In November 2016 St Andrews High School in Croydon approached
SchoolCare to design a CCTV solution to cover all areas of the South
St Andrews CE
At the point of engagement St Andrews High School had very little
CCTV coverage internally and very limited external coverage. The
decision was taken to upgrade the CCTV platform to ensure site
security and pupil safety.
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St Andrew’s High School is an Anglican voluntary aided school in Central
Croydon. St Andrew’s High school has a total capacity of 810 pupils with
650 pupils currently on roll.
SchoolCare were approached by St Andrews School to design and
implement a CCTV solution to ensure staff and student safety and to
protect school assets.
Existing CCTV was limited both internally and externally and
therefore a full plan and design of the site was necessary.
The other challenge for the solution design was the integration
with the existing wired ethernet network. In parallel with the CCTV
optical design, our engineers undertook an assessment of the
physical ethernet network to ensure that sufficient switch capacity
and Power over Ethernet (PoE) budget was available in all locations.
SchoolCare has a long history delivering ICT solutions to schools
from industry leading “best of breed” vendors and are well versed
in designing ethernet based solutions for our customers.
After extensive supplier evaluation SchoolCare have developed a
strong working relationship with HikVision. Hikvision offer a high
quality and good value range of CCTV cameras and scalable Network
Video Recorders. All Hikvision cameras benefit from high quality
optics and sensors as well as IP rated metal casing. This ensures the
quality and longevity of any installed solution.
SchoolCare conducted an initial site survey to identify key areas
that needed coverage, this bought the total camera count to 35.
Further discussion with the School’s Business manager highlighted
the need for a High Definition Solution which would support further
cameras at a later date. The specified solution can support 64
cameras allowing a significant increase in camera count should it
be required over time.
The core of the system is a Network Video Recorder (NVR) with
support for up to 8x 6TB hard drives. The NVR was deployed fully
populated with Hard Drives configured in a RAID 10 configuration.
RAID 10 was chosen to ensure an effective balance between capacity,
redundancy and speed. The NVR was configured to record in HD
using the H.264 codec, allowing
over 30 days worth of footage
to be stored on the onboard
Cameras have been installed in
internal and external locations,
with camera specifications
optimised for the deployment
scenario and to address any
challenges which were observed
as part of the initial survey.
As part of the physical camera
additional wired network
infrastructure to support the
SchoolCare engineers designed
and implemented a suitable
VLAN infrastructure specifically
for the CCTV system. This was
put in place to ensure that CCTV
traffic was kept separate from
normal ethernet traffic, both for
security and to ensure quality of
St Andew’s High School now has
a high definition CCTV system
installed with a total of 35 cameras,
covering both the internal and
external parts of the building.
The Senior Leadership Team have
access to the NVR from their
desktop PC so they can monitor
and deal with ay reported issues.
Remote external access to the
NVR has also been made available
to the site team, so the building
can be securely monitored
during the school holidays.
“SchoolCare and HikVision designed
and implemented a comprehensive
CCTV solution ensuring the safety
of our staff and pupils with ample
expansion capacity for the future.”
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