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School safety enhanced with "One View" cameras
03/26/2014

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Baltimore County's 107 elementary schools now sport a new feature to help keep them secure and under the watchful – and now real-time – eye of Baltimore County Police. New "One View" networked school security cameras now monitor halls, front offices, and other places in each elementary school across the county.  

The $3.7 million technology investment was unveiled during a March 25 news conference by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, BCPS Superintendent Dallas Dance, and Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson. The cameras enable police officers and school safety officials to look in on any elementary school in the county with real-time, high-resolution live views.

Called "force multipliers" by Chief Johnson, the cameras may be accessed by officers from their patrol cars, local precincts, or from any mobile device with access to secure network access. Each school has at least three strategically-placed cameras in operation. The technology also allows officers to pull up school floor plans and includes funding for door locks, card readers, and other safety enhancements for schools.   

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"We are using the latest technology along with an integrated, collaborative approach to help ensure our children's safety in school," said County Executive Kamenetz. "This One View system is another example of County government working in concert with the schools, sharing resources and information to get the best possible results for our students."

Spotlight and photos submitted by Charles Herndon, BCPS communications specialist
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