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

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 31, 2017 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

Lockdown/Lockout: The Feature a Modern Access Control & Security System Needs

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 18, 2017 1:00:00 PM

In the event of an emergency or some kind of intrusion, every second counts. It's frightening, but a few seconds here or there can be the difference between a close call and a tragedy.

During these emergencies, one of the easiest ways to minimize the amount of damage that occurs is to isolate the threat.

Isolating a thief, an active shooter or any other troublemaker helps prevent the threat from moving around or hiding, while also making it easier for an organization to direct first responders to a specific area.

Again, because seconds count, time spent running around locking or unlocking doors to seal off a room, wing or building puts people at risk, both from doors not getting locked in time or from potentially coming into contact with whatever the threat may be.

For these reasons, lockout/lockdown capabilities are an essential feature for a modern access control system.

The lockdown feature helps isolate threats and protect personnel

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Topics: access control, building access control, school safety, building security, access control software, access control for schools, lockdown

3 Must-Have Features for an Effective School Security System

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jul 28, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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

3 Reasons Electronic Door Locks Continue to Grow in Popularity

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jun 23, 2017 1:00:00 PM

 

It could be argued that basic key/pin-and-tumbler door locks are one of the most ubiquitous inventions in human history

That may sound like pure hyperbole, especially when one considers things like electricity, indoor plumbing and the Internet.

But think about it: how many times on a daily basis do you encounter a basic, cylindrical pin-and-tumbler lock?

The answer, of course, is dozens. There's probably one on the front door of your house, one on the back door, one on the locker at your gym, one on the front door of your favorite coffee shop to lock up at the end of the day...the list goes on and on.

The standard pin-and-tumbler lock is reliable, trustworthy and familiar. It's been used in some format for more than six thousand years. (That's a lot of keys...)

However, technology marches on, and the key/pin-and-tumbler lock isn't immune to the relentless advance of modern progress.

Like the iPod® rendered the DiscMan® obsolete, or like Amazon is bringing about the death of big box stores, electronic locks are slowly but surely replacing key/pin-and-tumbler locks at facilities of all kinds.

An innovative security solution for modern times

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Topics: access control, access control for apartment buildings, Schlage locks, access control for schools, wireless locks, electronic door locks

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

Posted by Dan Ryan on May 31, 2017 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

5 Reasons to Invest in a School Access Control & Security System

Posted by Dan Ryan on May 24, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Keeping students and staff safe at school is of the utmost importance. No school administrator wants any student, faculty member or staff member to feel unsafe at any point in the school day.

However, school security systems have a number of unique challenges.

  • There are a variety of different levels of personnel at schools, including administrators, teachers, janitors and substitute teachers, meaning there will be a number of different access rights.
  • Schools frequently welcome visitors of all kinds, each of whom presents unique challenges.
  • Modern security threats, including gun violence and terrorism, mean school security directors must constantly evolve.
  • School facilities can be extremely large and spread across multiple campuses, making them hard to manage.

With challenges like those listed above (and more), it's no wonder that even the idea of considering a school access control system is enough to make an administrator's head spin.

However, selecting a modern access control system for your school is one of the smartest investments an educational institution can make.

With budget season for schools in full swing, now is the time to consider bringing your security system into the modern age and creating a safer learning environment in the process.

It's time to modernize your school security system

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Topics: access control, access control software, school access control, access control for schools, school security systems

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