A gas leak at a Minneapolis schools has caused an explosion leaving 2 staff members dead.
Remembering the deadliest day for police since 9/11.
See which college campuses top the list of the safest in the United States.
Two females were injured after a man entered the beauty college and open fired. He then shot and killed himself.
A new Georgia law allows guns at public university tailgating events but not inside the sporting arenas.
A man took his own life after shooting and killing a woman at North Lake College in Irving, Texas.
The suspect was taken into custody.
Campus carry laws in Kansas have university’s searching for the funds to protect their no-gun zones.
School officials have banned visitors inside the building during instructional time.
There is no longer a threat at the school.
Jewish Community Centers around the U.S. faced another wave of bomb threats on Tuesday.
With 150 miles of pristine coastline, 27 miles of sublime beaches and an enticing overall annual temperature of 72.7 degrees, it’s no wonder that Manatee County is a magnet for people looking for a great place to live and work in Florida.
Jewish Community Centers and schools in at least 12 states fell victim to bomb threats on Monday.
An undercover evaluation found security breaches at schools in Park Ridge-Niles School District 64.
Rep. Gary Day is sponsoring legislation requiring school districts to conduct an annual school security drill.
After a year of in–depth research and testing of many systems, the RJUSD found CyberLock’s access control system to be the solution that best fit the district’s needs, including installation and maintenance.
A 15-year-old shot a teacher, three students and himself.
No children received life-threatening injuries.
As concerns for campus safety rapidly rise within higher education communities, it is important to implement a proactive plan as the first step to acknowledging your security needs.
Students and the facilities in which they attend classes face more threats in today’s society than at any other point in history.
Following several high-profile incidents alleging abuse special needs students (including some non-communicative students), and the activism of a number of parent groups in the state of texas, governor greg abbott signed texas senate bill 507, requiring districts to install audio and video surveillance equipment into select special education classrooms when requested.
Being in school every day is vital for a student’s success, and with state funding associated with attendance, it is also vital that school districts keep close track of when students are in school and when they are not.
Effective campus security consists of more than just a budget line-item and the proverbial “knocking on wood” in today’s day and age.
Pensacola christian college (pcc), in northwest florida, is located just off the warm emerald waters of florida’s gulf coast. pcc became a reality in 1974 when 100 students arrived at the college’s one building.
Educational institutions face an increasing risk environment. recent high-profile incidents emphasize these risks and magnify the vulnerabilities that educational facilities face. this has led to an increase in public demand for improved security solutions across campuses.
College and university campuses have hundreds— even thousands—of outdoor acres to secure, from parking lots to exercise trails. however, many of the standard security solutions— locks, access control and intrusion alarms—used to protect the indoor environment have little impact outdoors.
Campus security, both in a corporate and higher education setting, can be improved by leveraging data from access control systems to drive future security decisions.
At first blush, the concept of bringing military operational and intelligence know-how to campus security may seem strange.
Police rushed to Hug High School after reports of a knife-wielding student and a shot fired.
Police responded to a domestic call in Americus, Georgia before being shot upon by the 32-year-old suspect.
High school students around the country are walking out of class in protest of President-elect Donald Trump.
While the number of cameras per property varies anywhere from 15 at a smaller elementary up to 80 or more at a larger high school, the Weber School District initially used design tools from Axis to determine an efficient solution now implemented across the board with a simple mix of network cameras.
Wakefield Grammar School Foundation has chosen a complete Tyco Security Products surveillance package that includes Illustra IP cameras and exacqVision network video recorders with exacqVision VMS software and Kantech EntraPass access control system pre-installed.
Every month, almost every day, I hope that there has not been another school shooting where youngsters are hurt, or killed, on an educational campus. Too often that hope goes unfulfilled.
Video analytics enable schools to proactively recognize behaviors to create an efficient and safe environment with minimal disruption.
To ensure the safety of students and faculty members in these new facilities, Campbell decided to significantly upgrade its video surveillance system beginning with its Fine Arts building.
Adelphi University has built a solid reputation and position of strength when it comes to safety due to its proactive philosophy and building the right team of people around them that consists of security professionals and electronic security contractors that are true experts in the field.
The increase in incidents and safety concerns prompted the district to perform a security audit that involved the Topeka Police Department school resource officers, the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Department of Homeland Security.
Helping customers understand the importance of effective bandwidth management is the key to designing a system that truly supports their needs and priorities.
Securing these outdoor spaces takes a different mindset. Indoors, a lot of effort is spent protecting assets. Outdoors, it’s mostly about protecting people. It’s about the student walking late at night between the library and dorm or the last student heading to their car in a remote parking lot.
In the beginning, however, Yelinek was hardly an easy sell. In fact, in his own words he was “dead set against” changing lock brands. That’s because simplicity is a priority for Yelinek, who for the past 20 years has been the only locksmith for all of the college’s campuses.
Alyssa Mancuso attempted to get into 13 buildings total.
The University of California at Los Angeles has released an analysis of security that listed recommendations following the on-campus shooting in June.
“Hell broke out,” when students and police clashed on a South African campus while students protested for free education.
Campus carry was implemented at universities around Texas on Aug. 1, less than two months later a student accidentally discharged a weapon.
One female student shot another and then killed herself, in the confusion afterwards a marshal shot a Homeland Security agent.
The University of Texas asked the Department of Public Safety to complete a security review of the campus.
High camera counts, limited bandwidth for connecting multiple locations and linking together a variety of different security technologies are just some of the challenges facing multi-site organizations when selecting video security technology.
ew developments in video surveillance based on IP technology are helping primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities improve security, enhance operations and minimize losses in commercial areas such as bookstores, cafeterias and vending machine halls.
New security system at public school district helps police crack a case.
After the terrorist attacks in Nice and Paris, officials are preparing children for potential terror attacks.
In the midst of the country’s terrorist attacks, the French government is meeting to discuss how to keep schools secure.
Wright State University stated they would not host the first presidential debate of the general election.
Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University has closed for the duration of the RNC as students voice concerns over safety.
On August 1, 2016 S.B. 11, otherwise known as the campus carry law, will go into effect.
Technology is changing rapidly, transforming the campus landscape. Mobility trends, real-time, location-based services/global positioning systems (GPS) and even social media are having an impact.
With guidance from JTI Security, a Tulsa-based integrator and Axis partner, the university replaced its end-of-life analog cameras with more than 300 high-resolution, fixed dome and PTZ network cameras from Axis.
Maintaining and/or upgrading physical security systems is a challenge for schools across the country, and the Brunswick School Department is no different.
Berklee College of Music is home to a lot of talented musicians, but also to a variety of expensive audio equipment.
With approximately 32,000 full-time students, 16,000 part-time students, and 16,000 staff and affiliates, the University of Sydney faces the same security risks as a small city including theft, disorderly conduct, assault and vandalism.
Regardless of whether a lockdown situation occurs because of an intruder, a threat against the school or severe weather, it is important to plan for what happens after the lockdown is initiated.
Universities across the nation are making safety for their students a top priority.
One of the easiest ways to achieve this is to choose an ID issuance solution that allows the card issuer to combine multiple issuance steps into a single and seamless process—all from within the same printing device.
Saint Joseph's University is heading into the final leg of its strategic plan, Plan 2020: Gateway to the Future, which focuses on increased academic distinction, facility enhancements and endowment growth. As part of the facility enhancements, it was deemed necessary to replace core systems throughout the campus that related to life safety and security.
It was critical for Ripon to deploy a comprehensive safety and security program that streamlined access management across the expansive campus.
Colleges in the Orlando area are increasing police presence on campus following the terror attack at a nightclub that killed 49 and injured approximately 50 more.
In the week following the murder-suicide that happened on UCLA’s campus, safety officials have created a task force to deal with security issues.
In the wake of mass shootings, many schools are asking themselves this question.
Two people were killed at UCLA in a murder-suicide.
College and university, corporate, and hospital campuses are all understood to be safe environments. Inevitably, they become easy targets for social media abuse resulting in security threats, and open venues that encourage community gathering.
Colorado school district continues to roll out cameras and hybrid NVRs en route to comprehensive PSIM system
The University of Texas’ student population is petitioning for more campus security following the murder of a freshman on campus.
Business is booming in higher education, and campuses all around the country are stepping up to the challenge to enhance security.
