IDIS, Apex Collaborate to Improve Aging CCTV Systems in UK School District

Wade Deacon Trust sought alternative video surveillance solutions due to shortcomings from early-generation IP CCTV systems.

IDIS, Apex Collaborate to Improve Aging CCTV Systems in UK School District

IDIS, a video technology manufacturer, together with its integration partner Apex Network Solutions, provided video surveillance solutions for two large high schools that form part of the Wade Deacon Trust in the United Kingdom.

The Wade Deacon High School, which is the Trust’s largest school, sought to overcome the shortcomings of its existing, early-generation IP CCTV system, and problems including rising maintenance costs, poor usability, and variable image quality, says IDIS. Apex was tasked with delivering a solution that would offer the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) with a minimal ongoing operating burden, and a solution that could easily adapt to meet any future requirements.

Keeping installation costs down, Apex designed an end-to-end and NDAA-compliant IDIS DirectIP® solution comprising three 32-channel 4K recorders and a mix of close to ninety 5MP and 12MP IR domes, bullet, and fisheye cameras. The system is designed for unobtrusive coverage of corridors, indoor communal areas, entrances, building perimeters, and high-value sporting facilities which are vulnerable to vandalism during off hours. Every IDIS camera offers a plug-and-play set-up, allowing the Apex engineers to complete the upgrade during term time without any disruption to learning.

The Wade Deacon Trust’s Hillside High School in Bootle also needed to update its aging CCTV system, but the installation would be more challenging due to the school’s 1930s architecture, with a lack of ceiling voids for easy cable runs, long corridors, and solid floor construction. The school also wanted to address usability, gaps in coverage, variable image quality, and rising maintenance costs.

Apex designed an end-to-end solution taking advantage of IDIS rapid plug-and-play deployment and device compatibility, enabling full system functionality without installation glitches – particularly valuable at older sites such as Hillside where cabling options are limited. It was easy to replace the existing cameras with simple connection of IDIS’ more powerful high-definition models, and to add new cameras in key locations to enable comprehensive coverage.

The expanded system now includes seventy high-definition internal and external domes and bullets and the popular 12MP IDIS Super Fisheye – between them ensuring HD and ultra-HD image capture, even in challenging lighting conditions, thanks to the cameras being equipped with true WDR and IR LED, says the company.

As a result, IDIS says the school’s new system now ensures comprehensive coverage of corridors, communal areas, entrances, and school grounds, and it is easier for staff to work with due to the IDIS Center VMS management software. The license-free VMS’ interface makes it simple to live view, playback, and retrieve recorded footage and allows role-based access rights to be easily configured.

“We are very impressed with our IDIS solution installed by Apex,” said Jonathan Lowe, Director of ICT & Operations, Wade Deacon Trust. “Despite some infrastructure challenges, Apex listened to our requirements and delivered full system upgrades on time without any major disruptions or delays. The new solutions have given us reliable, comprehensive video surveillance coverage, and it’s proving easy to use to safeguard our school community.”

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