Summary

BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha® is a worldwide spiritual organization. Years ago, BAPS moved away from older security technologies, upgrading to Genetec solutions at over 20 locations. The organization is now evolving its security operations with ease using Streamvault™ appliances.

The company

BAPS is a worldwide spiritual and humanitarian organization dedicated to community service, peace, and harmony. Motivated by Hindu principles, BAPS strives to care for the world by caring for societies, families, and individuals. Through various spiritual and humanitarian activities, BAPS endeavors to develop better citizens of tomorrow with high esteem for their roots and culture. Its 3,300 international centers support these character-building activities. Under the guidance and leadership of His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj, BAPS aspires to build a community that is free of addictions as well as morally, ethically, and spiritually pure.

The challenge

Managing security across many sites is challenging. Over the years, the team at BAPS began upgrading legacy equipment to newer IP technology. Eventually, they began standardizing on Genetec™ Security Center, a unified security platform, across multiple locations. While volunteers had better visibility at each site, system maintenance was sometimes frustrating. Existing sites used a variety of legacy servers which limited the team’s ability to meet evolving security needs and slowed down access to updates. BAPS needed a new system foundation and wanted to ensure volunteers could quickly access new capabilities as soon as they were released.

“Unification is what we want. It helps us expand without hassles or headaches, and ultimately, makes it easier for our team to manage and maintain a growing number of systems across our global centers.”

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Sadhu Kaivalyamurtidas, Administrator, BAPS

Results

Today, the organization is evolving its security operations with less stress thanks to Streamvault appliances. Each device provides a secure and turnkey experience and comes pre-loaded with Genetec software and tools that make upgrades and maintenance easy. The team has also started to standardize processes across worldwide locations using the appliances.

Now, when the latest version of Security Center is released, BAPS no longer has to verify its compatibility with infrastructure equipment. This ensures volunteers can begin the update process to access efficiency-boosting features right away. Since the configuration of Streamvault appliances can also accommodate up to 2,000 cameras per server with adequate archive retention, the company can remain open to future growth.

The solution

Easy access to upgrade

With Streamvault, when a new software version is released, staff can use the Genetec Update Service to access the latest updates, without having to wait for extra software configurations.

Quick and simple installation

BAPS cut costs by using their Genetec-certified volunteers to install the devices. Each device comes pre-loaded with software and built-in configuration wizards, making deployment a breeze.

Reliable device and support

Each Streamvault device is optimized for security applications and comes with a performance guarantee, ensuring that if issues arise, assistance is only a call away.

Expanding in the cloud

BAPS is now focused on implementing the Federation™-as-a-Service (FaaS) feature to centralize the monitoring of all sites and trialing Genetec Retail Sense™ to gather consumer intelligence.

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