With almost 33,000 students and just under 5,000 academic and administrative staff, BYU takes its responsibility to provide a secure environment for students, staff and visitors very seriously.
Sensationalism drives increased risk of copycats
Now that mobile identities can be carried on phones for physical security applications, they are merging with smart cards into centralized identity management systems.
A top tier university serving more than 40,000 students needed a cost effective way to improve the level of security at its non-card access controlled doors.
School surveillance continues to be one of the most important markets for video surveillance, And with good reason.
Citizen Schools mobilizes teams of educators and volunteers to lead real-world learning projects and provide academic support, helping students discover and achieve their dreams.
Three separate incidents have been reported in the last five months.
A university in Tennessee is replacing old exterior doors and replacing them with door units centrally controlled by a locking system.
A school shooting in Arizona ends with two fatally shot students.
Absolute Software Corporation has released their top four theft recoveries in 2015.
The University of Central Florida is investigating a data breach that left 63,000 Social Security numbers vulnerable.
At least 19 dead in an attack on Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, Pakistan.
Schools across the northern states are reacting to threats of bombs and mass shootings.
Louisville schools operate under heightened security due to anonymous, vague threat.
In what has become an increasingly volatile climate, colleges and universities are expected to anticipate the needs of their students, faculty and visitors, and are now designing campus environments to ensure safety and security for all.
Over the last few years, campus security and student safety have become two of the most discussed issues.
During a lockdown, first responders and authorities on the scene work to confirm and contain the threat, and then to neutralize it.
A recent survey revealed 70 percent of campus threat teams are meeting once or twice a week to review current situations. With mounting job responsibilities, finding time to get together in person and discuss is difficult.
Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, a 664-bed hospital, wanted to increase security and simplify its key system, starting with its new 14-story, 375-bed tower hospital building.
At Joliet Junior College, they have embraced the idea of technology-driven security to improve safety, response and resolution of issues across their campuses.
Large hospital environments present unique challenges for a surveillance integrator specifically, these challenges can include implementing IP Surveillance Technology, Access Control or Networking.
Throughout America, schools have made great strides in creating a safety-first culture while federal, state and local governments have also offered expertise to help schools create a more secure environment.
Augusta County closed cancelled school due to security concerns following an Islamic worksheet controversy.
All LAUSD schools were closed after an electronic threat risked the safety of students.
On the third anniversary of the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, we take a look into the school being built on the site of the shooting.
The Chapel Hill university warned students and staff to stay inside after reports of an armed and dangerous person.
Police investigate after suspect stabs four victims at the University of California, Merced.
The San Diego Unified School District’s previous video surveillance solution presented a number of problems. It required two management servers in which most settings had to be replicated between the two, which was awkward and cumbersome.
Now that mobile identities can be carried on phones for physical security applications, they are merging with smart cards into centralized identity management systems.
This issue of Campus Security & Life Safety has an interesting take on security. I think I’ve taken it for granted, but when you talk about camera installation, you have to think about the lens for the camera.
Designed to a be a state-of-theart facility for students and faculty members at Oregon State University, Austin Hall could represent one of the most unique systems integration projects within the higher education market in the United States.
This is a story of lens selection gone wrong, and right. Often it seems lens selection is not given much attention, and at worst is an afterthought.
Vandalism and destruction of property are not the only concerns at schools. Sadly, theft, assaults and campus shootings are also important issues.
One of the campus’s current projects is the renovation and expansion of the Rietz Student Union that prompted the discovery of several ‘dead zones’ in the outdoor notification program.
An officer is under investigation after the violent arrest of a high school student.
A campus security email said that a New Jersey City University staff member has his wallet stolen by three juveniles.
Four dead and many more injured after a car crashes into parade audience.
Milestone Systems' open platform IP video management software (VMS) is the flexible foundation for continuing expansion by the Mission Consolidated Independent School District (Mission CISD) in South Texas.
One person was shot and killed at Tennessee State University Thursday night.
Dancing Moose turned to Stone Security of Salt Lake City to design and install the state-of-the-art, integrated monitoring and security system.
What to do after a lockdown has been initiated.
Ahmed Mohamed was detained after his teacher notified authorities.
Deadbolt locks provide instant activation and protection.
New technology helps improve school safety by tracking threats, bullying and more on Twitter and Instagram.
Integrating with school's existing infrastructure a smart choice especially when used with video surveillance and data systems.
School district in California taking relationship building to heart.
Southwestern High School in Shelbyville, Ind., is testing some innovative new security measures to keep kids safe
Teenager texts apology to the parents of the students he was about to kill.
Solution delivers lockdown alerts with status and communications.
Vast number of schools printing their cards in-house instead of relying on third-party service bureau.
SMS access control technology helps protect students, staff and visitors.
100 school buses for the Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman's National Charity School equipped with company's CCTV cameras, DVRs and driver LCD screens.
QID Classroom Safe Haven solution maintains responder access.
New emergency management platform helps ensure safer schools with improved campus monitoring and real-time emergency reporting.
Take into consideration the hackers' motivation, then develop a plan of action.
Mitigate insider threat and improve perimeter security and personnel assurance to ensure only trusted resources have access.
Mid State Fire & Systems, a fire and life safety system installer and service provider in Ocala, Fla., is dedicated to providing quality service to customers at a competitive price.
Located in the heart of Albany, N.Y.’s capital city, The College of Saint Rose offers 4,500 students a rigorous educational experience that extends their learning beyond the campus to the vibrant urban environment in which they live.
Western Michigan University, located in Kalamazoo, Mich., is a national research university serving students from across the United States and 100 additional countries.
With one recent study projecting the mass notification market to be worth more than $6.4 billion by 2018, it is obvious that more and more institutions are turning toward a layered approach to deliver emergency alerts.
Sycamore School District in Illinois is comprised of seven schools ranging from elementary to secondary schools.
When some children drop out of school, that is all of the formal education they may ever receive.
Leading-edge technology provides indoor and outdoor gunfire detection and alerts.
No balance when it comes to every school in America having access to the same types of security products.
National Center for Education Statistics reports rate of violent incidents per 1,000 students in 2013-14 was lower than in 2009-10.
An apartment complex across the street from UCF’s campus has been under fire for failing to keep its residents safe.
To discuss Open Options' DNA Fusion access control software and it's suite of supporting applications.
Budget constraints not an issue with Safe@School program that brings community together to support local schools.
Overall, reporting violent incidents is down 9% perhaps due to beefed up security.
It’s been two weeks and it’s time for me to introduce the latest video surveillance technology to the daycare center. They need to install IP cameras, so I can clearly see what that baby girl is doing, and make sure she is treated like I expect my granddaughter to be treated.
When you’re conducting a therapy session, it’s virtually impossible to be fully engaged with the client and be an objective observer of your own interactions at the same time.
Campus police say he has been terminated and arrested.
The suspect in the North Carolina shooting is a white male.
Teenagers completed a series of challenges using UAS with maneuvers conducted within a Styrofoam mockup of downtown Dayton.
Students marched the Kenyan capital after gunmen killed nearly 150 people.
A terror group known as Al-Shabaab is claiming responsibility for an attack on Garissa University College.
All schools in North Carolina have been mandated to successfully install and deploy a panic- lockdown button that links to law enforcement.
With a strong reputation for innovative research addressing complex urban issues, the University of Massachusetts Boston offers its diverse, 17,000-student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city.
Keep campuses safe now while helping to prevent future tragedies.
Faced with an aging housing access control system, the University of Alaska Anchorage was in need of a reliable system capable of integrating with its existing residential operations management software.
Perhaps more than any other time in history, school campuses need effective security equipment and tools not only to ensure the physical safety of students, teachers, staff and administration but also to create a safe environment where effective learning takes place as well as manage expensive assets, such as computer equipment, from theft or damage.
Protecting critical infrastructure is essential to ensure public safety and the preservation of life, property and assets.
Tragedy at one school seems to jump start improved security at another. Such is the case for the Eastern Suffolk BOCES , an educational cooperative of 51 Long Island, New York school districts, providing educational leadership, direct instruction, management, and support through quality, cost-effective instructional programs and shared services.
Covering an entire city block, one of the busiest medical facilities in New York City has more than 600 beds and thousands of doctors, patients, staff and visitors every day.
Ottawa University, in Ottawa, Kansas, has a rich heritage. Since 1865, the university has educated its students. Many people rely on Ottawa University to help them achieve a lifetime of personal growth and significance.
