Michigan District Deploys Networked Surveillance


Chippewa Valley School District in Michigan is conducting a massive rollout of surveillance equipment in its high schools and ninth-grade centers.

The district, which is using gear from Axis Communications, is deploying more than 600 network cameras and video encoders, including standard and high-resolution network cameras, along with 4U Blade racks and Q7406 Video Encoder Blades. The centralized video surveillance management software used in the deployment is coming from Milestone Systems. Metro Technology Services handled consulting for the project, while Spiritech is handling hardware and software installation.

"Ever since the Columbine high school tragedy 10 years ago, school districts have been looking for ways to enhance security in their schools," said Mark Deldin, Chippewa Valley superintendent. "If students do not feel safe in their schools they will be distracted from learning. Our mission is to make students, parents and staff as safe as possible. A strong sense of safety and welfare enhances the educational process and improves our standing with our community."

Chippewa Valley serves about 15,000 students in two preschools, 12 elementary schools, four middle schools, and six high schools and ninth-grade centers.

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