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Building a Shield of Protection: The Benefits of Monitoring in Schools

Secure and Smart: Transforming School Safety with Monitoring Solutions

With the rise in school security concerns, implementing effective security systems, such as monitoring in schools, has become essential. Discover how our expertise and Verkada products can support your school’s safety goals.

From advanced surveillance cameras to intelligent monitoring solutions, we provide comprehensive options to ensure a secure learning environment. Connect with our security experts at Monarch to learn more and take the first step towards safeguarding your school community.

Why is Monitoring in Schools Critical?

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Monitoring in schools plays a crucial role in ensuring the safety and well-being of students, staff, and visitors. With the increasing need for proactive security measures, implementing effective monitoring systems has become essential. This is especially true when one considers the rise of security threats faced by schools – ranging from mass shootings to harassment.

Monarch, as a trusted seller of Verkada products, understands the importance of creating a secure learning environment. By leveraging advanced surveillance cameras and intelligent monitoring solutions, schools can detect potential threats, deter misconduct, and respond quickly to emergencies.

With comprehensive monitoring in place, schools can foster a sense of safety, allowing students to focus on their education and thrive.

The Benefits of Monitoring in Schools

Monitoring in schools offers numerous benefits for both students and staff. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Increased safety and security for students and staff
  • Improved emergency response time in case of an incident
  • Deterrent against theft, vandalism, and violence
  • Provides evidence for investigations and disciplinary action
  • Monitors student behavior and attendance
  • Enhances parental involvement and communication with school administration
  • Provides a sense of security and peace of mind for all stakeholders
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Why Schools Need Monitoring Solutions: Security Threats Faced by Schools

Monitoring in schools plays a crucial role in protecting against various security threats. Here are some of the security threats that monitoring helps to prevent:

  • Unauthorized individuals entering the school premises
  • Mass shootings that have been on the rise
  • Bullying and harassment among students
  • Vandalism and property damage
  • Theft of personal belongings or school property
  • Intrusions or break-ins after school hours
  • Acts of violence, such as fights or weapons on campus
  • Suspicious or illegal activities, such as drug use or distribution

By implementing monitoring systems, schools can proactively address these security threats and create a safer environment for students, staff, and visitors.

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Why Choose Verkada?

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Verkada solutions stand out from traditional security systems because they are designed to be user-friendly, scalable, and flexible all while providing enterprise-grade security.

  • Solid-state Storage (SSD)
  • Simple Plug-and-Play Install
  • Time lapse
  • Floor Plan
  • Regular, Automatic Software Updates
  • Remote Access 24/7
Limitlessly Smart
  • Unlimited Storage on Camera and Cloud
  • Unlimited Users Allowed
  • Infinitely Scalable

Verkada Security Cameras for Monitoring in Schools

Verkada security cameras for monitoring for security threats in schools

When it comes to monitoring in schools, Verkada’s cameras provide a reliable and advanced solution. Monarch understands the importance of ensuring the safety and security of students, staff, and visitors. That’s why we offer Verkada cameras that come with a range of features, from high-quality video footage to intelligent analytics.

With these cameras, we can empower schools to effectively monitor their premises and respond to potential security threats. With user-friendly interfaces and seamless integration, Verkada’s cameras are an excellent choice for enhancing security in educational environments.

The Dome Series for Monitoring in Schools

The Dome Series from Verkada provides enterprise-grade security in a variety of models suitable for any school environment – indoors or outdoors. These IP security cameras with analytics have a long-lasting, vandal-resistant design and sensor resolutions of up to 4K.

  • Durable, vandal-proof housing with outdoor models having a weather-resistant design
    • Indoor models: IK08 impact rating
    • Outdoor models: IK10 impact and IP67 weather ratings
Functionality and Storage
  • High resolution cameras — 5MP or 4k
    • 4k available only on CD62 & CD62-E
  • Max of 365 days of footage storage in standard quality
  • 128GB – 2TB of onboard storage
  • Equipped with audio
  • Low–bandwidth impact
  • Edge processing for motion, People, and Vehicle Analytics
  • Occupancy Trends available only on Dome Series cameras
  • Zoom capabilities – both optical and digitally
    • CD42, CD42-E: Fixed, with 3x Zoom Digitally
    • Other models: Zoom, with 3x Optical and Digital Zoom
  • IR Range
    • 15m (CD42, CD42-E)
    • 30m (CD52, CD52-E, CD62, CD62-E)

The Bullet Series for Monitoring in Schools

The Bullet Series from Verkada is built to withstand extreme conditions, and its conspicuous appearance is meant to deter would-be assailants. Essentially, it is the ideal cloud-based security camera for harsher environments.

