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How to Effectively Use School IDs for Enhanced Safety

Posted by Dan Ryan on Sep 27, 2018 10:00:00 AM

A good school ID badge can go beyond just identifying students and staff — it can also boost safety on your campus.

In an effort to make campuses as safe as possible, today’s schools are leaving no stone unturned when looking for the latest and greatest security enhancements.

Schools that previously left doors unlocked are now turning to smart lock systems that can be controlled remotely. Campuses that formerly used a volunteer with a notebook to register guests are now using robust Visitor Management systems.

In an ideal world, schools wouldn’t need to spend any time worrying about taking proactive steps to ensure the safety of students and staff, but the threats today’s schools face are too serious to ignore.

However, in a rush to add surveillance cameras and metal detectors, schools are overlooking a more basic way to enhance security: the use of school identification cards for students and staff.

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Topics: school security systems, school safety, student id cards, custom id badges, education, Visitor Management

New Hampshire Continues to Boost Funding for School Safety Enhancements

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jun 5, 2018 11:30:00 AM

The state of New Hampshire is known for a number of different things.

The first Presidential Primary of the American election season takes place every four years in the Granite State. New Hampshire's White Mountains are home to some of the most popular ski resorts in the northeast. In New England, New Hampshire is known as the state with no sales tax, making it a popular shopping destination.

These days, New Hampshire is becoming known for something else: being a state that is fully committed to funding the security needs of all of its schools.

Last year, the Granite State set aside nearly $19 million in funding for security and quality of education improvements at its schools. According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, that money was used to fund nearly 200 different projects across the state.

And while that budget figure was impressive, New Hampshire wasn't done.

A commitment to secure as many schools as possible

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Topics: school security systems, access control for schools, grant funding, school security, school safety

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, access control for schools, school visitor management, lockdown, building security, school access control, school safety, school security, school security systems

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

5 Ways an Access Control System Can Help Increase Safety in Schools

Posted by Dan Ryan on Sep 2, 2016 3:00:00 PM

In a perfect world, schools would be places where teachers could focus on educating young minds and students could focus on learning, unbothered by external threats or concerns.

Unfortunately, we don't live in a perfect world.

Today, having a plan for school security is of the utmost importance, whether at a neighborhood elementary school or a sprawling college campus.

We've touched on school security before, discussing how Visitor Management helps make schools safer by keeping certain threats outside. 

However, there's another way to increase safety in schools, keeping threats out and monitoring potential threats inside: installing an access control system.

How does access control lead to a safer school?

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Topics: access control, building access control, school safety, school security, building security, PremiSys NDE

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