West Platte Selects Security Company

West Platte Selects Security Company
Posted on 04/04/2019
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West Platte Selects New Security Company

Weston, MO, April 4, 2019 The West Platte School District Board of Education has partnered with TriCorps Security Company based out of Wichita, Kansas.


The West Platte School District Board of Education has partnered with TriCorps Security Company based out of Wichita, Kansas.

CUSTOMER QUOTE
“With the Panasonic, Video Insight and MonitorCast security solution TriCorps has put in place at West Platte School District, we now have excellent video surveillance quality and can autonomously initiate lockdowns, notify law enforcement, and most importantly, help keep our students and staff as safe as possible.” Richard Fletcher, Director of Technology at
West Platte School District

DESCRIPTION
Located just northwest of Kansas City in beautiful Weston, Missouri, the West Platte School District offers a premier public education with a private school feel. With approximately 700 students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through twelve – all under one roof – WPSD employs 104 teachers and staff.

CHALLENGE
Provide state-of-the-art video surveillance and access control to replace an antiquated system.

In a move to bolster security, leadership at the West Platte School District in Missouri sought to upgrade their existing video surveillance system. Although their previous video surveillance cameras and management system were IP based, “It was hard to identify individuals or objects in and around the building,” said WPSD Director of Technology Richard Fletcher.

After meeting with security firms to evaluate solutions, WPSD chose Wichita-based systems integrator TriCorps Security to design and install a state-of-the-art and future-proof video and access control system that would provide the highest level of security for the district’s 700 students and 104-member staff across a large school building complex that spans two blocks.

SOLUTION
Video: Panasonic i-PRO EXTREME video surveillance cameras featuring iA (Intelligent Auto) managed by Video Insight Video Management Software. Access Control: MonitorCast feature-rich enterprise access control.

At WPSD, TriCorps installed 95 Panasonic i-PRO EXTREME video surveillance cameras (many featuring FacePRO Facial Recognition software), Video Insight Video Management Software (VMS), and MonitorCast enterprise access control. TriCorps Security Director of Business Development Sam Alva said the solution they installed is a unified integrated security system that makes WPSD “one of the most secure school systems in the country.”

The Panasonic i-PRO EXTREME platform is a native end-to-end H.265 system that delivers extreme enhancements in image quality, system reliability, compression, IP security and embedded intelligence. FacePRO is a deep learning facial recognition system using extreme sensing and enhanced detection technology to identify persons of interest and alert authorities of their presence in real-time. Video Insight is a robust, easy-to-use VMS that integrates seamlessly with Panasonic cameras and the MonitorCast access control solution.

Alva said that WPSD has one of the largest deployments of Panasonic FacePRO technology in the country. TriCorps recommends Panasonic cameras with FacePRO software and the Video Insight and MonitorCast integrations for a number of reasons that are both performance and cost based.

Panasonic i-PRO EXTREME cameras offer “unrivaled image quality and impressive analytics,” said Alva.

“Plus, not having to purchase an additional license to run the Video Insight VMS software is a big bonus. Panasonic offers a quality product in the camera itself but adding an excellent VMS that’s included is a great selling point.”

The lengthy camera warranty, as well as the system’s efficient design, is also key, said Alva.

“Panasonic has an incredibly efficient system. Their H.265 compression rate reduces storage up to 80 percent and that’s due to the video analytics of the camera itself,” said Alva. “They also have edge recording capabilities. The fact that you can put an SD card in saves the customer resources by not having to have another server or hard drive to support 100 cameras if the primary server goes down. It’s the efficiency I like. Less hardware equals less expense which is of great benefit to the end user, particularly a customer like a school district that has strict budget constraints.”

Fletcher said Video Insight and MonitorCast are very easy to manage and there are a variety of authorized users both on and off campus. School administrators and secretaries have access to the system and law enforcement officials can access video and even unlock doors remotely.

Video surveillance cameras are placed throughout the school in hallways, special areas like the cafeteria, common areas and at key points on the exterior to monitor entrances and exits, parking lots, and more. MonitorCast allows administration to unlock doors during arrival and dismissal and control who enters at other times during the day. Because of the Video Insight and MonitorCast integration, staff can view who is at what door when an access request is made to enter the facility. They can then determine whether it’s okay to unlock the door.

After the security solution was installed at WPSD, TriCorps assisted administrators, teachers and law enforcement with training and even an active shooter drill to help them best utilize the features of the system designed for such an emergency.

“We put in several lockdown buttons across the facility integrated with MonitorCast which provides the option for a quick lockdown. We’ve even integrated MonitorCast into the phone system so that a teacher in a classroom can initiate a lockdown by just picking up the phone in their classroom and dialing a code,” said Alva.

If FacePRO analytics detects a person not authorized to be on campus, a lockdown can also swiftly be initiated to address the situation.

“What we have been able to provide West Platte School District with the Panasonic, Video Insight and MonitorCast solution has just been incredibly impressive,” said Alva. “We are proud to be able to help these students and employees in their pursuit to provide the safest learning environment possible.”

“With the Panasonic, Video Insight and MonitorCast security solution TriCorps has put in place at West Platte School District, we now have excellent video surveillance quality and can autonomously initiate lockdowns, notify law enforcement, and most importantly, help keep our students and staff as safe as possible,” said Fletcher.