Plattsburgh State Policies

Technology Policy: WebCam Services

Policy Management and Rationale

SUNY Plattsburgh's public Webcam Services are centrally managed through the Division of Library and Information Services (LIS).

Streaming webcams have the potential for saturating outgoing bandwidth, thus interfering with the College's ability to provide essential technology services to its constituents. Problems can be eliminated or reduced by the imposing of bandwidth restrictions on webcam streams that are served directly from the main campus web server. The Webcam Services Policy governs this management process.

Policy

The Webcam Services Policy addresses network bandwidth issues, webcam security, and the installation scope.

All proposals for installing Webcams will be reviewed by the campus Web Operations Group, a subcommittee of the Web Oversight Working Group, to assess their impact on campus web development and management strategies.

All campus webcam services will be centrally managed by the Computer and Media Services (CMS) Helpdesk. Due to potential network bandwidth issues, webcams not managed by CMS will be immediately disabled from the campus network.

All webcams will be configured as bandwidth allows; this might mean that full-motion cams may not be available or that cams will be set to refresh frames every few seconds.

Bandwidth and staff resources for webcam services cannot be guaranteed. Network Operations reserves the right to reallocate bandwidth or disable webcam services impacting the campus network. CMS reserves the right to decrease or discontinue the availability of webcam support should staffing levels dictate.

The department or unit requesting the installation of the webcam is responsible for all labor and materials costs associated with the installation, maintenance, and replacement of the cams.

The camera is to be placed in public view (as apposed to hidden and/or spy cameras). The requesting entity must make sure the placement does not violate any applicable law or campus policies.

Contact Information

For more information about Library and Information Technology Services, please contact:

Holly Heller-Ross, Dean
Library and Information Technology Services
SUNY Plattsburgh
2 Draper Avenue, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 564-5180
Fax: (518) 564-5100
Email: hellerhb@plattsburgh.edu