The cameras would be installed near the main entrances and offices, pedestrian gates and building entrances and exits on campuses. The cameras aim to identify those involved in illegal or unauthorized activity and to identify visitors on campuses where remote authorized entry is required.
“We are now going to a four-camera system on our buses. We currently have a two camera system,” with the two existing cameras in the bus interior, said Rick Long, VCSC director of facility support and transportation.
According to U.S. Air Force Academy spokesperson Meade Warthen, the cameras have been installed in cadet dorm common areas, including hallways, entrances and exits, study and TV rooms, stairwells and rooftops.
According to the Dumas ISD Police Department, the partnership between the district and law enforcement will help first responders before they arrive to the scene of an emergency by giving them vital information.
Lake Central Technology Director Rick Moreno said that even with more than 300 cameras in place at the high school, there are still places inside and outside the campus where 100 to 150 cameras could be added.
The 99 new cameras will supplement more than 700 cameras already installed in district campuses and replace older model cameras.
The school’s video surveillance system includes many 4-K cameras. The cameras are heat sensing and can be set up to trigger alarms for designated parts of the campus.
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According to Jennifer Burks, associate superintendent of technology and innovation, 12 of the district’s 14 middle and high schools have had state-of-the-art video systems installed, and the district is working on installing the equipment at the final two middle schools.
The school district plans to use the funds to install 18 indoor and outdoor security cameras in and around its elementary school building.