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


After coming to closure on the equipment, the task of rolling-out the system district-wide has taken place over several phases. Initially, standard-definition cameras were specified. Now, High Definition Sony IPELA is the standard. Particular models, including the SNC-DH160 vandal-resistant HD mini-dome camera, are an excellent combination of value and performance. The DH160's built-in infrared illuminators have proven invaluable to providing nighttime visibility. Meanwhile, overall system-wide improvements like upgrading the network to take advantage of the camera's power over Ethernet capabilities have gone forward.

"Working with a long-established, reputable vendor gives us a great deal of confidence that we will be well taken care of as we maintain the system and add improvements over the years ahead," said Minor.

Centralized or Decentralized Management as Needed

One of the key factors in opting for a network-based video surveillance system at BCSD was the flexibility it provides. The operation of the system caters to the changing demands throughout the school year. With OnSSI's Ocularis, the multitude of campuses are under local watch when school is in regular session, and centralized management from the district office provides immediate access to any camera view, which is especially helpful in the summer when many of the campuses are not in use. On each campus, principals, deans and/or campus supervisors can access video using the Ocularis Client software, which is intuitive and easy to use. Ocularis also simplifies review of archived video for investigations or just to clarify what happened in a questionable incident. Such flexibility means that the physical plant remains secure while reducing staff time needed to operate the system.

"Being able to operate the system from the district offices is a tremendous advantage for us. Obviously, being able to reduce staff to a minimum during downtime is essential, and this gives us the tools needed to not sacrifice security during those periods," Minor said.