Making Schools Smarter: Vaping Detection and Surveillance Help Deter Smoking

It has been 13 years since e-cigarettes first entered the market. While the first generation resembled a cigarette, these devices now come in a sleek and high-tech design that is often able to be hidden in broad daylight. The rise of e-cigarettes, which is now known as vaping, has increased in recent years among youth and young adults. According to The Truth Initiative, in 2018, the U.S Surgeon General issued an advisory about the youth e-cigarette “epidemic,” and since that time, rates have continued to increase in teens and young adults.

However, the discreet nature of vaping makes it hard to detect when it’s being used on school grounds. But the rise in intelligent sensor technology, such as the HALO Smart Sensor, coupled with the ability for this technology to seamlessly integrate with Pelco video management technology, makes it possible for school administrators to detect vaping and respond through the Event Monitor Service within the VideoXpert VMS. Not only does the technology offer alarms data through its Event Monitor Service, but also cameras and technology that can help you deter the likelihood of the continued behavior.

For example, a HALO Smart Sensor installed in a hallway bathroom can offer security leaders an indication when vaping is detected. Couple this with video surveillance placed in the hallway and used to identify the students responsible for setting off the sensor can help administrators thwart usage and address incidents in real-time.

VideoXpert’s open and scalable system is easy to install and deploy and offers a robust feature set, including:

  • All events generated from the Halo Smart Sensor (vape detection, for example) can be received by VideoXpert and actions can be taken (such as a PTZ preset) to respond within the VMS. The VideoXpert Event Monitor Service is capable of being configured to poll for alarms from various devices, taking the alarm data it gathers and performing various actions when an alarm state change occurs.
  • VideoXpert is an integrated solution that provides monitoring of multiple facilities from one location, operators can view multiple areas on school grounds.
  • Analytics that help you automate tasks and alerts to detect behavior and improve an operator’s response time.
  • Industry-leading cameras give officials the ability to see all angles and details of a scene with a limited number of cameras and in all lighting conditions.

  • Panoramic cameras fill the gaps in coverage. The Optera Multi-Sensor provides a seamless panoramic view at a high resolution, while an Evo Fisheye has 3D dewarping technology that allows live and playback scene analysis.
  • Fixed IP cameras can be positioned to cover blind spots where students can hide and vape. The Sarix Enhanced for unmatched image quality and High Security Corner Camera for wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling coverage of small/medium spaces like cafeterias can help ensure no area of school grounds is missed.
  • PTZ IP cameras zoom in for details. The Spectra Enhanced is known for its speed, accuracy and reliability, while the Spectra Professional provides up to 20x optical zoom for detail.
  • Monitoring during school and after school hours doesn’t have to be costly; Pelco’s technology is readily available in the cameras and are designed to meet a school’s surveillance needs.
  • Pelco’s Smart Compression reduces storage costs to preserve video quality. It can lower bandwidth and storage requirements by up to 70% so you can continuously monitor activity.
  • SureVision low-light technology enables you to get the best possible image in little or no light conditions making it possible to identify vaping even at night.
  • Pelco Camera Link enables operators to link specific cameras to track a person of interest once identified by school officials.
  • Integration is an integral part of a holistic approach to school security and the relationship Pelco has with HALO Smart Sensors provides school officials with the ability to deter, identify and respond to vaping on school grounds. Click here to learn more.

    Going Beyond Patient Care: Where Healthcare and Surveillance Intersect

    As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the world, healthcare systems were forced to quickly react to increased patient capacity while simultaneously trying to keep patients and staff safe. Many resources were redirected as part of these efforts, prompting organizations to consider additional changes to their day-to-day operations, such as limiting visitors, screening shipments of supplies and finding ways to elevate patient care in the midst of shortages. But there are so many other areas that remain unaffected by pandemic response that must be considered on an ongoing basis — especially with the need to remain redundant in the face of challenges beyond a facility manager’s control.

    Security leaders and facility managers are tasked with the delicate balance of stringent compliance and security with the open, healing atmosphere of a healthcare provider. And making sure a healthcare facility is up and running and functional at all times is a major part of this goal.

    Arguably, this is accomplished through the use of innovative video surveillance technology as part of a layered approach that leverages analytics and deep learning capabilities in an effort to streamline response. Going further than that, the use of this kind of technology helps healthcare facilities remain proactive in their approach to the protection of people and assets by identifying anomalies in the day-to-day activities of staff and visitors.

    As part of this effort, there are a number of integral areas that can benefit from a video data-rich approach as part of an overall security plan using video and analytics software, including:

    Mechanical rooms. These spaces support the operation of the hospital in case of power failures, often including a high-powered generator (or multiple generators). These areas are typically sensitive areas and highly susceptible to sabotage; however, the high-priority nature of their functionality is critical to the overall operation of a medical center.

    Water tanks. Within the healthcare world, water is an essential function in cleanliness — especially in light of infectious disease outbreaks. In the event of a water main break or natural disaster that cuts off the ability for facilities to access citywide water sources, some facilities have contingency water tanks that help bridge the gap when a main water source is eliminated. Like the previous point, it is critical for the proper operation of a hospital to have an interrupted flow of drinkable water and these vestibules should be protected from potential threats.

