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Australian Advice on Video Surveillance in Schools Print
July 2010

This article is supplied originally by Karen of Blomfield Special and Michael of Pompallier Collage.  Karen attended a seminar in Australia recently and sent an article to Michael who forwarded it to the editor of this newsletter. 

The article is timely as the video surveillance industry is transitioning from an analogue technology base to a digital one.  To be precise, the technology is transitioning to Internet Protocol based and thus we have the term IPVS for Internet Protocol Video Surveillance. 

The Australian article is about the installation of a new IPVS system in a 1600 pupil school in Canberra which produced some intended as well as unintended results.  It is the second system attempt of the school after the first one based on analogue has proven to be unfit for purpose.  Intended results include a major reduction of security and misbehaviour incidences and a faster incidence resolution process.  Unintended results include the silent acceptance by students of being watched.  The school expressed full satisfaction with the installation. 

The editor of this newsletter has noted a few things that can be improved. The school used standard resolution cameras and not megapixel that IP cameras are capable of to give clearer videos. The cameras recorded at 5 frames per second when they are capable of higher rates.  Also the recordings were done in 5 different devices geographically scattered.  The fact that the school is pleased, despite the 3 points above, indicates there are more advantages offered by IPVS over analogue.  In short, it is the IP nature of integrating with the school LAN.  All school IT administrators will concur.