  • Durable and weather-proof
  • Lens – Choose between wide-angle or telephoto
Functionality and Storage
  • High resolution cameras – up to 4k
    • 4k available only with CB62-E and CB62-TE
  • Max of 365 days of footage retention in standard quality
  • 265GB–2TB of onboard storage
  • Low–bandwidth impact
  • License Plate Recognition available only for telephoto cameras
  • Edge-based processing for motion, people and vehicle analytics
  • NDAA compliant
  • Zoom capabilities
    • CB52-E, CB62-E: Zoom, with up to 3x Optical and Digital zoom
    • CB52-TE, CB62-TE: Telephoto Zoom, with 8-20mm focal length
  • IR Range
    • CB52-E, CB62-E: 30M
    • CB52-TE, CB62-TE: 50M

The Mini Series for Monitoring in Schools

Verkada’s mini series offers a compact and discreet security solution for schools. These cameras are designed to be small and unobtrusive, making them well-suited for installation in tight spaces or in areas where a larger camera may be noticeable.

  • Small and discreet camera with 5MP resolution
Functionality and Storage
  • Max of 365 days of footage retention in standard quality
  • 128GB – 2TB of onboard storage
  • Low band-width impact
  • Edge–based processing for motion and tamper detection along with People Analytics
  • Fixed, with up to 3x Digital Zoom
  • Audio available only on CM41 and CM41-E
  • IR Range: 15m for CM41 and CM41-E
    • N/A for CM41-S

The Fisheye Series for Monitoring in Schools

Verkada’s fisheye cloud-based security camera offers dynamic viewing experiences with sophisticated onboard processing and a wide–angle 12MP image sensor. In fact, there are five different viewing options available to users: panoramic, digital pan-tilt-zoom, 2-way split, 3-way split, and 4-way split.

  • Durable and weatherproof
    • IP67 weather rating and IK10 impact rating
  • 12MP image sensor for wide–angle coverage
Functionality and Storage
  • Max of 90 days of footage retention in standard quality
  • 512GB–2TB of onboard storage
  • Low–bandwidth impact
  • 180 degree field of view
  • Five viewing modes
  • Nighttime visibility with IR illuminators (20m/66ft)
  • NDAA
  • Equipped with audio

People Analytics – Monitoring Schools

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People Analytics combines cloud-based computer vision with intelligent edge-based video processing to give users high-quality images of every person recognized in the school.

  • Face Search*
    • You can quickly find people who look like a face you already have in your organization. You can also upload an image of a face of a person of interest.
  • Occupancy Trends
    • Estimate the number of people who cross a customizable digital line on a video feed.
    • Keep track of how a space is being used in order to improve business operations.
  • Person History 
    • Search through high-resolution snapshots of people detected in the frame.
    • Save screenshots or easily access associated high-resolution video.
  • Examine Anywhere
    • People Analytics is accessible from any device and from virtually any location in the world.
  • Filters for Attributes
    • Filter by a variety of criteria, such as clothing color, gender appearance, and facial matches.
  • Cross Camera Tracking
    • Quickly identify people of interest or potential suspects across all cameras at all sites.
    • Record and export multiple angles of a person to provide evidence quickly.

*It is important to use the face recognition technology ethically, respecting individuals’ rights to privacy and avoiding bias.

Verkada Access Control – Ultimate Monitoring in Schools

Verkada access control systems offer robust security features designed to enhance the safety and security of schools. These access control systems offer advanced features such as keyless entry, remote management, and real-time activity tracking, providing a secure and efficient solution for your security needs.

The Verkada AC41 Door Controller

This door controller is a powerful and easy-to-use access control solution that combines enterprise-grade security with a cloud-based management platform. Hence, this enables quick and easy monitoring of access points in schools.

