Wildfire aims to secure 230 Arizona schools

Brief
SSN Staff  - 
Saturday, April 1, 2006

TUSCON, Ariz.--Ken Ross, owner of the four-employee Wildfire Security, has a civic-minded plan that may lead to $8.2 million in IP video installations throughout the Tuscon area's 230 schools in 17 school districts in Pima County.
He's come up with a plan to install a standardized camera and DVR IP video system, working directly with Chinese manufacturers like Satow and George Tang primarily, in every school in the county for about $36,000 per school--and the schools don't pay a dime. He's financing all of the installations, installed to his specs by local contractors already working with the individual schools, with corporate donations from the likes of Wal-Mart, Albertson's and small local businesses who contribute as little as $250.
He has recently had his system installed in three beta schools in one district and has a go ahead for two beta schools in another.