Sony’s e-Surveillance System is a new digital video security system that allows school administrators and law enforcement officials to observe emergency situations in real time via the internet.

Sony’s system consists of both fixed and pan-tilt-zoom-enabled, internet protocol (IP)-addressable cameras with built-in web servers and Ethernet ports; Sony Real Shot camera recording and video management software; and network servers for video storage and retrieval. The software runs on Cisco infrastructure.

The cameras produce JPEG data files that can be accessed, monitored, recorded, and printed through a network connection by authorized personnel. The system’s 720-gigabyte storage capacity can store 30 days worth of images. The cameras are equipped with motion sensors that can notify school officials on call by eMail or telephone automatically.

Sony’s e-Surveillance System was developed and first used at a San Diego County district made up of 11 high schools. After experiencing two separate shootings in a two-week period in 2001, the Grossmont Union School District searched for an economical way to protect its schools. In addition to securing its campus, school officials use the surveillance system to capture school sporting events and teachers’ best practices. The district also is renegotiating with its insurance company for lower rates to reflect its use of the new security system.

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