ISC East: School Security Is Still Hot Topic

Numerous tragedies at schools and on campuses will remain a hot topic in the security world. Rightfully so, -- safeguarding our students should receive high priority.

One interesting product on display at ISC East comes from MOBOTIX, who announced an IP-based video solution, which also has been installed to address potential security issues at the high school level in Jackson, Ohio.

The good news is there are solutions, and schools, colleges and universities are turning to intelligent digital surveillance solutions to prevent problems and invite interactive solutions. Officials from Jackson High, located in Cleveland, chose a solution that best fit their needs and likely would help any high school.

Jackson HS had a standard analog surveillance system in place, which was recording to DVR. But the school was recently modernized and required up-to-date technology, including digital video. School officials looked thoroughly at many options, but in the end selected a digital IP camera, based on its features and the ability to provide a sufficiently high level of security. The main focus was vandalism, general student safety and improved facility access control.

“In the post-9/11 world and with the recent tragedy at Virginia Tech, high school and college security issues remain a crucial matter,” said Wolfgang Ritter, director of U.S. sales for MOBOTIX. “Despite this, security cameras remain stuck in the low tech, analog era, with grainy images and limited intelligence. We look forward to helping schools get up to speed with the advanced IP video cameras.”

The cameras at the high school were install in common areas, hallways, cafeterias and around the schoolyard. Three cameras also were installed at the school’s bus garage.

“When students know that we can see precisely when where and what is gong on around the school facilities, they simply behave much better,” said Doug Winkler, business manager at Jackson HS.

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Ralph C. Jensen is editor-in-chief of Security Today magazine.

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