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AMG delivers toll management transmission solution on Indian highway

AMG delivers toll management transmission solution on Indian highway

Editor / Provider: AMG | Updated: 9/17/2014 | Article type: Security 50

AMG, the British manufacturer of CCTV transmission solutions and sophisticated 5 Megapixel cameras, has completed a new sophisticated toll management transmission solution on Solapur Highway, for ITNL in India. ITNL is using the solution to monitor two Toll Plazas with a total of 20 Lanes with 24 Booths – 4 of which have reversible lanes. The project covers a road stretch of 105 kilometres, with 49 kilometres between the Toll Plazas.

According to ITNL, the new system encompasses 132 cameras of which 126 are fixed cameras and 6 are PTZs. Other hardware integrated into the solution includes Lane Controllers, AVC Controllers, and RFID Readers. The system is operated on an Ethernet backbone, with 35 unmanaged AMG switches, and incorporates vehicle detection and enforcement solutions along with access control equipment.

A Toll Plaza typically lies in an environment where adverse conditions are present. This was a decisive factor in ITNL's decision to select the AMG Ethernet switches for the new system. The ruggedness and small form factor, as well as the capability to perform well in adverse climate conditions with extreme heat and dust means that the AMG switches provides significant advantage over other alternatives.

According to ITNL, another advantage is that the AMG transmission solution can interface with equipment from any given third party manufacturer. This facilitates the integration of surveillance and monitoring equipment with the Toll Management Solution. ITNL also commented on the support given by AMG during pre-sales, post-sales and subsequent technical support, deeming the service as ‘excellent'.

Sara Bullock, International Sales Director at AMG Systems, says, “AMG has supplied a large number of transmission solutions for well over 1, 000 km of highways traffic management solutions in India. We're extremely pleased that ITNL decided to use our switches for this new project on the Pune - Solapur Highway.”

Vicon names Eric Fullerton CEO and Director

Vicon names Eric Fullerton CEO and Director

Editor / Provider: Vicon | Updated: 9/15/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Vicon Industries has announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Eric Fullerton, formerly Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Milestone Systems A/S, to succeed Kenneth M. Darby as Chief Executive Officer and as a Director of Vicon.

In its search for a new CEO, the Board sought a candidate who could return Vicon to prominence in the video security and surveillance systems market and also integrate the businesses and operations of Vicon and IQinVision, Inc. following their recently completed merger.

“We had very specific criteria for our new CEO, and we were highly strategic about finding the right person – Eric is that person,” said Julian A. Tiedemann, a Vicon Director, “No one better understands the market intersection of video management software and HD/megapixel cameras, which he demonstrated during his 10 year tenure at Milestone Systems, the world's leading provider of open platform IP video management software. Eric has a recognized ability to set strategy, lead teams and drive growth and innovation at the highest level. He is also a natural cultural fit for Vicon. This is a great development for our company.”

Following senior positions at netVigilance, Inc., Intel and Nokia, Fullerton joined Denmark based Milestone Systems A/S in 2004. During his tenure, the company grew from start-up to more than $70M in revenue and was named a Europe Fast 500 company.

“It is a great privilege to be asked to lead Vicon at this important juncture in the company's history,” said Fullerton. “I see great opportunities ahead for us by combining IQinVision's strong brand in HD/megapixel cameras with the long history that Vicon has in video management systems. I look forward to joining this great team.”

VIVOTEK surveillance system provides US school district open learning environment

VIVOTEK surveillance system provides US school district open learning environment

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by VIVOTEK | Updated: 9/15/2014 | Article type: Education

The Prairie Hill School District is a gateway community on the North East state line. The District is part suburb and 100% committed to offering the finest instructional program in the area. It believes that an effective instructional program requires a school environment where student safety is top priority. To ensure the safety of its students, as well as staff, the Prairie Hill School District recently deployed VIVOTEK network surveillance cameras with Exacq video management software.

While student safety is a main concern at the Prairie Hill School District, it is also important to create a friendly and open learning environment. With this in mind, the district was looking for an advanced surveillance system that could deliver clear and accurate image detail with fewer cameras installed as inconspicuously as possible.

