatech installed an extensive network of up-to-date IP video surveillance cameras, which produce high quality images – useful in identifying wrongdoers. These cameras provide coverage of the school grounds, including key places such as the entrances / exits to the site, the car park and high footfall areas. The technology will also produce recordings which can be used as evidence by the police should that be necessary.

The Situation

When first installed, the previous CCTV system was the best available. After time, however, the CCTV cameras across the site were acting only as a visual deterrent. It wasn’t possible to identify miscreants from the images; nor was it possible to export specific parts of the footage to be used as evidence by the police.

The full story

There are some 700 residential hostel rooms within Kings College in Cambridge. Access to each is now controlled by electronic access. The college has much more control over access to these rooms with the electronic access system than previously when physical keys were used. If a student or visitor loses their University card (used for identification and cashless payment as well as access) or the card is stolen, Kings can easily cancel it to prevent unauthorised use or access; and they can issue a replacement immediately.

The hostel rooms are used for both short term (conferences and summer schools) and long term (Kings College students) accommodation and the electronic access system gives Kings the flexibility to manage access as required and in real time.

The system is secure, efficient and suitable for the college environment. The college is in control of access, the right people get to where they need to be and on the rare occasions that something goes wrong with either the hardware or the software (or something needs an upgrade), the Inivatech team are responsive and get it sorted. Quickly. This might be a server upgrade, database support or troubleshooting software issues.

Quite often issues reported by the college can be tested and often fixed remotely. Sometimes a site visit is required. Kings College Cambridge is a prestigious institution and students, staff, guests and visitors expect a secure environment to work and study in. And that includes having secure accommodation with easy access.

Long gone are the days of physical keys and the security issues associated with them. This is why Kings will be looking to expand electronic access in the college.

What's next?

We’re already looking at the possibility of security barriers” says Mark Hart, Chief Operating Officer at King’s Ely, “we’ve had initial discussions with Inivatech and know that they will keep us informed of both trends and upgrade options on a regular basis. Having an ongoing dialogue with Inivatech means that we can budget sensibly.”

Security services you can trust

Whatever your access, site management or security needs are, Inivatech can advise you on the best solution. And then install and monitor and support you and the equipment.

Call us now on 01223 433 300 or email to find out how we can help.