A significant upgrade is coming to the security systems within Medford Public Schools, according to Mayor Michael McGlynn.
McGlynn first discussed the upgrades as part of the series of projects to be paid for by a $3.2 million interest-free loan from the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA). McGlynn told the Medford City Council the upgrade would cost $150,000.
At last week's mayoral press conference, McGlynn went into more detail, reading a report from Jack Buckley, the city's owners project manager.
"Safety in our schools is a major issue," McGlynn said.
The report from Buckley, as read by McGlynn, follows:
We're in the process of upgrade the security cameras that are installed throughout our schools. The new system uses secure internet-based surveillance software and servers. These enhanced security cameras will be integrated into our security system network to provide greater scrutiny throughout the school system.
The internet protocol system provides real-time and seamless security monitoring 24/7. This operation will be fully integrated and accessible via the Medford public safety 911 system to provide prompt response to any critical incidents.
As part of our upgrade, new higher-visibility monitors are being installed in the administration area of each school. These monitors provide clear viewing of individuals requesting access to our schools. This additional safety feature allows for an entry and an exit door control for authorized personnel only.
The new security system provides a cost-effective solution that expands traditional responsibilities for our entire public safety team. Overall this robust technology improves situational awareness and improves critical needs in response time.
Medford schools implemented several new safety procedures in December following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.