The Caddo Parish public school system in Northwest Louisiana has invested in 7,000 megapixel cameras to enhance their security and surveillance capabilities throughout the district. There are 70 elementary, middle, high and special-function schools in the district, all of which benefit from the upgraded surveillance system.
Before upgrading to the IQinVision IP megapixel surveillance system, Caddo utilized an array of different technologies and systems across the district. The system suffered from a severe storage limitation- Steve White, Director of Construction and Capital Projects, explained “We’d view something on Friday, and come Monday when we wanted to see it again, the event had already been over-written.”
The surveillance system overhaul begain in the summer of 2011, but when US federal stimulus monies became available in 2012, Caddo was able to opt for IQinVision's high-end HD megapixel solutions.
“These new HD megapixel cameras were a big step forward for us,” recalled White.
The IQinVision HD megapixel cameras have been installed in each level of school. Elementary schools required only about 100 cameras, where middle and high schools required 200-300 cameras per building.
The HD cameras benefit the schools in many ways, according to Roy Murray, Director of Security. “The video tells the whole, unbiased truth,” Murray commented. “We no longer have to deal with ‘he said, she said’, we know what actually happened in the incidents we are investigating.”
When it comes to misplaced items, slip-and-fall claims or accusations of teachers or staff, these HD cameras show enough image quality for security staff to make positive IDs on perpetrators.
The cameras are monitored by security and staff during the school day. Classrooms and common areas, such as hallways, cafeterias and auditoriums, are all monitored. The new IP system is a great success for the Caddo Parish school system- “I can’t tell you the number of times we had failures with the prior system,” White recalled.
With high-quality IP megapixel cameras in place throughout the grounds of the school system, teachers, staff and parents all have more peace-of-mind, knowing the students are on campus and safe.