Schools are increasingly turning to video surveillance as a way to promote safety and protect their students, faculty, and physical assets. Installing a new surveillance system, or upgrading an aging one, is a daunting task for any large school district. Doing it for one of the largest public school districts in the United States, with hundreds of thousands of students and tens of thousands of employees, is even more of a challenge.
Ensuring safety within the district extends far beyond taking care of students — there are more than 200 facilities within the district’s purview, including administrative facilities for food services, nursing, human resources, parking enforcement, and the district’s own police department. There are also financial considerations; school budgets are typically tight, especially when salaries, capital costs, benefits, books, and other supplies are considered. The organization needed an affordable surveillance system that still delivered the quality and high resolution necessary to have robust coverage of its facilities.