The Stoughton Area School District in south-central Wisconsin has implemented the advanced multi-site NetDVMS network video recorder and camera management system from On-Net Surveillance Systems Inc. (OnSSI) optimize the use of the its 62 video surveillance cameras.
The OnSSI system provides an intuitive user interface.
The system includes OnSSI’s new Ocularis Client software, with an intuitive interface that makes complex operational functions easier to manage.
Dennis Barkenhagen, Buildings and Grounds director for the district, said the decision to go with an IP-based video surveillance system was an easy choice , but selecting an NVR and camera management system took a little more due diligence.
“The OnSSI solution was selected because of its simplicity and ease of use, among other criteria,” he said. “We looked at several manufacturers’ products, attended trade shows and researched solutions online, but ultimately went with the OnSSI Net DVMS product because of its user friendliness and its capability for expansion and the ease with which supplemental cameras can be added.”
The six district schools are linked to the administration building using a fiber backbone in a spoke and hub configuration. This fiber backbone was partitioned for video use. Images from all the cameras are transmitted to the NetDVMS software, which resides on the server in the administration building.
All video is recorded and archived centrally at the administration building, although each school is set up so that the principal can view images from his or her school.
The majority of the cameras are located outside, with a camera inside each building at the main entrance.
One set of features that appealed to the district was the system’s powerful investigation tools, including the ability to pan, tilt and zoom into recorded images.
“The concept behind our surveillance revolves around motion detection. If motion is detected, the NVR records the motion at a higher frame rate,” said Barkenhagen. “All of this is set up in the software and we don’t have to do anything once it’s programmed. It’s the same for the PTZ units. They are programmed for tour sequences at night around the high school.”