Rapidly-growing school district saves time and cost while improving safety for students, faculty and staff.
Persistence technology installed on new HP Education Edition tablets and notebook.
After a riot broke out on campus two years ago, the University of Dayton is poised and ready to create a safe environment.
New QID Deadbolt Lock is fastest safe haven solution.
Montessori School of Dayton credits security products and services as preventing crime.
Tracking students before and after school gives all adults involved in the safety and security of students peace of mind.
Tracking students before and after school gives all adults involved in the safety and security of students peace of mind.
Suggestions for what to include in a school security guard curriculum.
Fresno-based monitoring station maximizes community resources, combats false alarms at more than double efficiency of national average.
Video surveillance isn't a luxury; it's a necessity.
Goal is to strengthen North American education market.
University of Virginia fraternities allowed to carry on as usual while sororities weren't allowed to participate.
Full tuition scholarships to be awarded to security professionals to complete an undergraduate or master's degree program.
Nominated U.S. colleges and universities eligible to win share of $600,000 grant.
Middle school students asked to bring canned goods to school, but it's not for a food drive.
Increases security for schools and businesses during crisis lockdowns.
From one of the black boxes being retrieved from the AsiaAir flight crash to talks of speeding up nuclear talks, this is top news you need to know.
France is taking a number of measures in a reaction to last week’s terrorist attacks.
Coach Sumlin of Texas A&M teaches college student the ultimate lesson about respecting the privacy of others.
Nashville-based tech company earns global recognition for new cloud-based,campus video surveillance technology.
Solutions ensure safety of campuses across Texas and protect auction site of their sister organization, Cars for Kids.
Schools, universities and colleges have always viewed safety as a high priority. These institutions are the keepers of our society’s most valuable asset: our future.
Security and safety in residential halls is a top priority for college campuses of any size today. Students move into dorm rooms and on-campus housing with personal property of considerable value, including computers and other electronics.
Lexington One prides itself on the innovative use of technology and has built a substantial network back-end support infrastructure for student use.
Traditional panic buttons can be effective, but require a wired connection to an access control or intrusion system limiting where they are placed.
Campus safety is fast becoming a prerequisite for students and their families when they explore options for higher education.
Emergencies that compromise safety on college campuses and universities are an unfortunate reality today.
In the past year, we’ve seen a number of trends emerge in campus security at both the higher education and K-12 level, as U.S. school districts and universities enhance their security measures.
Today, traditional alarm and security monitoring services protect roughly 15 percent of American homes and a handful of rental units.
In an effort to serve its students, the university recently conducted a pilot program with HID Global of Austin, Texas in which approximately 15 participants used their smartphones to open doors at one or more of six possible campus entry points, including one parking garage.
Pakistani militant group stormed military-operated school in Peshawar, opened fire, mostly killing students. (WARNING: Disturbing recollection from 16-year-old student included.)
This is roughly half of the specimens the university had in a collection.
Florida State University police killed the shooter.
A teacher tried to stop a teen gunman from shooting himself.
Dana Loesch was scheduled to speak about her new book ‘Hands Off My Gun’
Each year, college campuses across the country are faced with new security and safety challenges. Campus police and security departments need to adapt to these challenges by implementing new strategies and/or infrastructure.
An independent, nationwide survey in October 2013 sponsored by United Technologies Corp. and the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools revealed that nine out of 10 Americans believe it’s time for the nation to invest in transforming aging school facilities into 21st century learning environments.
A few years ago, Tarrant County College
knew its growth had outpaced its existing key
system. The key manufacturer advised that an
entirely new system was needed to handle the
college’s more than 10,000 doors. This led to a
broader investigation of solutions.
The security industry is huge, and I often depend upon others to send me leads and tips about possible stories. This is the case with education and security, as the two go hand-in-hand.
Securing schools and campuses across our nation has become top-of-mind over the last few years. From lockdowns to campus shootings, no school can avoid the threat of violence that can take place on school grounds without the proper security in place.
Located in Maryville, Tenn., the Clayton Bradley Academy first opened its doors as a yearround K-6 school in July of 2013. Now, in its second year, the school has expanded to Pre-K through 9th grade.
The educational community of Garfield Public Schools (GPS) in New Jersey believes that the ultimate goal of each school is to provide intellectual experiences within the context of a multicultural setting.
Eric Frein, the suspect of a deadly police ambush, was allegedly spotted near his old school
Deploying modern video surveillance in educational institutions to maximize risk management, increase student and faculty protection and enhance overall campus safety.
Cherokee County School District chooses American Dynamics’ integrated security solutions to secure its public schools and facilities.
Three key components to ensure a safe and secure campus by dissecting the core fundamental DETER.
The university is installing new security cameras and AEDs with more upgrades to follow
Richard Biever talks strong authentication, two-factor authentication, YubiKey, user feedback and working with Yubico.
When Steven Shaker wants to know who last took a car on his lot out for a demo or wants to see the demo history of a specific vehicle, all he has to do is go to his computer and check the Morse Watchmans KeyPro software for the answer.
These actions will help put you back in control of your child's data.
USDA calls obesity an “economic and national security issue”
Non-educators want access to student data to apply principles of big data analysis to it.
The WSFCS school system also installed GPS trackers on every school bus
Enhanced Non-Lethal (ENL) devices can play a vital role in managing more common types of violence on campus.
More than 500 million criminal records from counties, department of corrections, administrative offices and sex offender registries from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Guam and Puerto Rico included.
A small sampling of schools from across the U.S. and what each is doing to ensure safety and security for students, faculty and staff.
Movie quotes offer great insights and knowledge to enhance the security industry.
Safety includes safety practices and methods and people being aware of their surroundings.
Safe School Week message: Avenues available to fund door hardware upgrades to better protect teachers and students.
Are some Texas ISDs taking the meaning of "school security" too far?
There are three major initiatives for cards and credentials on college and healthcare campuses that every security director needs to be aware of
The ELERTS Campus app is designed for broader use among students, teachers and residents in keeping with the national “See Something, Say Something” campaign.
An increased need for the safety of students and staff has caused school systems around the United States to examine their security equipment and protocols.
Students, staff and instructors begin their day at a reasonable hour during a work day, but for security, time has no meaning.
When most people think of school violence, they immediately think of school shootings. The media saturation that covers these shootings makes it unavoidable. however, school shootings are only the most extreme and rarest example of school violence.
There’s an old axiom that a good salesman could sell virtually anything to anybody—even if the item isn’t always the best fit for a need.
It seems odd to me that people talk about school or campus security in terms of having a budget. I do understand that there is no endless resource for new equipment and technology, but really, security measures and technology should get top billing.
From its beginnings a half century ago, SBU has been characterized by innovation, energy and progress that includes state-of-the-art security systems to protect students, staff and instructors, while transforming the lives of people who earn degrees and those who make groundbreaking discoveries in the university’s laboratories.
As campus shootings increase across the nation, retailers are stepping up to create bulletproof products.
How three security professionals in the education vertical are keeping their campuses safe and secure for all.
Parents of school children are standing up against Big Data when it comes to their children's personal information.
A second grader at Tournament Hills Elementary in Beaumont, California demonstrates what it means to go from bully to friend. (Awesome video included; a true must-see!)
Just a week before the end of the school year, a lone gunman riddles students with fear on Seattle Pacific University's campus.
Apply today for remaining grants in $250,000 Video Insight School Security Grant Program.
Disturbing surveillance video footage brings tears to mother's eyes. (Viewer Discretion Advised.)
Heavy metal, gory movies and guns found on Minnesota teen's Facebook page, indicators of malice intent?
When UCF began planning an upgrade to their security solution—standalone,
battery-operated access control that did not provide the level of security
needed and a variety of small, analog video systems dispersed throughout multiple
Collaboration aims to help more students connect with campus safety officials.
Student security enhanced by installing electronic locks in new residence halls and upgrading access control in existing buildings.
Student Alex Hribal charged with stabbing 20 students and a security officer; what's your opinion on violent children in schools?
According to Saddleback College Chief of Police, Christopher Wilkinson, the childcare center in particular was a top priority due to concerns related to the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy and other similar violent incidents.
I’ve been on a kick lately thinking that schools need more security attention. I believe I feel so deeply about schools because they are filled with children who are learning to become the leaders, technicians and thought-leaders of tomorrow.
