NW Systems, the Hoylake-based security solutions provider, has designed and installed an advanced IP video system in the Wirral Hospitals’ School, Joseph Paxton Campus in Birkenhead. The school is one of the region’s foremost special needs schools receiving an ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted in November 2014.
The new video monitoring system, together with a 1GB to desktop network upgrade, has helped to meet the specific child protection needs of this co-educational school for children aged between 11 and 16.
The new system provides new high quality IP cameras in all 22 classrooms, two music rooms, as well as in the school’s mentoring rooms, IT suite, some administration offices, internal concourses and stairwells.
A number of Axis cameras were used including compact dome cameras internally with Axis’ Corridor Format and Axis fixed cameras with advanced Lightfinder technology externally. The 45-camera video system was migrated to a new Xeon 6 Core server configured with mirrored 300GB drives with a RAID array providing 9TB of storage, enough capacity for 30 days of recording.
All cameras are linked to a Milestone XProtect Professional video management software system for recording, management, as well as rapid discovery and playback in case of incidents.
The flexibility and ease of installation of the new system means that configurations can be adjusted and new cameras added as the school’s needs change.
Chris Barry, ICT systems and network co-ordinator of the Wirral Hospitals’ Schools, said: “From my point of view, if it helps protect one child, or one teacher, then that’s value for money.”
Derek Kitchen, head teacher of Wirral Hospitals’ Schools, added: “Such a high quality and user-friendly system contributes hugely to the safety and well-being of students, staff and visitors. It also protects the school when closed.”
Frank Crouwel (pictured), managing director, NW Systems, concluded: “It is pleasing to see that video security can help underpin the strong safeguarding record of this highly-regarded and - now officially – ‘Outstanding’ local school.”
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