With the start of a new school year, it is an excellent opportunity for school districts to review their campus security. With students and staff returning to school, now is the time to review the performance of security and safety changes made over the summer. It also presents an opportunity to seek out and identify additional upgrades or modifications with the full knowledge of how the facility is being used. With this real-world stress test taking place as the first school bell tolls, ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions has compiled its list of resources for school districts.
At schools across the country, the summer months are often the time when upgrades, maintenance and new installation projects are carried out. Over these few months, schools are adding to or upgrading their video surveillance and security systems, improving network infrastructure, and even adding to the number of outdoor light poles, among other security improvement projects. But are the protecting the equipment as well?
The Town of North Attleboro is setting the standard for school safety in Massachusetts. Since the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy, the Town has identified school safety as an utmost priority, and accordingly engaged in a multi-year process to improve school safety. The Town school safety program, which includes the Interim Town Administrator, Police and Fire Departments, and the School Superintendent, is an ongoing program to implement best practices into school safety.
Viscount Systems (OTCQB:VSYS), a leading provider of IT-based security software and services, has been awarded its third U.S. patent for its Freedom Access Control solution, building on the technology’s already strong intellectual property foundation. U.S. Patent 8907763 B2 outlines the system and method for mustering individuals during an emergency using mobile devices.
If wireless solutions are not on your radar for access control installations, it’s time to take notice of this growing trend in physical security. Such solutions let integrators and end users reap the benefits of a wired system, without the cost of a hardwired system. Implementing a wireless solution often takes less time than its traditional hardwired counterpart. When retrofitting older buildings with new access control systems, wireless systems may literally be the only viable option available.
Lexington School District One serves more than 24,000 students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. With more than 3,550 employees, the district occupies 48 percent of the Lexington County’s 750 square miles and is one of the county’s major employers. During the past 10 years, Lexington One has grown by an average of 513 new students per year, and the district remains one of the fastest-growing school districts in South Carolina. To keep up with growth, Lexington One has built 10 new schools since 2003.
The sun sets on biometric tracking technology in schools, for now in Florida. Do you know where your student is? At school? On the bus? Paying for lunch in the cafeteria? Principals in thousands of the nation’s schools know the answer because radio frequency chips are embedded in students’ ID cards, or their schools are equipped with biometric scanners that can identify portions of a student’s fingerprint, the iris of an eye, or a vein in a palm.
On-Net Surveillance Systems, Inc. (OnSSI) announced that the Atlanta Public School System (APS) has implemented OnSSI’s Ocularis video-centric PSIM (physical security information management), enabling the Atlanta Police Department (APD) to access surveillance cameras at the schools for improved situational awareness in the event of an incident or emergency. The highly efficient and cost-effective IP video surveillance solution is part of the school system’s initiative to upgrade its older analog cameras on an ongoing basis.
Video Insight VMS will unveil its latest version of VI Monitor v6 —which includes MonitorCastEDU, an access control product designed specifically for the multi-campus education market— at the upcoming ASIS 2014 conference in Atlanta. This latest version of VI Monitor v6 is designed to provide K-12 schools and universities the necessary access control features needed to enhance day-to-day security without adding additional cost.
Sielox LLC announces the deployment of Sielox Class™ Crisis Lockdown Alert Status System at Onslow County School District in North Carolina, Floyd County School District in Georgia and at Seton Catholic Preparatory High School in Arizona. Sielox Class provides real-time classroom status, updates and notifications to administrators and first responders through the use of interactive floor plans, email and text messaging to assist in making split-second decisions.