Reflecting the uniqueness and diversity of the local Queens’ community, for more than 50 years, Queensborough Community College has served students from Queens and the entire New York City region as a starting place to pursue their academic and career goals.
Apply today for remaining grants in $250,000 Video Insight School Security Grant Program.
Back in the day, students were taught how to protect themselves from fire and the unimaginable nuclear attack.
Training courses, seminars and webinars, face-to-face meetings at events, funding help, new products designed specifically for K-12 applications and free security assessments.
No longer can visitors enter unimpeded and walk to an office on their own – a single entry door is generally used for access, with an intercom communication system.
“Our research found that video surveillance is the backbone to almost all of the security measures schools and districts are making," said Monroe Public Schools Technology Representative Peter Frailing.
OnSSI solution addresses changing school environments.
University can now more easily expand and adapt its access control infrastructure as needed to support growth and new capabilities without forfeiting earlier investments. (Video Included)
Security professionals step up to help make and keep schools and colleges safer.
Historically, the most common access point for a shooter to enter a school is through the main entry to the campus.
The word "anniversary" seems to be the wrong word to use to describe what happened a year ago this Saturday.
The schools have made a major commitment to implementing IP video surveillance throughout the entire district, an ongoing project being managed and installed by Stanley Security Solutions.
At GovSec West, speaker Shawn Slezak discussed the importance of the ALICE program and how correct training can keep students and faculty safe when an active shooter is on campus.
The capabilities of IP video surveillance make them a popular and effective security tool.
Educators aren’t security experts, so they need to partner with integrators and consultants who can guide them through the practical aspects of designing and deploying a workable security strategy for their schools and campuses.
The Penn-Harris-Madison (PHM) School Corporation exercises its security plan often, and to that end, they invite local law enforcement and their security provider, Honeywell Building Solutions, to participate in enforcement procedures, mock events and planning.
Along with the university’s education and research mission, security and safety are important factors. The university’s Department of Public Safety is one of the largest university law enforcement agencies in the United States.
As part of a continuing effort to improve security for its students, Adams State University is upgrading its access control system with new electronic locks that are easy to reconfigure as requirements change.
Radius, a second-generation Enterprise Mobile Duress System (EMDS) that leverages a life-safety, wireless infrastructure and duress pendants to locate a mobile person when and where they need help has been the ideal solution.
The shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary in December 2012 shattered the sleepy town of Newtown, Conn., and once again shattered America’s notions of what constitutes a safe place.
For two years now, I have listened to numerous stories from end users who swear by Honeywell’s products, but mostly they regale their successes because of the company’s customer service. One such example is the Penn-Harris-Madison (PHM) school corporation in Indiana.
Two male students critically wounded.
Frank DeAngelis has given his all to the students and community of Columbine High School. Now, 14 years after the tragic shooting, DeAngelis is retiring as school principal.
Altronix power supplies provide the perfect solution at a fraction of the cost.
Should a school's curriculum include teaching students how to hack computers?
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, during the 2009-10 school year alone, 85 percent of public schools in the United States reported that one or more incidents had taken place on campus, amounting to an estimated 1.9 million crimes.
From door buzzers to card swipe systems to security cameras, today is back to school for most of America's K-12 schools.
Utah school taking no chances when it comes to bullying, even on the bus.
30 rounds fired from an AK 47 at an elementary school.
Students may have to submit to a background check before being permitted to live on campus.
U.S. educational institutions are adopting systems that allow them to respond to all kinds of emergencies in real time.
American universities concerned as cyber attacks try to barge their way in.
Established information security solutions provider builds industry-leading team of experts, engineers and partners to deliver integrated physical and cyber security solutions to public sector and education customers.
Proposed improvements include the addition of both indoor and outdoor surveillance cameras, and to provide staff the means to monitor the safety of the students.
ASSA ABLOY site assessment tool empowers K-12 facilities to take control of their doorways.
Last year, the school replaced their gym sound system to create a modern, multi-purpose facility.
Universities face innumerable threats, the complexity of which increases with each violent incident like the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School or the bombings during this year’s Boston Marathon.
Security has never been more important to organizations of all sizes and industries across the United States.
DPS had a few sporadic ID system capabilities throughout the district; however, this made it difficult to implement standard process improvements that would speed up the creation of new IDs at the beginning of each school year.
today’s more dangerous world, electronic
access control assuredly provides a heightened
solution to mechanical locks.
From program management to application and deployment, security practitioners from schools, corporations and government agencies are asking: Do we have enough security?
Demanding but fast installation used HD, thermal, infrared, mobile and wireless technology.
University of District of Columbia will outline its approach to campus safety at annual campus law enforcement meeting.
Visitors are required to press the intercom button once to activate the system, wait for a member of the main office staff to reply, face the intercom, and advise the staff member of their name and purpose of visit.
Are security cameras the answer to keeping special education students safe at school?
Gone are the days when you can simply allow your child to walk to school, play outside in the yard alone or even now, leave them in the “safety” of their own home.
College in Chicago takes security seriously so all students have a safe learning environment.
ESX features leaders from security integration and monitoring companies to share their insights and expertise about timely industry trends.
How secure is your school? Maybe you worry when your children leave in the morning that they won’t come home filled with knowledge and understanding. Perhaps their security is a question mark.
Showing the immense versatility and value of window film, Window Genie of Fort Worth installed privacy film on a local school to help prevent visibility of the inside of the building during school hours.
Take a look at this fascinating video of actual police officers from Dallas, Texas participating in an active shooter drill.
When I receive news like I am about to share with you, I get extremely frustrated as I ponder about one unanswered question, “How?”
According to Nelson Mandela, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world," and dads across the United States are dedicating their time to ensure all students get the chance to safely learn how to change their world.
University selected NLSS Gateway to help take a proactive stance with security operations.
The Bais Yaakov School for Girls (BYLA), has been a proactive leader in the arena of school access security, taking some serious, ongoing steps to harden security on their campus.
Whitby School in Greenwich, Conn. has appointed 911 Consulting LLC as its emergency preparedness consultant.
On Valentine's Day 2013, Dallas ISD trustees demonstrated love in support of campus security upgrades, while an Oklahoma school district hosts fundraisers to earn money for increased school security.
Firetide, Inc. has partnered with California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) to deploy an outdoor, mesh-infrastructure, testing environment to conduct research.
Dallas Chief of Police has proposed installing cameras, buzzers and electronic card readers at all 150 Dallas, Texas elementary schools.
Vicon Industries Inc. introduced a program that actively supports school safety by encouraging schools to share access to their surveillance systems with local law enforcement.
Visitor management is a problem that faces virtually every school, but is particularly troublesome when more trusting children are present.
Education security should not be a political issue, but it is. Evaluating legislators’ thought process is not only interesting, but also reveals that proactive measures need to be taken in school settings.
In recent years, colleges across the country have upgraded and improved the way they monitor, assess and respond to security incidents on campus.
Public schools may not be a hotbed of criminal activity, but they do have their share of incidents on campus that need to be investigated.
Over the past two decades, increasing crime and violence in American schools have highlighted the critical need for safer, more secure campuses.
As a kid, I lived across the street from the school in sleepy Byron, Wyo. It was a wonderful community where everyone knew everyone’s business. Going to school was like going to church; adults could come and go as they wanted.
The world of Newtown, Conn. was rattled early Friday morning as an active shooter entered the Sandy Hook Elementary School, gunning down a reported 20 students and 7 adults in what can only be described as a massacre.
Kansas City area school district deploys RedCloud Enterprise network appliance to provide scalable, web-based access control across 22 buildings.
Grade schools aren’t often early adopters of cutting-edge surveillance technology, but St. Mary’s School in Alexandria, Va., is an exception.
The key factor behind the success of CAP is having a dedicated technology specialist personally review a customer’s system status daily.
Middleton High School, a new 253,905-squarefoot facility, opened in Middleton, Idaho, in August 2011, featuring the newest technology throughout its entire campus, from lighting and computer-controlled heating and air conditioning systems to wireless communications technology.
Mountain View College is one of several large schools in the Dallas County Community College District in Dallas, Texas. In two years or less, Mountain View students can earn an associate degree or technical diploma in areas ranging from education, accounting and business to aircraft dispatch, criminal justice and welding technology.
