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  • 2016-10-17
Award-winning IDIS technology empowers Edna ISD’s compliance with state requirements for cameras in special education classrooms

COPPELL, OCTOBER 18, 2016 – Global surveillance powerhouse IDIS and partner PSX, Inc. announced multiple installations of IDIS video surveillance technology for the Edna Independent School District (ISD) in support of the district’s compliance with Texas Senate Bill 507 (SB 507) requirements. The successful installations, covering multiple classrooms and school sites, demonstrate Edna ISD’s commitment to its special needs communities—including students, teachers, and family members—by providing the highest quality in video and audio monitoring in support of meeting and exceeding care and education standards that are second to none.

Following a number of high-profile incidents of alleged abuse of sometimes non-communicative special needs students, Texas passed SB 507. SB 507 requires districts to install audio and video surveillance equipment and recorders in select classrooms where special education services are provided if a parent, school board, or staff member requests it. The IDIS Total Solution, differentiated by its ease of installation and use as well as its lack of licensing and maintenance fees, has proven a strong fit for school districts, including Edna ISD, needing to meet this requirement. The IDIS Total Solution has a selection of affordable, highest-quality options for school districts, easily scaled to meet any classroom size, configuration, or budget.

The IDIS solution crafted by PSX, Inc. meets Edna ISD’s SB 507 compliance requirements with a custom configuration of IDIS cameras and recorders for multiple classrooms and sites. At the heart of the solution is the IDIS DirectIP™ Super Fisheye Camera, which features breakthrough IDIS technology recognized by the industry for solving common concerns found with many other fisheye models. The IDIS Super Fisheye offers unparalleled client, camera, and mobile dewarping for a clearer picture and strongest possible assessment and documentation of incidents. It also features the company’s award-winning IDIS Smart UX Controls (named a 2016 “New Product of the Year” by Security Products magazine), which allow for agile real-time pointing and zooming in a simplified and smooth manner previously unheard of in the security industry. Other IDIS benefits, including two-way communication and the powerful recording and storage technology the company is known for, make the solution an ideal one for Edna ISD’s needs.

“In Edna ISD, the safety of our students, teachers, and staff is a key part of our educational mission,” said Robert O’Connor, Superintendent for Edna ISD. “When those in our schools, and the families that love them, know their environment is safe and secure, the educational mission can thrive. We have embraced the SB 507 requirements as yet another tool in ensuring an ideal learning environment for all, providing additional support and protection for our special needs population. We were committed to doing this with only the best technology the industry had to offer, while also remaining responsible to our taxpayers throughout the process. The IDIS combination of a fully scalable solution of next-generation technology with a lower total cost of ownership than typically seen in the industry made it the right choice for our needs.”

Alan Morris, Vice President of Sales for PSX, Inc., further added, “Edna ISD has proven themselves to be at the forefront of both security and education through the selection and installation of IDIS technology, including the IDIS Super Fisheye Camera with IDIS Smart UX Controls. While SB 507 compliance has proven a challenge for some school districts, Edna ISD has shown an uncompromising commitment to its special needs students through the selection of technology that provides easy real-time review of classroom behavior and provides the best, clearest evidence possible should an incident occur. I commend the vision shared by Robert O’Connor and the entire Edna ISD in selecting a forward-thinking surveillance system that is both highly technologically advanced and responsibly affordable.”

Keith Drummond, Senior Director at IDIS America, noted, “At IDIS, we come to work every day determined to offer the best, most feature-rich, and most affordable surveillance technology we can to the marketplace. However, it is projects like these that really bring home the real-world importance and power of what we do. Many of us are parents and we all treasure the diverse student populations in our communities. Our highly customizable, easily scaled technology is ideal for applications such as these, and we at IDIS are especially proud to know that our latest-generation IDIS technology will be used to help ensure the highest classroom standards are met in Edna ISD special education programs and others like it.”

For more information on IDIS campus and educational solutions, including those supporting SB 507 requirements, or the IDIS Super Fisheye Camera with IDIS Smart UX Controls, visit www.idisglobal.com, email sales_americas@idisglobal.com, or phone (469) 444-6538.