Both segments of this critical market, K-12 and higher education, face increasing demands for wired and wireless connectivity in the classroom as well as networked security systems.

Both segments of this critical market, K-12 and higher education, face increasing demands for wired and wireless connectivity in the classroom as well as networked security systems.

The K-12 market encompasses a wide range of education facilities, including public and private elementary, secondary, and high schools. More and more educational activities and materials are being placed partially or wholly online. In addition, in the wake of tragedies like the Sandy Hook school shootings, many middle and elementary schools have also come to see the need for networked security systems to deter intrusion, vandalism, and other criminal behavior.

The larger the school campus, the more complex its connectivity requirements. These include classroom connectivity, library services, mass notification systems in case of emergency, video surveillance using higher-megapixel cameras, and access control.

A city school system needs a centrally managed physical security system for its dozens of schools. The existing analog video surveillance suffers from poor video quality, limited storage capacity, lack of networked access to tapes, and other problems. A new Cisco video surveillance solution captures high-definition video, provides synchronized timestamps, runs over the school system’s IP network, and provides centralized and vastly increased storage. Security personnel can remotely view archived and real-time video from any web browser.