With the recommendation from Professional System, Inc., a local provider of technology services, including surveillance system design, installation, and services, Prairie Hill School District decided to deploy the VIVOTEK network cameras because of their superior image quality, resulting in significantly fewer cameras needed and providing overall surveillance success while maintaining a friendly school atmosphere. “After comparing solutions from multiple manufacturers, it quickly became clear that VIVOTEK meets all the requirements,” said William A. Burton, President of Professional System, Inc. “With a mixture of indoor and outdoor VIVOTEK cameras, we were able to create a complete surveillance system that not only provides safety to students and staff, but also help the school to catch and record conflicts and interactions between students during school activity, which helped the school administration to control and maintain peaceful activity.”

A total of 196 VIVOTEK cameras ranging from 1 to 3 Megapixel resolution were installed throughout 8 campuses by Professional System Inc. in three installation phases to serve different surveillance needs. In phase one, a total of 74 VIVOTEK cameras were installed in interior and exterior areas throughout the main 3-story building for general surveillance, including 41 units of FE8171V, an outdoor vandal-proof fisheye camera with 360° field of view. FE8171Vs were mostly installed in the hallways and library because of their wide angle field of view which significantly reduce the amount of cameras needed for complete coverage. “One of the security concerns was monitoring incidents during break times when there were large amount of students moving between classes. Using a VIVOTEK FE8171V wide angle camera, we were able to capture a panoramic image that normally requires 2-3 IP cameras,” said William. “This installation not only resulted in significant savings to the school district, but also provided an open and friendly learning environment due to the discreet form factor of the camera housings.”

During the 2nd installation phase, 60 VIVOTEK cameras were installed mostly on the exteriors of the remaining 7 campuses, including multiple units of SD8314E, an outdoor pan tilt camera with 18X optical zoom to monitor parking lots and other outdoor activities. With the 18X optical zoom capability, an administrator can easily zoom into a particular area of interest to record important data, for example, license plate details. After the completion of installing all the outdoor cameras, Professional System plans to kick off the final installation phase in August 2014 to install additional 62 VIVOTEK cameras in the interior areas throughout 7 campuses.

The security team at the Prairie Hill School District seamlessly manages and monitors the recorded high definition video captured by VIVOTEK cameras using Exacq management software in the security office, with the surveillance video also being accessible by selected administrators, including the school Principal. The combination of VIVOTEK's cameras with Exacq management software has proven to be a reliable enterprise surveillance system. “We were impressed with how well VIVOTEK's cameras work with the Exacq software,” said William. “With the user-friendly features from Exacq and superior image quality from VIVOTEK cameras, we delivered the most ideal solution for our customer.”

With student and staff safety a key priority at the Prairie Hill School District, the new VIVOTEK surveillance system offers the ability to keep everyone safe while maintaining an open educational atmosphere. “The VIVOTEK surveillance cameras help the school to catch and record conflicts and interactions between students during school activity; this is a very important piece to help the school to control and maintain peaceful activity,” said Julia Veazey, Director of Technology at the Prairie Hill School District. “We are very happy with the result and look forward to deploying more VIVOTEK cameras later this year to further enhance the level of security across the board.”

VIVOTEK unveils its latest 5M fisheye fixed dome network cameras

VIVOTEK unveils its latest 5M fisheye fixed dome network cameras

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 9/10/2014 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK announces the launch of its two innovative 5M network cameras: FE8181 and FE8181V. FE8181 and FE8181V are designed with a 5-Megapixel CMOS sensor, enabling viewing resolution of 1920x1920 at a smooth 15 fps. Equipped with a 1.5 mm fisheye lens for 180° panoramic (wall mount) or 360° surround viewing (ceiling/floor/table mount), FE8181 and FE8181V are able to provide coverage of wide, open areas such as airports, shopping malls, parking lots, retail stores, offices and more, without blind spots.

Steve Ma, VIVOTEK's Executive VP, stated, "There are few fisheyes on the market that have good IR LEDs built in. It was through our R&D resources, extensive experience in fisheye technology, and ultimately an innovative spirit that we came to successfully develop the 5-Megapixel IR fisheye network cameras FE8181 and FE8181V.”

