Case Study: Education

Grapevine/Colleyville Independent School District

Company: GCISD

Product: Strand Solution

Date: 2010

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The Grapevine-Collyeville Independent School District (GCISD), located in the Dallas suburb of Grapevine, Texas, used to have 309 analog security cameras outside campus buildings to improve security for the 13,000 students in the district. The system used Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) for storage, which enabled technology administrators to review footage of security incidents. The poor image quality and limited features of the aging technology, however, made it inefficient and frustrating to use. The district therefore needed an up-to-date security system with new features and devices that would ideally incorporate and improve their existing technology. Unlike the district's original analog security system, a new system had to be more focused on the end users and not just technology staff . "We wanted a camera system that was accessible by everyone in the district, with user-friendly features that required little or no training," says Valerie See, director of special projects and operational services. The security cameras would be used only on the exterior of buildings and in certain main hallways, not in classrooms. GCISD officials decided to invest in the next generation of technology: the Strand IP (Internet Protocol) based and fully digital camera system.

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