The grounds crew, housekeeping and maintenance staff at Western Kentucky University used to carry building keys around with them 24/7 because that was the way it had always been done.
Allowing rapid deployment at special events and temporary installations, OnSSI's Ocularis video surveillance software will provide an added layer of security for the final Presidential Debate, held tonight at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.
Schneider Electric recently announced the successful installation of its Pelco by Schneider Electric Sarix TI thermal imaging camera systems at California State University, Fresno’s Bulldog Stadium.
When police in Racine, Wis., issued an “attempt to locate” alert for a sexual assault suspect at Gateway Technical College, students received an email from campus security stating that the college had video footage of the event that might help authorities apprehend the culprit.
A year ago—new to the industry and lacking any special knowledge associated with campus safety or general security—I started working at an Illinoisbased emergency communication company.
Three people were killed in a Monday shooting near the Texas A&M University campus, officials said.
The Stanwood-Camano School District has introduced mobile surveillance into its fixed security system to enable quicker evaluation of potential security incidents, using the MobileCamViewer mobile surveillance application from mobiDEOS to help keep transportation routines intact.
To enhance the quality of the educational experience as well as the safety of their students, many schools and universities today view campus safety as a top priority.
To help protect students and staff in the case of an emergency, school officials from Hueytown High School and the building’s architectural firm, Lathan Associates, looked to an engineering firm to design a fire system for them.
Chartered in 1746, Princeton University is the fourth-oldest college in the United States and well known for its scholarship and service to all nations.
After the tragedies at Columbine High School and Virginia Tech, a growing emphasis on education security has emerged as schools face the reality of this terrorist threat on the homefront
The Colorado Independent School District (CISD) serves nearly 1,100 students in North Central Texas. as it is for most school districts across America, safety is a paramount part of CISD’s overall miss on of shaping college-bound, lifelong learners—a goal made easier and more affordable by extending the utility of the district’s network with IP surveillance cameras, storage and switches.
Pine Crest needed a cost-efficient system because it relies heavily on donations, which often come sporadically. It also wanted a solution that could be easily expanded upon as needed as the school system and its student base grows.
Based on the high level of expertise it takes to operate professional sports venues, it’s no surprise that Magnum’s installation at USF went off without a hitch.
Chabot has installed emergency phones throughout the campus parking lots and recreational areas with heavy student traffic.
Security is a cornerstone of the Kyrene School District in Tempe, Ariz. The scope of the district’s new video surveillance system reflects just how important security is: A total of 1,800 Panasonic network video cameras provide a 360-degree “virtual video fence” to protect each of the district’s 25 schools as well as the district office facilities.
For the past several years, Colorado Mesa University (CMU) has been growing rapidly, and its access control system has continued to grow with it.
Avigilon recently announced that Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in Iowa has deployed the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system to prevent unlawful activity, and boost student and staff safety.
Milestone Systems IP VMS ís proving the advantages of the open platform approach for Western Kentucky University’s diverse surveillance needs with the ability to expand and customize the system for growing requirements over the years.
The Whitley County School District in southeastern Kentucky recently installed some of the latest surveillance technology on all its buildings.
Pivot3 Inc., provider of storage and compute appliances, recently announced that Pine Crest School has deployed Pivot3 appliances to store captured video images and host its video management system.
Brivo Systems LLC recently announced that Central Community College, in central Nebraska, has standardized on Brivo ACS WebService for access control management of all their buildings located on their three main campuses. Protex Central, Inc., located in Hastings, Nebraska is the integrator for this on-going project.
The Meridian Public School District (MPSD) in Mississippi has installed approximately 373 IQinVision IQeye HD megapixel cameras at their 12 school buildings and campuses.
The world's first university pilot of NFC smartphones carrying digital keys was recently completed.
One massive Texas school district recently upgraded its video surveillance system in an effort to keep up with advancements in Web management platforms.
Installed at building exits or along egress routes, directional sounders produce broadband noise using locatable sound to guide building occupants (to safety or outside of the building).
Miami Dade County schools depend upon superior surveillance.
Pflugerville (pronounced “flew-grr-ville”) Independent School District rests in a popular suburb just northeast of Austin, Texas. Encompass - ing nearly 100 square miles, PISD enrolls more than 21,000 students on 29 campuses.
Here is how a leading primary school in the United Kingdom solved a problem of providing Internet security tools to protect staff from a variety of security threats when accessing the school’s online resources and network from home, keeping the focus on learning.
By the time disaster strikes, it is too late to take many of the important steps to protect a campus. Unfortunately, many educational institutions overlook disaster preparedness planning or simply assume a calamity won’t happen on their campus.
From dormitories to sororities, libraries to on-campus dining halls, biometric technology is transforming the way universities nationwide keep students and staff safe.
The safety and security of students, faculty and guests is paramount for any educational institution. It is always a challenge to implement a system that can not only protect these people, but also provide the means of responding to any situation.
Virginia Tech is in the midst of a lockdown after university officials said two people, including a campus police officer, were shot and killed shortly after noon today.
The U.S. Department of Education announced new regulations to safeguard student privacy while giving states the flexibility to share school data that can be helpful in judging the effectiveness of government investments in education.
The Cleveland Metropolitan School District has partnered with IDentiphoto for student identification badges, visitor management and a student information/discipline management system.
In times of crisis on a college or university campus, the ability to quickly communicate safety information to students, faculty and visitors is critically important.
Florida State University has a rich history of providing quality education to a diverse population.
The environmental movement has been around at least since the first Earth Day in 1970, and the full advantage of green consciousness is finally being realized among some of the largest end user markets for security systems.
The Edwardsville Community Unit School District, which encompasses 185 square miles of the suburban St. Louis town of Edwardsville, Ill., is one of the oldest school districts in the state. It serves 7,500 K-12 students at 14 schools.
Highway 94, which runs a ruler-straight path between Colorado Springs, Colo., and Kansas, is about the only thing that breaks up the vista of lush, green alfalfa fields and cattle ranches in eastern Colorado. The town of Rush is one of several unincorporated towns that dot the Highway's path, and it is the rural home to a population of fewer than 750 people.
The Academy of Art University in San Francisco has evolved from a loft studio for a handful of students in 1929 to become the country’s largest private school for art and design.
Bullying goes against everything that schools stand for. A school should be a safe haven filled with opportunities to learn and grow; it is a place for children to expand upon their perceived talents and abilities, a place to be nurtured and treasured.
The Ron Clark Academy is arguably one of the most renowned middle schools (grades six through eight) in America.
While campus security is obviously a key concern, an integrated security solution can provide an educational institution with additional value.
The pilot project at Arizona State University validates use of secure credentials on NFC smartphones.
Education security is a concern and a necessity. During day one at ASIS Monday, an educational session about school security sparked some interesting discussion.
SituCon will demonstrate how its Emergency Awareness Solution, which features an alerting system and patented privacy protecting technology, allows school personnel to instantly alert authorities when an emergency occurs and lets responders see what is happening at the scene, while guaranteeing student and teacher privacy at all other times.
Researchers from North Carolina State University (NC State) have developed a way to measure how badly a Wi-Fi network would be disrupted by different types of attacks – a valuable tool for developing new security technologies.
Highlighting the capabilities of IP-based megapixel camera technology in the education market, Arecont Vision recently announced installation of 89 Arecont Vision megapixel video cameras to provide superior image quality at Lake Forest High School near Chicago.
Data from independent research, Effective Management of Safe & Secure Openings & Identities, released from Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, a global provider of security and safety solutions and manufacturer of Schlage contactless smart credentials and readers, shows 82 percent of public, private and two-year specialized colleges and universities believe they are not very effective at managing safe and secure openings or identities.
Vision Security Technologies provides Security-Net with geographical coverage and a strong marketing presence in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.
Avigilon, provider of high definition (HD) and megapixel video surveillance solutions, recently announced that the University of Sydney, Australia's oldest university, has deployed the Avigilon HD Surveillance System across its Camperdown/Darlington and Cumberland campuses with plans to expand across the entire 530 hectare property. The Avigilon HD Surveillance System is a key element of the university's campus-wide security plan to create a safe and open learning environment.
Elementary, middle, and high schools with large minority populations—but not necessarily higher crime rates—are far more likely than others to require students and visitors to pass through metal detectors, according to new research to be presented at the 106th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.
