Arecont Vision Surveillance System Helps Texas School District Improve Security

The Flour Bluff Independent School District has installed more than 130 Arecont Vision megapixel cameras to monitor six campuses and other facilities.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – When officials at the Flour Bluff Independent School District (FBISD) decided to upgrade their outdated analog video surveillance system, they selected an Arecont Vision megapixel IP camera solution to help improve security across the district.

With six campuses, three athletic gyms, two football fields, a baseball and softball complex, tennis courts, auditorium, wetlands pavilion, and district office buildings, the district serves more than 5,600 students.

Unfortunately, the district had a 12-year-old video surveillance system in place that had become too outdated for school administrators to justify expansion. The low quality video, its proprietary nature, and performance issues made it abundantly clear that a new system was needed.

District officials decided to upgrade surveillance by adding more than 130 cameras to monitor facilities.

FBISD installed the SurroundVideo AV40185DN 40-megapixel 180 degree panoramic camera to cover and monitor large, open exterior areas, while the SurroundVideo AV8185DN 8-megapixel panoramic cameras are installed at front entrances, parking lots and for coverage of the entire cafeteria.

The MegaVideo AV5115DN compact megapixel cameras provide highly detailed views of the high school from across the street. Additional MegaDome cameras cover entryways, exits, and throughout the school for indoor coverage.

The district has also integrated the Arecont Vision cameras, along with 16 legacy analog cameras, with exacqVision’s enterprise video management system (VMS) software for live and recorded video administration and playback.

District officials note that since installing the system, image clarity has improved dramatically.

“We were immediately impressed with the video quality and clarity Arecont Vision’s cameras provide,” Alex Puente, director of technology for FBISD says. “When we saw a demonstration of their low-light performance, network-friendly bitrates, and other features, we knew they would be the best choice for our new surveillance system.”

Additionally, Puente is pleased that the new system allows security officers to view and monitor live video images on their iPads.

“Our security officers can easily see all the hallways at once, which increases their situational awareness and allows them to respond to incidents more quickly and appropriately,” he says.

District officials cite more comprehensive coverage with fewer cameras as one of the many benefits of the new surveillance system. Additionally, they find the system easy to use, manage and build upon.

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