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Penn State Upgrades Security System with Tyco Security Products Solution

The Challenge
Penn State University wanted to move to a single security and event management platform for its residence halls and other group facilities on campus.

Penn State

The Solution
Penn State selected a unified Tyco Security Products solution to protect and manage its campus.

  • Improved image quality to quickly identify activity in a variety of lighting conditions
  • Reduced expenses retooling locks and replacing lost cards
  • Easily managed access rights and track activity of each user with powerful audit trail
  • Accelerated investigation searches with intuitive video management system interface
  • Streamlined and automated processes

School Campus Enhances Perimeter Security with Complete Tyco Security Products Solution

 About Queen Elizabeth Grammar School

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and Wakefield Girls High School educate students in West and South Yorkshire, England. The large campus includes about 4 buildings of varying sizes some dating back to the 16th century. A 19-person governing body and 500-person teaching and support staff work to better the education for 2,100 pupils yearly.

The Challenge

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and Wakefield Girls’ High School, located in Yorkshire, England, wanted a completely unified security system to secure the perimeter of the campus, while minimizing investigation time and improving security operations. Additionally, they wanted cameras that produced clear images to identify people as well as a management system that was easy to use.

Wakefield Grammar School

The Solution

After a complete site survey and evaluation, the school selected Reflex Systems of South Yorkshire, England as their integrator.

Queen Elizabeth Grammar and Wakefield School increased its security across its five-school campus with a complete Tyco Security Products solution including:

exacqVision Kantech Onboard

“They had done quite a bit of research on everything. Once they came to us, we decided that going with the Kantech embedded software was the best decision from a future-proofing point of view,” explained Steven Ward, technical director, Reflex Systems.

BenefitsIP Camera

Improved Camera Performance

With camera performance and image quality being the two most important factors for the school, the new Illustra Pro cameras give them the opportunity to cover all entry and exit points on campus and see critical details in areas with no sunlight. The strong integration between exacqVision VMS software and Illustra cameras simplified the deployment and optimized the performance. exacqVision automatically discovers cameras and addresses in exacqVision with EasyConnect.

exacqVision EasyConnect

Reduced Hardware Expenses

exacqVision recorders with Kantech Onboard reduce the hardware expenses and amount of rack space needed with the access control system pre-loaded on the network video recorder. The recorder came pre-loaded and pre-licensed with Kantech EntraPass Corporate access control system software at no additional cost.  With the integration of access control and video into one system, they were able to improve response time to critical alarms and events. With exacqVision CameraLinks, school operators can quickly access the most needed commands from live view and further search video evidence associated with entry and exit points.

“The installation went absolutely seamlessly. We prewired extra IT points where cameras were going to be and when it came time to connect everything to the network, they were snapped in and up and working right away. It was a great experience.”
– David Butterfield
Estates and Contracts Manager
Wakefield Grammar School Foundation

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Fond-du-Luth Casino Upgrades to Tyco Security Products IP Solution

The Challenge
Fond-du-Luth Casino in Minnesota recently went through a major renovation. During construction, Fond-du-Luth wanted to upgrade to a full IP video surveillance system while still remaining open to the public 24/7. The casino needed a video management system that would simplify everyday tasks and IP cameras that would provide clear image quality and greater coverage.

The Solution
Fond-du-Luth Casino selected a complete Tyco Security Products solution to cost-effectively migrate from analog to IP.

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The PC & Wireless Shop Selects Tyco Security Products Edge Solution


The PC & Wireless Shop located in Canandaigua, NY is a leading local retailer and service provider in cellular phones, custom-built computers and laptops, IP security cameras, PBX phone systems and customer service.

The PC & Wireless Shop needed to upgrade its video surveillance system. With the new system, they wanted to better utilize space and find a cost-effective way to capture high quality video.

PC & Wireless Shop


Illustra-fisheye-camera_PC-Wireless-SHopThe PC & Wireless Shop selected Tyco Security Products edge technology with Illustra IP cameras pre-installed with exacqVision Edge video management system (VMS) software installed directly on the IP camera. Each IP camera acts as its own server, recording video to an onboard SD card. Tyco’s edge recording solution eliminates the need for a server while saving bandwidth and expenses.
The Illustra Edge cameras fully cover the 5,000 square foot space in the shop including the sales floor, warehouse and backroom. The
new Illustra IP cameras drastically improved the image quality.

The onboard exacqVision VMS software gives the Shop owner and employees a full-featured, intuitive VMS software to quickly search video.



Tyco’s edge solution improved image quality, installation and configuration, while saving store owners time and money.

