Central Local Schools’ New Video Surveillance Solution Protects Students, Teachers and Parents

Schools all over the country understand that they to proactively address school safety. Central Local Schools in Defiance, Ohio did just that, taking the necessary steps to protect the students, parents, and faculty as they enter and exit the building, in addition to securing the buildings themselves and the equipment they house. To achieve this goal, they selected the Ohio division of Security Designs Inc. (SDI) to upgrade, refine, and install high-quality surveillance solutions. SDI is known for impeccable attention-to-detail, a client-centric approach to project management, and a knowledgeable team, making them the obvious choice to handle such an important project. SDI exceeded the district’s expectations.

For Central Local Schools, the decision to upgrade and expand the system was an easy one to make; their current solution simply wasn’t adequate. There were no cameras at all in the elementary school, the in the high school/middle school building were of poor quality, and replacement parts were difficult to find. Taking on a project of this magnitude required significant due diligence. Members of the Central Local Schools team visited area schools where comparable systems were already in place, in order to fully understand and plan for the upgrade. An outside firm was then hired to scope out the project.

Out of half a dozen companies competing for the project, Security Designs Inc. was a clear choice. SDI came with glowing references, but they also made a good impression right off the bat by being one of only two companies that did a full walkthrough of the building before bidding. The SDI team even offered suggestions for how how best to run data cabling during the walkthrough, clearly demonstrating their expertise. The SDI team had already completed complex installations much larger than this one, and that experience and knowledge left a favorable impression with the district’s decision makers. “Their price was fair and their references were glowing,” said Kerry Samples, CFO/Treasurer of the Central Local Schools. “Their clients are very happy with their work, so we felt confident in their abilities.”

As if installing a new security system wasn’t complicated enough, the school was also undergoing renovations that included both AC and electrical work. The SDI team was very accommodating and efficient, working within a narrow timeframe that avoided disrupting the other construction work. Their self-sufficiency and trustworthiness earned them full access to the buildings to come and go as they pleased. They never left a mess or a doubt in the minds of the people they worked with on this project.

This confidence was not misplaced, as Central Local Schools has been extremely pleased with SDI’s service. “When we changed our minds on our device storage, SDI stopped our previous order and got us the system we wanted. We didn’t even have to pay a restocking fee. They trained everyone very well and even took care of a warranty issue with zero problems. Everyone at the district has enjoyed working with them.”

It is difficult to say what the administration was more pleased with, SDI or the upgraded surveillance system! The new Avigilon video surveillance system provides high-quality pictures that allow for sophisticated features like the ability to zoom in on license plates. These cameras help to provide solid, irrefutable information about any incident without having to rely on hearsay and notoriously unreliable witness accounts. Because of this fully-optimized video surveillance system, the Central Local Schools are a safer place for children to focus on their learning.