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.

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