Sept. 20, 2019 – More than 4,000 new security cameras have been installed throughout the Arlington ISD as part of the 2014 Bond program. The new cameras have increased the AISD security department’s video surveillance from 35 to 80 percent of all AISD buildings and specifically increased coverage in entry-exit points, stairwells, cafeterias, gyms, libraries, hallways, loading docks and playgrounds.
The new digital cameras replaced old analog cameras and provide a better, clearer picture. The digital video taken by the new cameras is saved to a network video recorder (NVR), which offers significantly more storage than the old analog recorders. The District has installed 205 new NVRs funded by the 2014 Bond.
“From a security standpoint, the 2014 Bond provided a tremendous enhancement to the safety of our district,” said David Stevens, AISD director of security. “The sheer number of additional cameras, along with the upgrade from analog to digital, allowed our staff to have more visibility of our campuses and facilities. This one project allows our campus, patrol and dispatch operations center staff the opportunity to oversee the activities on a campus in a more effective manner. Further, it provides us the ability to better direct resources during emergency situations, as well as identify involved persons and those affected by incidents that occur. By having all of the cameras in place as we progress through our strategic plan for safety in the district, we are able to focus on expanding their capabilities and also integrate them with our other security systems.”