Georgia Tech College of Computing researchers have developed an new wireless system called LifeNet designed to help first responders communicate after disasters.
The Security Products New Product of the Year Award honors the outstanding product development achievements of security equipment manufacturers whose products are considered to be particularly noteworthy in their ability to improve security.
Brivo Systems, Software-as-a-Service applications provider for security management, recently announced that Regis University, Denver, Colo., has deployed Brivo’s ACS WebService for managing security at its new CyberSecurity Education Center at the university’s Denver Technology Center campus.
FEMA’s United States Fire Administration (USFA) has issued a special report focusing on the causes and characteristics of fires in college and university residential buildings that include dormitories and fraternity and sorority houses.
The week will feature three separate, interrelated events: Securing New Ground, Security 500 and ISC Solutions.
Keeping schools secure is an unarguably important task with inherent challenges. Often, teachers are outnumbered by students, and having enough eyes to make sure all areas are monitored is generally a very daunting task. It is not economically feasible, nor practical, to simply continue hiring additional aides to help watch over various areas of a school campus.
Silent Knight by Honeywell recently announced its Farenhyt line of fire alarm systems now protects 15 schools in Marion County, Fla., with more upgrades planned.
SeveIQinVision, provider of high-performance HD megapixel IP cameras, recently announced that Edwardsville Community Unit 7 District Schools in Illinois, have installed an array of IQeye indoor and outdoor HD megapixel IP cameras throughout the school district.
Palmetto Elementary School, in the Orange County Public School (OCPS) District, has been selected as the winner of ASIS International’s School Security Funding Competition. ASIS International (ASIS), the largest organization for security management professionals worldwide, will award the school $20,000 for security improvements.
Inside classrooms, 10 to 100 or more people are isolated from the outside world in a room with doors that do not lock to keep danger out. In the eyes of campus safety experts, this is the perfect setting for a potentially bad situation.
Ah, summer—the season of youth! If you’re under a certain age, this is the carefree, barefooted time of year made for swimming pools, beaches, bicycling and baseball—the dandelion days punctuated by lemonade stands, amusement parks, camping and playgrounds. It’s easy to wax poetic.
How confident are you that the security offered at your child’s college or university is adequate to protect him or her? Surely, that’s one of the talking points you considered when choosing higher education.
For educational institutions, recent advances in technology have also brought problems of cyber threats, viruses, illegal music downloading and excessive bandwidth consumption. As more facilities increase their reliance on technology, the ability to monitor and trace network activity is vital to ensure both data and student cybersafety.
IP-based video systems seem tailor-made for the education and campus environment. Using IP and connecting across information networks, these systems can reach maximum effectiveness in the environment of modern networked campuses.
It’s one of the first lessons learned in school: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. After unsuccessfully trying a handful of video surveillance software providers and even more video camera manufacturers, Hobbs, N.M., Municipal School Di strict solved the equation for its video management system needs.
Institutions of higher learning are, by virtue of their mission, open environments. They invite creative thinking and resist interfering, without boundaries, fences or barriers to hinder students’ ability to learn at the highest level. To the security professional responsible for providing a safe and secure environment while maintaining the “open” nature of today’s colleges, it’s not a matter of if something is going to happen, but rather a matter of when.
Colleges are removing analog phones from dormitories for a variety of reasons. Students don’t use them because they have cell phones. In an emergency, equipment failure due to a wall-connected phone’s age can quickly turn into a liability.
Reykjavik University is a vibrant international university located in the heart of Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland. The university is Iceland’s largest private university and focuses on research, excellence in teaching, entrepreneur ship, technology development and cooperation with the active business community.
Verint Systems Inc., provider of networked video solutions, recently announced that a North American university has completed implementation of the Nextiva IP Video Management solution from Verint Video Intelligence Solutions and is using the technology to help ensure a safe learning and working environment for its students, faculty and staff.
Henley-Putnam University, an institution specializing in strategic security and ASIS International, an organization for security professionals recently announced a strategic partnership. One of the steps in this partnership is a scholarship for ASIS members who pursue a degree in strategic security at Henley-Putnam University.
The Georgia Center, a conference center and hotel on the campus of the University of Georgia (UGA), is working with Merchant Link, a cloud-based payment gateway and data security solutions provider, to install the company's TransactionShield point-to-point encryption solution ensuring customer data is secure from the moment their credit card is swiped.
The company will continue its 2010 promotion, offering significant discounts to schools, universities and other educational institutions on the latest version of its flagship product, Ocularis CS video surveillance and security software platform.
Avigilon recently announced that the University of Southern Mississippi has successfully implemented the Avigilon HD Surveillance System to ensure spectator safety and reduce operational costs at its M.M. Roberts Stadium, a 40,000 seat outdoor stadium located in the heart of campus and home to the Golden Eagles football team.
With a larger student population than any other university in North America and more than 200 facilities spread across three campuses, the University of Toronto is a vast and diverse institution, rich in history and culture. In addition to being internationally known and recognized for its research and teaching, the university is now a model of security, thanks to careful, coordinated planning and integrated technology.
IQinVision recently announced that Sonderborg Kollegierne, a dormitory campus in Denmark, has initially installed approximately 75 IQeye indoor and outdoor HD megapixel cameras to provide enhanced security for the students in residence. Necom is the integrator for this ongoing project.
Roger Williams University is an independent liberal arts university located on 140 acres of New England coastline in Bristol, Rhode Island. In an effort to become more efficient with time consuming and costly key management and security access assignments, the university worked with Johnson Controls to implement an identity management solution.
With increasing concern for employee safety, and for data and asset theft, organizations recognize the need to develop a more comprehensive approach to protecting and managing their resources -- equipment, inventory, buildings, data and people. Although a simple concept, the reality of securing an organization is quite complex.
With many school buildings that are veterans of the suburban expansion of the 1950s and 1960s, Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) needed to consolidate its access control solutions to improve security. Today, electronic locks control access through exterior doors while restricted patented keyways improve key control and prevent unauthorized key duplication on interior door locks.
Verint Systems Inc. recently announced that Eastern Michigan University is leveraging the next-generation Nextiva Video Management software from Verint Video Intelligence Solutions to advance the security of its facilities and further its commitment to safe learning environments.
After the school shootings at Columbine High School in 1999, police had to re-think their strategies in dealing with active shooters. That killing spree changed the way law enforcement approaches armed killers.
The study, which surveyed more than 100 individuals who manage IT security at K-12 school districts in the United States, examines security practices and top security concerns in schools and school districts.
IQinVision recently announced the University of Miami, Florida, has installed over 350 IQinVision megapixel cameras throughout its main campus in order to create a safer environment for students, staff and visitors.
If the adage “the third time’s the charm” is accurate as a predictor of what will come, it certainly held true when it came to the results of Vector Security’s 2011 Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) scholarship program.
The SD360 card printer’s new technology, faster print speeds and user-friendly interface are designed to help schools streamline their day-to-day operations and create safer environments.
Clarion University depends on Panasonic i-PRO systems to provide IP-based video surveillance throughout its campus in the Appalachian Mountain region of northwestern Pennsylvania.
Just four in 10 parents of college-bound students think college campuses are safe, and only 3 percent of parents believe colleges are well-equipped to deal with emergencies, according to a recent survey conducted by Kelton Research.
Regent University, a private, faith-based institution that shares a campus with the Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia Beach, Va., is keeping better watch than ever over more than 5,500 graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, and staff with V.Networks IP-based cameras and NVRs from JVC Professional Products Company.
ADT Security Services announced recently that the state of New Jersey has joined a four-year cooperative procurement agreement with the National Joint Powers Alliance, serviced by ADT, which will allow state and municipal agencies, school districts and public colleges and universities to satisfy competitive bid requirements to directly purchase security services and equipment from ADT.
The Maryland Cyber Challenge and Conference (MDC3), to be held Oct. 21-22, will strengthen Maryland's position as a cybersecurity leader by bringing teams of current and prospective cybersecurity professionals together to develop the skills and techniques needed to protect vital information systems.
Omnilert LLC, maker of e2Campus safety communication solution for education, announced a new partnership with the Organization for Educational Technology and Curriculum (OETC)
The IT department at a large, campus-based organization had a minor disruption that could have turned into a major disaster. A new person on the cleaning company’s crew inadvertently spilled a bucket full of water and cleaning fluid in a telco closet that was being used for multiple purposes, and the liquid shorted out a vital piece of equipment. The accident was never reported, and it was only when services were disrupted that the IT department learned there was a problem.
