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SituCon, of Port Washington, shows its classroom security cameras

SituCon's 'eyelid' cameras for classroom security

SituCon's 'eyelid' cameras for classroom security Photo Credit: SituCon

SituCon Systems Inc., a Port Washington provider of video surveillance that balances security and privacy, is teaming up with Panasonic to make a presentation at a technology conference in Florida next week.

SituCon will give one-on-one demonstrations at Panasonic's booth at the conference, sponsored by the security professionals' group ASIS International, in Orlando on Sept. 19-22, SituCon said in a Monday news release.

Its cameras "feature software-controlled 'eyelids' that cover the camera's lens until danger strikes."

"When asleep, the cameras are covered by an eyelid that anyone in the area can see, ensuring classroom privacy. When the system is activated the eyelids open, alerting students and teachers that the authorities are watching," SituCon said.

SituCon calls the system its Emergency Awareness Solution, and says it "allows school personnel to instantly alert authorities when an emergency occurs and lets responders see what is happening at the scene."

Teachers "can conveniently and discreetly activate the system, without the need for any additional equipment, simply by using Panasonic's pendant microphone which is already at hand for educational purposes," the company said.

When a teacher or administrator pushes an emergency button, a signal tells law enforcement agencies who pushed the button and where they are. Meanwhile, live video is streamed to police dispatchers, squad cars and officers' smartphones.

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