PHOTO/VIDEO: Beaufort County School District installs cameras on buses

info@islandpacket.comNovember 14, 2012 

David Adams with Fortress Systems, Inc. installs one of three cameras on a Beaufort County school bus on Wednesday morning at Robert Smalls Middle School. All Beaufort County public school buses will be equipped with cameras to monitor the activity on the buses.

DELAYNA EARLEY, THE BEAUFORT GAZETTE

David Adams of Fortress Systems Inc. installs one of three cameras on a school bus Wednesday at Robert Smalls Middle School. Each of the 178 buses that service the Beaufort County School District -- including activity and special-needs buses -- will be equipped by the end of the year with three high-definition cameras to monitor activity in an attempt to prevent bullying. The footage will be stored on a hard drive mounted near the driver's seat. The hard drives can store several weeks' worth of surveillance. The Board of Education voted unanimously last month to install the cameras. Fortress Systems was awarded the $257,000 contract from among a group of four bidders, according to district spokesman Jim Foster.

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