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College Communities – Surveillance Solutions Tampa

There are 14 College Town Communities across the country, serving the off-campus housing needs of students at 8 universities. Their 26-acre apartment complex in Tampa, FL is within walking distance to USF and home to an abundance of luxury amenities. The complex is proudly marketed as a gated community with 24/7 monitored access, with access control and surveillance solutions recently installed by Surveillance Technology, Inc. (STI).

The existing access control system was outdated, using individually programmed readers. These standalone readers were manually being updated to recognize a set of valid numbers, without the ability to schedule specific access times, manage user hierarchies, maintain a flexible database, or track usage. Modern systems typically include software with an editable database, which pushes updates to multiple readers via cabling. STI replaced the Tampa property’s old system with a DoorKing solution, including telephone entry at the main gate and 3 pedestrian gates at the entrance. A secondary system was installed to control access to the clubhouse, computer lab and fitness center. Access to these amenities is now tied into a single DoorKing platform, empowering property managers to control allowable times for users to access certain areas from one location, and to build a hierarchy of unique access and administrative rights.

The surveillance system installed at the main entrance offers broad views of the inbound and outbound gates, and the leasing office parking area. A license plate camera captures the tags of all vehicles entering the property. This footage is recorded on an 8 channel H.265 4K DVR. A similar DVR accommodates 4K cameras in the leasing office, courtyards and customer interaction areas.

And additional 16 channel H.265 4K DVR in the clubhouse collects footage from strategically placed cameras with broad internal views of the pool tables, big screen TVs, and kitchen.
Outside, two 24/7 color cameras are used in the pool area to capture color footage, even in night vision mode. Six such cameras were also placed on poles, shooting broad views of the east and west parking lots. College Town Communities are known as a luxury provider of off-campus housing, including upscale recreation areas with a resort-style pool, volleyball courts, seating & grills. A variety of cameras capture 24/7 color footage to an 8 channel H.265 4K DVR, along with one camera offering tight views on the jacuzzi.

The maintenance building has its own 8 channel DVR and two 24/7 color cameras trained on two parking lots and the golf cart storage area, along with indoor cameras, and a camera placed atop a 17-foot camera pole for a broad view of the basketball court. 200 feet of cable was trenched to the rear of the property to support two 24/7 color cameras overseeing the lift station and rear parking lot, as well as a 5-megapixel camera with a 5-50mm lens for tight shots on the dumpsters from 280 feet away.

Surveillance Technology, Inc. differentiates itself from the competition by bringing a turnkey solution to large and complex projects. The full array of cameras, each curated for unique needs at specific areas, and multiple recording locations have allowed College Town Communities to have maximum security coverage of all common areas on a sprawling property. The client has been extremely pleased and is able to include gated access and 24/7 surveillance in its marketing to students and their families.

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    Franco RomeroFranco Romero
    16:09 28 Apr 22
    Recognized as a Historic Landmark Resort in the St Petersburg downtown area, we were looking for the best in the surveillance camera and equipment system business. We talked with Luis from Surveillance Technology Inc, and seemed like the right choice for us. He was very professional, honest, promised us prompt response and even took the time to walk the entire property. I am so happy that we choose his company for our surveillance needs and professional advice. Luis has been with us since 2021 and has made several installations. The results have all been outstanding clear picture, easy viewing and storing.I would like to especially point out an installation done this week at our Marina. His wonderful techs led by Jaime, performed a cable installation where a "dinghy" had to be used. Fighting hightide and waves they managed to install approximately 1 mile of cable and deliver the best video viewing on all cameras. I will recommend Luis and his company to anyone looking for surveillance equipment hands down.
    John SmithJohn Smith
    16:32 09 Feb 22
    Alan and the guys did another fantastic job. Highly recommended and very professional. Our tech Jame did a excellent job ! very happy
    Yvonne SveYvonne Sve
    18:24 16 Sep 21
    Our Association was very impressed with the installation and quality of our new security camera system. They did everything they said they were going to do and when they were going to do it. Professional staff that did their job with no fuss or mess. We are happy to recommend them.
    Jeanette WeissJeanette Weiss
    16:08 13 Sep 21
    Although very busy, this company sent out their technicians within a reasonable amount of time.. The technicians Jamie and Josh were very professional and friendly. Jaimie identified and rectified my problem I had with on line visualization of the camera views and playback. He also assisted with making sure our phones were able to bring up the same views. One hour later....done. PLUS I received a call the next morning to answer any questions I may have had. Thank you!!! BTW,, Louis is the person that answers the phone and is extremely helpful and phone friendly with curteous professional communication. KUDOS
    Doug DeLozierDoug DeLozier
    14:27 04 May 21
    Ordered a system and it was installed on the date promised with everything working as promised. Great work getting it done on time.
    15:44 25 Sep 20
    Well done Luis, Jamie, C.J. and Josh! You all made a complex surveillance system installation look easy. That's the genuine sign of professionals. Keep up the great work! AAA Storage - Englewood, Florida
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