San Diego Schools Upgrade to Open Platform Video Management Solution

The district sought an IP video solution that could be centrally administered to handle more than 200 facilities.

SAN DIEGO – San Diego Unified School District, the second largest school district in California, recently deploy an open platform IP video management software (VMS) solution from Milestone Systems.

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The school district’s previous video surveillance solution presented a number of problems. It required two management servers in which most settings had to be replicated, which was awkward and cumbersome. Programming cameras required navigating two operating systems. Training administrators and end users on the old technology also took a lot of time, as did making district-wide updates.

Being an organization with more than 200 facilities, San Diego Unified School District sought a video surveillance technology solution that could be centrally administered, and support high-definition (HD) quality images to more effectively manage behavior and prevent vandalism. It had to be expandable in the future and accommodate additions such as the access control technology the district hopes to deploy within one or two years.

Installation/design partner Proshop Group and Dotworkz designed and implemented the network security solution, choosing Milestone XProtect VMS. Its open platform allows the schools to manage 1,169 video cameras from a mix of manufacturers: Axis, Bosch, IQinVision, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony. The installation runs on IBM and Dell servers.

Dotworkz president Will Ferris believes that Milestone’s open platform provides the greatest value for what is most important to San Diego Unified School District. This includes scalability, incorporating new functionality and enhancing the level of safety and security for parents, students and teachers.

“We helped the district in its quest for better camera and processing technology. We served as a guide, showing them the advantages of Milestone’s open platform and advised them to complete the training required to become certified in the technology,” Ferris says. “We also built the housings for their external cameras.”

The cameras are installed at points where break-ins commonly occur and in areas where students gather that are the most problematic.

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