The Council Bluffs Community School District in Iowa has approved an investment in security upgrades across its school system, including video surveillance, access control and intrusion detection.

The school district was first formed in 1859 and had grown immensely over the years. It currently has 16 schools under its helm. Two campuses already received significant, modernized upgrades in their security systems during previous renovations.

Over the next year and a half, the remaining schools will be fitted with security technology that will all be able to be controlled from the main office at each building. The project will focus on access control, video surveillance and intrusion detection, according to Shane Hoss, principal engineer at Engineering Technologies Inc. who gave a presentation at the previous Board meeting.

Visitors will enter through the main office at each building and be buzzed into that area, then into the rest of the building. A limited number of other exterior doors could be used by staff with card keys and the system will be able to monitor all exterior doors throughout each campus. Analytics will include object detection to boost the usefulness of the video surveillance.