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What the STOP School Violence Act Means for School Security Funding

Posted by Dan Ryan on May 3, 2018 2:00:00 PM

In late March of this year, the President of the United States signed the FY18 Omnibus Bill, a piece of legislation that provided $1.3 trillion of funding to keep the federal government running through the end of the fiscal year.

Like everything else in Washington these days, the bill was hotly contested. It was a massive bill, with numerous earmarks for everything from military installations to federal employment programs.

In all, $700 billion was budgeted for military use, while nearly $600 billion was allocated for use on domestic programs. Those are some big numbers!

Somewhat lost in the bitter political back-and-forth that followed the bill's passage was an important section on school security spurred by the tragic event in Parkland, Florida, back in February.

This section of the bill, and the $75 million in funding that comes with it, has the potential to have a sizable impact on the security of American schools.

What STOP means for school security grants, training and more

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Topics: education, school security, school access control, school security systems, government regulations

Two More States Recently Passed School Security Legislation

Posted by Dan Ryan on Apr 26, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Given recent events, it's no surprise that school safety and facility security are big talking points for legislators across the United States. 

From City Council meetings to State Senate hearings, legislators at all levels are debating measure after measure, all of them designed to increase security for students, faculty and staff at schools of all kinds.

While we all wish these debates and laws weren't necessary, the sad reality is that schools now need to take active measures to keep personnel safe from both internal and external threats.

By putting legal requirements around such measures, governments are taking steps to ensure that schools are kept safe, regardless of size, type or location.

Learn more about what these two states are doing to secure their schools

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Topics: access control, access control for schools, school security systems, laws and regulations

How the New American Tax Law Benefits Those Seeking an Access Control System

Posted by Dan Ryan on Apr 10, 2018 2:00:00 PM

While your final opinion on the bill might depend on your political views, it's always a pretty big deal when a new tax bill gets signed into law in the United States.

An American tax overhaul impacts all sectors of the economy, from small businesses all the way up to the biggest corporations. Compensation plans are adjusted, bonuses are tinkered with and budgets are tweaked.

When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Public Law 115-97) was enacted in late 2017, there was a flurry of activity. Tax brackets shifted for millions of Americans and companies began scrambling to get their books in order. 

While most people were rightly focused on what these tax changes would mean for their personal bottom lines, there were a number of business changes that slipped through the cracks, unnoticed by many.

These changes mainly came in the form of new rules around deductions, which allow businesses or individuals to "write off" certain expenses.

A number of new deductions involved things that may not be relevant to the average business owner, like company cars or heavy machinery; however, there's a second group of deductions that may help business owners save money in the coming year.

One of the items in that group? Access control and security systems.

You can get a new system – and a break from Uncle Sam

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Pop Quiz: 3 Questions to Ask About Your School Security System

Posted by Dan Ryan on Apr 6, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Summer is slowly drawing to a close, and that means one thing: it's back-to-school time!

Many districts across the country have already resumed classes for the year, and the majority of those still on summer vacation will return to school after the upcoming Labor Day holiday.

Back-to-school season is a time to stock up on supplies, sharpen those pencils, set up lesson plans and ensure that facilities are ready to handle another year's worth of activity.

However, back-to-school season is also the perfect time to reflect on and assess the state of an essential part of school operations: your school security system.

For most schools, decisions on capital expenses (like a new security system) are made in the late spring. However, that doesn't mean that taking a closer look at a security system should be limited to those spring months.

Back-to-school time is a season of the new: new students, new teachers, new staff members, new policies. 

This "newness" is a great way to assess the systems and procedures you already have in place, and to determine if there are areas in which you need to make improvements.

Acing this quiz helps lead to a safer, more secure school

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Topics: Visitor Management, school visitor management, school safety, school security, building security, school access control, access control for schools, school security systems, lockdown

3 Steps You Can Take to Increase Hospital Security

Posted by Dan Ryan on Apr 3, 2018 10:00:00 AM

When you see the headline, it feels like a bad case of déjà vu. Unfortunately, it's reality: violent incidents have put hospital security practices back in the news.

Last week, a psychiatric patient attempted to strangle a nurse at Montreal General hospital in Montreal, Quebec.

According to the Montreal Gazette, a 25-year-old patient attacked a nurse during the night shift, choking her with his bare hands and throwing her to the floor.

Thankfully, the attack was stopped by a staff member who, by chance, walked by the nurse's station, saw the commotion and stepped in.

The narratives that emerged after the incident were pretty familiar: the nurses and doctors blamed the administration for insufficient staffing, the administration blamed the security providers, the security providers blamed the administration.

Remarkably, that wasn't the only recent incident north of the border: a mental-health patient stabbed a fellow patient at an Ontario hospital back in late August.

