School District Installs New Cameras, IP Gear for its Expansive Campus

The district covers 41 square miles along the U.S.-Mexico border
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The Mission Consolidated Independent School District installed Arecont Vision megapixel video cameras and a Milestone Systems’ IP management system.

MISSION, Texas – The Mission Consolidated Independent School District sits in a unique locale. The district covers 41 square miles along the U.S.-Mexico border, serving nearly 16,000 students in four high schools, four junior high schools, 14 elementary schools and two special-needs schools.

That expansive locale – combined with a need to have portable cameras to facilitate investigations into incidences – led the district to upgrade its cameras and IP video management system.

After several years of evaluating Internet protocol camera management software systems, the Mission school district chose American Surveillance Company to assist with camera installations and installed a Milestone Systems’ open platform IP software configuration for a number of the school campuses.

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Rene Flores, security management coordinator, oversees the IPTV tech needs for a district covering 41 square miles along the U.S.-Mexico border.

In 2013, the Mission school district created a command center manned by technicians who maintain cameras and ensure servers are fully operational. Newly installed Arecont Vision megapixel video cameras include 180- and 360-degree panoramic options and audio-enabled models, with motion detection, day/night functionality, vandal-resistant housings and remote focus/zoom.

The Mission school district is now operating more than 600 IP cameras and 260 analog cameras, with encoders to convert analog video to digital. A dedicated server sits at each campus, with multiple servers in select locations. Perimeters are protected around each campus, and cameras are deployed at points of entry in school gymnasiums, cafeterias, libraries, hallways and playgrounds.

“We’re building a new college learning center for the incoming school year, and we’re remodeling an old high school and adding on to several other facilities. These will require new cameras and I want to get it right from the beginning,” said Rene Flores, security management coordinator at the Mission school district, adding that the Milestone open platform has allowed the district to add to and manage the system as needed. “It’s both adaptive and user friendly, which means we can add users when we need to with minimal training,” he said.

Another limitation with the district’s older analog system was it could not be accessed remotely, and the previous DVRs were not interconnected on a single system. The Milestone network video solution has resolved these issues, Flores said.

“I can pull up the feed from any campus to see what’s happening anytime, or troubleshoot a problem with a camera or a server,” he said.

The technology also allows the school district to to work seamlessly with the four different police departments who have jurisdiction across the Mission school district.

“Sometimes the police will contact us for access to videos for a case they’re working on,” Flores said. “They give us a date, timeframe and a brief idea of what they’re looking for. We can drop the video into their desktop and the files are exported with a viewer. It’s that easy.”