Three Reasons to Upgrade Your School Security Cameras

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From an elementary school laying the basic foundation of lifelong development to a university where the next generation of leaders is preparing to make their impact on the world, the primary focus of every educational campus is to provide an environment for learning.

To create that environment, there are a number of basic needs that must be met first, including safety. To focus on learning and teaching, the students, instructors, and staff who enter the environment every day need to know their safety is a priority. Over the years, that’s led to a number of technological advancements in schools, including the use of school security cameras.

As is the case with all technology, security camera technology has come a long way since its first inception. Today, many campuses are still using legacy equipment that isn’t living up to the standard of what’s possible. As a result, physical servers are being bogged down, bandwidth is depleted, and there’s too much intervention required from an already overtaxed IT team. These are just a few of the signs your video surveillance system is due for an upgrade.

In this blog, we’re going to explore why many educational institutions are taking advantage of new technology in school security cameras from our technology partner Verkada to ensure safer environments for learners, instructors, and other staff.

Reason #1: Simpler to Set Up and Use

If you remember the installation of your current video security system, the headaches and time required to get it into place might be your primary objection to replacing it. With the Verkada system, you no longer need network or digital video recorders. As a cloud-based solution, Verkada school security cameras are brought online instantly with a single ethernet cable. There are no technical configurations or downloads required.

Better yet, the Verkada system eliminates the IT team’s role as middleman. Footage is directly accessible by the school administrators who need it, without IT intervention. If an incident needs to be reviewed by a principal, they have searchable access to the footage at their fingertips. Authorized users can quickly access and share footage with other authorized users on any device. As a result, both academic and IT staff are spending less time on security management and more time focused on student success and well-being.

Reason #2: Infinite Scalability in Your School Security Cameras

Verkada’s school security systems are designed to grow as your needs change. Their cloud-based nature eliminates the need for dedicated physical server space. That means if your district or campus builds a new building, security surveillance can be added to the system without compromising performance elsewhere. If there’s a need for cameras that wasn’t previously identified or accounted for, adding a camera to the system is as simple as finding an open ethernet port.

Whether you’re deploying 10 cameras or 300, you will have reliable access to high-quality video surveillance without an excessive investment of cost or time.

Reason #3: Eliminate Manual Updates and Minimize Vulnerability

Security is a game of evolving standards. Today’s best practices could be exposed as vulnerabilities tomorrow. So “set it and forget it” doesn’t really work. With traditional CCTV security systems, there are always firmware and software updates that someone must stay on top of and install to ensure the security system is living up to the latest changes and standards.

Verkada’s school security systems do away with manual updates and open ports that create vulnerability. The Verkada school security solution deploys the highest encryption standards and security enhancements automatically and at no added cost, ensuring you are always up-to-date with the latest in security regulations and policy.

Applied Technologies is Creating Safer Schools

The Applied Technologies team knows that reliable, scalable, and accessible video surveillance is essential to providing an effective environment for learning. That’s why we partner with Verkada to implement cloud-based video security solutions to schools in the communities we serve.

If you’re ready to explore your options, or even have questions about the technology and capabilities available, lean on our team as your go-to resource. Contact us today at 314-274-8000 or sales@appliedtech.pro to take the first steps to a more secure campus with school security cameras from Verkada.

Is it Time to Upgrade Your School’s Security System?

Verkada School Security

 

Over the past two decades, there’s been an evolution in the role of school district technology directors and their teams. School technology teams today find themselves responsible for installing and maintaining systems and software, managing complex networks, and performing help desk duties.

 

As the Internet of Things (IoT) has become a standard in schools, IT teams are now managing an even broader set of responsibilities like network-connected HVAC systems and security systems. 

 

Unfortunately, staff and budgets haven’t necessarily grown at the same rate as the responsibilities of the school’s technology team. As a result, teams are trying to identify solutions to help them do more with fewer people. One area where they’re looking to gain efficiency is in school security. In this article, we’ll detail the four signs it’s time to upgrade your school’s video security system and talk through how Applied Technologies and our solutions partner Verkada can help you free up time and budget for other activities. 

“We’re working closely with thousands of school districts to not only deliver a video security solution that is making campuses safer, but one that also solves for additional non-safety related challenges educational leaders face,” shared Jeff Chase, Product Marketing at Verkada.

Sign 1:
The School Security System Can’t Do Its Job Without IT Intervention

When there’s an incident in one of the schools in your district, and someone needs to access video footage, what does that look like for your team? If you’re like many of the technology directors we talk to, it requires someone sifting through hours of footage to identify the incident. Once you do find the footage you need, there are additional complications getting it into a useful medium, and very rigid requirements for which devices it can be viewed on. 

If the above scenario sounds all too familiar, it’s a sure sign that you’re due for an upgrade that will eliminate the need for you and your team to play the role of middleman between principals and vice principals, and their security cameras. One of the biggest benefits of Verkada’s cloud-based video security solution is that it allows end users to get to the footage they need on their own, from any connected device, and find that footage in seconds. Users can be trained on the mobile app in a matter of minutes, freeing up your team for other high priority tasks.  

