Two high schools in the Redlands (Calif.) Unified School District are taking a closer look at safety with more than 100 IQeye HD megapixel cameras from IQinVision.
Viewing IQeye camera images through an OnSSI magagement system in the Redlands Unified School District
The district has been upgrading its network backbone since 2004.
“By mid-2007, we now had the network infrastructure in place to fully implement an IP video surveillance system,” said David Massaro, coordinator of Technology Services for Redlands Unified. Before the upgrade, Redlands East Valley High School had an antiquated analog CCTV system with VHS tapes that had been upgraded to an NVR. “The cameras were unreliable, we could see activity but we couldn’t see what was really going on,” he said.
“We looked at a lot of different products, but the ones that caught my eye were the OnSSI software and the multi-megapixel camera technology,” he said. “We looked at several major IP camera manufacturers and we liked the 1.3 megapixel models from IQinVision, there was really nothing else out there like it at the time.”
Initially, the District installed 18 IQeye 501s at Redlands High School—the oldest high school in the state continuously at a single location—managed by the open-platform OnSSI video management system.
“The original 18-camera system was absolutely a success, and we’ve had virtually no problems with the cameras at all,” Massaro said.
Then, the stage was set to roll out IP surveillance on the district’s very robust network, with the eventual goal to centralize all video and data back at the district building, while staff monitored their own camera views at each location. Next in line was the new Citrus Valley High School.
“After the experience at Redlands, we knew exactly what we wanted at Citrus Valley,” Massaro said.
There, the district has installed 53 IQeye Sentinel cameras for exterior surveillance and 36 IQeye Alliance dome cameras to monitor the administrative offices, library, hallways, the security offices and other key interior locations. The installation has been up and running since August 2009.
At Citrus Valley High School, Sgt. Dan Kivett and his staff are in charge of safety and security for the 2,500 students, plus faculty and staff.
“With the ongoing state budget cuts, this system gives us another six pairs of eyes,” Kivett said. At any one time, he has three full-time officers on campus and one staff member monitoring video from the Security office six hours a day, during the school day. “During each lunch period, we’ve got 1,200 students spread out over a 60-acre campus—the video helps make much more of the campus visible and it allows us to handle any disputes quickly.”
In just a few months of operation, the HD megapixel quality images have aided security staff in solving infractions ranging from the theft of a few bags of chips in the cafeteria line to scuffles and the occasional fight. The system also helps to solve disputes in a positive way; for example a student was accused of not paying for his lunch, but the video clearly showed payment had been made.
The District is monitoring and recording video at the high schools at speeds ranging from 5 to 15 fps. Video is stored for 16 days, long enough for any incident to be reported and checked out if it wasn’t observed real-time. Future plans call for gradually rolling out a standardized video surveillance system to all D23 of the district’s schools.
The Redlands Unified School District serves the communities of Redlands, Loma Linda, Mentone, San Bernardino, Yucaipa and East Highland. Conduit Networks of Temecula, Calif., is the project integrator.
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