School Video Surveillance Issues Examined

By John Honovich, Published Aug 14, 2009, 08:00pm EDT

In August 2009, SIW released a podcast with a Kansas City School and Cisco [link no longer available]. The school discussed their IP video system. They said that the "best thing" about the system was the ability to view video remotely over the network which they claimed not to be able to do with their DVR. This is bizarre. What DVR did they have that they could not view video remotely?

The school explained how they would share video with the police or emergency responders. They would allow the authorities to VPN in or open up a port on their firewall. This is a 'clunky' procedure and the same risky technique people have been using for years with DVRs.

Cisco noted that they are not yet seeing stimulus money being used for school security.

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