Hoylake-based security solutions provider, NW Systems has provided an advanced IP video system to help Wirral Hospitals’ School, Joseph Paxton Campus in Claughton, Birkenhead, meet its high safeguarding standards. This school, which has an enviable reputation as one of the region’s foremost special needs schools, was given an Outstanding rating by Ofsted in November 2014. Safeguarding is one of Ofsted’s key inspection requirements for all schools. The education inspector monitors schools’ ‘success in keeping pupils safe’, but also takes into consideration ‘action taken following any serious safeguarding incident’. The flexibility and reliability of the new video monitoring system, which NW Systems designed and installed, together with a 1 Gigabit to desktop network upgrade, has helped to meet the specific child protection needs of this co-educational school for children aged between 11 and 16 who cannot be catered for in mainstream education. Many of the school’s students have mental and physical health problems. Others have social and communication difficulties which have prevented them from being able to succeed in mainstream schools. The school’s commitment to creating a safe environment for its pupils and staff is reflected in thorough and effective safeguarding policies which are now supported by the new IP video system.The new system provides new high quality IP cameras in all 22 classrooms, two music rooms, as well as in the school’s mentoring rooms, IT suite, some administration offices, internal concourses and stairwells. Classroom cameras help monitor the use of the rooms and provide evidence of any incidents that occur.AXIS M3004-V compact dome cameras were fitted into the music rooms. AXIS P3364-VE fixed cameras with advanced Lightfinder technology were deployed externally to the rear of the site as they are well suited to areas with variable lighting conditions. While AXIS P3364 compact dome cameras offering Axis’ own Corridor Format, proved highly effective in indoor public areas. The AXIS P5414-E PTZ cameras have been deployed in some locations vulnerable to burglary by intruders to the site. Most cameras are set at 720p resolution and cameras operate on six frames per second on motion. These were chosen for their exceptional day/night capability and 270 degree wide coverage. The whole 45-camera video system was migrated to a new Xeon 6 Core server configured with mirrored 300 GB drives with a RAID array providing a total of 9TB of storage, guaranteeing enough capacity of 30 days of recording. All cameras are linked to a Milestone XProtect Professional video management software system for recording, management, as well as rapid discovery and playback in case of incidents.All video recordings are password protected and only accessible to authorised personnel. All security equipment is placed in a locked and secure room in the school. Recordings are backed up and recorded for a number of days before automatic deletion. Video recordings needed for further investigation can be exported in tamper-proof DVD form to be passed onto external authorities – in the event of an intrusion, vandalism or a break-in for example. The flexibility and ease of installation of the new system, compared to the smaller analogue CCTV system which preceded it, means that configurations can be adjusted and new cameras added easily as the school’s needs change. Chris Barry, ICT systems and network co-ordinator of the Wirral Hospitals’ Schools, highlighted the cost-effectiveness and ease of use of the new video system and affirmed the extremely positive feedback he has received since it went live. He added: ‘From my point of view, if it helps protect one child, or one teacher, then that’s value for money.’Derek Kitchen, head teacher of Wirral Hospitals’ Schools, added: “Such a high quality and user-friendly system contributes hugely to the safety and well-being of students, staff and visitors. It also protects the school when closed.”Frank Crouwel, managing director, NW Systems, summarised: “It is pleasing to see that video security can help underpin the strong safeguarding record of this highly-regarded and – now officially – ‘Outstanding’ local school.”-ends-Notes to Editors: The Wirral Hospital’s School provides an education service for children who are referred from the health service, community paediatricians and the Child and Adolescent Medical Health Services (CAMHS), due to a physical or psychological illness which renders them unable to access mainstream education. Students arrive as mid-year transfers, frequently joining the school part way through a Key Stage (KS) having missed a significant period of their education. The school provides outstanding teaching in an environment tailored to each individual’s long term and short term identified mental health and well-being with additional support and mentoring for pupils and their parents/carers. Wirral Hospitals’ School comprises the following components: Arrowe Park Hospital Ward School comprises of teaching on general medical and surgical wards. Most of the pupils are short stay. The focus is on identification of issues, enabling continued education. Joseph Paxton Campus (JPC) is the main school base, a small school setting for those who have been medically and/or (CAHMS) assessed as unable to access mainstream school. The nominal roll caters for up to 80 students at KS3 and KS4. All pupils have medical needs which often involve aspects of mental health, e.g. anxiety, depression, self-harm, eating disorders, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and personality disorders co-morbid with developmental disorders such as ASC and Asperger’s Syndrome. Provision at JPC is full time and broadly reflects the National Curriculum at KS3 and KS4 to facilitate pupil transition back into mainstream schools. However the curriculum is adapted to the specific needs of pupils. At KS3 and during Year 10, pupils are dual-rolled with their mainstream school and the Wirral Hospitals’ School. In Year 11 pupils are taken onto the Hospitals’ School’s roll.About NW Systems GroupNW Systems Group is an IP video and security solutions provider. NW Systems is the group’s installation and systems integration arm with a strong presence in the manufacturing, industrial and logistics sectors as well as in education, retail and leisure. Streamdays is a global live streaming webcam hosting service designed for the tourism and hospitality sectors. RemoteManager is a web-based camera system designed specifically for construction and development projects, facilitating easier project management and improved online marketing. NetworkWebcams is the group’s highly successful supply-only division, offering a wide range of IP cameras, video management software and accessories. NetworkWebcams is now the leading online supplier of IP video products in the UK and exports to all other part in the EMEA region. For further information about NW Systems Group please contact: Frank Crouwel, Managing Director, NW Systems Group Email: frank@nwsystemsgroup.comFor all NW Systems Group media and media sales enquiries, including requests for images, please contact: Miles Clayton, Agility PR LimitedTel: 01992 587439 Email: miles@agilitypr.co.uk Source: RealWire

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