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IP Security Cameras in Schools – 5 things you may not have thought about

Nathan Burgess - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

For the past 10 years I’ve been having discussions with many schools about using IP based security cameras in a large number of varied environments. Throughout this time I’ve come across a number of things that school’s maybe haven’t considered, or have incorrectly believed about the technology.
To help, those of you thinking about deploying Security Cameras, I’ve complied my top “5 things you may not have thought about” in relation to this technology. Irrespective of where you are with security cameras, I think there’s something for everyone in the list below:

1. Who's watching your facilities when you aren't around?

Often schools have alarm systems that protect the internals of buildings, but who is watching the exterior of your facilities. Much of today’s vandalism in schools takes place outside buildings, and while you could employ a security guard to patrol the grounds, they can only cover one area at a time. Schools often forget to think about external damage, theft, unauthorised access and vagrancy when they are thinking about security and how security cameras can enhance their overall campus security plans.

2. Cameras are a deterrent.

Most people are less likely to do things when they know they are being recorded, so a security camera solution that is well advertised around a facility actually lowers the security risk.

3. Duty of care for your staff and students.

Every school has a responsibility to provide a duty of care to its staff and students. Security cameras can definitely help with that. Most Schools think it’s about someone monitoring the cameras behind a huge back of monitors like you see on the movies. In reality, it’s not like that at all. Modern camera systems allow you to quickly retrieve specific footage historically, so it becomes easy to corroborate the stories you are being told. Security footage helps remove the personal perspective from stories by having a clear record of what happened around your school. I’ve heard many stories of school yard incidents that have been able to be sorted out based on the footage.

4. You get what you pay for.

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard “I can get a cheap system from the electronics store down the road and install it myself” I would be a very happy man! Like many things in life, with security cameras, you get what you pay for. You can’t expect to get the features and quality from a system that isn’t designed to provide it.
Perhaps the best piece of advice I can offer here is that when it comes to security cameras, you need to undertake a detailed discovery of the area needing to be covered. That way you get the right cameras in the right locations. You don’t always need the high resolution cameras if you are choosing specific cameras to undertake specify tasks.

"Like many things in life, with security cameras, you get what you pay for. You can’t expect to get the features and quality from a system that isn’t designed to provide it."

5. You can use them for education.

Most schools forget that once you have a modern camera system installed in your school you can begin to utilise them for a huge range of uses in education and publicity. For example:

    • Schools are installing them into teaching spaces to record science practicals and demonstrations during lesson time and then provide afterhours security.
    • You can connect to the live stream and broadcast a sporting event or performance to your community.
    • Capture a time-lapse of a building project or facility upgrade to show on your website or at the grand opening.

If you’d like to know more about IP based security camera systems and how they can assist your school in becoming more secure, increase your duty of care level or provide you with innovative ways to enhance the teaching and learning for your students, contact Stuart or a member of the Trident team today!

  Stuart Wilson

Technology Innovator
Trident Computer Services
e: swilson@trident.com.au

 

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