The Cloud Takes Security To New Heights

The world of physical security has undergone seismic changes in the last 10 years in video, analytics, and the utilization of security technologies for business intelligence. Technology that once was considered science fiction has now become a reality. In the education market, these technologies have come at a very opportune time with constrained budgets, administrative staff reductions, and tragic incidents requiring lockdowns and video observations reaching an all-time high. One of the greatest advancements that has come to market during this time has been cloud-based access control.

Anixter University Provides Technical And Standards-Based Information

Anixter is proud to provide a unique educational institution, Anixter University, to support industry professionals. The University offers an array of technical and standards-based information for contractors, integrators, end users and consultants. Based on best practices gained through decades of experience, Anixter University organizes its technology curricula into colleges, and each college contains courses of varying technical levels.

ASIS Awards $22,000 Grant To Help Secure Dallas’ CityLab High School

ASIS International, the world’s largest association for security management professionals, announced that the CityLab High School in Dallas, TX is the winner of its School Security Grant Competition. CityLab High School is receiving a $22,000 grant to pay for upgrades to the school’s camera system, access control system, and classroom intercoms. In addition to the grant, Axis Communications is making an in-kind donation of fixed-dome cameras, access control, and other accessories in order to support the campus-wide upgrade.

School Break-in Averted by STANLEY Security Grant Program Security Measures

Less than four months after the installation of a new security system, the Montessori School of Dayton in Kettering, OH credits the products and services provided by STANLEY Security with preventing a break-in attempt at the school during the winter break.

Montessori School Advances Education With Axis and Milestone Video

Dancing Moose Montessori School in Salt Lake City, Utah, has developed a unique way to increase parents’ participation in their children’s schooling, improve teacher evaluations without disturbing class, and expand overall school security. Milestone XProtect® Express video management software (VMS) and network cameras from Axis Communications help oversee daily operations at the school’s locations to deliver a high degree of security and provide parents with a window into their children’s learning.

Sielox Exhibits at ASIS, Celebrates 35 Years of Innovation

Sielox LLC, founded in 1979, will be exhibiting at the ASIS International Expo in Atlanta GA on 29 SEP – 1 OCT. In addition to celebrating thirty-five years of innovation in the security products market, Sielox will be demonstrating the latest enhanced versions of its core products including Pinnacle 9 and the 1700 Controller.

Atlanta Metro Area School District Migrates to High-Definition IP Surveillance System

American Dynamics, a Tyco Security Products brand that is part of Tyco (NYSE: TYC), the world’s largest pure-play fire protection and security company, announced today that Cherokee County School District (CCSD), located in the Atlanta metro area, has chosen its American Dynamics video security solutions to secure its schools and other facilities. One of the largest public school systems in the state of Georgia, CCSD encompasses 57 schools and other buildings, including 24 elementary schools, seven middle schools, seven high schools, three preschool centers, central offices and warehouses, along with its 40,000 students and 4,500 staff.

School System Installs New Security Cameras For Access Control

Students are headed back to school in New Hanover County, NC, on August 26th. This year parents and students will notice a new security system has been installed using audio and video to better screen who can gain access to school facilities. According to the information released by the New Hanover County School System, "The […]

Will Added Security Cameras Really Help With Bullying Prevention?

As we are getting closer to the back to school season for many of our children it is time to face a few possible changes in their school routine. Bullying prevention leads to security cameras on campuses in some countries. Could this be a possibility in our North American schools as well? A recent article […]

Bakersfield School District Gives Dot Hill Pro 5000 Storage An A+ For Performance-Intensive Video Surveillance

Dot Hill Systems Corp. (Nasdaq:HILL), a trusted supplier of innovative enterprise class storage systems, announced that Kern County, California’s Bakersfield School District is leveraging Dot Hill AssuredSAN® Pro 5000 storage arrays to support its district-wide video surveillance system, providing faster video access with near real-time video conversion, resulting in reduced storage costs and more efficient […]

Claremont, NH’s Stevens High Renovation Project Includes Security Cameras

The multi-million dollar renovation of Stevens High School now includes $43,000 in security cameras. The committee overseeing the renovation voted Wednesday to use money from a contingency fund for the project to pay for interior video cameras that will monitor common areas including hallways, classrooms, the gymnasium, and the auditorium. The decision brings the total […]

Video Insight Awards Second School Security In-Kind Grant Program To Harrison School District 2 Of Colorado Springs

