It’s graduation time for high-schoolers and college students alike. The streets here are awash in young people in suits, prom dresses, and graduation garb. I love to see those fresh faces full of excitement, and a little apprehension, about the future. But it is not lost on me that, in response to recent events, while so many young people are experiencing this important rite of passage, many of us are having —or not having— difficult conversations about school safety. For anyone avoiding the conversation, it might help to know what the research about gun violence in schools is telling us. The current debate around school safety is centered on mass shootings. But research to be published later this year by Professor James Alan Fox and doctoral student Emma Fridel shows that mass school shootings are rare events. They have found that, on average, mass murders in the U.S. occur between 20 and 30 times per year while, on average, only about one of those incidents takes place at a school.
As students and teachers celebrate the end of the school year, facility managers prepare for possible security upgrades during summer break. Adams Rite, Alarm Controls and ASSA ABLOY Electronic Security Hardware (HES, Securitron) offer the broadest range of access control retrofit products to meet the challenges facing K-12 facility managers including time and budget. Building an ideal learning environment requires a careful balance of security and safety. ASSA ABLOY offers opening solutions that address both code requirements and student needs that drive facility design.
Liberty University, a private university in Central Virginia, provides a comprehensive curriculum with a Christian background for more than 110,000 students enrolled across the University’s 17 colleges, schools, and online programs. The safety and security of students and faculty is a priority and has resulted in the implementation of state-of-the-art physical security measures. The LaHaye Fitness and Recreation Center located on Liberty University’s Lynchburg campus is a prime example. The large facility, which occupies approximately 165,000 square feet, houses five basketball courts, an indoor track, a weight room, group exercise classrooms, raquetball and volleyball courts, soccer fields, and a rock wall in addition to a lounge and cafe.
Keatings Communications announced that with the latest in technological advances it can now offer schools a school bell system with lockdown capabilities through VoIP phones. According to company founder Brandon Keating, the installation of this system not only provides unprecedented safety, security and reliability for staff and students, but also phenomenal savings. Keatings’ newest technology uses VoIP phones to play a custom ring at assigned times throughout an entire campus, and without any missing areas, as long as the company’s phones have been installed.
Sielox CLASS™ Emergency Response System and Pinnacle Access Control Provide Economical and Layered Security Solution. Schools across the U.S. are challenged by safety and security issues that require a broad-based effort to ensure a safe learning environment. School safety initiatives often include technology and human-based solutions, and both play an essential role in preventing and controlling security vulnerabilities throughout a school.
BadgePass announces integration between its enterprise campus card commerce application, TotalCard, and LENSEC’s video surveillance software, Perspective VMS®. Integration between the two systems will allow users to benefit from PVMS features within the TotalCard admin portal. Users can see all activity and events in the TotalCard system and view any associated video including cardholder access to doors, meal plan transactions, laundry usage, point of sale purchases and more. TotalCard allows users to cost-effectively issue and manage credentials for a variety of applications on campus, including point of sale, event tracking, and access control.
Visitors to the Genetec booth will be able to learn about the company’s new range of market-specific solutions specifically developed to address the needs of airports, cities, educational institutions, retailers, and transportation customers. Attendees will also be able to see how Genetec Security Center, a unified security platform, Genetec Clearance™, a digital evidence management system, and Genetec Mission Control™, a collaborative decision management system, are helping leading airports around the world heighten security, improve operations, and grow retail revenue.
President Donald Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 which among other provisions would reauthorize and restore funding for school safety grants administered by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The new law provides $25 million immediately for school security technology and equipment in addition to emergency communications systems and other coordination with law enforcement to enhance response capabilities. Administered through the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), $33 million is authorized annually for the program beginning next year.
CNL Software will demonstrate how its PSIM technology helps law enforcement, government agencies and the military, owners and operators of public and private critical infrastructure, large corporations and school districts, colleges and universities, and transportation facilities and networks integrate, automate, and connect security operations and realize the full potential of security system investments.
ASIS International hailed passage of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that will help increase school security by providing grant money for a variety of school safety measures. ASIS International is drafting a letter of support to share with key Senate offices as they consider this important legislation. ASIS members will be updated as action is taken by the Senate.