School district taps GE Security for upgrade

SSN Staff  - 
Thursday, June 17, 2004

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 district’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.
“Those 48 cameras are like 48 extra sets of eyes,” 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 district’s 212 buses use a surveillance system.