Harrison School District will receive Video Insight VMS licenses Video Insight – a leading developer of enterprise IP video surveillance software – is awarding the second in a year-long $250,000 School Security In-Kind Grant Program to Harrison School District Two of Colorado Springs, Colorado. As the Video Insight School Security In-Kind Grant recipient, Harrison School District will receive Video Insight Video Management Software (VMS) licenses; 16 IP video surveillance cameras; 1 video encoder that includes VMS software licenses; 10 years of software upgrades; one year of a customer assurance program; and product training. Each grant award is individually valued at more than $20,000. Harrison School Superintendent Andre D. Spencer said he was elated to hear about the grant. “The Harrison community is so fortunate to receive a grant from Video Insight to provide a top-of-the-line security system for one of our schools,” Spencer said. “While school districts around the nation are investing in and improving security practices, we also look to business partners like Video Insight who can provide high quality equipment and training that allows us to focus on the most important goal…our students and their education.” Located in Colorado Springs, just an hour south of Denver, Harrison School District Two has 11,000 students at 24 school locations. Sixteen of the district’s campuses are designated Title 1 and 70 percent of the student population qualifies for the federal free lunch program. Harrison has many challenging neighbourhoods in their district – one of which has the highest crime rate […]

Biometrics May Be Banned In Florida Schools, But Flourish Elsewhere

Breaking Tampa Bay, Florida and national news and weather from Tampa Bay Online and The Tampa Tribune | Politics Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport is one of 10 schools in the nation using biometric scanning technology. LUKE JOHNSON/STAFF BY JAMES L. ROSICA Tribune/Scripps Capital Bureau Published: March 9, 2014 TALLAHASSEE — State lawmakers are moving speedily to ban its use on schoolchildren, but the use of biometric identification isn’t going away. Biometrics uses physical characteristics that can be measured — fingerprints, irises, voices — to identify a person. At its most basic, even a photo ID badge is a biometric identifier. The example now causing a ruckus is in Pinellas County. Schools there use palm scanners to authorize withdrawals from pre-paid accounts, moving lunch lines faster and giving students more time to eat. That ruckus, however, so far has been stirred by legislators, not parents. State Sen. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, says she caught wind of the practice and grew alarmed. She also knew about Polk County schools scanning children’s eyes to track comings and goings on school buses. “What are we doing in government in terms of taking biometric information?” she said, mentioning her concern that the information could be breached and used for identity theft. “I think a ban is definitely the way to go,” she said, “I want to protect school kids.” Beyond the security fears and Big Brother-type anxiety, advocates say biometric authentication simply exists to answer the question: Are you who you […]

Tuscaloosa City Schools Looking To Replace Broken Security Cameras

the republic logo TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Tuscaloosa city schools officials say they’re hoping to replace broken security cameras by the end of the month. Director of the district’s facilities program Jeff Johnson tells the Tuscaloosa News ( ) says about 20 percent of the district’s cameras don’t work. Johnson says some of the cameras in the system are as much as 11 years old. School board member Norman Crow says the broken cameras are a safety issue that the district can’t afford to delay fixing. Board member Marvin Lucas says the district should implement regular checks to make sure cameras in the system are functioning properly. Information from: The Tuscaloosa News, Think your friends should see this? Share it with them! All comments are moderated before posting. Your email address must be verified with Disqus in order for your comment to appear. View our commenting guidelines and FAQ’s here. Story copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.

New Cameras To Improve Clay Co. School Security

BRAZIL, Ind. – A new video surveillance system is being installed in 15 buildings in the Clay Community Schools Corp. to improve security and make it easier for school officials and police to monitor activities. The district is paying Tech Electronics of Indiana nearly $500,000 to install the high-definition security cameras and software at 10 schools and five district buildings. District director of extended services Mike Howard tells the Tribune-Star ( ) that the changes are designed to keep students and staff "as safe as possible." The cameras will be placed indoors and outdoors but not in classrooms, locker rooms or restrooms. Howard will be able to access the cameras through mobile devices or from his home computer, and police are expected to have access by this summer. ___ Information from: Tribune-Star, Copyright 2014 Scripps Media, Inc. The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Connecticut Panel Recommends New School Safety Standards

Friday December 20, 2013, 6:26 PM HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A state panel is recommending new school security standards in the wake of last year’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. On Friday, the School Safety Infrastructure Council called for a uniform, school security assessment process to be put in place. Until now, school safety has been determined almost entirely by local decision-makers. According to the council’s report, that has led to "a very uneven and unpredictable level of school security design across school district lines." Under this new proposal, which is being presented to the General Assembly for consideration, improved security is recommended in nine areas of school design. They include things such as surveillance of school perimeters, lighting and access control of parking areas, access control to roofs and communication system with mass notification capabilities.