Complete security solutions provider, Virtual Security Africa, has installed a state-of-the-art CCTV surveillance system for the University of Ghana, Legon which provides coverage on the Annie Jiagge Road on the University Campus which has seen rising cases of armed robbery and attacks on students.
The system was jointly commissioned by the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu and the Chief Executive of VSA, Mr. Emmanuel Sekyere Asiedu, who is an alumnus of the university.
Reputed as one of the most innovative designers, developers, installers and integrators of advanced security and safety hardware, software and peripheral products for some of the country’s top financial institutions, corporate orgainzations, government agencies and enterprises, Mr Asiedu said the VSA considered it a duty to put in its widow’s might to help the country’s premier university.
The Surveillance system would be used to monitor activities on the vicinities and on the stretches leading to a number of private hostels populated by students and members of the university community.
The beneficiary hostels are African Union, Evandy and James Topp Nelson Yankah student hostels on the Annie Jiagge Road.
The CEO of VSA, Mr. Aisedu said the donation was the company’s contribution to the University’s tireless efforts to secure the safety of its community members by means of providing CCTV Surveillance for the entire campus.
Explaining the capabilities of the surveillance systems installed, Mr. Bondzie Acquah, who is the Director in charge of operations said they used Starlight cameras which has one of the best sensor chips in the industry for low-light surveillance.
The cameras can capture accurate colour images where there is little to no light and can maintain a colour image for an extended amount of time where other cameras would switch to a black and white image with the IRs on.
This will enable the surveillance system to pick the most obscure happenings in the area it covers and will help security officials to respond promptly to criminal activity.
Even more importantly, video recordings can be played back to assist in gathering evidence and intelligence and bringing criminals to justice. The 24-hour surveillance system will be managed by the university’s Security and Computing Systems Department.
Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof Oduro Owusu who commissioned the system, watched a demonstration of how the system works with some of his management team in the control room.
He was optimistic the system would contribute to guaranteeing the safety and security of students and will serve as a foundation for the university to build on as they expand CCTV surveillance coverage to the entire campus.