School district taps GE Security for upgrade
June 17, 2004
AUSTIN, Texas - The Arlington Independent School District of Texas is currently overhauling its surveillance systems, upgrading cameras within its schools and eyeing a change for its school bus surveillance product.
According to a GE Security press release, 20 of the districtÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s schools are outfitted a with CCTV system. Within the next several months, cameras will be installed in an additional 53 schools, as the district moves from 16 and 32-camera systems to 48-camera systems.
More than 62,000 students are enrolled in the school district.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Those 48 cameras are like 48 extra sets of eyes,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Jimmy Womack, director of security and transportation for Arlington Independent School District.
Womack has installed cameras in all secondary schools, with every door and each hallway monitored by a security camera.
Along with upgrading the surveillance system within each school building, the school district is also looking to replace its VHS camera system. More than 80 percent of the school districtÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 212 buses use a surveillance system.