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Emergency Beacons: Emerald Coast Technical College 

Background

The campus directors at Emerald Coast Technical College wanted to provide an effective method for members of their faculty and students to summon emergency assistance in parking areas, where safety - especially after dark - can be of great concern. Classes are scheduled both during the day and at night, and without the ability to alert anyone to a need of assistance in the event of an emergency, parking areas can often be a dangerous environment.

Challenges

Logistical challenges presented themselves during our navigation process to create a network of conduit wiring that would run underneath the north and south parking lots and back to the main buildings for each of the Code Blue Emergency Beacons needed for the project. These pathways were necessary to provide power and data to the pedestals, but rain delays and complications with the construction of concrete forms to which the pedestals were bolted caused our projected timelines to fall behind.

Solutions

The systems experts at Ivanco, Inc., met with the client to assess the scale of the project and determine the most efficient, cost-effective, and logical solutions to the issue of parking lot safety and address the need to provide distress signaling. Based on our consultation and our findings, our team created a plan to install a network of Code Blue Emergency Beacons mounted with cameras to solve the issue and determined that the two large parking lots on the north and south sides of the campus would each be equipped with two beacons.

Due to the fact that copper wiring is prone to causing power surges and is highly attractive to lightning, we determined that it would be necessary to run fiber optic cables underground as an alternative and connect them to copper conversions at the pedestals of the beacon stations. This would serve to minimize the risk of damage to the system and improve the installation process as well as increase system function.

The Code Blue Emergency Beacons have created a safer campus with enhanced surveillance capability of the parking areas through the integration of an alert function tied to campus-owned smartphones that provide immediate notification when movement is detected on cameras.

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