Avigilon’s high-definition surveillance keeps students safe in Iowa


Fort Dodge Community School District Keeps Students Safe with Avigilon High-Definition Video Surveillance Solutions. District successfully saved costs by leveraging existing network infrastructure and reduced IT maintenance time by 100 percent 

Avigilon, a leader in high-definition (HD) and megapixel video surveillance solutions, today announced that Fort Dodge Community School District (FDCSD) in Iowa has deployed the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system to better protect students and staff and prevent incidents of vandalism, robbery, and student misconduct. The Avigilon high-definition surveillance system was chosen because it delivers superior image resolution, cost-effective scalability, and advanced management functionality while running on the district’s existing network. The district can also cost-effectively expand the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system by simply adding cameras at new locations and centrally managing them over the network. Due to the system’s ease of use and reliability, the IT team has reduced maintenance time by 100 percent.

“The quality of the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system is top notch – from the high-definition cameras to the compression technology used to deliver high resolution images across our network to the software that facilitates management,” said Jeremy Pearson, Supervisor of IT at FDCSD. “The other products we looked at do not deliver the image quality, advanced features, or cost-effective scalability we need to gradually deploy the system district-wide. Avigilon does.”

High school administrators, a school resource officer, the attendance counselor, and Pearson himself use the Avigilon Control Center network video management software (NVMS) with High-Definition Stream Management™ (HDSM) technology to manage the system from their workstations. FDCSD installed Avigilon HD 3 MP and 5 MP cameras at Fort Dodge Senior High School in the main entrances and hallways, and the cafeteria. In the school’s gymnasium the district also installed two Avigilon HD 8 MP 180˚ Panoramic Dome Cameras. FDCSD also deployed Avigilon analog video encoders to leverage its existing analog cameras within the school. At the main district office FDCSD installed several Avigilon HD 3 MP cameras to monitor all main entrances and purchased an Avigilon Network Video Recorder (NVR) to store up to 30 days of continuous surveillance video. FDCSD is building a new middle school that will include 70 Avigilon HD cameras and two Avigilon NVRs and plans to deploy the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system district-wide over time. The district also plans to leverage Avigilon Control Center Mobile to enable law enforcement officials and other key stakeholders to view live and recorded images wirelessly from anywhere on the network.

By deploying the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system, FDCSD can leverage its current network infrastructure without straining bandwidth or storage, saving significantly on infrastructure costs. The district has also saved significantly on installation and support costs because it can install, manage, and upgrade the system in-house due to its ease-of-use, superior functionality, and reliability.

“Committed to delivering the best education possible, Fort Dodge Community School District is constantly updating its programs and modernizing facilities to provide the safest and most stimulating learning environment possible,” said Keith Marett, vice president of marketing and communications at Avigilon. “By deploying the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system, the school district has invested in an advanced, high-definition surveillance solution that better protects students and staff.”


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