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NLSS Gateway chosen as campus security management system by Culver City Unified School District, USA

Published on 5 October, 2011
Culver City tested a variety of security management systems before choosing the NLSS Gateway
CCUSD is changing its DVR-based analogue surveillance system to IP 

Next Level Security Systems, a developer of a new breed of unified, networked security solutions, recently announced that Culver City Unified School District deployed the NLSS Gateway as the security management system to serve as the centre of a major security upgrade at selected schools within its campus.

Culver City Unified School District, which consists of more than 6,500 students in Culver City, Calif., is transitioning its DVR-based analog surveillance system to IP because of issues with poor video streaming and playback provided by legacy products. The security team also evaluated technologies that could integrate access control events with video, and alarm monitoring, as well as support HD and megapixel cameras.

Culver City tested various security management systems before deciding to implement the NLSS Gateway from Next Level Security Systems. The NLSS Gateway, which integrates video management, access control, video analytics and intrusion detection into a single appliance, correlates data from traditionally separate subsystems without custom integration. The combined data is presented in a single, intuitive user interface to enhance overall situational awareness. When combined with Next Level RMS, users have the ability to access, configure and monitor all features of the NLSS Gateway across multiple sites from any location through Web browsers and mobile devices.

"The NLSS Gateway is an ideal solution for the district because it is an all-inclusive package offered at an unbeatable price that enables us to be more effective from a security standpoint," said Ted Yant, Security Supervisor, Culver City Unified School District. "Furthermore, the Next Level team was willing to go above and beyond to make sure the system met all our needs. No other vendor was willing to provide the same level of service."

The NLSS Gateway currently manages the school district's network of new IP solutions including four Arecont Vision panoramic HD cameras, 11 Sony HD infrared cameras, 13 Sony HD cameras, two Axis Communications video servers tied into eight analog fixed dome cameras, and two HID access control readers. With the NLSS Gateway, Culver City is also able to tap into the NLSS Remote Management Services for remote accessibility and system management. The school district provides remote access to the Culver City Police Department to allow police to view the school's security management system from the police station, police vehicles and mobile command post. By using the floor plans built into the NLSS Gateway, the police can view a live video feed of a specific school building and better formulate a response to any critical incident, providing for a safer and quicker response.

"The integration of video, access control and other systems into one appliance creates a tremendous amount of cost savings and sustainability for Culver City," said Bill Jacobs, Vice President of Access Control, Next Level Security Systems. "In critical environments, such as educational facilities, seeing all available information correlated from edge devices enables users to make more informed decisions, and as a result, provide a safer environment."

Based on open standards, the NLSS Gateway is part of a family of unified networked solutions including the NLSS HD Media Decoder, and a full line of NLSS Access Control edge devices, including access control panels, readers and card technologies. Next Level's solutions also integrate with IP-enabled access control vendors, such as ASSA ABLOY, HID Global and Mercury, and industry leading brands of IP-based surveillance cameras.

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