  • Eliminates the need for server
  • Saves money on hardware and installation costs
  • Install faster with pre-configured VMS software directly on IP camera
  • Improves  reliability with video stored on SD card
  • Betters image quality to see critical details

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Edge-Based Video Surveillance Recommended Approaches & Considerations

Edge Technology Options

Server vs. Serverless Recording

Edge recording eliminates the server from the network. This type of edge recording decreases the bandwidth load and saves on hardware. While these benefits do result in several limitations to the capabilities on the camera. This application can also be challenging to implement with legacy devices.

Hybrid Approach

Local recording can be used in conjunction with a video recorder to make the system more robust. A system may have a network recorder and also have edge recording capabilities to provide fault tolerance in the event of a network failure. In an event of an outage, the system would record to the cameras on the edge to avoid losing video completely.

Illustra Edge

Video Management System (VMS) Software on the Camera

The VMS software can be installed directly on compatible IP cameras. This edge installation saves bandwidth but also retains most of the benefits of a full-featured, sophisticated VMS. High resolution video is recorded directly to an SD card on the camera. See how Illustra Edge using exacqVision Edge VMS software pre-installed works.

Typical Applications

Edge technology works best in environments where network bandwidth is constrained or space or budget limitations impact the use of physical recorders. In isolated environments where the network and WAN connectivity is unreliable such as power substations, mobile facilities, edge technology can provide a better way for video security.

View how the Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, California implemented the exacqVision Edge solution to successfully receive high quality video in their ground breaking Ocean Technology Development experimentation tank.

SD Card Key Considerations

SD cards come in a variety of types and capabilities. To most effectively store your video directly on the edge remember these key considerations when purchasing an SD card:

  • Quality matters: Select high endurance SD cards
  • Speed matters: Recommend at least speed class 10 or UHS Speed Class 1 rated cards for full HD continuous recording
  • Ensure SD cards are capable of functioning in the camera’s environment
  • Leverage record-on-motion features of the VMS software or the camera to maximize the retention of useful video and the life of the SD card

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Moving to the Edge: Leveraging Edge-Based Technology in Every Environment.

Illustra Partner Integrations Provide Complete High Definition Solution

Illustra IP cameras are supported by a number of video management system (VMS) software and hardware partners for a complete end-to-end solution.

One of Tyco Security Products’ network video recorder (NVR) and VMS software product lines, exacqVision, is completely integrated with all Illustra IP cameras making it the easiest high definition video security solution. Illustra Compatibility with exacqVisionUsers can easily configure their cameras and recorder in a single exacqVision application. exacqVision EasyConnect automatically finds, assigns and addresses Illustra IP cameras to the network, reducing camera configuration time. The exacqVision integration also offers remote focus and zoom for Illustra IP cameras. Illustra IP cameras and exacqVision recorders provide a complete solution. See more about this integration.

IllustraIP cameras are also compatible with partners such as Verint, Bosch, QNAP, Artec Technologies, Salient Systems, Next Level and more.

See all the full Illustra NVR partners compatibility chart.

Illustra IP Cameras Provide Clear Video for Better Surveillance

The Challenge
The new Royal Caribbean Club Casino at the Port of Spain in the Republic of Trinidad & Tabago’s city capital required a surveillance solution to easily monitor slot machines, cashiers, players and money transactions. The Casino needed a cost-effective way to utilize analog and IP video into a unified security system.

Additionally, security managers needed a way to quickly pull up video footage when they detected anomalies. Beyond monitoring the casino floor, security personnel oversee the casino entrances and parking lots.

Royal Caribbean Club Casino_main image

The Solution
To meet their needs and stay within budget, Royal Caribbean Club Casino selected a complete, end-to-end Tyco Security Products video security solution. This solution created a cost-effective, seamless transition from analog to IP.

They installed 16 Illustra Flex 3 megapixel mini-dome cameras because of the high resolution quality images they provided. These cameras are located over the gaming tables for a clear view of the gaming chips and movements of the dealers and gamblers.

The system included:


Royal Caribbean Casino was satisfied with the extreme ease of installation and use as well as the new benefits they received from their integrated security system. “The video survelliance system left a very positive impression with our Security/IT management team because of its characteristics, on-time execution and cost-effective plan,” said Alexander Calito, Royal Caribbean Club Casino Director.

Benefits of the new security solution include:

  • Combines analog and IP into one, cost-effective solution
  • Reduces investigation time on gaming table activity
  • Delivers high quality, color video images for faster identification
  • Reliable operation with no downtime or maintenance required
  • Easy for all staff members to navigate and use
  • Faster response to critical events with remote video access 24/7
  • Ensures a safe environment for visitors and staff

Learn more about Tyco Security Products solution to migrating from analog to an IP security system.