Smith-Cotton Junior High School started the 2013-2014 school year with a new security camera system installed by Midwest Computech. The system utilizes 72 internal and external cameras which are monitored on-site.
Five of the external cameras are high resolution Vivotek PTZ Security Cameras. The school administration is able to control the pan, tilt and zoom operations of the camera lens remotely. These functions allow the PTZ cameras to often do the job of several cameras since they provide a greater range of motion than traditional security cameras. They also have motion sensor, recording, and watch scan capabilities. In addition, there are 8 stationary high resolution cameras mounted to the exterior of the building.
Inside the school, 59 interior cameras will allow monitoring of the hallways, common areas, gyms and locker blocks.
Security cameras in schools have proved to halt violence before it starts. Other benefits of a monitored camera system include curbing bullying activities, catching thieves and vandals with court admissible evidence, and reducing on-campus drug use.
More and more schools are installing security cameras and Administrators across the nation say it helps protect students, staff and school facilities, according to Midwest Computech www.MidwestComputech.com. Submitted photos.