United School District (USD) 501 in Topeka, Kansas, once relied on limited analog security systems to cover a few of its 40 school campuses and facilities. These stand-alone systems were not connected and produced poor image quality that resulted in difficulties addressing and resolving incidents. As school safety issues continued to persist, performance was impacted and enrollment dropped at some district schools.
In choosing its new solution, the district worked with local integrator ISG Technology. ISG has been named Milestone Partner of the Year and has a long history of expertise installing Milestone solutions. ISG worked closely with the school to identify the solution that would meet their needs — starting with Milestone XProtect Corporate video management software (VMS) and 150 Axis network cameras, plus integrated access control door monitoring.
The district voted in 2015 to continue expanding the Milestone/Axis solution to cover schools across the district and add monitoring capabilities using the Milestone Mobile client that gives access to the video from smartphones and laptops. Currently, the district’s system covers 15 schools with about 1,200 cameras, and there are plans to add approximately 1,000 cameras and cover 25 more schools by mid-2017.
IP Network Advantages
Milestone’s IP VMS provided a significant upgrade to the district’s analog system and greatly enhanced its ability to centrally monitor and efficiently respond to incidents on and around school campuses. The added functionality of the Milestone software allows the district to easily access video locally at individual school locations or off site on computers or mobile devices.
Read the full customer story about how Milestone Systems secures Topeka School District.