Smartwatch-based alarm monitoring on the way
The Security Services team have been working to upgrade the University’s alarm monitoring system to a modern smartwatch-based one, and have now received funding to complete the project
This means the new system should be in place by around mid-2021.
The old system that relays all intruder and fire alarm activations to the central control room was installed in 1993 and has become increasingly unreliable and prone to breakdowns over recent years. The new system will operate over the University IT network rather than over a dedicated copper wiring network. It will be far more reliable and resilient, and will increase Security Services’ ability to provide a safe, secure environment for staff and students.
It also offers the potential to gather much more information about each alarm – ultimately it may enable the team to determine whether an activation is a false alarm or may need further investigation, and to reset false alarms remotely without sending a patrol officer out.