SecuGen and Lucky are partnering to bring physical access control to North American educational institutions with Lucky’s iGuard Access Control device integrated with SecuGen’s SDA03M fingerprint module.
Lumidigm recently announced that Free Amsterdam University (VU), one of Europe’s most prestigious colleges, is using the company’s Venus Series multispectral imaging sensors in fingerprint readers used by approximately 8,000 students, faculty and staff to enter the school’s multiple recreation facilities spread throughout Amsterdam.
The NLSS Gateway Micro integrates networked video management, IP access control, video analytics and intrusion from the point of manufacture.
The company attributes the growth to the launch and acceptance of its iCVR dome cameras and iCST streaming cameras and encoders.
Avigilon recently announced that Merced College in Merced, Calif. has deployed the Avigilon HD Surveillance System as part of its proactive crime prevention strategy to ensure the general welfare of staff and students on campus.
The scalability of the Morse Watchmans key management solution installed at Ohio University in Athens has enabled security management to add six KeyWatcher cabinets to their system.
Talk-A-Phone’s class provides experience in setting up and configuring a WEBS Contact mass notification server.
Industry partner honors LENSEC for its leadership in school security.
Avigilon recently announced that Walsall Academy in the United Kingdom has deployed the Avigilon HD surveillance system to safeguard its 1,150 secondary students and protect high-value areas such as its state-of-the-art technology and music suites.
Pairing IP video technology and school-to-school video network is essential for administrators to reap operational as well as security benefits.
The platform will offer users broad situational awareness through its real-time single interface that will display relevant information about critical systems in buildings and campus infrastructures, including extensive tactical information.
Infinova recently announced that the University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates has been able to deploy a vehicle access control system based on a system designed and created by 3Soft USA for Infinova.
SeeView Security Inc. announced recently that it has completed the installation of a complete high-definition IP camera surveillance system for George Mason University in the Washington, D.C. metro area.
Milestone Systems is the solution of choice for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for central control and local access with flexible integration options over time as the security system is rolled out across campus.
Nestled within the peaks and valleys of the southernmost area of the Appalachian Mountain Range, the Jackson County School District encompasses 150 miles in northeastern Alabama. The beautiful, yet diverse, terrain presented obstacles to school administrators in how best to monitor events at the district’s 18 campuses, which include 7,000 students and three administrative buildings.
In rural communities, a newly renovated high school often serves double duty: educational facility by day and public host to community events by night. This kind of multi-usage often stretches conventional security resources beyond their intended design. Such was the case in Cody, Wyo.
Slowly but surely, activism on the local level and in statehouses is giving automated external defibrillators a foothold inside America’s schools.
Located in historic Williamsburg, Va., the College of William and Mary is the second-oldest college in the nation. In 2008, the historic institution completed construction of a 165,000-square-foot Integrated Science Center, which was designed to bring the college’s science programs under one roof.
The state of school security doesn’t seem to appear all that promising. Administrators have been forced to cut security staff and programs, and search for an alternative means to maintain levels of safety and security.
In the wake of the Virginia Tech massacre in April 2007, and, specifically, the critical fallout from the university’s communication failures in the hours following the first gunshots, campuses across the nation were put on alert and forced into a type of self-reflection: What if it would have happened here? Are we any better prepared?
It's a fact: College and university campus crimes are on the rise in the United States. Studies pointing to links between increased enrollment and a rise in attacks, and recent violent events at U.S.-based institutions of higher learning, such as Virginia Tech in 2007, Yale in 2009 and the University of Alabama, Huntsville in 2010, are bringing campus security initiatives to the forefront of educational administrators' agendas.
232 administrators at U.S. institutions of higher education help assess and measure safety and security on campus.
School security expert Paul Timm asked attendees to consider numerous questions during Thursday’s ASIS 2010 session Safe and Secure Schools: Trends, Practices and Funding.
The technology can support up to 64 IP cameras or 32 megapixel cameras of searchable video on a single appliance.
As society continues to become more mobile, school districts across the United States increasingly are adopting emergency notification systems to keep in touch with parents. Whether notifying the community of a potential pandemic or informing parents of weather-related closings, school districts are finding these systems key to timely, effective communication.
The Motorola Solutions business of Motorola Inc. recently announced a partnership with the University of Delaware (UD) to deploy an advanced video security solution that helps promote a safe and healthy learning environment by significantly enhancing visibility to campus incidents.
Wren, a provider of physical security solutions that create safe learning environments, announced recently that Water Valley School District has selected the company's Encapsulon Video solution for improved school security, easy access to IP video and scalability to allow the school to grow its video network across the entire school district over time.
Avigilon recently announced that Vancouver Community College, one of British Columbia’s oldest and largest colleges, has deployed the Avigilon HD Surveillance System in an effort to improve staff and student safety across its two campuses in the Vancouver, British Columbia area.
Security Products magazine, the only integrated product magazine reaching the entire security market, announced the winners of its 2010 New Product of the Year Award at the publication’s premiere Virtual Event today.
Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies is offering school safety information on a new micro-site for principals, security/safety directors and superintendents.
In 2008, a high school in Ascension Parish Louisiana was vandalized, which sparked a big change in how school officials handled security. The school board installed surveillance cameras in all public high schools to ensure the safety and security of students, teachers and staff.
SAFE for Higher Education software suite streamlines processes, increases customer service and reduces risk for Roger Williams University, a top-10 liberal arts college in Rhode Island.
To help administrators in need of a quick security review, Wren has developed a Top 10 list of things to do to improve campus security.
Shorewood High School in Wisconsin recently installed and implemented the Help Alert Emergency Call Solution, a wireless staff duress system manufactured and marketed by RF Technologies Inc.
Freshmen and sophomores at Northern Arizona University will soon have extra incentive to go to their classes. Starting with the Flagstaff campus this fall, as a tactic to encourage class attendance, the school will install an RFID system that scans student ID cards in 100- and 200-level classrooms that hold 50 or more students. The system will produce an attendance report for the professor.
The first of what UC Santa Barbara officials hope will be a network of five mass notification warning system speakers has been installed on the roof of Kerr Hall in the heart of the UCSB campus.
Los Angeles-based Stephen S. Wise Temple and Schools have recently implemented a multi-faceted security and video surveillance system to ensure the safety of facilities, members, students, faculty and staff.
Serving 37,000 students in nearly 65 facilities, the Buffalo School District is regarded as a premiere urban school system in New York State. Driven by the belief that all of its schools should be safe, equitable and flexible, the district embarked on a $1.4 billion, district-wide project to modernize its facilities and equipment. The project included a multi-phase performance of $20 million over 20 years for the district.
Part of a school’s appeal is based on its reputation for providing a safe, secure and convenient environment for its staff and students. However, bringing the reality of fire and life safety in K-12 facilities in line with expectations is a challenging task.
When the University of Kentucky expanded its Memorial Coliseum
with the addition of the Joe Craft Center, it also created a whole new
game plan for the higher security needs of the new facility.
A U.S. soldier home on leave attends Sunday services in his uniform. Out of respect to the house of worship and fellow parishioners, he leaves his sidearm at home. However, as he enters the building, one of the Red Carpet Hosts—a group of 2,000 volunteer greeters and facilitators—notices the soldier's attire includes a military-issue knife.
Raul Quintanilla Sr. Middle School, in the Dallas Independent School District, has been selected as the winner of ASIS International’s School Security Funding Competition. As the winner, ASIS International, the largest organization for security management professionals worldwide, will award the school $20,000 for security improvements.
Brivo Systems LLC recently announced that the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, Md. has deployed Brivo ACS WebService to increase safety and security at its metro-Washington D.C. campus. ResponseTECH is the integrator for the project.
Seeking a solution providing centralized security management and coordination, Purdue University turned to the Ocularis DS video-centric PSIM system from On-Net Surveillance Systems Inc.
Having narrowly averted a high-alert situation, officials at Connetquot Central School District in Islip, N.Y., decided that a more proactive, district-wide surveillance strategy was needed to help the community quickly neutralize any threats to students and staff.
Houston-based Video Insight and its integration partner Titus Systems of Round Rock, Texas have been selected to provide a comprehensive IP video surveillance solution at Pflugerville ISD in Texas.
