NYP beefs up campus security with Smart Security Patrol Monitoring System
By Clarice Africa 29 Sep 2016
Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) is beefing up campus security with the upcoming roll out of an advanced smart security patrol monitoring system, which will help in further ensuring a safe and secure environment for staff and students,
Currently undergoing a trial period, the proprietary system uses Geographic Information System (GIS) technology and the campus’ internet Wi-Fi infrastructure to monitor the location of up to 14 guards assigned across 21 blocks, covering 3.5 hectares – or 60 football fields.
Mr Tan Tsu Soo, NYP’s Assistant Manager for the School of Engineering, said, “The smart security patrol monitoring system was developed to equip the security supervisor with the capability to manage and monitor all patrol guards visually over a web-browser in real-time.
The school’s Wi-Fi access points are constantly transmitting signals which can be easily tracked with a mobile phone app we developed. The app will then transmit their position to the system server and visualise the data onto a dynamic mapping platform allowing the security supervisor to see their location in real-time, and be aware of any adverse events.”
According to Mr Tan, the system notifies the supervisor should a guard remain stationary for more than 15 minutes. Furthermore, it also provides alerts should a guard deviate from their assigned route by 50 metres.
“There has always been a need for a more efficient way to track patrol guards as previous traditional methods required regular maintenance costs,” added Mr Tan.
“The opportunity presented itself when we explored the idea of using the Wi-Fi signals and the powerful capabilities of our GIS platform. Though the system itself is still on trial period, the estate management team and our current security provider are keen on rolling it out by the end of the year after incorporating feedback from our stakeholders.”