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Cameras peer into school hallways
6/27/2003 7:12 PM
By: Jennifer Moxley, News 14 Carolina

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The video surveillance equipment is only a demonstration version right now, but officials are looking into making it permanent with help from federal grants.



SALISBURY, N.C. -- The shootings four years ago at Columbine High School in Colorado sparked a nationwide push for schools to implement security cameras. Salisbury’s South Rowan High School was no different.

“In this day and time, security is an important issue, and any way that we can make our school safer is the way to go,” principal Ron Turbyfill said.

Security cameras are set up in many schools like Salisbury's South Rowan High School. Soon, the police might have Internet access to that video.
Security cameras are set up in many schools like Salisbury's South Rowan High School. Soon, the police might have Internet access to that video.
The town of Landis hosted a meeting Friday to introduce new technology that will let law enforcement officers log onto the Internet and see through those school security cameras. Through strategically placed satellites and receivers, the video images can be fed back to the police department.

“We're just tapping into the existing video that the school has,” said Jeff Parker of Motorola Communications.

Educators said all of the "Big Brother" technology is strictly for safety.

“It ensures that we are able to monitor the building, mostly for intruders, so that people who do not have business here are not hanging around,” Turbyfill said.

Officers can monitor the school cameras from the police department, and they can also monitor them from laptop computers in their cars.

The new technology would also allow nearby police, parked in their cars, to see video from within the school.
The new technology would also allow nearby police, parked in their cars, to see video from within the school.
The system “allows (police) to look at the cameras and select the cameras in the school,” Parker said. “The range of this is roughly 250 feet to 1,000 feet, depending on the location of the vehicle.”

The equipment is only up as a demonstration right now. Landis hopes to purchase the technology with the help of Homeland Security grants.



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Beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until noon, the right two lanes of I-85 north between Statesville Ave. and Graham St. will be closed. Motorists should expected delays on I-85 north as well as slight delays on I-77 north due to ramp back-up.

Wednesday crews closed the left two lanes of north and south I-85 at the I-85/I-77 interchange. One lane in each direction will reopen by 6 a.m. Friday. The far left lane of I-85 (north and south) at the interchange will remain closed until August 27.

On Monday, crews closed a portion the I-85 south service road between Sugar Creek and 29/49 while crews build a barrier wall between I-85 and the service road. The road will be closed to through traffic, so please use alternate routes. Crews will re-open the road in mid-November.

Long-term closing: A portion of the I-85 Service Road between North Tryon Street and Sugar Creek Road will be closed until Sept. 18.
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