K-12 Schools Should Upgrade to HD Video Surveillance

SSP April Education

Video surveillance in school communities has and will continue to be a critical aspect of K-12 school security. As school security needs have increased over the last two decades, security cameras have been used to document incidents of bullying, vandalism, and monitoring entrances. While these uses will continue to stay the same, if your school or district is still operating an analog or digital video surveillance system that isn’t high definition (HD), it might be time for you to upgrade. 

Does it Matter If My System is Analog or Digital?

Due to the pandemic, video surveillance’s growing focus now includes providing schools with advanced capabilities to help create more safe and healthy learning environments, precisely due to video analytics advancements. Many districts are using video surveillance analytics for contact tracing and to monitor and enforce occupancy limits and face coverings. Many video surveillance systems now include software that can count people to prevent high occupancy levels in cafeterias, hallways, and classrooms. However, these kinds of advanced features aren’t compatible with analog systems. Having an HD video surveillance system brings the quality of your surveillance up to par with industry standards to maximize the use of your video surveillance feeds and optimize the security of your school community. 

Can I Upgrade to HD With Analog?

While many of our customers operate digital systems, we recognize that many businesses may not have the infrastructure and require an analog video surveillance system – we’ll never try to push a solution on you that you don’t actually need. Aside from being an extremely cost-effective solution, analog video surveillance infrastructures can accommodate HD analog upgrades. This means that you can get HD quality video and produce individual RTSP streams for smart analytic detection. Overall site coverage is the biggest downfall of analog as the cameras have a narrower field of view. You lose the flexibility of using your school’s wireless network to extend coverage areas. 

Digital

Digital CCTV systems, on the other hand, allow for more expansive fields of view with higher megapixel technology and wireless networking to extend coverage and map everything back to a single headend. Digital systems also have higher quality video and audio capabilities. 

Generally, digital surveillance systems can capture and store more footage, which is especially helpful when bullying, vandalism, and theft occur, and administrators need to review footage to understand the event better. This is especially the case with remote monitoring after school hours, where you’d have trained specialists remotely monitor your school’s perimeter surveillance feeds so that you don’t have to. SSP’s surveillance and monitoring services include features such as voice-down and smart video analytics so that you don’t miss a thing. But as we’ve said before, if your school community needs are only that of which an analog system can fulfill, why spend the extra money on a system you don’t need?

Why HD Is Your Best Bet

When it comes to school security, the need for high resolution, color fidelity, and frame rate is essential to ensure that the video feed quality can be used both for monitoring, preventative surveillance, and purposes of collecting feeds for evidence if an incident does occur.

Many of today’s HD systems successfully enable schools to leverage the footage received from their cameras to help them see everything happening on the premises with crystal clear accuracy. In the event of any criminal activity, having high-quality video footage aids administrators and authorities in determining what’s actually occurred during the event and can also provide irrefutable evidence if any legal issues arise. You simply can’t argue with crystal clear evidence. 

Whether you’re operating analog or digital, upgrading to an HD video surveillance system will allow you to get the most out of video surveillance. Serving Atlanta school communities, we’re prepared to meet ALL of your school video surveillance needs.

To learn more about video surveillance solutions, reach out to SSP at 1-888-540-0175 today.