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School Security Camera System Report

By Dean Drako, President & CEO, Eagle Eye Networks

Introduction


Eagle Eye Networks’ second video surveillance survey report focuses on community attitudes regarding the use of school security camera systems throughout the United States. By analyzing this comprehensive feedback, schools and communities can better understand the current attitudes at multiple levels to seed discussions as they develop and enhance their school safety programs.

The report compiles multiple independent, blind and anonymous surveys from 1500 respondents. An outside survey service was used, with an independent source list.

Multiple surveys were executed over the time period from January 2016 through March 2016, targeting adults throughout all regions of the United States. The results are within approximately +2.3% / -2.2% statistical certainty.

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1. Survey methodology and demographics


1.1 Survey Methodology

Multiple surveys were executed over the time period from January 2016 through March 2016, targeting adults throughout all regions of the United States. An outside survey service was used to run the survey, with an independent source list.

1.2 Respondent Demographics

A representative sampling of the various regions of the United States: Northeast, Midwest, South and West. Respondent ages were 18 and older.

2. Community Favorability toward School Security Cameras


2.1 Favorability toward Video Surveillance on School Campuses

Nearly 3 in 4 adults (72 percent) favor security camera systems in schools, including preschool/daycare, K-12, and college levels. This number has risen in recent years, with increased attention on preparedness in handling potential threats.

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2.2 Year-over-Year Change in Favorability

The favorability toward use of video surveillance in schools is up 7 percentage points since the prior year, rising to 72 percent in early 2016 from 65 percent in early 2015.

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All the 2016 survey data had 1500 respondents. In contrast, the 2015 data was based on a survey run in January 2016, from the same target audience of US adults, with 1000 respondents.

2.3 Perceived Merits of School Video Surveillance

The survey respondents who saw a positive value for security cameras, were asked to cite the positive merits of the video surveillance in schools. Their top positive merit is to “Identify criminals and facts after events” (64 percent), followed by “real-time insights during emergencies (59 percent) and deterring crimes (57 percent).

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Slightly less than half of respondents saw improving general student behavior as a key positive purpose.

2.4 Expected Impact on Bullying

When asked explicitly whether they expected visible security cameras to reduce bullying in schools, a majority of the respondents (56 percent) believed they would.

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3. Implementation Preferences


3.1 First Responder Real-time Video Access

Nearly 8 in 10 adults (78.3%) cite it is important that first responders can access the school video during an emergency. This result signals the high value the community places on ensuring immediate situational awareness during a crisis on campus.

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3.2 Location Priorities for Security Cameras

For US adults who favored having cameras in schools, their top school security camera location priorities were at entrances and exits (76 percent), and hallways (62 percent), followed by lunchrooms, playgrounds and gyms (53 percent). A much smaller number desire having them in classrooms (36 percent) and locker rooms and bathrooms, only 18 percent.

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3.3 Parental Access to Video

72 percent believed parents should be able to view video of their children in grades K-12, while 28 percent were opposed to it. The majority of those respondents who favored parental viewing of video for grades K-12 said it was appropriate only following an incident, rather than at any time.

77 percent believed parents of children in preschool/daycare should be able to view video of their children. Especially noteworthy was the 20 percentage point jump in respondents who said it was acceptable for parents to freely view video of their preschool/daycare children at any time, rather than only following an incident.

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Views sometimes varied based on gender. Women overall believed more in the parent’s right to view the video for elementary school aged children. 79 percent of women said parents should be able to view video of elementary school children, compared with only 68 percent of men, an 11 point difference.

4. Video Storage


4.1 Desired Length of Video Storage

16% of the respondents want only live video – with no video recording. For those adults who want video recorded, 80% favor at least one month of video recording; with an average desired recording length of 6 months.

4.2 Video Storage Preferences (On-site, Cloud, Mixed)

A majority (56 percent) favor that schools maintain a mix of cloud and on-premise video storage.

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4.3 Perceived Advantages of Mixed (Cloud + On-site) Storage

For those who see advantages for mixed On-premise and Cloud video storage, cite their top reasons as: Dual storage reduces video tampering (47 percent); Redundant storage avoids loss of video (43 percent); and Cloud adds extra video storage capacity (43 percent). 36 percent say Cloud has better remote/mobile video access.

