educatioS COVERFOCUS By Deborah L. O’Mara
Integrators:Go to the
In rural settings, it’s all the rage
Head of the Class!
The education market gets technology
assistance from solutions providers
N o matter the grade level, there’s a need
for comprehensive security solutions to
be delivered to the education market. Problem is,
sorting through all the variables with this particu-
lar vertical, like a diverse set of needs among its end
users as well as the need to deal with legacy equipment
and in some cases aging infrastructures.
Right now some of the current issues in this
vertical market are funding or lack thereof.
There are some grants and other monies
out there but it takes diligent effort and
dedicated resources to uncover and keep up
with these contributions. As such, the speciﬁcations can
be all over the board and run the gamut from two to four-
door access control and intrusion detectors and sensors
to intercoms and integrated IP networked solutions. For the most
part schools want to make do with a small number of megapixel
cameras, or use analog more extensively, again depending on their
budget. They usually don’t have resources for active monitoring, but
depend on alerts, event management and other notiﬁcations to view
incidents in action or after the fact, recording mostly to DVRs and
some NVRs. Retroﬁtting legacy equipment and providing upgraded
security without forklift upgrades is also on the curriculum for these
end users, but they often don’t have a lot of money to spend given
the current state of the market.
Yes, there are opportunities across the board
The landscape for the lower grade levels (even preschools which
seem to like Web cams) kindergarten through high school (K-12) ver-
sus universities and upper education also varies greatly. At the lower
grade levels users may have a core offering of access control and
intercoms with a ﬁne-focus on perimeter and intrusion detection.
Some cameras are being installed for main points of entry and exit,
but again for the lower grades these may be sparser than university
settings and depend on the budget of the end user.
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Especially in urban and inner city settings, work camera installation at two Redlands Uni-
high schools are turning to metal detection. ﬁed School District High Schools, where the
Active monitoring of security cameras watches company deployed more than 100 IQEye cam-
the comings and goings of stude