Observable conditions highlighting the operational issues include:
1. Intermittent operation of video surveillance cameras. They work perfectly at times and then just stop recording for seconds, minutes, or hours.
2. Digital Video Recorder (DVR) in the Security Command Center sometimes doesn’t record correctly.
3. Camera controls such as zoom and pan suddenly stop working and then start again for no apparent reason.
The following honest bystanders were all eliminated as possible suspects after interviews and verified evidence:
1. The security system vendor who proved that the installed components all operate according to specs.
2. District IT staff confirmed their review of all system designs, specifications, and procurement.
3. District security staff have been properly trained and are knowledgeable about system and equipment use.
Upon further investigation, it was discovered:
1. That many of the switches and routers in the Main Distribution Frame (MDF) were at or nearing end of life.
2. Additionally, adequate Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPSs) were found to be lacking in the MDF and a number of Intermediate Distribution Frames (IDFs).
3. Lastly, backbone cabling was deemed insufficient to handle the increased bandwidth required by the new video surveillance system.
In the end, the reason for the malfunctioning new technology system had nothing to do with the system itself and everything to do with the physical network to which it was connected.
If your NYS school district is having issues with new building technology systems, take a closer look at your IT equipment rooms and related infrastructure.
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