While politicians and pundits engage in lively debate about gun legislation and solutions to an epidemic wave of violence in schools, the discussion about how to harden our schools has become the top priority for parents and educators. When we think of hardening of schools, we generally think in terms of big hardware and armor, but there are 3 ways technology can be used to make our schools safer immediately:
- Access Control:
Access control is a way of limiting access to a system or to physical or virtual resources. In schools, access control is a process by which users are granted access to the building or specific areas. It can also be used to restrict access to equipment or information systems.
With access control systems, users must present credentials before they can be granted access. In physical systems, these credentials may come in many forms, but credentials that can’t be transferred provide the most security.
For example, a key card may act as an access control and grant the bearer access to the building. Because this credential can be transferred or even stolen, it is not a secure way of handling access control.
A more secure method for access control involves two-factor authentication. The person who desires access must show credentials and a second factor to corroborate identity. The second factor could be an access code, a PIN, or even a biometric reading, such as a fingerprint, palm print or facial recognition.
Unlike most public school systems, many private schools do not have direct communication systems between the classroom, administration and security. Modern two-way communications systems provide the ability to initiate instant emergency notifications & alerts during duress situations. Using a compact personal panic button device, a school-wide alert can be sent within seconds simultaneously to the main office and security staff members using visual alerts and playback of pre-recorded voice messages with specific instructions.
State of the Art Video Surveillance:
It should go without saying that a current video surveillance system should be part of any school’s security. The ability to visually monitor all access points to a building, coupled with a robust storage system to review details of an incident are vital to preventing the next one as well as investigating past incidents.
At CCTV Services, our representatives are available to answer any questions you might have about hardening your school utilizing these affordable technological solutions. We provide free security evaluations upon request. Please see the form below.