Maine school district moves quickly to upgrade security

SURV, a Securadyne Systems company, installs comprehensive system
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

CUMBERLAND, Maine—The Newtown school shooting in December stunned the country and prompted school districts nationwide to reassess security. In this Maine town, the school district was able to move quickly to install a new comprehensive security system.

SURV, a Securadyne Systems company that has an office nearby, was called in to speak to school officials within two weeks of the Newtown tragedy. By the end of January, the installation was nearly complete, Kevin Inman, senior account executive for SURV, told Security Systems News.

SURV does a lot of work in this area in health care, retail (notably a major grocery store chain) and for K-12 schools.

The school district here encompasses two towns, North Yarmouth and Cumberland, four school buildings and some smaller auxiliary buildings.

The district had discussed upgrading its security systems previously, but fast-tracked plans after the Newtown incident.

The new system includes “top-of-the-line 360-degree, PTZ and 180-degree megapixel cameras” which are integrated with access control, Inman said. The system is professionally monitored. School security and police can view real-time camera footage from a command center, from police cruisers and via mobile devices so they can make “real-time tactical decisions,” Inman explained.

“We wanted [the system] to be flexible and all-encompassing,” said Inman.

The system is easily scalable. And Cumberland is sharing what it's learned about security with other school district officials in Maine, Inman said.