Sign 2:
Your Security System is Depleting Bandwidth District-Wide

A major problem we see with traditional school video security systems is bandwidth. In many districts, video flows to one central server hub at the district office. That means large video files are flowing through each school’s network and then onto a fiber connection between each school and the district. The result, as you’ve likely experienced, is a depleted bandwidth district-wide.   

You need a video security system in your schools, but you can’t slow down everything else in the name of security. The cloud-based nature of Verkada’s school security systems removes large video files from your local network, opening up bandwidth and ensuring smooth operation throughout your district.  

Sign 3:
Making Changes to the System is a Difficult and Time-Consuming Process

Imagine there is an issue of theft at one of your schools, in an area where there are no video cameras installed. The principal calls with a request to move a camera to provide visibility for the area where the theft is taking place. How complicated of a process would that be with your existing school security system? If it’s like many of the systems in place in school districts across the country, there’s no such thing as a “quick change.”

Verkada’s solutions allow cameras to quickly and easily be relocated if a need arises. As long as there’s an available ethernet port, a camera can be uninstalled from one location and reinstalled in another in less than ten minutes. 

Sign 4:
There’s No Clear Ownership of Security Budget  

Who owns the budget for your district’s shared video security solution today? If you have multiple schools sharing the same hard drive to store video data, who is responsible for repairs, upgrades, and add-ons? Too often, shared IT teams are expected to shoulder that bill. Your team likely doesn’t have time to change the hard drives, let alone money set aside to pay for them. 

Verkada’s solution removes the need for expensive video storage, allowing technology directors to centrally manage the system, while allocating costs specifically to the schools for the equipment they’re using. Principals in each school have a direct relationship with the video security system, and IT can be completely removed from the financial responsibility discussion when spending decisions are made.     

There Is a Better Way to Manage Your School’s Video Security System

Applied Technologies has a better approach to installing and managing your school security needs. We partner with Verkada to implement cloud-based school video security solutions and eliminate the need for dedicated servers and bogged down networks. They put access to footage directly in the hands of the principals and vice principals who need it, from any device, using a simple and easy-to-operate app. 

“We are excited to be partnered with the experts at Applied Technologies to help IT teams at schools better manage their physical security systems,” says Rob Marwanga, Head of Partner Marketing at Verkada. 

If you’re ready to optimize the performance of your school security system and free up time, money, and bandwidth, contact us at 314-274-8000 or sales@appliedtech.pro to start the conversation.  

Photo: Provided by Verkada 

Going Beyond Video Security with Bosch

Bosch

 

The importance of video security cannot be understated in the current technology landscape. That’s why Applied Technologies has partnered with Bosch to not only help companies meet their security requirements, but to go beyond video security to increase ROI and improve efficiencies.

 

Why physical security is important

When it comes to network security, are you also considering your physical security? Video systems, intrusion alarms, and access control systems are all key pieces of a network security plan. Having the right products and systems in place ensure your business remains safe from physical threats as well as network threats. Bosch provides award-winning technology that goes above and beyond the highest security demands of today to ensure you are prepared for whatever comes next. Bosch systems support a high-level of encryption, cloud-based services for monitoring and configuring devices, and secure networks and protocols.

However, security cameras equipped with built-in Video Analytics can be used for more than surveillance and liability reasons. Minimizing crime is a benefit of security cameras, but now they can also be used to maximize efficiency.

Beyond security

The average video security system simply records, and only 10% of that video data is ever used. The vast majority of what’s recorded loses its value the moment it is generated. Bosch offers cameras that are more than devices for capturing video images.

Bosch’s intelligent technologies for video security allow you to make use of data for better efficiencies and opportunities. The cameras feature built-in Video Analytics to enable them to analyze scenes for reasons that go far beyond security and deliver smart data to help businesses improve safety, increase efficiencies, and reduce costs.

Examples of the advanced analytics capabilities include:

  • Intelligent Tracking of objects in motion
  • People counting
  • Detection of health and safety risks, like blocked emergency exits
  • Video-based fire detection
  • Geolocation
  • Tamper detection
  • Queue detection
  • And more!

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s take a real-world example of a grocery store before a snowstorm. If there’s only one person at a register, they won’t be able to keep up with the long lines. However, the POS system will only show there was a steady stream of customers, not that customers had to wait in long lines to checkout. Bosch cameras can detect the number of people standing in line to alert store managers that another cash register needs to open. They can also count the number of people entering and exiting the store to help you determine peak days and times when you’ll need more staff to improve service and generate even more revenue.

Cameras offer so much more than security now. The goal is to reach 100% utilization of the cameras for security and beyond.

Bosch engages in day-to-day business with you to ensure that you can get the most out of your system. Their camera systems also integrate with their mass notification systems, which make it ideal for an emergency like a fire.

We’re proud to partner with Bosch because of the value they contribute to businesses and society as a whole. If you’d like to learn more about what might be the right product for you, reach out to us today!