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Smooth transition from analogue to digital CCTV

Holmes Chapel Comprehensive SchoolHolmes Chapel Comprehensive School & Sixth Form College


“Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School & Sixth Form College is a dynamic, innovative and ambitious Teaching School and Academy with a national reputation for excellence. We work closely with the National College for School Leadership and Teaching Agency in modelling, promoting and disseminating best and next practice.”

Long Term Business Partnership

they like Topological!We have worked closely with Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School over many years, initially providing cabling services, HP switches and support.  This developed to include wireless, with a new site-wide solution that delivered improved coverage and performance.

Over the years, Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School appreciated our prompt, professional but friendly advice, that has delivered a reliable ICT service for teaching/learning.

Having worked with Topological for over 6 years it was an easy choice to choose them to replace our CCTV system. They have always been a pleasure to work with and offer honest and reliable advice as well as first class support”
Neil Barnett – Strategic ICT Manager

CCTV Migration from Analogue to Digital

CCTV cameraHolmes Chapel Comprehensive School had a legacy CCTV solution that utilised analogue internal and external cameras from two well used DVR recorders.  Due to increasing support costs and failures that became harder to fix, an alternative solution was required.

As we had always offered very high levels of support and assistance, Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School were interested in their idea of migrating to IP technology, thus utilising their site wide network infrastructure for maximum flexibility.HP PoE switches

Initially, a QNAP server storage solution with multiple hard-drives was fitted. This has management software that supports cameras from all major vendors. Now following the addition of many more cameras, due to the success of the project a second server has now been added to increase capacity.

CCTV camera

To reduce initial expenditure, several legacy analogue cameras were transferred onto the IP infrastructure using encoders and these included the PTZ (pan tilt zoom) external cameras that covered sports pitches and car parks, although these have been replaced.


enhanced CCTV

Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School has gradually upgraded their old analogue system to a new IP based system that allows improved management, enhanced image quality, greater flexibility, improved reliability and lower support costs.