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Walsall Academy Upgrades to Avigilon Control Center Enterprise, Creating a Powerful Hybrid Surveillance System to Safeguard Students

11/29/2010

The Academy saves significant installation and maintenance costs and transitions to high definition surveillance for the same cost of adding analog cameras

VANCOUVER, CANADA – November 29, 2010 – Avigilon, the performance and value leader in high definition (HD) and megapixel video surveillance systems, today announced that Walsall Academy in the United Kingdom has deployed the Avigilon HD Surveillance System to safeguard its 1,150 secondary students and protect high-value areas such as its state-of-the-art technology and music suites. Recognized for its exemplary student behavior, Walsall Academy selected the Avigilon HD Surveillance System for its ability to significantly improve the performance of its existing analog-based system and extend coverage across campus to create a calm and purposeful environment.

“Limited by budget, we chose to upgrade to the Avigilon Control Center Enterprise network video management software platform—the only solution designed specifically for HD surveillance—to enhance system management and dramatically improve image quality of our existing surveillance infrastructure,” said Adrian Bowater, director of finance at Walsall Academy. “The surveillance system is critical to our ability to track students’ behavior to reduce horseplay and petty theft and has a significant impact on student behaviour across campus.”

Administrators seamlessly manage the hybrid surveillance system using Avigilon Control Center Enterprise network video management software (NVMS). The Academy installed Avigilon HD cameras to monitor main entrances, parking lots and corridors, cloak rooms, and technology suites and also installed Avigilon analog video encoders to boost the performance of its existing analog-based cameras which are located throughout the interior of the school. An Avigilon HD network video recorder (NVR) stores up to six weeks of continuous surveillance video—a dramatic improvement over its previous system, which could only store seven days of footage. The Avigilon HD Surveillance System operates 24x7 and is monitored live by administrators during the day and remotely by key users if necessary.

Enhanced image quality and advanced functionality have improved overall security at the Academy, causing a ripple effect amongst students and contributing to good overall behavior. Because of its user-friendly interface and ease-of-management, Walsall Academy has been able to train more users on the Avigilon HD Surveillance System to share the workload and achieve greater investigative success. Users can now search for details in a third of the time previously required and can quickly and easily export video to share with local law enforcement. By leveraging its fixed assets and improving the performance of its analog cameras, the Academy has saved significant installation and maintenance costs, and was able to upgrade to high definition surveillance for the same cost as simply adding analog cameras.

“Student safety has become a top priority for England’s Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (OFSTED,) which carries out hundreds of school inspections each week,” said Alexander Fernandes, president and CEO of Avigilon. “The Avigilon HD Surveillance System gives Walsall Academy a reliable and highly effective way to monitor activity and ensure students’ safety, well-being, and good behavior—helping the school achieve excellent results not only with OFSTED, but with students and parents alike.”

About Avigilon
Avigilon designs, manufactures, and markets award-winning HD surveillance systems. The performance and value leader, Avigilon’s solutions protect and monitor thousands of customer sites in more than 60 countries around the world. Avigilon Control Center, the world’s first open HD Network Video Management Software platform, and megapixel cameras deliver full situational awareness and actionable image detail. Campuses, transportation systems, healthcare providers, public venues, infrastructure, and manufacturing sites with security, safety validation, and compliance requirements all benefit from reduced investigation time and more successful investigations by immediately producing indisputable video evidence. Avigilon earned Frost & Sullivan’s HD Surveillance Company of the Year award in 2009, the Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation in 2010, and was ranked among the top five fastest growing technology companies in Canada in the 2010 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 ranking. For further information, please visit www.avigilon.com.