Megapixel cameras protect Montgomery County schools.

IQInvision Press Release 10 April 2008 – Demands for increased school security lead Maryland state schools to deploy IP surveillance technology using megapixel cameras for perimeter protection.

IQinVision has announced that Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) in Maryland is deploying IQeye megapixel IP cameras throughout its high schools and middle schools and eventually in its elementary schools as well. James Gompers is serving as consultant to the project and Netcom Technologies is overseeing project installation.

With more than 200 schools and facilities, 138,000 students, and over 21,000 employees, security is an extremely important undertaking for MCPS. Post 9-11, the County Council provided Bob Hellmuth, MCPS director of school safety and security, with funds to purchase security cameras for the high schools. “We put 16 to 32 cameras in each school along with a VCR,” Hellmuth related. “We were surprised at how short the equipment shelf life was—the VCRs kept breaking down; then we went to DVRs, but we knew we could do better.”

MCPS maintains its own alarm control center—monitoring perimeters, boilers, water flow, refrigeration, windows for breakage, and more. Hellmuth’s vision was to be able to integrate onto a single platform all alarm monitoring with both access control and video surveillance for all schools on the County’s network. One thing he knew, he couldn’t do it with DVRs.

James Gompers began working with Hellmuth and his team to design a system and select the hardware and software to fulfill the school district’s ambitious goals. Milestone was chosen for IP Video Management and Maxxess for access control. Gompers had recently conducted an extensive competition among top IP camera makers for a major university project. IQeye cameras from IQinVision won that competition based on their superior image resolution and network stability. “For what we wanted to accomplish, the IQeye was the best choice for us. We would go with nothing less than megapixel cameras both for image quality and for coverage,” Hellmuth concluded.

MCPS has 25 high schools, 35 middle schools, and 135 elementary schools, and the plan is for all schools to implement video surveillance. The most immediate need is in the middle schools, which on average are deploying 50 IQeye cameras. The high schools require a larger number of cameras and while plans are not yet complete for the elementary schools, those locations will have a relatively fewer number of cameras.

Coverage objectives for the middle and high schools include all entrance doors, public areas, hallways, lockers, cafeterias, stairwells, and gyms. Each school monitors and stores their own video; cameras are on 24/7 and record on motion. The central command and control, where all alarm monitoring is done and where Hellmuth is located, has access to all video, access control, and alarm data.

“We believe that for students to learn and staff to be effective, they have to believe they are in a safe learning and working environment. We must assure parents that we can take care of their children, and if there was ever a major incident, that we are prepared to take care of the situation,” Hellmuth said. “We don’t monitor the cameras live at all times, so if we have an incident, we need to be certain we’ve got good images. We’re very pleased with the quality of our video images and the ease of use of the entire system. It’s one platform, it’s easy to operate, and our administrators as well police and fire have access to the system—that’s vitally important.”

“The MCPS command centre runs 24/7 and handles 30,000 alarm signals per month,” commented Paul Bodell, IQinVision’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Our IQeye megapixel cameras provide the image quality and reliability to monitor and verify alarm activity, to reconstruct events, and to offer live feeds for all the different security challenges a school district must be prepared to manage effectively. Montgomery County’s extensive deployment of IQeye cameras demonstrates our effectiveness for the critical and growing education market.”

About IQinVision
IQinVision is the world leader in megapixel IP video. Since 1998, IQinVision has been designing, manufacturing, and marketing the IQeye family of high-performance network cameras, intelligent cameras, and network video recording (NVR) systems. Committed to leading the industry with highly-valued products and customer service, IQinVision was first to market with HDTV and megapixel cameras and has received numerous awards from Frost & Sullivan, ST&D, Detektor, IIPSEC, and others. IQeye network cameras are renowned for image quality, stability, and reliability in the most demanding network conditions and environments. The IQeye acts as a stand-alone NVR or integrates with third-party NVR and video analytics software for enterprise-wide deployments. IQinVision products are available as IQeye-brand, private-labeled, or OEM models, and have been widely deployed in city center, property management, education, retail, casino, government, transportation, and a number of other vertical market applications. IQinVision is a privately-held corporation headquartered in San Clemente, California with regional offices in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Utrecht, Netherlands. For more information:
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