  • Easily manage doors and access across your organization on the Command platform (schedules, users, building access)
  • Connect with Verkada’s video security system for real-time video analytics on access events
  • Supports secure touchless access using Bluetooth and Verkada’s Pass app
  • Works with existing door hardware and readers
  • Seamless integration to active directory platforms for automatic employee configuration, onboarding, and offboarding.
  • 10-year warranty on all hardware
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The Verkada AD32 Door Reader

This Verkada door reader is a versatile and robust access control device that allows individuals to enter doors using low and high-frequency cards or a mobile device with the Verkada Pass app. Consider the following attributes of the Door Reader that make it beneficial for school environments:

  • Can withstand a harsh environment – IP65 and IK08 ratings
  • Controlled through the Command platform
  • Two different options:
    • Mullion Mount Plate: This option has a sleek design and can be used in smaller spaces such as door frames.
    • Single Gang Mount Plate: This is a common card reader format that can replace existing reader mounts or be used on traditional installations.
Verkada AD32 Access control door reader for monitoring in schools

The Verkada AC62 16 Door Controller

The AC62 16 Door Controller is an enterprise-grade access control panel that simplifies access control for up to 16 doors. It offers the scale and simplicity of the cloud, making access control more efficient and effective with native cloud-based access control. Easily scale monitoring in schools with this access control solution!

Enhanced Security Features
  • Seamless integration with Verkada or third-party readers, REX devices, AUX inputs, and wet or dry lock configurations.
  • Connection to the Fire Alarm Interface for emergency events.
  • Customizable access levels and schedules, allowing for tailored access control based on employee roles and schedules.
  • Ethernet connection to Verkada Command eliminates the need for servers and thick or thin clients.
  • Easy-to-use wiring terminals for simplified installation.
AC61 16 Door controller for access monitoring in schools

The Verkada AX11 IO Controller

The AX11 IO Controller from Verkada is a versatile and scalable device that enables customers to integrate more inputs and outputs to their existing access control systems. With 16 inputs and 16 outputs, customers can easily integrate access control, cameras, sensors, and alarms.

Simple, Scalable, and Flexible Access Control
  • Seamless integration with Verkada cameras: The AX11 IO controller enables easy monitoring and tagging of video events for door-based events, intrusion detection, and more
  • Event Bridge technology: This feature allows you to bring door events with video analytics into the Command platform while using your existing access control or alarm system. Also provides real-time alerts and reports
  • Supports third-party card door readers: The AX11 IO controller works with Verkada and third-party card door readers, offering you the flexibility to choose the best access control solution for your business.
  • Elevator access control: Manage access to different floors of your building with a Verkada or Wiegand reader.
  • Simplified installation: The AX11 IO controller comes with removable connectors and cable management loops, making wiring simple and streamlined.
Verkada AX11 IO controller for monitoring in schools

Access Control: How it Works

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You can manage access control on the Verkada Command platform which is where you can access and monitor all of your devices.

  • Specify the user groups or access levels of the facility on Verkada Command.
  • Design badge templates for each user group or access level
  • Print the badges and issue credentials either in bulk or individually
Command Features
  • Synchronize Profiles: Synchronize users from SSO systems such as Okta and Azure Active Directory, and natively capture access levels and groups.
  • Provisioning with a Single Click: With a single click, employees or students can be issued bluetooth credentials or a physical ID card.
  • Log of Badge Events: On Verkada Command, access a log of badge events to ensure that only authorized individuals have access to secure areas.
  • Unlock Doors from Anywhere, Anytime: Users can remotely unlock authorized doors using either the Verkada Pass and Command Mobile apps
  • One-Tap Instant Lockdown: Create custom Lockdown scenarios that can be activated with a single tap to immediately secure buildings in the event of an emergency.

The SV20 Environmental Monitoring Series for School Monitoring

The SV20 Series by Verkada is a line of robust air quality sensors designed to meet a variety of environmental monitoring needs. The series consists of three models, each with different capabilities to detect and monitor air quality.

The SV21 is a powerful sensor that accurately measures temperature, relative humidity, and carbon dioxide. For even more comprehensive monitoring, the SV23 adds AQI, TVOC, motion, vaping/smoking, noise, and PM 2.4. Finally, the SV25 includes the measures of the SV21 and SV23 plus light, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and barometric pressure readings.

The SV21 is best suited for meeting rooms and server rooms. The SV23 is ideal for monitoring in schools and other institutions seeking to detect vape. Lastly, the SV25 is perfect for health monitoring, specialty monitoring, and manufacturing facilities.

Video Intercom for Monitoring School Entrances

Verkada’s TD52 Video Intercom is a cloud-native intercom that combines intuitive calling with enhanced security.