There are similar themes in all of these incidents: budgets were cut and decisions were made without taking security into consideration.

Safety, not budget, should be the real bottom line

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Topics: Visitor Management, healthcare, healthcare Visitor Management

3 Ways for Your Workplace to Show Support During Autism Awareness Month

Posted by Dan Ryan on Mar 29, 2018 1:00:00 PM

April! The year's fourth month brings mild temperatures, blooming flowers and the last gasps of winter weather. 

April also brings us National Autism Awareness Month in the United States, a time to encourage progressive thinking, fund new research, explore innovative therapies and promote inclusion and acceptance for those with an autism diagnosis.

In fact, April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day, designated as such by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

(For our friends up north, Autism Awareness Month is actually in October. But don't worry, you can participate on the 2nd, and for the rest of the month too, for that matter!)

Autism Awareness Month is celebrated in a number of ways, from government functions and speeches to local events and fundraisers. There are a number of different ways for you and your co-workers to show support for the cause over the course of the month.

Volunteer, put on the puzzle piece and more...

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Topics: lanyards, badge reels, id products, awareness

"Why Bother?" How to Get the Internal Buy-In For a School Security System

Posted by Dan Ryan on Mar 21, 2018 1:30:00 PM

Every school administrator has a vested interest in making his or her school or school district as secure as possible.

Besides the obvious reason of wanting students and staff to be safe at all times, no administrator wants to look like he or she was caught unprepared in the event of an incident.

Oftentimes the people "on the ground," so to speak, are aware of the shortcomings of school infrastructure, whether those shortcomings are outdated security equipment or leaky spots in the roof.

These people see, experience and are inconvenienced by these shortcomings and issues on a daily basis, coming to and leaving from the building or campus.

If you tell these people that an issue needs to be fixed, chances are they're already well aware.

However, in today's school districts, there's usually an off-site entity making decisions on large purchases, whether it's a county education chair, superintendent of schools or the head of a school board for a town. 

These people aren't likely to be as familiar with a school's security needs as the students, teachers and staff.

This means that when they see "new school access control system" for Johnson Elementary School on the budget request form, they're going to need some convincing to sign on the dotted line.

Help the higher-ups understand the need behind the need

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Topics: access control, education, school security, building security, access control for schools, school security systems

3 Must-Have Features for an Effective School Security System

Posted by Dan Ryan on Mar 15, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Whether you're at a factory or a multi-family building, security is security. Your goal is to protect people and property, keep threats out and minimize risk.

The idea behind a security and access control system is safety, regardless of the site.

However, it goes without saying that different kinds of sites are going to have different needs. For example, a military base is going to require a little more security than a suburban office building.

Several industries have niche needs as well, including the education market.

Schools face unique challenges when it comes to security. Administrators must consider both internal and external threats, keeping children and staff safe while also ensuring that the school remains a positive learning environment.

Supply theft, sprawling campuses, unauthorized visitors, threats of violence...all of these are things schools need to consider when looking for the right security system.

Fortunately, a good school access control system is able to take all of the above into consideration.

Finding the right system is all about doing your homework

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Topics: access control, school security, access control software, access control for schools, school security systems, lockdown, dynamic mapping

How to Get Funding for a School Security System

Posted by Dan Ryan on Mar 8, 2018 10:00:00 AM

It's an unfortunate reality for many schools and school districts around the country: there's simply not enough money in the budget to meet every school need.

It takes a lot to run a successful school. From paying teachers a deserving wage to ensuring that students have the supplies and modern educational tools they need, those line items add up quickly.

It makes sense, then, that cuts and concessions are often made. One of the areas that is often subjected to cutbacks is school safety and security.

On some levels, it makes sense: if the choice comes down to buying updated textbooks or installing a new school surveillance system, the right choice is pretty clear.

However, it's also pretty clear that school security is of the utmost importance. No school wants to feel like it isn't doing enough to protect its students from harm.

Fortunately, resources exist to help remove some of the burden from schools seeking a security upgrade.

Where to find school security grants

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The Twist-Free B-Reel®: Healthcare's Favorite Badge Reel [Video]

Posted by Dan Ryan on Feb 28, 2018 12:30:00 PM

In healthcare, identification is key. Having proper identification helps patients feel more at ease, allowing them to know the name and title of the person providing care.

Many states require ID badges to be worn at all times, and most individual healthcare organizations have some kind of ID badge policy in place. 

When wearing an ID badge, the badge must be facing front at all times, or else it's pretty much just an employee wearing a white card.

Don't display card backs! You can keep your ID badge facing front using the same method currently employed by many healthcare facilities around the country: by using the twist-free B-Reel badge reel.

See how the B-Reel keeps your ID card facing front at all times

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Topics: twist-free badge reel, card accessories, badge reel, healthcare

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