Utah School District Equips Buses with Open Platform, Multi-Partner, Mobile Video System

After several years of dealing with an older, failing, analog video system on its buses, Canyons school district in Utah needed to update its fleet. The Transportation Department, together with the IT Department, spent two years researching technologies and best practices to find the right mobile video security system.

Student safety is a top priority for us and buses have more than their fair share of problems. Our video systems are a key piece of technology used to keep our students and drivers safe. – Dean Glanville, Director of Technology Support, Canyons School District

The team ultimately specified a system that includes video management software (VMS) from Milestone Systems, network cameras from Axis Communications, and Sintron Technologies’ mobile server/recorder. Stone Security is the Milestone Diamond Partner responsible for the implementation and maintenance of the solution.

Over 85 of the district’s buses were installed with the new mobile video system during the summer of 2017, and the rest of the total 175 buses were recently upgraded this summer in preparation for school start at the end of August, 2018.

We developed a new way to deploy the Milestone VMS for transportation. We’re using XProtect Expert on the buses, with XProtect Corporate in the data center, and XProtect Interconnect as the connection between the systems. With Milestone, we were able to craft a flexible solution that didn’t exist previously. – Andy Schreyer, Stone Security

Schreyer explained that video is stored redundantly within the bus, both on the server as well as in the cameras. If there’s an accident that takes down the server, video from the cameras can still be retrieved. The bus servers store video for 30 days, and any time an equipped bus pulls into a district schoolyard, the server will connect back to the corporate Milestone server and offload the video for central archiving.

The video is stored in the district’s data center for access on an authorized, as-needed basis. When an incident occurs, the Transportation Department can share recorded video with school administration or local authorities.

Read more details in the full case study on the Milestone Content Portal.

This mobile bus monitoring solution also won the SSI Security Solutions Award 2018 for Video Surveillance.