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ERIC Number: EJ1003266
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
The Eyes Have It
Mulholland, Jessica
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v78 n4 p66-67 Dec 2012
In New York's Port Washington Union Free School District, security and privacy for students, faculty, and staff coexist--thanks to security cameras with eyelids. In 2010, video cameras donated by New York-based SituCon Systems were installed in the main lobby at two of the district's seven schools. "We really haven't had the kind of incidents [that called for video security]--this isn't a knee-jerk reaction to something," said David Baylen, the district's IT director. "We're trying to be proactive and use technology in a manner that enhances our current security measures in the buildings." The cameras are standard IP-based Panasonic video cameras equipped with proprietary "eyelids" for privacy. When the camera is in privacy mode, the eyelid is closed. But if a staff member with a key fob presses the button to open the camera's eyelid, Baylen said, the local police station is alerted and officers can see the video feed. At the same time, district staff members receive a text message or email alerting them that there is an incident. Besides preserving privacy on campus, the eyelid cameras help police focus on real emergencies. "When there is an emergency, you have the ability to invite emergency responders into the environment electronically," said Baylen. Should a false alarm occur, Baylen said the district would rather have the police respond--and the district can always call officers back and say, ""No, never mind." And they feel the same way; they want to be there to provide assistance if needed."
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York