Here's Some Questions To Ask Before Installing Video Security Cameras in Schools

Education Technology Insights | Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Several factors such as location, bandwidth, and relevant laws should be considered before installing IP video security cameras in schools.

FREMONT, CA: Nowadays, in the era of digitization, security and safety have become more critical, and educational institutions have a lot to protect. Networked security, commonly known as, IP video cameras are a crucial part of school security strategies.

Here are some questions to be asked before installing IP video cameras:

What Are the Features of an Ideal Location?

Some cameras are explicitly designed to operate indoors, and some are made for outdoors to capture images from long distances or run by remote control. The intended placement of IP video systems will tell the type of cameras to buy and deploy. While picking a location for IP camera, keep the following tips in mind:

• To deter misconduct, use cameras inconspicuous areas.

• To monitor visitors, choose ingress and egress points.

• To detect vandalism, install in poorly lit or hidden places.

• For liability purposes, set up in meeting locations.

Is There a Need for Audio?

One of the top features of IP video systems is Audio which provides additional context to recorded video. Some video management systems already have audio analytics integrated to make video review easier. It’s also essential to strike a balance between privacy and security. Understand how the laws in your state govern recorded conversations and consult your legal team to ensure you comply. 

Has the Network Been Updated?

For a perfect performance and reliability of IP video cameras, a strong network is needed. Networks affect issues such as video retrieval speed, video clarity, network resiliency and lapses in the footage. Try to connect cameras via fiber optic cabling instead of copper because research indicates that a switch reduces network-related issues by 90 percent. 

Tips for Choosing the Appropriate Video Management System

Video management systems are like the brains of the deployment, so at a minimum, a VMS should have these features:

• Camera recording

• Motion-activated recording

• Alarm management

• Frame rate control

• Camera management

• Multiple-camera monitoring

The institutions should also decide whether to use an open or closed system. Open systems have the benefit of letting IT pros work with equipment they are comfortable using, and they run on commodity hardware with components selected by the IT team. Closed systems are built for performance, but they limit the choice of hardware; often, this includes cameras and other infrastructure. None of these approaches is better; it’s just a matter of choice as to whether flexibility or performance is more important. 

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