Georgia Southern is investing $1.2 million to upgrade campus security cameras and video technology

Georgia Southern University is planning a major upgrade of its campus security cameras and video technology.

With a budget of approximately $1.2 million, the university will upgrade cameras in dormitories and other buildings in Statesboro, Savannah and Hinesville to move current cameras from analog to a digital platform. In addition, new cameras will be installed at the entrances to our campuses that can be linked to those of other law enforcement agencies. The end result will be an interconnected network of cameras across the region.

The new technology package includes state-of-the-art flock cameras that are motion-activated and record license plates of every vehicle entering the indoor parking lots. With Flock Safety’s “Vehicle Fingerprint” technology, police can sort the video by vehicle make, color, type, license plate, license plate condition, missing license plate, covered license plate, cardboard license plate, and unique vehicle details such as roof racks, bumper stickers, and more.

The cameras can be used to search for a specific suspect or vehicle that has been entered into law enforcement databases. In addition, the University can also use Flock for investigative purposes, going back and looking for cars that fit a specific profile if it has been linked to a crime or if a gunshot has been spotted nearby.

“This upgrade allows us to add more cameras, expand our reach, add storage and search capabilities, and better integrate our cameras with other video surveillance networks used by local law enforcement,” said Georgia Southern University Police Chief Laura McCullough. “This is a huge step forward in our ongoing work to keep our campus safe.”

The new equipment will complement and expand Georgia Southern’s network of more than 1,800 video cameras at its three locations. The project will start in the coming weeks and is expected to be completed by the beginning of the fall semester 2023.