    Medical gases. The storage of medical gases, such as nitrous oxide or oxygen, is a critical function and considered a very high-risk area in the operation of a hospital. Being able to properly identify anomalies in the storage of these gases or whether they’ve been tampered with in some way, as well as indicating the presence of unauthorized individuals in the area, should be deemed essential as part of a proactive security plan.

    Medicine storage. All medicines within a healthcare facility must be properly secured and access limited to authorized individuals; however, medicine storage areas are places where thefts frequently occur by staff, patients and visitors, especially areas that control psychotropic medicines. Not only is layered and restricted access control essential, but adding video oversight and coverage to the mix ensures incidents can be properly identified and investigated.

    Parking areas. So many times, the four walls of the hospital are considered of the utmost priority for security leaders, but there’s a number of reasons that incorporating the same level of protection within parking lots and in garages — along with the management and control of these areas — should be considered essential. In places where this service is available, it is crucial that visitors can be sure that their vehicles are safe while on the premises and that individuals traveling to and from their vehicles from the facility feel safe and secure with additional oversight.

    Within the healthcare market, continuity of service is essential for the protection of not only assets, like those mentioned above, but ultimately, the people giving and receiving care. There are a number of ways that video, coupled with intelligent analytics, can help achieve this goal; and any manager of a healthcare center or hospital needs to be assured that their operation will continue even when subjected to stressful situations such as power or water outages.

    These leaders also want to be sure that the risk of sabotage is under control, which means the critical — but lesser-known — areas are protected. Patient focus is clearly the first priority for these facilities, but this goes hand-in-hand with the continuous operation of the center and is a constant concern of administrators.

    Modern Days: How Can Businesses Solve Complex IoT and Video Problems?

    The dramatic explosion of video data is a staggering testament to the growth and adoption of IoT technologies. But how can this video be harnessed and used to drive intelligence? Pelco discusses this in an article that appears in IoT for All. Click here to read.

    Pelco: Aiming at Rebuilding Trust and its Global Footprint


    When Pelco CEO Kurt Takahashi took over less than a year ago after the company was sold to Transom Capital, the vision was clear: restore its reputation as one of the premier brands in video surveillance. In this interview, A&S Magazine takes a closer look at what’s making this possible and the challenges (and opportunities) ahead. Click here to read.

    The Stepping Stones to True Collaboration

    Partnerships between integrators and manufacturers have long been at the forefront, but there’s a new relationship to nurture as surveillance technology becomes more intelligent and network-driven: the IT department. In this article in International Security Journal, Pelco looks at this relationship more in depth, the trends that IT pros are driving in the market, and how the industry can build trust. Click here to read.

    Case Study | Lewiston-Porter Central School District

    About Lewiston-Porter Central School District

    Located in the historic town of Youngstown, NY, Lewiston-Porter Central School District is responsible for ensuring the safety of approximately 2,100 students and 375 full-time employees. Only 15 miles from Niagara Falls, the town itself is a 64-square mile community nestled along the Niagara River on the Canadian border. Referred to locally as “Lew-Port”, the K-12 public school district is comprised of six buildings; four school buildings on a campus setting, one former administration building and one community resource center utilized for staff development and various athletic and community activities. The district promotes a diverse learning environment with a focus on the individual student and respect for all.

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    Case Study | Gorford City

    About Gorford City

    Central Coast Council has built a comprehensive video surveillance solution covering multiple towns across the council area with a combination of Pelco fixed and PTZ cameras supported by Pelco’s VideoXpert VMS and installed by ECS Services. A recent upgrade to the Street Safe solution has seen the latest technologies introduced to key parts of the system.

    Central Coast was among the first council areas in New South Wales (NSW) to install video surveillance and began rolling out its Street Safe solution nearly 15 years ago in response to requests from the local community. The first cameras were installed in 2004, meaning Pelco and ECS have been partnering with Central Coast Council for approximately 15 years. The original system was analogue and was installed in and around Gosford, then expanded to Umina. Next came upgrades at Gosford and Umina and an expansion to Woy Woy, as other businesses fed up with property damage sought CCTV to protect their premises.

    With the help of John Adams from Security Electronics & Networks, we are able to hear from Sergeant Steve Hassett and Senior Constable Don Buchanan from NSW Police as they share the challenges and solutions that the system solved with Craig Cobbin from Pelco.

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    Case Study | T-Mobile Arena

    About T-Mobile Arena

    T-Mobile Arena, a joint venture between MGM Resorts
    International and the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG),
    opened on the Las Vegas Strip on April 6, 2016, with a concert
    by The Killers, Shamir and Wayne Newton. As the world’s most
    automated and energy-efficient entertainment, sporting and
    concert venue, T-Mobile Arena partnered with Schneider Electric
    to design an end-to-end smart technology solution with a single,
    real-time view into all critical infrastructure systems. As part of
    its mission to provide a best-in-class entertainment experience
    for its 20,000 guests, T-Mobile Arena also invested in Pelco by
    Schneider Electric video surveillance and security solutions for
    uncompromised safety and security.

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    Case Study | Chuckchansi Gold Casino and Resort

    About Chuckchansi Gold Casino and Resort

    Nestled into the base of the Sierra Foothills and on the way to California’s Yosemite National Park, the Chukchansi Gold Casino and Resort offers visitors and locals alike a scenic gaming and entertainment destination. It is owned and operated by the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians and features 56,000 square feet of gaming space with 1,750 slot machines and 36 table games as well as a night club, players club, and dining and entertainment services.

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