Richardson Independent School District (RISD) is a major metropolitan school district comprised of 54 campuses that serve more than 38,700 students located in Dallas County, Texas, including most of the city of Richardson and portions of the cities of Dallas and Garland. Including administration and support, RISD maintains 70 facilities covering more than six million square feet with 35 million square feet of grounds. The district has a long-standing reputation for educational excellence and is continually recognized at both the state and national levels.
The RISD School Board has long focused on ensuring a high level of safety across its campuses. The board first commissioned a video surveillance system across its campuses to enhance security in the mid-2000s. Years later, that analog-based system needed to be upgraded to a network-based solution to enable the district to leverage the best technology available. Scott Porter, Project Manager, RISD, worked to leverage the existing system with new IP solutions, creating a hybrid system.
“We’ve always viewed video as mission-critical,” Porter said. “The biggest problem has always been ensuring cameras are running as required and making sure video data is captured and available when needed. When we decided to move toward an IP infrastructure, we knew we needed a more resilient video storage system.” Once the legacy cameras reached end-of-life and additional funding was made available, Porter upgraded to Panasonic IP cameras and an Exacq video management system to enhance video resolution and extend video capabilities. By that time, the district had amassed 66 individual servers, which were time consuming and complicated to manage.
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