Market focus: Education

Troy School District

Troy School District in Illinois has completed implementation of the Nextiva IP Video Management solution from Verint Video Intelligence Solutions, and is using the technology to help ensure a safe learning environment for its nearly 5,000 students, faculty and staff.

Troy School District serves the fastest-growing county in Illinois. The district consists of five elementary schools (grades Pre-K through 4th grade), one intermediate school (5th and 6th grades) and one middle school (7th and 8th grades). Total enrollment exceeds 4,100 students served by a contingent of more than 500 teachers, administrators and support staff.

Installed by system integrator Velocita Technology Inc., the Nextiva IP video management solution gives the school district a centralized monitoring system that features broad storage of recorded video, along with remote access to live and recorded video across the seven schools and facilities. "(The system) greatly simplifies our video surveillance operations by providing a user-friendly interface to monitor the entire campus infrastructure," says Ron Saver, the district's director of information services. "The system also has increased student accountability for their actions, as well as deterred such random acts as theft and vandalism."

Stephen S. Wise Temple and Schools

Los Angeles-based Stephen S. Wise Temple and Schools has recently implemented a multi-faceted security and video surveillance system to ensure the safety of facilities, members, students, faculty and staff. A major component of the system is the NetDVMS Video Surveillance Management and Control Solution from OnSSI, which manages networked video from cameras located throughout the facilities and integrates with the institutions' physical security information system (PSIM).

"Part of the beauty of the NetDVMS system from OnSSI is its ability to integrate with multiple systems," says David Lam, the facilities' Chief Information Security Officer. "It is a very open system. We had no problem integrating analytics, and we can switch cameras whenever we want to. It is an open solution and works with products we need it to work with."

One of the largest Reform Jewish congregations in the country - with more than 3,000 member families and nearly 1,700 children in its schools - the Temple encompasses an Early Childhood Center, an Elementary School, Religious School, Milken Community High School, and David Saperstein Middle School. A 24-hour Security Operations Center maintains watch over the Temple and its various campuses.

Working with system integrator Antropy Inc. of Chatsworth, Calif., the Temple security team evaluated three different IP camera management systems. Wise Temple and Schools run NetDVMS software on two HP servers with 16TB of video storage assigned to the OnSSI system. Ten cameras run on a virtual server and another 54 cameras run on hardware servers. The cameras are a mix of domes, "box" cameras and pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras.

Prosper High School

Prosper (Texas) High School may have fewer than 1,000 students enrolled, but the campus shows signs it has prepared itself for many more: a broadcast studio, a 2,200-seat competition arena, a 1,000-seat auditorium, a culinary arts lab, a greenhouse, an indoor practice facility accompanied by premier competition fields, and a natatorium on the way - all covering 112 acres and more than half a million square feet. It takes 293 video cameras and 19 digital video recorders from i3 International to watch over it all.

Access Technologies systems integrators James Finegan and David Goldwyn, of Carrollton, Texas, with the assistance of Marshall Troxell of TK Group in Dallas, introduced, supplied and installed the digital video recording system.

For many schools across North America, the state-of-the-art in video surveillance is the contemporary answer, says Ted Ziolkowski, director of technology support services for the school district. "In the past, your monitors were teachers standing in the hallway," he says. "Today, we have sophisticated security systems to assist us - and not necessarily because there's some internal threat or because you're protecting against vandalism - although those are added benefits."

The school board invested more than $1 million on the system offering high-resolution imagery, a large amount of storage - 21 DVR units have been installed to date - and remote IP access, facilitating ease of use from a central location. "We don't have a security staff. One person can centrally manage all of this installation," Ziolkowski says. ?