NY District Installs IP Camera System

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3/13/2007—CDW Government and Axis Communications recently announced the companies have installed network cameras at the Middletown City Schools in Orange County, NY. Approximately 265 Axis network cameras were installed as a campus security threat deterrent across the entire district, including seven educational buildings and two administrative buildings. 

All of the network cameras are installed in public areas such as hallways, cafeterias and parking lots in order to proactively prevent incidents on campus.  Axis network cameras were selected because they are easy to install and maintain, and because they connect directly to the district's existing computer network. The Power over Ethernet (PoE) functionality also saved on installation costs, as it enables the cameras to be powered through a network cable instead of a standard AC outlet. CDW-G provided Middletown with the Axis network cameras, and Mirasys provided the video management software. 

"The Axis network cameras made sense because they enabled us to utilize existing networking gear, such as the switches we had previously installed for our voice over IP system," said Mike Tuttle, chief technology officer for Middletown City Schools. "CDW-G and Axis provided us with the best functionality that met our needs and budget."

"Today, school districts are taking a more proactive approach to safety and security," said Bob Kirby, CDW-G director, K-12. "They want flexible solutions that will grow with the demands of the district and help them plan for future needs. Additionally, they want a solution that will prevent incidents, not just record them, and cameras can do that. By working closely with the community and law enforcement, districts spread the word that the cameras are on campus, putting would-be offenders on notice to think twice before acting out." 

Middletown currently archives video for 30 days, unless it pertains to an incident and needs to be stored longer. The district also plans to tie the system in with local police and first responders so emergency personnel can view conditions inside the school before arriving at an incident site. 

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