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5. Financial Aspects


5.1 School Security Camera Adoption Hurdles

The respondents cite the top hurdle for school security camera systems as funding limitations (32 percent). Privacy concerns were the second reason, at 23 percent. Other potential obstacles only got nominal mention.

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5.2 Preferred Payment Model (Up-front, Subscription)

A slight majority favor a payment model using a monthly subscription, with a cancellation option, at 54 percent, over upfront payment of 46 percent.

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6. Executive Summary


Eagle Eye Networks’ second Video Surveillance survey report focuses on community attitudes regarding security cameras in schools throughout the United States. The report compiles multiple independent, blind and anonymous surveys from 1500 respondents. An outside survey service was used, with an independent source list.

A summary of the findings:

    • 72 percent of U.S. adults overall favor security cameras in schools from preschool/daycare K-12, and college levels. This result was a 7 percentage point increase from the 65 percent who favored surveillance systems in schools in early 2015.
    • The top positive merit is to “Identify criminals and facts after events”, followed by “real-time insights during emergencies, and deterring crimes.
    • A major driver for security camera systems in schools is the desire to allow first responders to view real-time video during emergencies. Nearly 8 in 10 respondents cite a desire for first responders to have real-time video access.
    • The top camera location priorities were at entrances and exits, and hallways, followed by lunchrooms, playgrounds and gyms. A much smaller number desire having them in classrooms and locker rooms and bathrooms.
    • 72 percent believe parents should be able to view video of their children in grades K-12, while 28 percent were opposed to it. The majority of those respondents that favored parental viewing said it was appropriate only following an incident. There is higher favorability for parental viewing of video in daycare/preschool.
    • For the US adults who want video recorded, 80% favor at least one month of video recording; with an average desired recording length of 6 months.
    • A majority favor that schools maintain a mix of cloud and on-premise video storage. Those who see advantages for mixed on-site and cloud video storage cite their top reasons as dual storage reduces video tampering, redundant storage avoids loss of video, and the cloud adds extra video storage capacity.
    • A slight majority favor a payment model using a monthly subscription, with a cancellation option, at 54 percent, over upfront payment of 46 percent. The respondents cite the top hurdle to schools adopting video surveillance as funding limitations.

By analyzing this comprehensive feedback, schools and communities can better understand the current attitudes at multiple levels to seed discussions as they develop and enhance their school safety programs.

Dean Drako, President & CEO, Eagle Eye Networks

Dean Drako left Barracuda Networks in 2012 to found Eagle Eye Networks and lead it to be the first cloud-based video surveillance company to provide both cloud and on-premise recording. In 2015, Eagle Eye Networks was named to CSO Outlook’s “10 promising cloud security providers”.

Previously, as founder, president and CEO of Barracuda Networks, Dean created the industry’s first email security appliance in 2003 and subsequently grew the company to more than 140 products, 150,000 customers and approximately 1000 employees.

Dean is also the owner and Chairman of Brivo, a cloud access control company. Dean was previously the founder of Boldfish, a leading provider of enterprise messaging solutions that was acquired by Siebel Systems in 2003. Dean was founder, President and CEO of Design Acceleration, Inc (DAI), a maker of superior design analysis and verification tools, which was acquired by Cadence Design Systems in 1998. Dean received his BSEE from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and MSEE from the University of California, Berkeley.

Goldman Sachs named Dean as one of the “100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2014.”

About Eagle Eye Networks

Eagle Eye Networks delivers the first on-demand cloud based security and business intelligence video management system (VMS) providing both cloud and on-premise recording. Eagle Eye also provides a cloud video API for integrations and application development. The Eagle Eye Platform offers secure, encrypted recording, camera management, mobile viewing and alerts – all 100% cloud managed. The Eagle Eye Cloud Security Camera Video Management System supports a broad array of IP and analog cameras uses Intelligent Bandwidth Management™, making it easy to deploy at single and multiple sites. The API platform uses the Eagle Eye, Big Data Video Framework™, with time based data structures used for indexing, search, retrieval and analysis of the live and archived video. Eagle Eye Networks sells through authorized reseller and installation partners. The headquarters is at 4611 Bee Caves Rd, suite 200, Austin, Texas, 78746. For more information, please visit www.eagleeyenetworks.com or call +1-512-473-0500.