Chippewa Valley Schools felt that hall monitors and security guards were doing a good job patrolling school buildings and grounds and making students and faculty feel they were in a safe learning environment. But principals were still spending a large portion of their workday investigating complaints, taking eyewitness statements and doing follow-up interviews to get to the crux of an incident. Administrators for the suburban Detroit school system, the ninth largest school district in Michigan, were looking for a cost-effective tool to shorten the investigative process and augment their security efforts.
Chippewa Valley Schools contracted with the district’s IT consultants, Metro Technology Services, to design a network video solution that would help school administrators and other key staff to closely monitor activity in and around their premises. Troy, Michigan-based Metro Technology Services recommended an array of Axis network cameras and video encoders as well as video management software from Milestone Systems. Axis partner, Spiritech, Inc., a Warren, Michigan-based full-service supplier of surveillance technology, installed the Axis components for the comprehensive surveillance system in the district’s two high schools and two ninth grade centers.
School officials are using the network video system to augment security staff in high traffic areas throughout their buildings and grounds, including hallways, cafeterias, computer labs, media centers, school stores, gymnasiums, parking lots and athletic fields. With dedicated monitors connected to their desktop computers, principals and assistant principals can watch multiple camera views simultaneously. Security stations have been fitted with dual monitors to allow staff to keep tabs on a larger number of camera views at the same time.