CCTV in Education Institutions

Security, theft and student/teacher personal safety are an increasing priority for Principals. There has been a general decline in respect for public assets.Education over the last 30 years or so. Where once it might have been the norm to allow visitors onto school and university grounds, this now poses a potential threat for students, teachers and material assets.

The use of CCTV in educational institutions can be broken down into two broad categories.

Specifically, issues such as graffiti, vandalism, anti-social behaviour and unwanted visitors need to be addressed by all education establishments. With the ever increasing cost of new technologies in schools, the risk of burglary, arson and vandalism needs to be given the appropriate consideration.

Bullying is a major problem in many schools, CCTV is being used as a tool to reduce this issue by placing cameras at strategic locations, that are known to be hot-spots. When an incident occurs an authorised user will review the footage and identify the culprit/s.

Drugs are another concern, video evidence of drug dealing can be passed on to the Police.

Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) systems have long been one of the tools used to decrease the risk of such issues. Traditionally CCTV systems have been costly to implement due to the layout of schools and universities. Long cable runs from each camera back to a central viewing and recording system are now a thing of the past.

Camvex Video Surveillance has developed a CCTV/IP video system which utilises the facilities’ own IP network, removing the need to install cable runs to a central location. This reduces installation costs substantially.

Cameras can be recorded locally, near network nodes usually located in each building or at a central location.

Nominated Users can monitor and playback camera footage from any authorised PC. Oursolutions support a wide choice of CCTV technologies and cabling infrastructure.

 

CCTV Technology choices

We pride ourselves on giving you choice of CCTV technologies as well as supporting multiple platforms concurrently under one software platform. Almost all these options are capable of utilising your existing cabling infrastructure which saves you are great deal of money.

Below: Distributed System Design

Distributed system design


 

Below: Centralised System Design

Centralised Design

Freedom VMS - Multi-Platform CCTV Software

Freedom VMS (Video Management Software) is an Australian designed and manufactured surveillance software solution developed by Camvex. Freedom VMS is built on Multi-Platform support which is CCTV technology agnostic and compatible with CCTV hardware from the worlds’ largest manufacturers including Omega, Maxima, as well as ONVIF Profile S IP cameras from Axis, Panasonic, Sony and Samsung.

The key principles of Freedom VMS are to provide;

The diagrams below illustrates eMap on playback

eMap on Playback

What do Education Stakeholders say ?

“Every weekend and especially on the long weekends we had damage throughout the school. Since Camvex has been employed we have very minimal vandalism. Camvex was amazing in organising the installation and we have no difficulties with the system.”
(Victor Armstrong, Principal, Eildon Primary School)

“After migrating a few of our existing SD cameras to 1080p HD-CVI technology we are impressed with the significant improvement in picture quality. Being able to do this gradually over time, utilising our existing coax cable, is very cost effective. The Freedom client software is backward compatible with the old and new recorders making it a straight forward transition for our staff.”
(Graham Broadbent, Assistant Principal, Banyan Fields Primary School)

“Camvex were very responsive to the school’s needs when installing our CCTV system. Locations were thoroughly
analysed and discussed prior to the installation seeking maximum coverage for each camera. Importantly the system has assisted the school to restore community confidence following a series of fires and vandalism. The work undertaken by Camvex was completed really well and I have no hesitation in recommending them.”
(Micheal Cormick, Principal, Sussex Height Primary School )

"We recently migrated all of our existing SD cameras to 1080p HD-CVI technology and we are impressed with the significant improvement in picture quality. It was previously difficult to identify exactly who was in the picture but now we are provided with extremely clear images. The utilisation of our existing coax cable made the upgrade cost effective and the entire process was completed in a very short time. Our existing Freedom Client software is fully compatible with the new recorders making it a straight forward transition for our staff.”
(Jason Coningsby, Principal, Concord School – Bundoora)

"The HD CCTV system installed by Camvex provides excellent image quality and has been beneficial for identifying offenders after vandalism has occurred. The eMaps operation is very user friendly and intuitive”.
(Karl Hakkinen, IT Support | IT Security Expert, Boronia K-12 College)

 

Network Edge Recording

Network EdgeCamvex has developed a CCTV/IP video system which utilises the facilities’ existing IP network, removing the need to install cable runs to a central location. This reduces installation costs substantially.

Network managers need not be concerned. Continuous video streaming is not required for the system to operate. All cameras are recorded locally, near network nodes (usually located in each building). Camera images are streamed over the network only when actually viewing live cameras or reviewing incidents.

Cameras can also be viewed and reviewed over the web via “Client Software” provided free of charge with installation. What this means is, that if you are the Principal or Facility Manager of a school or university, you can monitor or playback camera scenes from any authorised internet network connection.

 

IP CCTV in education

Educational institutions are well suited for an IP CCTV surveillance system, because most schools have an existing computer network infrastructure. This can eliminate the need to lay thick coax cable thus significantly reducing installation costs. IP based CCTV surveillance systems use a computer network to transmit video streams. Although more expensive than traditional analogue base systems, IP based CCTV systems offer higher image resolution which can aid in the actual identification of an individual. IP systems offer more flexible viewing options. To see some examples of a schools utilizing an IP CCTV system check out the 2 videos at the bottom of this page.

Upgrading to an IP based CCTV system can be done in stages, analogue cameras can be integrated into a fully digital IP based systems via the use of an encoder or you could start replacing your analogue cameras with IP cameras that have analogue outputs, then at a later stage you could replace your DVR with an NVR. Adding an IP camera is like adding an additional Computer to your school, just plug it into an existing free LAN port. On a traditional analogue system you have to run thick coax every time you want to add a camera, which is why IP based CCTV are considered more scalable.

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