Author: Julie Brown, Institutional Market Leader, Johnson Controls
Published: Fri, Jan 11, 2019

The start of a new year is an opportune time for school officials to assess their current security strategy and determine where improvements can be made. From the classroom to the school parking lot, it’s crucial to ensure the most effective safety measures are in place to provide a secure and comfortable environment for students and faculty. Below are a few security considerations for school officials in 2019 as smarter, more connected school districts pave the way for the future.

Security considerations for safer, smarter school districts

  • Advanced visitor management – Schools can’t afford to have unwanted guests on their campus. Badges or barcodes can track usage statistics by specific visitors and provide documentation of visitor locations within a facility. This can allow school security to know who is on campus, and when and where they are at. They can then use the data gathered of current and pending authorized visitors and track information to help improve safety across school grounds.

  • Video surveillance analytics – Building off of traditional video surveillance systems, the integration between those systems and video analytics software allows a more streamlined approach to video security. Advanced video analytics are able to detect and distinguish between objects, analyze behaviors and attributes, and classify safety applications. In a school setting, they can provide more insight for school officials and security to what is happening on their premises during and after the school day without having to watch hours of recordings. The analytics help detect threats faster, which enables emergency personnel to respond to events faster.

  • Remote access control – Hosted access control can help increase security measures by allowing school leaders to oversee who is entering and exiting areas of campus and remotely administer user access. For example, if a school hosts after-hours events, remotely managed access control systems can help better safeguard grounds by allowing officials to monitor parking lots and entrances, and prevent intruders from entering.

Maintaining a strong security strategy in 2019 and beyond

These upgrades are even stronger additions to a security strategy when integrated with one another, as opposed to being installed as siloed systems. While systems integration may seem costly, school officials might be surprised to learn that connecting new solutions with existing systems can be made within budget by working with a systems integrator. The integrator can help determine which solutions would best cater to a school’s unique security needs and make the necessary upgrades by managing the project from financing to completion. By being proactive in addressing areas of improvement, school officials can work hand-in-hand with an integrator to develop a connected security strategy and ensure a safer school environment.

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