Camprosa, the ideal platform

The CAMPROSA (Campus Protection Society of Southern Africa) conference has made its mark as the go-to event for campus security. Held late last year at Fairmont’s Zimbali Hotel in KwaZulu-Natal from 4 to 7 September, CAMPROSA addressed issues such as forensics and emergency response, together with panel discussions. The highlight of the event for many was the panel discussion, hosted by Professors Adam Habib, Francis Petersen and Chris de Beer, on the controversial ‘Fees Must Fall’ campaign.
Powell Tronics once again had a strong presence at the conference as both a sponsor of the registration welcoming bags and as an exhibitor. John Powell, managing director of Powell Tronics says that the company has taken a strategic decision to increase its penetration into the campus security sector and believes that CAMPROSA is the ideal platform to share knowledge and experience gained in an interactive manner.
John Tunstall, CAMPROSA executive secretary says: “Powell Tronics started supporting the CAMPROSA annual conference in 2010 by sponsoring the Welcome functions. In the past few years Powell Tronics have had specially designed Welcome bags (with both logos) manufactured for all delegates and each containing a bottle of high quality white or red wine and tasty snacks. Their continuous sponsorship has been very valuable and greatly appreciated.”
Powell Tronics’ special projects technical sales manager, Frazer Matchett and Johannesburg sales manager, Alastair McPhail, manned the company’s stand. Matchett says that 79 delegates from universities around the country attended the event. Not only does CAMPROSA increase awareness of available security solutions to the benefit for risk and security specialists tasked with campus protection, but the social aspect of the event promotes productive networking opportunities for shared experiences.
Thee 2016 CAMPROSA conference was characterised not only by a number of trending topics by knowledgeable industry specialists, but furthermore became a catalyst for a group exercise on ‘What to do in an emergency situation’. During the morning tea and lunch breaks over the three-day period, delegates took the opportunity to view sponsor exhibitions. Matchett says that Powell Tronics’ PT-Rollcall and PT-GUEST proved very popular with visitors to their stand.
Replacing what was traditionally a very manual process, PT-Rollcall, when combined with a biometric fingerprint enrolment on an access control backbone, allows university staff to enrol each student on to the database. This is then used as an attendance register to ensure that the correct student is writing the correct exam in the appropriate venue.
In addition, the company was able to introduce its Tiberinus software to delegates. The software allows seamless integration with and leveraging of university student databases. The ideal is to bundle these solutions together with the Impro and Morpho technology for an integrated and comprehensive access control, visitor management and exam rollcall solution, targeted specifically to resolve university campus-related issues.
“We also demonstrated walk-in solutions for educational sector access control that include the recently launched Impro Portal range, Golmar IP intercom systems, Safran Morpho’s new Sigma Lite finger print biometric terminal and our own, PT-AD and PT-MS software,” says Matchett.
Rounding out the company’s offering was the presence on the stand of Cathexis’ video analytics solution. By programming the software to activate a surveillance camera to produce footage of a
student whenever they present their university card to a reader running on PT-GUEST, university security personnel will then be able to track the student wherever they are on the campus.
“Our solutions are all about integrating technologies to add value to the renowned products that we distribute throughout South Africa and Africa. We strive to provide high-level support to ensure that risks are alleviated through the optimum control and management of large solutions for higher education facilities, academic staff, students, contractors and visitors,” says Powell.
“The main challenge that suppliers and integrators face when providing solutions for university campuses is typically the large number of users, students, doors, buildings, hostels and faculties. For example, many of these institutions have more than 20 000 users in the database, 1 000-plus doors and require sophisticated integration to their specific management suites like SAP/People Soft, Novell ET. By leveraging the cumulative experience of our suppliers and installers we are able to devise customised solutions that alleviate these issues,” adds Powell.
Security representatives from UNISA, University of Cape Town (UCT), the University of the Western Cape (UWC), Durban University of Technology (DUT) and the University of KZN (UKZN) have expressed a strong interest in Powell Tronics’ integrated solutions.