Passive vs. Active Video Surveillance at Yale University

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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by Accent Distributing, Bold Group, Eagle Eye Networks, Inc., Everbridge, Hanwha, HID, and Salient Systems
Presented by Michael Cruz

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify when to use ground based radar with video identification.
  2. Explain how to integrate two systems into one cohesive unit.
  3. Discuss how to respect the historic nature of a building while still protecting it.
  4. Summarize best practices when creating an active surveillance system.


Participants completing this course may be eligible to receive Continuing Professional Education credit or CPEs toward ASIS re-certification.

Yale University is a private Ivy League research university in New Haven, Conn. Founded in 1701, it is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,964 with a campus size of 373 acres. The Yale Police Department has primary responsibility for patrolling the Yale campus and in a supportive role to the New Haven Police Department as an extended patrol area. The historic Yale Bowl, with its Class of 1954 Field, is one of the true treasures in American sports. The famous Bowl has been a college football landmark, hosting NFL games, international soccer, lacrosse, tennis, concerts, TV advertisements, movies and the 1995 Special Olympic World Games.

This webinar will cover the design phase of the Yale Police Department’s existing radar layout at the Yale Bowl and the security challenges it has presented. It will also discuss the need to keep the historical nature of the Yale Bowl building in mind while designing a new surveillance system. In addition, the webinar will cover how the Yale public safety team is using the new surveillance system to identify a suspect to decide, in real time, whether or not to dispatch additional resources.

Michael Cruz is the Physical Security Systems Manager with the Yale University Department of Public Safety.


Originally published in March 2020