2020 Vision Technology has been commissioned to implement a fully integrated IP-based access control and surveillance system for the new Bede Academy

2020 Vision Technology has been commissioned by primary electrical contractor Veale Nixon and worked alongside electrical design consultants Cundall to implement a fully integrated IP-based access control and surveillance system for the new Bede Academy School being built in Blyth Northumberland by SURGO.

2020 Vision were chosen having delivered a similar project at Excelsior Academy for the same team in 2008.

The Bede Academy replaces two secondary schools and one primary school in an area that has suffered in the wake of the collapse of the coal mining industry, which it relied on for employment up until the mid-1980s.

All education establishments present specific challenges from a security perspective and The Bede Academy is no different.   During the day security incidents revolve around inappropriate behaviour of pupils: bullying, petty theft and vandalism for example.  At night and during the long holidays the threats can be more serious – extending to arson, theft and criminal damage.

The 16 years of experience that 2020 Vision Technology has gathered whilst building security systems for well known education establishments, have helped inform this highly successful implementation of a state-of-the-art, fully integrated IP-Surveillance and IP Access Control system at The Bede Academy.

Peter Houlis, managing director, 2020 Vision Technology, said:”Our experience tells us that integrating a number of security systems is a one plus one equals three equation.  In other words the whole integrated solution is greater than the sum of its parts.  Where systems have not been integrated, security gaps naturally emerge which make the site a little more vulnerable and increase the workload on security and facilities management teams.  True integration delivers return on investment very rapidly because it reduces the manpower required for comprehensive monitoring considerably because human intervention is only required for the few exceptions (alerts)that the system generates.”

The Bede Academy, like most schools, has limited security and facilities management resources so any system needs to be intelligent, taking the hard work out of monitoring both sites day and night. It needs to enable security guards and facilities managers to react effectively to genuine alerts rather than running around after false alarms or conducting lengthy and fruitless investigations.  It also needs to be low maintenance so that extensions, upgrades and software patches can be handled by in-house IT departments if at all possible.

The Bede Academy, as the fourth Emmanuel School Foundation School in the UK, places a major emphasis on the important Christian values of effective discipline and good behaviour, which is definitely supported and backed up by this security system.  It is these values, combined with the new ‘high tech’ facilities at the Bede Academy, which explains why pupil places there are so over-subscribed.

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