Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (USIL), San Ignacio University’s sister institution, which belongs to San Ignacio de Loyola Education Corporation, has implemented an innovative video surveillance project developed by a team of young professionals whose members include two USIL alumni. This made USIL the first university in Peru to have a smart campus.
A program called VERONICA (Video Efficient Recognition of Named Identities and Content Analysis) recognizes faces, license plates and other objects. It is supported by a video surveillance system that makes automatic detection and prevention of risk situations possible in real time.
VERONICA was launched by USIL alumni Adolfo Pizarro Aguirre (CTO & co-founder of VERONICA Technologies) and Raúl Diez Canseco Hartinger (managing partner of the company) who, along with Isabel Melgar (CEO & co-founder), had the idea of installing it at their alma mater, knowing that USIL is always at the forefront in the use of technology and information systems.
In order to implement the system, the USIL Systems and Online Learning area provides support by taking photos of students, faculty and administrative staff for the purpose of facial recognition. The system uses security cameras installed at different points on the campuses to send information to surveillance centers, which send security alerts to personnel posted throughout the premises to facilitate their immediate response.
It is worth noting that the project was one of the winners of the third Wayra Perú contest in 2013, and was among the top 10 Peruvian winning startups in Seedstars Lima 2016. Adolfo Pizarro was also named the best programmer at any Peruvian university (1996), and has won other awards in Chile and Spain.
Currently, VERONICA is operating on the Fernando Belaunde Terry and Admiral Miguel Grau campuses, where students and administrative personnel show ID badges upon their arrival, while their identity is verified by the system. This system is in its initial phase, and the security response has been good so far. Therefore, plans are to install the system on all of the organization’s campuses by early 2018.