The Mount Gilead Exempted Village School District in Mount Gilead, Ohio, is a national leader in technology strategy and implementation to support student learning in addition to safety and security. The district's technology team took an enterprise approach in implementing Cisco IP telephony across all of its schools, allowing the seamless addition of IP video cameras and wireless alerting devices such as fixed and mobile duress buttons and door sensors. The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at Park Avenue Elementary School wanted to advance the district’s efforts to improve life safety technologies already in place by adding video surveillance. The PTO allocated $5,000 for the purchase indoor and outdoor video surveillance cameras along with the video server and necessary sensors.
"It is vital that we take advantage of the state-of-the-art technologies that are available to help improve the safety and security of our teachers and students.”
– Mike Wellin, Technology Director
Status Solutions delivered an emergency alerting/mass notification system to the Mount Gilead School District, creating a direct link between the duress buttons, SARA and the Cisco IP phone system. When a fixed or wireless panic button is activated or a monitored door or window is opened, a voice or text alert goes directly to the principal or other pre-defined security contacts such as local police. The video surveillance system was added to the network so SARA can be used to activate video recording based on an alert. With both voice and video applications on the same IP network, the school district uses current technology investments while expanding security with a system that’s easy to maintain.