Onslow County Schools / USACase example of Panasonic security system
Onslow County Schools / USA
To continue providing protection for the 37 schools in Onslow County, N.C.
A range of Panasonic models have been deployed throughout the district, including the WV-SF332 and SF336 H.264 Fixed Dome Network Camera; WV-SW155 MEGA Super Dynamic HD Vandal-Resistant Compact Dome Network Camera; WV-SFV311 i-PRO Smart HD Outdoor Vandal Resistant Network Camera; and WV-SW458 360 degree Vandal-Resistant Dome Network Camera with Full HD 1080p.
Onslow County Schools are on a solid migration path with Panasonic products as it continues to move to high-resolution IP video and as it currently navigates a hybrid environment with analog encoders and IP video mix.
North Carolina Sound has provided a solid migration path with Panasonic products to the school district as it continues to move to high-resolution IP video and as it currently navigates a hybrid environment with analog encoders and IP video mix. Currently the school district uses surveillance primarily at entrances, exits, hallways, cafeterias, libraries, gymnasiums, parking lots and other public areas.
Community approach to security awareness
The city of Jacksonville is home to the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, a 246-square-mile United States military training facility. With a majority of the children on base attending Onslow County Schools, there is a higher level of safety awareness by local military parents, says Lester Peele, North Carolina Sound Director of Business Development.
With the safety of staff and students of paramount importance to the district, the technology overhaul has been a key priority for Dusty Rhodes, director of safety & security for Onslow County Schools. After evaluating several manufacturers, the district chose to standardize on Panasonic due to the standout image quality of its cameras and ease-of-use of its recorders and WV-ASM200 video management software, according to Rhodes. The upgrade from its original legacy analog CCTV technology to the latest high-definition IP cameras continues across all elementary, middle, high schools as well as the alternative learning facility in the district.
Peele says the transition to Panasonic is ongoing, and currently the school district has an 1100-plus hybrid camera system in place. About 60 to 70 percent of the surveillance infrastructure is now IP (some with encoding technology).
"We brought our concerns regarding effective migration to North Carolina Sound along with the challenge to encode our current base of analog cameras so we could move forward to IP as we were financially able," Rhodes continues. “Peele and North Carolina Sound Technician Joe Glover pitched Panasonic to us and we tested the solution as well as other products. We immediately fell in love with the products for their image clarity and overall ease of use. Even on some of the current analog cameras outfitted with the Panasonic encoders and new network video recorders, the immediate difference was night and day. It’s changed the way we look at and approach security. Panasonic has an answer for every one of our challenges," he says.
"All our current installations are Panasonic WV-SF336 i-PRO SmartHD IP fixed dome network cameras, i-PRO Ultra 360° cameras and Panasonic encoders for our remaining analog products, which has been a tremendous cost savings. We are also using the embedded recording platform WJ-ND400 i-PRO SmartHD Network Video Recorder (NVR)." Currently 29 NVRs are installed with another nine or so existing Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) to be replaced with Panasonic ND400s in the coming months as Onslow grows and builds five new schools during the next ten years.
"The problem with our previous DVR system, beyond the analog signals, is that they cap out at 16 cameras. With the new NVRs we can put 64 cameras on each unit and that changes the face of our entire security system," Rhodes says. He adds that no recurring licensing fees was a key selling point for the Panasonic solution. "We wanted an ‘out-the-door’ package and Panasonic was able to provide that," Rhodes says.
"We knew Panasonic would be the perfect solution for the schools," Peele says. “We decided to standardize on Panasonic because of the backing of the manufacturer. They love the Panasonic equipment and also, the five-year warranty—that’s above industry standard. We never have issues with equipment failures, that’s why we wanted Panasonic for Onslow County Schools."
Rhodes was equally impressed with Panasonic quality and their ability to beef up their analog signals with Panasonic encoding and recording technology. "The clarity from DVR to NVR400s changed overnight. The analog camera images cleared up unbelievably with the encoding alone. The IP cameras themselves are unreal as far as the image quality, and our school principals were amazed by the newer IP technology and the fact that we can see faces, license plates and so much more detail now." He adds that the police department has used recorded video from the schools’ cameras to investigate criminal acts that include everything from a car chase, to copper thefts at their central office to break-ins and more serious crimes.
"I ask lots of questions and shoot ideas to them, and North Carolina Sound and Panasonic always come back with a solution," Rhodes says. "For example, they were able to create mapping features and functionality in the ASM200 video management software so you can pull up a floor plan for a school that indicates the precise location of the cameras and click on the camera icon for a live shot. It saves a lot of time to just click on the camera rather than scroll through a drop down menu and try to figure out which camera you want." Standardizing on a single, integrated system with Panasonic also allows administrators system wide to become more familiar with the solution and easily learn how to access camera feeds. No matter where they might be throughout the district, they know how the systems work and it has really simplified things for us.”
"We created all the maps from CAD drawings of the schools provided by the county and implemented that functionality in the software by dropping and dragging cameras to their location. They know exactly where the surveillance is at in an instance," Glover says.
Now, the Onslow County School System is on the precise path to migrate more fully to IP, in partnership with North Carolina Sound and Panasonic.
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