FE8181 and FE8181V, with built-in IR LEDs and patent protected light cup design, provide uniform 360° surround illumination for clear viewing up to distances of 10 meters, even in completely dark environments. Both cameras are especially designed with VIVOTEK's Application Development Platform, a self-developed open platform for the deployment of intelligent applications. Video analytic functionality like object tracking, heat mapping, and people counting can be directly integrated within the camera, realizing intelligent surveillance and greatly contributing to business efficiency.

FE8181V, is especially designed with vandal-proof IK10-rated and weather-proof IP66-rated Housing, enabling the camera to withstand the elements as well as human-inflicted attacks. Moreover, with full EN50155 compliance, the camera can withstand shock and vibration, maintaining a stable and reliable video feed on a moving vehicle or turbulent machine.

W Hotel chooses EverFocus surveillance systems in Doha

W Hotel chooses EverFocus surveillance systems in Doha

Editor / Provider: EverFocus | Updated: 9/5/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The increasing worldwide terrorist attack and theft has become driving force in explosion of surveillance systems to protect lives and assets. Every newly built public or private building now requires a complete security and safety plan.

As desert dunes soar next to towering skyscrapers, W Doha Hotel & Residences dazzles by the Arabian Sea. As more and more high-end hotels are built in Qatar, W Hotel wanted to provide more secured experiences for their employees and their valuable guests during their stays in W Hotel for competitive hotel market in Qatar. Therefore, W Hotel turned to EverFocus for a well–planned surveillance system.

In order to provide a complete safe environment for its guests, W Hotel chose EverFocus's cameras and later installed around four hundred fifty EverFocus advanced surveillance cameras in their main entrances, lobby, hallways, stairs, and at the front desk. In order to satisfy W Hotel's requirements, EverFocus worked with the system integrator Genius Vision Digital (GVD) for a complete solution. Installed EverFocus surveillance cameras include EHN3260 IP IR dome, EPN4220 speed dome, and EZN3260, EZN3340 bullet type cameras.

Taiwan Excellence Award winner EPN 4220 is a best-in-class network-based speed dome camera specifically designed for professional applications. It offers 2 megapixel resolution and a built-in 20x optical zoom, aimed at guaranteeing impeccable image quality, in addition to cutting-edge features, such as digital slow shutter (DSS), wide dynamic range (WDR), and dynamic noise reduction (DNR). Equipped with an IP66-rated housings and true day/night function with a removable IR cut filter, the EPN 4220 is certainly designed to withstand all environments. The advanced motion detection function also meets the needs of almost every end-user.

EHN3260 is a 2 megapixel IP wide dynamic Day/Night outdoor IR dome that is perfect for both indoor and outdoor environment. W Hotel installed 398pcs of EHN3250 cameras in the hotel because its P-IRIS Lends, WDR, high performance noise filter, True Day/Night function provide high quality image and meet the vandal proof needs that the hotel required at the same time.

EZN3260 and EZN3340 bullet type IP cameras are also used in this project. EZN3260 is a 2 Megapixel Wide Dynamic Outdoor Bullet IP camera patented algorithm for expert exposure control in dynamic lighting environments. Its highlight suppression backlight compensation/Control (HSBLC) intelligently masks the extreme blooming effects from high-contrast light sources such as car headlights. EZN3340 is a 3 Megapixel outdoor bullet IP camera with the same design as EZN3260 but higher performances that can monitor further distance in darker areas.

Hotel surveillance has become more important than ever. A well organized and installed surveillance system can not only protect the hotel itself but also the guests. 441 EverFocus cameras are installed for complete surveillance and protection in W Hotel. With the installation of the hotel video surveillance, not only it can keep guests safe from theft, violence, but also provide evidences, prevent crimes and thus create a better and pleasant stay for all the guests visiting W Hotel.

Video surveillance is the perfect security solution for hotels and resorts. EverFocus surveillance solutions have been widely used in different vertical markets including businesses, housing, banking, retail. EverFocus has the most cost effective video camera solution for you all around the world.

