High school tackles troublemakers
Penketh High School, the visual and media arts college for Warrington, has deployed five of leading surveillance solutions provider CBC (Europe)’s Ganz C-AllView day/night high-speed ‘ruggedised’ PTZ cameras in strategic positions, communicating back to the main building via secure frequency radio links, to successfully tackle problems caused by unwelcome intruders to its premises.
Siobhan Glynn, Development Director at the 11-18 secondary school, which also has a sixth form on-site, explains that the trouble the school has experienced relates to a public footpath currently running through the site. “The out-of-hours influx of intruders from outside the school has been compounded by their ability to remain out of sight in certain areas and we have suffered significant vandalism and damage to property,” she explains.
The school called in an education services specialist, who recommended a package of measures including improved perimeter fencing and access control, plus a Mosquito ultra-sonic audio crowd dispersal system.
Complementary protection is provided by the Ganz C-AllView cameras, which are designed for installation in challenging environments. The units have proved ideal for this application and were specified because they are robust and resilient, whilst being available for a cost-effective price. At Penketh High School they are serving a dual use in providing a deterrent effect whilst also supplying images that can be used as potential evidence if the need arises. Night-time vision is aided by the use of multiple IR750 long-range infra-red illuminators capable of providing excellent night-time pictures at distances of up to 150m at 50° and 100m at 50-180°.
Installed by security experts ADI Security & Surveillance, the cameras can be monitored by both the senior staff at the school and the school’s Site Manager from networked PCs around the site. The system is also linked in to existing internal cameras covering the main school corridors and canteen area, proving its worth as a useful ‘added value’ tool in allowing school staff to quickly view the grounds for any incidents which may occur during the school day.
A spokesman for ADI commented: “The Ganz C-AllView cameras were selected due to their resilience and incredible picture quality, compared with many other cameras. Ultimately, this key selection of quality products has given the site an excellent solution which integrated very well and with ease. The subsequent advice and back-up offered by Steve Dunning from CBC has been excellent.”