8 Things You Should Know About Surveillance Solutions in Schools

Pearl River, NY (February 24. 2015) – Faced with limited budgets, school boards and other education management organizations are seeking more robust, budget-friendly security solutions. IP video surveillance is poised to meet these needs by providing better integration with other technologies, ease of access, network capabilities and the ability to scale systems to meet the specific needs of educational institutions of all sizes.

Below are eight important things to know about video surveillance that should be considered in the selection process.

1. Video surveillance alone may not be enough.
Schools often lack the resources to have someone monitoring live video at all times. As a result, surveillance is often used primarily to document and investigate incidents after the fact. Since there is a lack of security resources in schools there becomes an even stronger need for a video management system (VMS). Advanced capabilities of VMS enable increased functionality, integration with other security and non-security systems, ease of use and cost-efficiency. For example, schools can use VMS to combine surveillance, access control and other Physical Security/Identity Management (PSIM) solutions into a single platform to provide an increased layer of security to help meet their security goals.

2. Surveillance doesn’t have to be expensive.
Today’s IP-based solutions allow various systems, areas and locations to be tied together for management of live and recorded video, eliminating the need for on-site staff to manage video at each location. Additionally, an open-platform VMS that conforms to security industry standards gives schools the freedom to choose best-in-breed components that fit within their budgets. Interoperability and connectivity can make it possible for users to consolidate and share information from video surveillance and other security systems that are not in the same building.<.p>

3. Multiple users can view and manipulate the same video at the same time.
Today’s VMS have the ability to provide multiple operators with full control over video, including PTZ presets, joystick control, digital zoom and more. With these intuitive features built into the user interface, selected operators have the advantage they need to make the right decision when an alert is sent. Further, because parameters are controlled digitally, multiple users can access and manipulate the view of the same video simultaneously without affecting others’ views.

4. Surveillance video is network-friendly.
Schools and other organizations have very real concerns about the effect of video surveillance on network performance. However, there are a number of technologies designed specifically to reduce bandwidth and storage requirements for video. These include advanced compression technologies that reduce video data files to network-friendly sizes, video analytics that can help determine which video should be transmitted and when, and cameras that offer built-in storage via SD card. These technologies reduce the likelihood that schools will need expensive installations or upgrades to their IT networks to accommodate video surveillance.

5. Video systems can meet the needs of educational institutions of all sizes.
Most VMS offer licensing with virtually unlimited scalability in terms of users and cameras. This ensures that the surveillance system schools select today will be capable of accommodating future changes in the size and scope without requiring the purchase and deployment of additional software.

6. School surveillance systems can assist law enforcement and first responders.
VMS can allow law enforcement and first responders to view video in the event of an emergency. The real-time situational awareness can increase both the speed and effectiveness of the response to an incident and potentially avert or minimize a crisis. With the ability for multiple users to digitally pan, tilt and zoom out of live video without affecting others’ view, first responders can access information relevant to their role in an incident response.

7. Mobile solutions can augment video surveillance.
Smartphones, tablets and other portable devices have become an essential element of security today. VMS ensure bandwidth-friendly operational efficiencies. These include full-motion playback of up to 16 HD video streams of live or recorded video at their original frame rate with full digital PTZ control of each camera via low and high bandwidths. Additionally, users can access multiple HD images in real-time from a mobile device or PC with standard web interface.

8. The capabilities of video surveillance extend beyond security.
Surveillance cameras and VMS can help administrators improve schools’ operations, including managing disciplinary problems or monitoring the flow of students between classes. Video can also be an excellent resource for legal issues. Security operators can quickly and easily access video footage for resolving disputes and legal matters.

Organizations that understand these concepts will be in the best position to ensure that the video surveillance system they deploy will meet their security and budgetary needs. Thanks to advanced VMS, schools and other educational institutions can take advantage of the most cutting-edge technologies that will serve them well both today and in the future.

About OnSSI

OnSSI offers breakthrough VMS technology that’s field proven at tens of thousands of installations globally. The company’s flagship Ocularis IP security and surveillance platform delivers open architecture, scalability and process automation at reduced operating costs. And with the addition of Ocularis Web and Mobile, utilizing OnSSI’s High Definition Interactive Streaming (HDIS), OnSSI delivers the fastest and highest resolution mobile and web access video delivery solution available.