IDIS DirectIP adopted in Thai luxury hotel resort

IDIS DirectIP adopted in Thai luxury hotel resort

Editor / Provider: IDIS | Updated: 9/5/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

A luxury hotel and resort group has completed the first installation of IDIS DirectIP full-HD surveillance at its new flagship resort in Phuket, Thailand, as part of a wider DirectIP rollout programme. Commissioned ahead of the resort's inauguration in December, the project is the first of twelve DirectIP solutions to be installed across the group's new properties in Asia and North America.

Ahead of opening the Phuket resort, the group's security team needed to implement a modern and high performance HD video surveillance solution that would be unobtrusive and match the resorts luxury brand and image. The solution needed to ensure the safety and security of the resort's guests and staff, while the implementation needed to meet extremely tight deadlines ahead of the inauguration in late 2013.

In November 2013, the hotel group turned to their trusted systems integrator, Rutledge Integrated Systems (RIS). RIS worked in partnership with CCTV specialist's iCenter HD to review a number of server-based surveillance solutions. After thorough evaluation, the team selected DirectIP, based on its innovative high performance combined with its capability for fast and simple implementation, affordable pricing and bundled IDIS Center™ video management, requiring no ongoing licence fees.

The complete end-to-end DirectIP solution, comprising 45 internal and external dome cameras and two 32-channel network video recorders (NVRs), is managed through the simple and intuitive IDIS Center video management software (VMS). The IP-enabled and vandal proof range of one and two megapixel cameras, also feature pan-tilt-zoom, low light and audio functionality. Eighteen terabytes of storage provided by the DirectIP NVRs support the resort's requirement to store 31 days of footage all in full-HD.

The user-friendly solution operates just like a traditional analogue DVR-based system with all the necessary accessories supplied by IDIS to build a complete full-HD surveillance solution.

Andy Rutlege, Managing Director at RIS, said, “The luxury resort group are an existing prestigious and important customer for RIS, and we were determined to complete the project ahead of the inauguration. As an established systems integrator, having completed a large number of IP CCTV projects, DirectIP offered us a previously unseen level of seamless integration. To ensure we delivered the project on time and on budget, iCenter HD distributed the kit in record time to Thailand and remained incredibly responsive throughout the project.

“We are currently rolling out two similar DirectIP solutions in the Maldives and Miami with another nine scheduled over the next few months. We intend to use IDIS DirectIP™ combined with the services offered by iCenter HD for these and many projects in the future.”

Axis IP cams secure the premium hotel in Ukraine

Axis IP cams secure the premium hotel in Ukraine

Editor / Provider: AXIS | Updated: 9/2/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Mission
Modern hotels require modern security hardware, so the project for providing video surveillance at the new premium-class hotel began when the building was still under construction. The integrator was faced with the task of building a reliable video surveillance system that could not only perform the required security functions, but also harmoniously blend in with the hotel's luxurious interior.

Solution
In order to solve this task, specialists from the integrator, Tekhnika Dlia Biznesu (Equipment for business) LTD, carefully analyzed the options available on the market and selected indoor and outdoor Axis fixed cameras: AXIS P1344-E, AXIS M1114, and AXIS P3343. The main points in favor of this solution were the equipment's high quality and wide range of functions. Another important factor was the excellent compatibility of Axis cameras with equipment and software from other manufacturers, since the video stream is managed using Milestone software, and HP servers were chosen to record the archive.

Result
The outcome of the project was a modern, reliable, trouble-free video surveillance system that ensures round-the-clock security for Nobilis Hotel's guests, employees and property. All cameras support HDTV mode, which allows the hotel security service to clearly identify individuals both inside the hotel and in the surrounding area. The clarity of the picture sent from Axis network cameras makes work much easier for the security personnel watching the monitors.

Nobilis is Lviv's only premium-class hotel, and is the benchmark of luxury and elegance. Opened in late 2011, Nobilis harmoniously blends into the architecture of the city's downtown. A refined interior and outstanding service make Nobilis the perfect place for both vacation and various top-level business events. Despite its “youth” the hotel has already won several awards. In the fall of 2012, Nobilis won first place in the “Best Small Hotel in Ukraine” category at the International Hotel Awards. Nobilis is on the list of the hundred best hotels in Ukraine, a partner in the Five Star Alliance, and a leader at Booking.com among Lviv hotels. Owing to its unique architecture with hand-painted murals and musical clock with life-sized figurines, Nobilis is a stop on sightseeing tours as a city landmark.

