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School Safety: Network Streamlines Surveillance
January 6, 2010 - Security
In an effort to streamline security operations and provide the safest environment for students, the Canby (Ore.) School District has installed an Internet-protocol (IP) based video-surveillance network to monitor its facilities.
The JVC Professional Products network supports almost 50 V.Networks IP cameras and four VR-N1600U 16-channel network video recorders (NVR).
The district uses 32 cameras to monitor a variety of areas, including entrances, parking lots, hallways, and the cafeteria. Built-in motion detection triggers the cameras, and the cameras record onto two of the 16-channel VR-N1600U NVRs, which can record motion JPEG or MPEG-4 images.
“We chose the JVC cameras based upon their great picture quality and reputation for reliable operation, especially in low-light and extreme-weather conditions,” says Joe Morelock, the district’s information technology director. “Other compelling features included Web-based setup and access, and a JVC app enabling monitoring on an Apple iPhone.”
The district has a virtual local area network supported by a fiber-optic backbone, which allows authorized personnel to view video data without interfering with regular enterprise data traffic.
While authorized personnel can view the video cameras in real time and monitor them 24-7, administrators prefer to review the recordings to investigate suspicious incidents that have taken place, such as thefts or student skirmishes. School officials can monitor all the cameras – or just an individual camera or select portion of the network – using any Web-enabled device. Law-enforcement agencies also can monitor school cameras from their squad cars by tapping into the school district’s Wi-Fi network.
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