Wrigleyville Rooftop Tech Demo

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Chicago-based EncompassAV and vendor-partner Verkada presented on security cameras and software to enhance and simplify school safety operations

It was a beautiful day for a ball game June 27 when K-12 decision makers from across the Midwest, including Deerfield, Palatine and La Grange, joined Chicago-based EncompassAV and California-based Verkada at Wrigleyville Rooftops for a demonstration on the benefits of a cloud-based surveillance camera system to promote school safety.

The demo began with a Q&A hosted by EncompassAV’s Senior VP of Business Development Nicholas Demchenko and Verkada’s Executive Chairman and Co-Founder Hans Robertson. The two spoke of Robertson’s background and Verkada’s inception.

Attendees were then given a presentation on the technology that boasts affordability, reliability and ease of use. The system contributes to the fiscal responsibility of school districts with their affordable price point and 10-year warranty, heightens community engagement through live streaming services, and contributes to student safety through live visual monitoring and immediate communication with local responders.

After the demo, Director of Technology for the Sandwich Community Unit School District #430 Glen Bloemker, gave testimony on his experience as a Verkada customer. Bloemker said his district had challenges with their previous system when it came to remote access as well as experienced system outages and hard drive crashes. He spoke of Verkada system’s ease of use, clear picture, beneficial features, lack of complicated hardware and customer service.

“Verkada isn’t some giant corporation and even if they were, size does not dictate quality,” said EncompassAV Founder and President Tim Pickett. “They are so responsive to our needs as a customer and partner and they are always coming out with new innovation. They are always developing.”

Deerfield District 109’s Business Manager John Filippi attended the event in search of a system that his district of 3k-plus students is currently lacking.

“We do not currently have cameras in our district and are searching for a solution of this type,” said Filippi. “Simplicity and ease of installation as well as the ability to integrate with local responders are really nice features of this system. If you’re dealing with a catastrophic situation, you don’t want people fumbling with technology, so ease of use is very important. The live stream option would also be a great tool to connect with parents.”

After the presentation, attendees took to the Wrigleyville Rooftop to watch as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Atlanta Braves 9-7.

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