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LACA Hosted Surveillance Service

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What is LACA Hosted Surveillance?

LACA offers a hosted video surveillance service based on Digital Watchdog and Arecont cameras and equipment. As with our wireless service, LACA owns and maintains all of the equipment on your behalf. We survey your site and work with you to determine camera placement, then work with our partner vendor to run wiring and install the cameras.
We are very flexible with this service, and can offer it districtwide, or only a single building or location.  It can be rolled out in stages as well (High School this year, Middle next year, etc).  Please read on for very detailed information about this service offering.

Help, I am Unfamiliar with Surveillance Terminology!

To help you understand LACA's Hosted Surveillance Service a little better, please look through the glossary of terms below before your read more about the service.

  • NVR (Network Video Recorder) - This is the server that stores the recorded video, as well as the "brain" of the system, which determine what to record, and has the Spectrum software that can be used to search for video.
  • Digital Watchdog - Digital Watchdog is the manufacturer of the NVRs and lower-end cameras LACA uses to offer this service to our customers.

Why Would I Use LACA's Hosted Surveillance Service?

Using LACA's Hosted Surveillance Service allows your district to pay for surveillance like you pay for any other utility, like electricity or water. The burden of support is removed from your local technology staff allowing them to focus on other more pressing matters.
There is no equipment to buy and no equipment to maintain. LACA does it all for you.

Pricing Information

Unfortunately, pricing for LACA's Hosted Surveillance Service is determined on a case-by-case basis. The number of buildings and number of cameras fluxuates greatly between different customers. LACA coordinates a "site survey" to determine placement and quantity of cameras, and can ONLY provide a final formal quote after this information has been gathered.
However, for the purposes of budgeting, we CAN give you very generalized pricing estimates based on past experience. 

If I Choose to Implement, What Should I Expect?

If you choose to implement, these are the steps you can expect to happen
  1.  LACA will schedule a site survey with your Technology Coordinator.  All buildings where surveillance cameras will be installed will be surveyed.  At the end of the survey, LACA will have a total count of cameras needed per building and their locations. We will also know if wiring or POE switches will need to be installed.

  2. Before the installation can begin, there must be ethernet wiring in place from your wiring closets to the locations where the cameras will be mounted.  LACA can assist your district with lining up vendors to do this work and can roll this into the cost of the project.

  3. Before installation can begin, there must be sufficient PoE (Power over Ethernet) switches in your wiring closets to connect and power the cameras. LACA can recommend switches and roll these into the cost of the project.

  4. LACA will prepare a formal quote for your district or school. This quote will show your monthly or annual cost.
  5. After wiring and POE switches options have been figured out, LACA can schedule an installation date that works for your district or school.  Depending on the size of the project, this may take from 1 to 5 days to complete.

  6. LACA staff will work with your district Technology Coordinator to partition your network into VLANs for the separation of video traffic.

LACA's Partners

These are the vendors that LACA partners with to bring the Hosted Surveillance service to your schools.