New Yorkâ€”September 11, 2007â€”MOBOTIX, provider of advanced IP based video solutions, announced today that its video surveillance cameras have been installed to address potential high school security issues in Jackson, Ohio.
Following the recent tragic events at Virginia Tech, parents are sending their children back to school with the disturbing thought â€œare they safe?â€ The good news is that schools, colleges and Universities are turning to intelligent digital surveillance solutions highlighting the need for preventative and interactive solutions rather than the traditional reactive systems.
Jackson High in Cleveland Ohio chose the MOBOTIX surveillance solution with integrated MXControlCenter software.
Jackson High School had a standard analog surveillance system in place, which was recording to digital video recorders (DVR). However, a recently modernized school facility required up-to-date technology, and hence the need for digital video. After a thorough look at options, Jackson High School decided to upgrade to MOBOTIX digital IP camera, based on its many advanced features and ability to provide the highest level of security. The main focus was vandalism, general student safety and improved access control of facilities.
â€œWe are very pleased to be working with Jackson High School,â€ said Wolfgang Ritter, Director of US Sales for MOBOTIX. â€œIn the post 9-11 world and with the recent tragedy at Virginia Tech, high school and college security issues remain a crucial issue. Despite this, security cameras in general remain stuck in the low tech, analog era, with grainy images and limited intelligence. We look forward to helping schools around the US come up to speed with the most advanced IP video cameras on the market.â€
Working with ProTech Security in Jackson Township, Ohio, 55 MOBOTIX M12 and M22 IP cameras were installed as part of Jacksonâ€™s new security system. The cameras were installed in common areas, hallways, cafeterias, and around the schoolyard. Three cameras provide additional coverage of the school bus garage, which had been subject to vandalism and loitering. Authorized school administrators and security staff can monitor and provide access control from any PC in the facility.
â€œWe had major difficulties identifying individual students and events with our old analog surveillance system. The new MOBOTIX IP cameras provide high-resolution images and clips that are extremely detailed. It was a huge improvement in image clarity,â€ said Doug Winkler, Business Manager at Jackson High School. â€œWhen students know that we can see precisely when, where and what is going on around the school facilities, they simply behave much better. Storage and accessibility of video clips is significantly improved as well. This used to be an issue with the old DVRs. The video took up a lot of drive space and finding specific events could be a daunting task.â€
MOBOTIX and Protech are working with school and police officials on procedures and policies for future incorporation of the use of MOBOTIX video â€œExportâ€ capability. With this feature, one can view or capture an image or even video clip with little more effort than pushing the â€œExportâ€ button on MxControlCenter or downloading from the camera directly. Local police were also focused on what some termed the â€œtamperproofâ€ features built into the actual digital recording from within the camera itself.