Bakersfield School District standardizes on Sony network cameras and OnSSI VMS/PSIM

OnSSI’s Ocularis system manages video from more than 2,000 IPELA cameras covering 41 campuses


Las Vegas (ISC WEST, Sony Booth # 22025, OnSSI Booth # 21049) March 28, 2012 – The Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) in Bakersfield, California, is nearing completion of an enterprise-wide video surveillance upgrade standardizing on Sony IPELA network surveillance cameras deployed in an easy-to-use system built on OnSSI's Ocularis video management software (VMS) platform. The installation covers 41 school sites over a 158 square mile area with approximately 28,500 students enrolled at the Junior High School, Middle School and Elementary School campuses. The District's 41 schools comprise the largest elementary district in California. Altogether, over 2,000 Sony cameras will be installed at completion including fixed-angle, PTZ and mini-dome models. OnSSI's Ocularis CS video management software provides user-friendly access to video views in a system that is easy to operate despite its scale.

BCSD's network administration staff has handled primary installation and integration tasks. While carrying out most of the hands-on work, the BCSD staff has relied on support from Bassett Sales Corporation, Sony's Southern California-based manufacturer's representative firm, and XIT Solutions, a local Value Added Reseller that helped with the initial layout of the project.

"Bakersfield City School District is a textbook case of how Sony network cameras deliver an exceptional performance and value to schools," said Mark Collett, General Manager, Sony Electronics' Security Systems Division. "Our cameras working alongside OnSSI's Ocularis system, for command and control in an investment for BCSD that delivers safety as well as savings."

While the primary function of the Sony surveillance video is to ensure the safety and security of the student body, the benefits extend far beyond this. In addition to helping to solve campus conflicts and theft, the system has also significantly reduced facility maintenance costs related to vandalism.

"We are definitely seeing a drop in the number of problems experienced at our facilities as a result of the surveillance systems we have installed," said Steve McClain, Chief Business Official, BCSD. "Fewer problems translate to fewer dollars having to be spent fixing or replacing equipment and that is a great thing."

Moving Forward from Analog to Network-Based Security

The new video surveillance system replaced a largely uncoordinated analog system that was installed to address ad-hoc issues on individual campuses. With the arrival of pointto- point fiber optic interconnects between campuses, the ability to create an end-to-end network-based system running over the district-wide network became practical.

"While we had some legacy analog surveillance installations, we now have what is essentially a ground-up IP-based system," said Jeff Minor, Network Administrator, BCSD. "We needed the flexibility that IP-based systems offer so we could manage the system properly according to our changing needs through the school year."

The decision to standardize on Sony IPELA surveillance cameras was based largely on the company's reputation for reliability today and tomorrow as well as the ease of maintenance provided by working with a single vendor for this key aspect of the new system.

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