Security functions
On the one hand, guests and business visitors at hotels of this caliber are generally people for whom personal safety is a very high priority. On the other hand, conferences and other business events attract a large number of people. Therefore, the video surveillance system must record the occurrence of any event or incident, and also allow security personnel and law enforcement officials to see all activity down to the finest detail. Consequently, security cameras must have high image resolution and the ability to identify the participants in an incident.
These requirements are met today by megapixel IP cameras that record in HD quality. Failure of even one security camera weakens site security, which is why high equipment reliability and real-time manufacturer technical support were important requirements for the cameras.
Both the security equipment market and the hotel business are developing rapidly; therefore, despite the fact that the video surveillance project for Nobilis Hotel has been fully completed, options for future system upgrades and expansion must be considered.

Axis selections
Axis network cameras meet all of the project requirements. The HD image ensures high resolution. Support for the ONVIF industry protocol allows the cameras to be integrated with a wide spectrum of equipment from other manufacturers, increasing Axis equipment compatibility in integrated security systems. In addition to meeting requirements, Axis cameras were also chosen in no small part because of the integrator's positive experience working with this equipment and the manufacturer's tech support service. This is why Tekhnika dlia biznesu engineers regularly choose Axis solutions for key projects.
The equipment and software supplier for the project was IQ Trading, an equipment distributor for building integrated security systems, passive network equipment, and solutions for building data processing centers.

Axis secures Moscow commercial center with reactions to unusual situations

Axis secures Moscow commercial center with reactions to unusual situations

Editor / Provider: AXIS | Updated: 8/29/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

Mission
The main objective when planning the video surveillance system was to monitor key zones inside the business center: hallways, elevator banks, reception area, service entrances, etc., as well as the entire surrounding site. The system also needed to be able to record the license plate numbers of vehicles entering the business center site.

Solution
AXIS M3004-V and AXIS M3005-V Network Cameras with a resolution of 1 Mp/HDTV 720p and 2 Mp/HDTV 1080p respectively, were selected for video surveillance inside the business center. AXIS P1355Е Network Cameras with Lightfinder technology are used for 24-hour video surveillance of the surrounding site. This technology enables the system to obtain a quality color image under low light conditions.

Where there is no outdoor lighting, AXIS T90A40 infrared illuminators were installed along with the cameras. AXIS Q1604-E Network Cameras were used for vehicle license plate recognition. Video data is recorded on video servers with Intellect software. The AUTO-Intellect software module is used for license plate recognition. There is also a video surveillance post where images from all video cameras are displayed on eight monitors. A total of over 80 Axis network cameras were installed for the project.

Result
As a result, key zones inside the business center and surrounding site have been placed under surveillance, which allows the system to immediately react to any unusual situations.

High definition IP video surveillance
AXIS M3004-V and AXIS M3005-V Network Cameras with a resolution of 1 Mp/HDTV 720p and 2 Mp/HDTV 1080p respectively, were selected for video surveillance in elevator banks, hallways and the reception area. In addition to other advantages, these cameras have 3-axis adjustment and Axis' Corridor Format. This format is optimized for video surveillance in tall, narrow spaces, such as hallways or stairwells, and it maximizes the amount of useful data in the frame.

Video surveillance under poor lighting conditions
Providing quality video surveillance in the dark of night using megapixel cameras is currently quite a significant challenge. There are areas with insufficient artificial nighttime lighting around the Berezka business center perimeter. AXIS P1355ЕNetwork Cameras were selected to provide video surveillance under poor lighting conditions. These cameras use Axis's unique Lightfinder technology, which provides exceptional light sensitivity with color, even in low light.

AXIS T90A40 infrared illuminators were installed for some areas. A unique feature of these illuminators is that their optical path angle can be adjusted over quite a wide range. This means that the area illuminated with infrared can be adjusted to match the video camera view field.