  • 5MP camera with a wide 130° FoV lens for clear visitor views
  • Clear audio with a 5W speaker and two omnidirectional MEMS microphones with noise suppression and acoustic echo cancellation
  • Hybrid cloud architecture eliminates the need for NVRs/DVRs and fixed receiver stations
  • IP66 and IK08 rated for deployment in direct sunlight, wet conditions or outdoor environments as cold a -40°F or as hot as 122°F

Learn more about the intercom’s flexible call receiving, dynamic smart call rotting, and scheduling here.

Desk Station to Remotely Monitor Schools

The Desk Station License unlocks the powerful features of Verkada’s Desk Station, an iPad-based application that simplifies entry requests and consolidates intercom actions and information into a single, intuitive interface.

  • Full HD view of intercom calls
  • Stream video and unlock doors
  • View video intercom and security camera feeds
  • Manage door access without elevated permissions
  • Picture-in-picture capabilities for enhanced context
  • Scalability with unlimited pairing of intercoms to Desk Station Application
  • Easy configuration with drag-and-drop setup flow

Verkada Guest for School Monitoring

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Verkada Guest is a native cloud-based solution that streamlines the check-in process for visitors. With Verkada Guest, admins can customize the check-in experience.

  • Customizable Check-in: Tailored check-in experience makes visitors feel welcome and valued.
  • Efficient Data Collection: Collect only necessary information, reducing wait times and streamlining the process.
  • Digital Document Signing: Electronic document signing eliminates paper forms, enhancing efficiency and sustainability.
  • Accurate Record-keeping: Capturing visitor photos ensures accurate record-keeping and improved security.
  • Easy Identification: Customizable badges with color borders enable easy visitor identification.
  • Optional Background Checks: Instantly screen visitors against US sex offender registries and run criminal background checks in real-time (via Checkr)
  • Host Notifications: Automatic notifications to hosts via SMS, email, or Slack help manage visitor traffic and ensure a smooth experience.
  • Touchless Check-in: Optional touchless sign-in via QR code or pre-registration with calendar invites for a seamless experience.
  • Privacy: Expunge ID data of unflagged visitors immediately after check-in, and keeping flagged visitor data for a maximum of 90 days

Guest is the perfect solution to strengthen your school’s security and simplify your administrative workflows. Contact our security experts here at Monarch to learn more!

VX52 Viewing Station for Monitoring in Schools

The Verkada VX52 Viewing Station is a dedicated video wall that streams up to 300 camera feeds with ultra-low latency, crisp video playback, customizable layouts, and Smart Tiles.

  • Plug-and-play device with zero local configuration required
  • Customizable Smart Tiles to prioritize events like high-motion activity, door access control, and environmental sensor data
  • Administrator-managed device with no need for additional accounts
  • Backed by a 10-year warranty

All Verkada hardware has a 10 year warranty from the date of shipment. For more information, click here.

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Frequently Asked Questions – Monitoring in Schools

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What is monitoring in schools?

Monitoring in schools refers to the use of surveillance systems and security measures to ensure the safety and security of students, staff, and visitors within the school premises.

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Are monitoring systems in schools an invasion of privacy?

Monitoring systems in schools are designed to prioritize student safety and security. They are installed in public areas where individuals have a reduced expectation of privacy. Proper policies and guidelines ensure the responsible use of surveillance systems while respecting privacy concerns.

Additionally, Verkada’s settings can be adjusted to enhance privacy (e.g., no audio recording).

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Can monitoring systems help prevent bullying and other incidents?

Monitoring systems can act as a deterrent to bullying and other incidents by creating a visible presence of surveillance. They can also provide evidence to identify and address such incidents promptly.

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Are the monitoring systems scalable for schools of different sizes?

Yes, Monarch offers scalable Verkada monitoring solutions that can be customized to fit the needs of schools of all sizes, from small elementary schools to large high schools and universities.

Stay One Step Ahead: Ensuring Safety Through School Monitoring Systems

Implementing monitoring systems in schools plays a crucial role in ensuring the safety and security of students and staff. By utilizing advanced surveillance solutions like Verkada products offered by Monarch, schools can enhance security measures, detect threats in real-time, and respond effectively to incidents.

The benefits of monitoring in schools include proactive preventive measures, quick incident response, and accountability. It is important to strike a balance between security and privacy concerns, implementing responsible policies and guidelines.

With Monarch’s expertise and Verkada’s reliable products, schools can create a safe learning environment that promotes student well-being and peace of mind for the entire community.