Schools and Police Combine Security Efforts with Valerus
This summer, installation of a new district-wide surveillance system will be complete; the beautiful, newly-constructed high school, which opened in 2015, is the last building to come online with a new Vicon Valerus Video Management Solution. The system is already in place within the district’s middle school and four elementary schools – including the new Jefferson Elementary School building. Vicon’s ability to deliver and support a hassle-free, end-to-end solution that the district’s in-house technicians can install, manage and maintain themselves made Valerus the right choice for the project.
To minimize demands on bandwidth, cameras currently connect to local Valerus Application Servers at each school. There are plans to bring all the cameras into a single system as soon as a county-wide fiber project is complete, hopefully within the next year. For now, because Valerus uses a web-based thin client, administrators can simultaneously open each school’s network in a separate tab and quickly jump between views.
"Since we’ve installed the system, TSA violations through unsecured doors have gone to zero. Our use of video analytics for back flow prevention is really an incredible use of technology.”
- Mike Supkis, Police and Fire Chief
"Vicon gives us peace of mind that Teddy Roosevelt’s treasures will be protected and preserved for future generations.”
- Susan Sarna, Museum Curator and Director of Security
"The networkability of the Vicon system has put us in total control of what we want to do.”
- Steven Cox, Head of Security
"Dow Jones was impressed with the product and the quality, but the key for them was Vicon’s history of international support. No one else could match it.”
- Jim Tapp, Vice President of Sales and Marketing
"Among the 15 different IP camera models, our committee felt the IQeye was the best camera for the cost, but it also had the best image quality overall.”
- Frank Dale, Manager of Electronic Security
Video evidence recorded by Valerus has also proven to be an indispensable tool in court hearings. “We export video all the time for the police,” Sal says. “They don’t need any special software to play it, and the video is so much clearer than it used to be, allowing us to accurately identify individuals. When we’re sitting in court and our attorney pulls out a CD with video on it, the defense attorney knows he’s done.”
Sal says that Valerus’ powerful and easy-to-use search tools are also a time saver. “We’re using the search tool to find incidents at least once a week, if not more. Whether it’s an event on the playground or a car that drove onto the lawn, there’s always something happening.
With Valerus, it’s so much easier to find what we’re looking for. We use the search tool to “paint” certain areas within a camera’s view, and Valerus automatically shows us video clips of anything that happened in that particular spot. It’s made us a lot more efficient.”
As for the electricians and technicians responsible for maintaining the system, Valurus has eliminated plenty of headaches. They particularly appreciate the health monitoring tool, which immediately indicates if a camera is offline. “In the past, sometimes we wouldn’t realize a camera was down until we went to do a search and discovered that the footage we needed wasn’t there. It was a serious problem. Now, we can immediately see if any cameras need troubleshooting just by looking at the Valerus health dashboard,” Sal explains.
For LCPS’s lead electrician, putting in the Valerus system was the first time he had installed security cameras. He found the Valerus promise of “advanced simplicity” to be true. Sal says, “The system was very easy to configure. In no time, he was adding cameras to the tree, putting them in groups, and customizing the management interface for our needs. As soon as we have a few free hours, our next project is to import a floor plan of each school and create a map of camera locations that we can click on for easy call up. That’s one of the advanced features we learned about at Valerus training.”
Louisa County Public Schools District has already proven it can tackle any challenge head-on. When it comes to security threats, its new district-wide Valerus system will help to ensure this remains the case for the foreseeable future.
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