License plate recognition
AXIS Q1604-E Network Cameras and AUTO-Intellect software (Uragan Slow-2) were selected for vehicle license plate recognition. Thanks to Wide Dynamic Range and the latest video image processing algorithms, AXIS Q1604-E Network Cameras can clearly identify license plates, even under changing conditions, such as oncoming vehicle headlights or pronounced contrast.

The AUTO-Intellect software recognizes 288 types of license plates containing numbers and Cyrillic and Latin characters. This is important, since vehicles with foreign license plates may enter the business center site.

Reliable signal transmission
70 high definition IP cameras create significant digital streams and traffic on active cross connect hardware. Under these conditions, it is important to select highperformance, reliable equipment. Additionally, specific features inherent to video surveillance must be considered when selecting equipment, such as the fact that all outdoor video cameras have High Power over Ethernet. Allied Telesis series AT-X610 high-performance switchboards were selected as a result of engineering calculations. Using stacking modules, all switchboards were connected to form one large virtual switchboard, which results in even greater overall performance. Switchboards were equipped with 800 W power sources in order to provide the outdoor cameras with power via High PoE.

VIVOTEK furnishes a factory for Shakelli Dairy Company in Iran

VIVOTEK furnishes a factory for Shakelli Dairy Company in Iran

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 8/28/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Upgrading a 100 year-old facility with a top of the line surveillance system
Like many companies before it, Shakelli Dairy Company started out small. Before making a splash in the food industry, Shakelli grew from roots planted in the northwestern Iranian town of Tabriz – a city that today boasts a population of almost 1.5 million people. Steady development throughout the early 20th century saw the butter, honey, ghee, and cheese producer distributing products to farther and farther reaches of the country. A point was reached in 1952 when the company outgrew itself, and its ever-expanding operations eventually forced them to relocate to the bustling capital of Tehran. The Shakelli butter and packaging that can be seen in Iranian stores today was actually first presented 50 years ago in 1964. By 1978, the company's operations were completely mechanized. Shakelli has long succeeded in local markets and dairy industries because they have stuck to their guiding principles: ensure quality of the already established product line and engage in extensive R&D to make better products in the future.

Being one of the biggest suppliers of dairy products in Tehran, it is no surprise that Shakelli Dairy Company has a lot of equipment and property, namely large, automated production lines and 4 saloons. The factory has been in operation for over 100 years, making it one of the oldest of its kind in the capital city. In order to stay relevant and remain a major dairy industry player, an important decision had to be made by Shakelli's manager – it was time to upgrade the 100 year-old facility with a top of the line surveillance system. The initiative was put forth by Raymand Pardazesh Pasargad Co., the System Integrator of PFN Technology in Tehran, and the first phase of the project was carried out in collaboration with VIVOTEK. Chosen for their superior quality and competitive pricing, VIVOTEK's products were set for action in the following project phase, as soon as add-ons to the saloons were complete.

Comprehensive surveillance system Safeguards the overall factory operation
A total of 96 cameras across 12 models were installed in the factory, but a special mention goes out to the FE8172V, IP8372, IP8362, and FD8335H cameras. The FE8172V model was selected due to its fish eye lens and 360-degree surround view, making it an ideal ceiling camera. A single such camera covers a lot of ground and is a sufficient solution for all mid-sized rooms. The IP8372 was chosen particularly for monitoring points of entrance and exit, as the vicinity sees a multitude of large trucks with trailers and other vehicles. With the capability of capturing license plate numbers clearly, 5-Megapixel resolution, and WDR technology, this camera does not let anything slip through the cracks. When it comes to visibility under poor lighting condition, the IP8362 shines. In addition to excellent image quality and night vision capabilities, the camera is designed for outdoor settings and can easily be mounted on fences and walls. Lastly, to monitor the interior space of trailers and trucks, the FD8335H was mounted on a loading dock. With WDR Pro technology, the cameras can produce a clear video feed of what is occurring inside large vehicles, in spite of the dark areas. This ensures that the administration team at Shakelli can monitor every move when goods are loaded and unloaded at the site.

In order to improve and centralize video management at the site, VIVOTEK's professional central management software VAST was adopted. With intuitive functions and numerous features, the 96 cameras can be managed in a hierarchical system structure, making for efficient and effective monitoring, recording, playback, and event trigger management.

