The Campus Security Coalition, a networking group focused on spearheading discussion about security and safety at educational facilities, has launched to bring together school leaders and aligned stakeholders, and propel discussion about how to better address threats, further strengthen security efforts and achieve more proactive intelligence efforts. Faced with the growing threats of violence, vandalism, and attacks modern school systems are challenged with ensuring a safe, open environment while protecting infrastructure and assets. Continued budget restraints often limit the availability of new investment dollars for security expansions and continued plan assessments. Over the coming year, the Campus Security Coalition will seek to assist schools by partnering with leading technology vendors and installers to provide the tools and services necessary to strengthen situational awareness and security efforts.
With numerous body-worn camera implementations around the U.S. —and the world as well— the explosion of video feeds becoming digital evidence to law enforcement agencies, campus security departments, and corporate security organization is becoming a challenge to collect, organize, management, and retrieve. There are a number of on-premise digital evidence management (DEM) software solutions on the market where security departments —especially law enforcement— can enter the video feeds from those body-worn cameras, in-car dash cam video, cell-phone video, as well as PDF, word docs (such as police officer reports), JPEG photos, and other digital files. Enter Genetec’s new cloud-based digital evidence management solution, Clearance™, and you have a sophisticated video and digital file management solution that has a large focus on collaboration. Clearance also provides a dropbox-style video upload feature that allows individuals that have video footage (or other digital files) to easily upload their own video files.
Total Recall Corporation, a Convergint Technologies Company, has released the CrimeEye-RD-2 rapid deployment portable video surveillance system, the latest in its CrimeEye® line of digital video surveillance solutions. The unique features of the CrimeEye-RD-2 make it a perfect video surveillance solution for marathons, parades, street fairs, concerts, or any other temporary security deployment.
Most laptop bags are not much more than a pocket with a strap attached for people to tote more gear around than they can carry in their hands. Not any more. The new MTS™ Multi Threat Shield bag looks like an average black laptop bag, but not only can it carry gear it can also save lives. Built into the MTS is a lightweight and discreet ballistic shield. Whether the threat is an intruder or an active shooter, a quick flick of the wrist swiftly deploys a 3-foot long blanket of protection to defeat multiple impacts from most handgun, shotgun, and pistol caliber submachine gun threats.
The lack of video security around ASU’s Tempe campus was exposed on Wednesday, December 7, when a knife-wielding man held a faculty member in her third-floor office in the Language and Literature building before releasing her unharmed. The suspect remains at large. ASU police spokeswoman Katy Harris confirmed on Monday that no video evidence of the man was captured, either inside or outside of the building.
Avigilon Corporation, provider of trusted security solutions, announced that it has partnered with G4S in a trial to use Avigilon’s video analytics to help prevent the smuggling of contraband in a UK prison. Located in Fazakerley, Liverpool, HMP Altcourse is managed by G4S and set to begin a trial of Avigilon’s video analytics this week to help protect against organized criminals who throw drugs and other contraband over prison walls to associates on the inside.
Tyco Security Products announced that Software House C•CURE 9000, the access-control powerhouse, now integrates with Guardian Indoor Active Shooter Detection System by Shooter Detection Systems, the world leader in gunshot detection technology. The nation’s top 500 enterprise security executives surveyed named the Active Shooter as this year’s top security threat facing their enterprise. This highly anticipated integration complements Tyco Security Product’s offerings with an industry-leading solution to accurately detect gunshots and provide precise location information to first responders and security professionals within a second of the first shot, without the need for human interpretation.
Currently, there are approximately 100,000 public K-12 schools in America. On average, the main instructional buildings for these schools are more than 40 years old. The age of those buildings can create an issue in building quality, possibly negatively affecting both students and teachers. Studies show student achievement is linked to building quality, and facility quality can have a “substantively significant” effect on teacher retention. If students are in school to learn and teachers are in school to teach, we want them to do that to the greatest of their abilities. They must have safe learning and teaching environments.
Panasonic, a leading provider of advanced mobile technology and video evidence solutions for the government and public sector, announced that it has been officially awarded a contract for Arbitrator Body-Worn Cameras (BWC) from Rutgers University, New Jersey’s largest institution of higher learning. With the rollout scheduled for completion in 2016, officers are already patrolling campuses in Camden, New Brunswick, Piscataway, and Newark with the equipment. In addition, the NJ cities of Long Branch, Asbury Park and Rutherford started to roll out Panasonic body-worn cameras this past summer. In South Carolina, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office is deploying 300 Arbitrator 360 in-car video systems.
Boon Edam Inc., a global leader in security entrances and architectural revolving doors, announced that in order to maintain an appropriate, safe environment for its educational community, Universidad TECMILENIO has implemented a multi-campus, perimeter security project that enables the institution to offer secure yet convenient pedestrian access to its campuses from adjacent parking lots.