Bomb Threat Prompts Webcam Solution

Published February 1, 2002

In October 2000, New Hampshire’s Londonderry School District was severely disrupted by numerous bomb threats, which at one point reached seven in a 10-day period. The threats not only brought fear, but also cost students valuable time in class and resulted in over $30,000 in overtime police charges.

After researching a number of options, the school district chose the WebEyeAlert security solution, which provides digital storage, event detection, and live video monitoring via the Internet. The system permitted administrators and law enforcement authorities to watch over selected areas of the school where students were leaving bomb threats as written notes and as graffiti on walls. It became fully operational on August 17 last year, just one month after WebEyeAlert was awarded the contract.

WebEyeAlert allows viewing of both live streaming video and archived video clips of student activity from any Internet-accessible PC via a secure Internet account. The ability to access any of the school’s 48 Pelco cameras from the Internet allows law enforcement officers–with the school system’s permission–to quickly see what’s going on inside the walls of the school while sitting at their desks at the police station.

“We have had great success with the WebEyeAlert software, and have already eliminated internal school vandalism, bomb threats, and reduced the number of false alarms,” said Chuck Zappala, the district’s facilities director. “Moving forward we plan to expand our use of the WebEyeAlert technology to accompany additional areas of the school.”

WebEyeAlert is a division of Biscom, Inc., a pioneer in image communications technology since 1986. For further information, visit