James River Assembly shows faith in Axis technology

Missouri church creates safe havens for parishioners and guests with Axis network cameras and video encoders

“Axis cameras help us safeguard our children, parents and guests as well as church property so that we can continue to be a vibrant and welcoming place for the community.“ Kert Parsley, chief operations officer for James River Assembly Church.


Even with 2,000 volunteers, James River Assembly Church was finding it difficult to keep watch over its busy campuses in Ozark and Springfield, Missouri. Its multiple standalone analog video systems weren’t capable of tracking suspicious individuals as they moved through the buildings. Church administrators sought a multi-campus network-based solution that would help them coordinate surveillance and deter petty theft, vandalism and dangerous activity.


NetWatch, a Springfield, Missouri-based IP surveillance system provider and Axis partner, integrated 120 existing analog cameras with Axis video encoders. They then augmented the legacy system with more than 200 Axis network cameras to provide more comprehensive surveillance of the two church campuses. NetWatch also installed a robust video management system (VMS) from OnSSI to help James River Assembly monitor all the cameras from a single, centralized location. Authorized staffers can also use the OnSSI VMS to view cameras and search video remotely using a standard PC.


The Axis cameras have helped staff leverage different network technology to identify a thief and recover stolen property from the game room. They’ve also helped staff track and locate an individual who brought a weapon into a church service. Since their installation, James River has noticed a significant drop in misuse of fitness equipment and dangerous horseplay on church grounds. Axis network cameras in the classrooms also give parents peace of mind about the safety and security of their children.

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