Safe School on a Budget: Missouri Administrators Balance Security Priorities and Budget Concerns with Scalable Video System, Training

Oct 12, 2010, 08:30 ET from Wren Solutions

ATLANTA, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Wren, a provider of physical security solutions that create safe learning environments, published a case study today detailing how Blair Oaks, a high-performance school district in Missouri, has successfully upgraded its video surveillance system while working under very tight budget conditions.

By partnering with Wren, Blair Oaks was able to deploy a more scalable video surveillance system that not only supports its existing analog video cameras, but builds a foundation for future growth. With Wren's Encapsulon Physical Security Platform working as the software foundation, the new system supports existing hardware, while simultaneously accommodating the latest IP surveillance and access technologies to meet current and future performance demands. In addition, Wren developed an implementation and maintenance training program to enable Blair Oaks staff to self-service the video equipment, greatly reducing maintenance fees in the long-term.

Prevention Versus Reaction: No School Immune to Security Breaches

"Although our school is fortunate to be safe, experiencing minimal criminal activity, we realized the importance of video for the purposes of limiting legal liability, conducting investigations, and deterring unwanted behavior," said Blair Oaks District Superintendent Jim Jones.  "A few incidences of vandalism and theft that did occur over the past few years demonstrated to us that no campus is immune to security breaches, including ours.  To guard against these infractions, we knew video needed to be a tool in our arsenal of information resources."

While Jones, among other school administrators, understood that security is not something to be compromised, they also knew that controlling costs associated with a new video surveillance system was a requirement. Jones turned to Wren to assess the situation and explore where the school could make improvements that balanced priorities with real budget factors.

To read the complete story on how Blair Oaks successfully implemented a new security system and training process, visit Wren's website.

Missouri School an Example for Other Schools Facing Security, Budget Concerns

"Every school in America is facing the school year with budget concerns in mind. I applaud Blair Oaks' administrators and teachers for finding a way to balance a tight budget with the need to maintain a safe place for students and staff," said Jeff Floreno, school safety expert and Wren's director of security operations and strategy. "By leveraging our training and support programs, Blair Oaks has positioned itself to realize lower support and maintenance expenses for years ahead."

About Wren

Wren specializes in physical security technologies and services for retail, education, healthcare and government facilities. The company's solutions, including enterprise-class video management software, access control systems, security assessments, surveillance cameras and hardware, and professional services, enable organizations to protect people, assets and facilities, while empowering them with operational insights for better performance. Established in 1983 and headquartered in Jefferson City, MO, Wren is a member of the Security Industry Association (SIA), the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), the National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officers (NASSLEO), and the National Retail Federation (NRF). Visit us at our website

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