Safer environment ensures a better business operation
“By March of 2014, the entire project was up and running,” said William Ku, VP of the International Business Division at VIVOTEK, “and we couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out. By installing an extensive and high quality surveillance system with VIVOTEK's cameras, the operation efficiency and security at Shakelli's factory has improved tremendously.”

VIVOTEK provides a safe learning environment in Prairie Hill School District

VIVOTEK provides a safe learning environment in Prairie Hill School District

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 8/26/2014 | Article type: Education

The Prairie Hill School District is a gateway community on the North East state line. The District is part suburb and 100% committed to offering the finest instructional program in the area. It believes that an effective instructional program requires a school environment where student safety is top priority. To ensure the safety of its students, as well as staff, the Prairie Hill School District recently deployed VIVOTEK network surveillance cameras with Exacq video management software.

While student safety is a main concern at the Prairie Hill School District, it is also important to create a friendly and open learning environment. With this in mind, the district was looking for an advanced surveillance system that could deliver clear and accurate image detail with fewer cameras installed as inconspicuously as possible. With the recommendation from Professional System, a local provider of technology services, including surveillance system design, installation, and services, Prairie Hill School District decided to deploy the VIVOTEK network cameras because of their superior image quality, resulting in significantly fewer cameras needed and providing overall surveillance success while maintaining a friendly school atmosphere. “After comparing solutions from multiple manufacturers, it quickly became clear that VIVOTEK meets all the requirements,” said William A. Burton, President of Professional System. “With a mixture of indoor and outdoor VIVOTEK cameras, we were able to create a complete surveillance system that not only provides safety to students and staff, but also help the school to catch and record conflicts and interactions between students during school activity, which helped the school administration to control and maintain peaceful activity.”

A total of 196 VIVOTEK cameras ranging from 1 to 3 Megapixel resolution were installed throughout 8 campuses by Professional System Inc. in three installation phases to serve different surveillance needs. In phase one, a total of 74 VIVOTEK cameras were installed in interior and exterior areas throughout the main 3-story building for general surveillance, including 41 units of FE8171V, an outdoor vandal-proof fisheye camera with 360° field of view. FE8171Vs were mostly installed in the hallways and library because of their wide angle field of view which significantly reduce the amount of cameras needed for complete coverage. “One of the security concerns was monitoring incidents during break times when there were large amount of students moving between classes. Using a VIVOTEK FE8171V wide angle camera, we were able to capture a panoramic image that normally requires 2-3 IP cameras,” said William. “This installation not only resulted in significant savings to the school district, but also provided an open and friendly learning environment due to the discreet form factor of the camera housings.”

During the 2nd installation phase, 60 VIVOTEK cameras were installed mostly on the exteriors of the remaining 7 campuses, including multiple units of SD8314E, an outdoor pan tilt camera with 18X optical zoom to monitor parking lots and other outdoor activities. With the 18X optical zoom capability, an administrator can easily zoom into a particular area of interest to record important data, for example, license plate details. After the completion of installing all the outdoor cameras, Professional System plans to kick off the final installation phase in August 2014 to install additional 62 VIVOTEK cameras in the interior areas throughout 7 campuses.

The security team at the Prairie Hill School District seamlessly manages and monitors the recorded high definition video captured by VIVOTEK cameras using Exacq management software in the security office, with the surveillance video also being accessible by selected administrators, including the school Principal. The combination of VIVOTEK's cameras with Exacq management software has proven to be a reliable enterprise surveillance system. “We were impressed with how well VIVOTEK's cameras work with the Exacq software,” said William. “With the user-friendly features from Exacq and superior image quality from VIVOTEK cameras, we delivered the most ideal solution for our customer.”

With student and staff safety a key priority at the Prairie Hill School District, the new VIVOTEK surveillance system offers the ability to keep everyone safe while maintaining an open educational atmosphere. “The VIVOTEK surveillance cameras help the school to catch and record conflicts and interactions between students during school activity; this is a very important piece to help the school to control and maintain peaceful activity,” said Julia Veazey, Director of Technology at the Prairie Hill School District. “We are very happy with the result and look forward to deploying more VIVOTEK cameras later this year to further enhance the level of security across the board.”

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