The University of Kentucky’s security management system has been recognized with an innovation award at the Secured Cities Conference held in Baltimore, Maryland. The university’s system was implemented alongside Louisville’s Biagi Chance Cummins London Titzer, Inc. (BCCLT) engineering consulting firm, and has won the 2014 Security Innovation Award (SIA) by Secured Cities.
Secured Cities is an educational conference devoted to security initiatives for cities, university campuses, health care facilities and mass transit. Kentucky was selected as the winner in the campus security category.
According to The Lane Report, the university was also selected as a top five finalist for the SIA Grand Platinum award, which honors the overall best collaborative security project of 2014.
UK invested a reported $4.8 million to develop the fully integrated and standardized security solution. The security system marks the university’s first comprehensive security management system, and includes video cameras, centralized building access control, increased early warning communication capabilities and standard campus identification badges.
Kentucky has utilized Next Level Security Systems‘ integrated computerized system to implement video management, access control and video analytics.
The university’s video management system is centrally managed by the university police department, while the security management system allows university police officers to limit access and lock buildings immediately from a central control office.
The University of Kentucky implemented the standardized security platform campus wide and issued over 50,000 Wildcards, the university’s student ID. The Wildcard allows university police to incorporate new security management measures with existing and additional access control systems.