A Buyer's Market


There's no shortage of hardware solutions offering schools the latest advancements in surveillance, control, and security.

IK-WD01A by Toshiba

IK-WD01A by Toshiba

The Toshiba IK-WD01A is an IP camera housed in a compact white dome that measures 5 1/2 inches in diameter. The camera’s discreet appearance allows it to blend into the décor of schools and offices. Features include a built-in web server, dual-codec motion-JPEG and MPEG-4 compression, PoE, detailed VGA (640 x 480 pixels) resolution, and a streaming video rate of 30 frames per second. The quarter-inch CMOS image sensor and wide-angle varifocal fixed lens with 4x digital zoom produce clear video images. This progressive scan system is complemented by backlight compensation, flickerless imaging, auto gain control, and auto white balance.


The SCM-1 mount is designed for use in environments that use suspended ceilings, such as schools and offices. The mount can hold up to 75 pounds and can be used with 2-by-2-foot or 2-by-4-foot ceiling tiles, and standard 1 1/2-inch NPT pipes or VMP ceiling masts. The device comes with 20 feet of tie wire and four standard electrical KOs.


The Divar MR series of midrange DVRs combines high-quality digital recording with flexible alarm handling, camera control, and remote management into an integrated video management solution that is easy to install and simple to use. The Divar MR delivers real-time recording and playback in CIF resolution as well as high-resolution live viewing. With recording resolutions up to 4CIF, the unit can also be used when great detail is needed. Image quality is complemented by MPEG-4 compression to extend retention periods and reduce storage costs.

WZ18 AND WZ20 by Extreme CCTV

WZ18 AND WZ20 by Extreme CCTV

Extreme CCTV upgraded its WZ18 and WZ20 integrated day/night bullet cameras for enhanced capability, reliability, and ease of installation. Improved backlight compensation and auto white balance produce greater picture detail. New external camera controls and zoom lens adjustments allow for simple, tool-free configuration, while a local video port enables in-field monitoring. Incorporating IP66 housing and night vision, these allweather, 24-hour surveillance solutions can be used in numerous markets, including schools, homes, and small-scale commercial locations.


IK-6420A by Toshiba

IK-6420A by Toshiba

The IK-6420A analog surveillance camera incorporates 540 TV lines of horizontal resolution, and also features advanced 10-bit DSP, a 50- decibal signal-to-noise ratio, backlight compensation, and sensitive day/night functionality. The compact device is suitable for generalpurpose CCTV installations, such as those in parking lots and schools, and weighs only 2 1/2 ounces.


Wide-Area Emergency Broadcast System by Talk-A-Phone

Wide-Area Emergency
Broadcast System

by Talk-A-Phone

The Wide-Area Emergency Broadcast System (WEBS) series of mass notification devices can be integrated into a comprehensive emergency communication system for a multitude of locations. Towers and wall-mounted units can be combined with emergency phones, providing two-way communication between security and end users. Indoor and outdoor paging units can augment towers and wall mounts or they can be installed separately. The models also can be made wireless, and installations can be integrated with surveillance cameras and strobe lights.

Passport 1000 by Sargent

Passport 1000 by Sargent

The Passport 1000 lockset, available in offline and WiFienabled online versions, acts as a stand-alone electronic locking system that operates off the powerful Persona Campus software. The Grade 1 lock uses magnetic stripe and PIN code technologies for dual validation and customized individual access to facilities. The lockset seamlessly integrates into a onecard solution, providing total access for school facilities. Made to work with most existing magstripe cards, the system imports student information without unwanted duplications of existing databases.


Digital Video Management Systems by Video Insight

Digital Video
Management Systems

by Video Insight

The Digital Video Management Systems software is suitable for conducting IP surveillance of multiple buildings. It allows all servers and cameras to be configured and managed from one central location, and live and recorded images to be viewed on a single display over the network or by using a web browser. The new version of the software provides megapixel support, including live and recorded zoom, and supports more than 200 models of IP cameras from 30 camera manufacturers.


One Day Visitor Pass by Data Management

One Day Visitor Pass
by Data Management

The One Day Visitor Pass uses a patented foldover tab to initiate a chemical reaction that causes the badge to change color over a 24-hour period. A red "void" appears when the tamper-proof badge is no longer valid, preventing visitors from reentering facilities without registering each day.The badge does not have to be collected at the end of the visit, simplifying the sign-out process.


Reader Control Module II With PoE by Matrix Systems

Reader Control Module II
With PoE

by Matrix Systems

The Reader Control Module II With PoE transmits electrical power and data to remote door readers, door controllers, and door strikes over an existing standard Ethernet network’s Cat-5 cables. The door controller is compliant with IEEE 802.3af standards.


Sherleen H. Mahoney is associate editor of Security Products.

This article originally appeared in the 10/01/2008 issue of THE Journal.