VIVOTEK Secures Virginia's Wise County Schools
Wise County, located near the coal production fields of southwestern Virginia, bills itself as "The Safest Place on Earth". With security being a top priority, the school district needed to make sure that they are well-protected with the selection of an appropriate surveillance system. Considering the unique requirements of each campus and evaluating several vendors, the schools entrusted the crucial task to VIVOTEK, a leader in IP Surveillance. Together with distribution partners United Digital Technologies and Inter-Pacific and using the Video Insight software platform, VIVOTEK has helped bring Wise County schools to the forefront of IP surveillance.
Prior to the installation of network cameras, surveillance coverage at Wise Country public schools relied on a small assortment of analog cameras across its 17 campuses serving over 7,000 students. Seeing the need to upgrade to the latest in security technology to provide a safer learning environment and deter crime and vandalism more efficiently, Wise County public schools eventually selected VIVOTEK network cameras due to the fantastic price-to-performance ratio. A mix of 25 IP7142 outdoor bullet cameras, 50 FD7131 indoor dome cameras, and 50 IP7131 indoor fixed cameras were installed across 15 of the 17 public schools in the district, ranging from elementary to high schools.

In the parking lot areas, IP7142 cameras were deployed because of the applicability of the specs, including Wide Dynamic Range sensor, IR-cut filter, and IR-illuminators which enable the camera to cope with demanding lighting conditions. Additionally, the IP66-rated housings offer protection against rain and dust, ensuring stable operation performance in harsh weather conditions.
The FD7131s and IP7131s were installed indoors in areas such as hallways and building entrances. The dome cameras easily blend in with the interiors of the school buildings, reducing unease of the students and faculty, and their PIR sensors can detect unauthorized access immediately, giving the campus an additional layer of security. Additionally, the PoE functionality of the cameras saves the school managers a great deal of extra work in dealing with cable management.

VIVOTEK network cameras have since outperformed the previous analog system in terms of higher convenience, broader coverage, and better image quality. Installed in August 2009, the enhanced security also brings peace of mind to students and school administrators. "VIVOTEK's cameras have already helped us resolve campus issues and represent a great investment in security in our public schools," said Gary Lawson, Director of Surveillance and Fiber Optic Systems at Wise County Public Schools.
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