Arkansas School Migrates to IP-Based Video Surveillance


Bentonville High School in Arkansas is converting its campus surveillance systems from analog to IP video. The new technologies, provided by Wren, will allow administrators to access video remotely and from multiple locations on the campus, as well as manage and distribute video to multiple users.

The Bentonville deployment consists initially of 190 IP-based cameras distributed at building entrances, hallways, and gyms.

The cameras are Wren Network Video Solution cameras managed by Wren Video Management System Software, which runs on Windows-based systems, allowing admins to review video from all cameras and access live and archived video from a PC, according to Wren. The cameras will also be accessible live over the Internet by the school's local police department.

"At Bentonville Schools, we have invested heavily in our network infrastructure. We first installed IP phones on the campus in 2000 and have remained early adopters of new technologies ever since," said Keith Line, district network administrator at Bentonville Schools, in a prepared statement. "However, we realized that our analog cameras were antiquated and the service agreements were not affordable. Putting video cameras on the IT network will enable us to leverage these existing technology investments while significantly improving our campus security."

Bentonville High School serves 2,833 students on a 505,000 square-foot campus.

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