The CBORD Group Inc. recently announced that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is using the CS Gold campus card solution from CBORD and the NiceVision intelligent video solution from NICE Systems to better manage financial, access and other security operations across campus.
The University of Missouri’s Residential Life Buildings complex has a unique combination of features for a campus security system: state-of-the-art technology, user-friendliness and the cost-cutting ability to be installed and maintained in-house.
Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah, is now using thermal security cameras to look after its newly renovated football field. The 28-year-old sod was removed, a new drainage system was installed and new grass was laid in early 2009. The renovation took approximately five months to complete and cost more than $1 million. University administrators and campus police turned to thermal security cameras to safeguard this significant investment in their state-of-the-art facility.
Vacaville, Calif., has a population of approximately 96,000 and is located in northern Solano County, midway between San Francisco and Sacramento. Because a number of school buildings required modernization, the district was able to secure a $100 million bond issue. A growing awareness of security concerns, highlighted by ongoing incidents in the news, caused officials to include improved building security as part of the plan.
Avigilon recently announced that Long Branch Public Schools in New Jersey has deployed the Avigilon HD Surveillance System to deliver strong image clarity and coverage for greater investigative success while maintaining a positive, open educational environment.
GE Security Inc. recently announced that Frederick County Public Schools in Frederick, Md., is using GE Nav DVR management software as the backbone of a new, integrated video surveillance system to help provide added safety in all 63 schools in the district.
Axis Communications recently announced that Connetquot Central School District of Islip in Long Island, N.Y., is using Axis network cameras to enhance the security and safety of its public school students and facilities.
Tragic gang-related events in Chicago and other American cities over the past few months have only focused more public attention on the need to make our nation's schools safe. No child should ever have to fear going to classes because of bullies, weapon-carrying gang members, drug dealers or other criminals from the surrounding community.
A typical urban school district can easily have more than 2,500 cameras installed throughout its facilities. Some systems are straightforward, while others can be sophisticated, encompassing advanced surveillance capabilities and utilizing a broad range of surveillance technologies.
A passive infrared motion detector with night vision and digital camera has helped reduce copper theft in DPS schools.
Senate Bill S2518 now requires monthly school security drills for all public and non-public schools in the sate of New Jersey.
DigitalPersona Inc. recently announced that Bentley University has deployed the company's software on faculty and student laptops and PCs.
Excelsior Springs director of safety and security Tom Mayfield's main priority is to protect the school district's students and staff. AMAG Technology's Symmetry Enterprise Security Management System (SMS) and Symmetry Video System helped to create a safer learning environment for the schools' kids.
Verint Systems Inc. recently announced that Troy School District in Illinois has completed implementation of the Nextiva IP video management solution from Verint Video Intelligence Solutions.
AMAG Technology has partnered with Allied Fire & Security and DAP Technologies to provide an integrated security solution to Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore.
Over the past decade, as a result of tragedies at school and college campuses nationwide, student and staff security has become a high priority.
Also in the last 10 years, driven by an increase in the population of school-aged children, new school construction and the renovation of existing facilities have surged.
ISC East 2009 has to be considered a complete success. Aisles were packed with end users and integrators, and exhibitors had their “A” game on one.
When Hurricane Katrina nearly obliterated the city of Pass Christian, Miss., in 2005, the Mississippi gulf school district faced a rebuilding project of enormous proportion.
In Weber County, nestled next to Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah, the local school district is home to 50 public schools, which are attended by almost 21,000 students and employ 1,368 full-time teachers. Nearly 850 students attend Sand Ridge Junior High School in Roy, Utah, and with 34 teachers, the teacher to student ratio is about 25:1.
Key to a child's successful education is an environment in which he or she can learn safely. According to a report released today by the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health, only 26 percent of parents would give their child's high school an "A" for preventing bullying and school violence, and 38 percent of parents would give their child's elementary or junior high an "A."
York County School Division in Yorktown, Va., has never had a major security problem, and that's the way they want to keep it. To ensure the security of their facility and safety of their students, officials installed security systems in each of their 23 facilities.
With more than 53 million students going back to school, a national survey released recently shows that more than one out of 10 teachers believe their school is unprepared to protect kids. The results are part of the second annual ADT Back-to-School Survey conducted by Zogby International.
When the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) in Lisbon, Portugal decided to install campus-wide CCTV, officials chose to design the system themselves using IndigoVision’s IP video technology.
GVI Security Solutions Inc., a provider of video security surveillance solutions featuring the complete Samsung Electronics line of products, announced that the company’s Samsung Electronics cameras have been selected for a video security project by a large Florida school district with more than 50 schools.
St. Clair County Community College and Mott Community College in Michigan have announced the development of RFID technology labs and curriculum with Dynamic Computer Corp. and Stratum Global.
Most school administrators and security integrators don’t spend much time worrying about a hurricane or a tornado’s impact within their district’s classrooms. Yet, James Bell, ASSA ABLOY’s windstorm coordinator, and Corey Schultz, a project manager for PBA Architect, say they are always looking at ways to make schools safer from Mother Nature’s power.
The response to the Feb. 14, 2008, shooting of 23 people by a former graduate student in a lecture hall on Northern Illinois University's campus in DeKalb, Ill., is examined in a 48-page report issued Tuesday by the U.S. Fire Administration. The report discusses actions taken by city and university police, EMTs and fire department units, and hospital personnel.
The University of Georgia has long been a pioneer in adopting biometrics, starting with a two-dimensional hand geometry device in 1972. When it was time to replace the school's old hand readers in 1990, the administration evaluated various biometrics technologies, such as facial, hand, fingerprint, iris and signature devices.
Verint Systems Inc. recently announced that the University of Rhode Island has implemented Nextiva Networked IP Video Management from Verint Video Intelligence Solutions to focus on student and facility safety.
ConnectionsIT, a systems integrator and IP technology company, will be working with the Napa Valley Unified School District to develop a new IP-based access control and video surveillance solution for its new American Canyon High School, scheduled to open in the fall of 2010.
GVI Security Solutions Inc. recently announced that its Samsung Electronics cameras equipped with GVI lenses have been selected for a video surveillance project by a suburban Texas Independent School District with more than 30,000 students attending classes in more than 30 schools.
Recently, teachers at the new Stockwell Park High School in South London in the United Kingdom unveiled the latest in school surveillance equipment, demonstrating a system they say has already made a major impact on safety throughout the school.
Sonitrol recently announced that it is installing highly sophisticated access control and school security systems for the world’s largest Junior Achievement (JA) educational center -- the 59,500 square foot JA World’s Huizenga Center at Broward College in Coconut Creek, Fla.
Over the past 20 years, the citrus groves of Sarasota, Fla., have been replaced by suburban developments. As a result, the Sarasota County School District has grown rapidly to meet the needs of working families with school-age children.
CDW Government Inc. (CDW-G), a wholly owned subsidiary of CDW Corp., recently announced the results of the 2009 School Safety Index. Based on a national survey of more than 400 K-12 district IT and security directors, the index measures 10 indicators and four contraindicators to set a national benchmark to gauge the current state of school security.
Safety on campus continues to be a concern for colleges and universities across the country. With legislative updates associated with the Clery Act passed last year, and violent events across the United States once again threatening campus safety, the need for security and safety awareness on campus has not diminished.
Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies today announced that San Diego State University’s (SDSU) Associated Students has just celebrated eleven years (since 1998) of using 12 of the company’s HandKey readers to provide easy access into the six entrances at the Aztec Recreation Center, the Aztec Center bowling and games facility, the racquetball court inside the Center, as well as the four entrances to the Aztec Aquaplex.
Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, stretches across more than 5,000 acres and includes over 2.9 million square feet of facilities. More than 11,000 students are in residence at the university. Not surprisingly, communications presents challenges for campus leaders.
In 2007, the entire nation was reeling from the devastation of the Virginia Tech University shootings. As a result, Northern Illinois University decided to apply lessons learned from Virginia Tech and re-examine and fine-tune its own emergency plan. Officials hoped to be prepared but never to have to execute the plan for a similar event. Unfortunately, NIU's emergency plan was put to the test on Feb. 14, 2008, as the result of a campus shooting.
After repeated break-ins and no clues pointing to a viable suspect, Dare County Schools in North Carolina decided to install network cameras in the Cape Hatteras Secondary School.
Axis Communications recently announced that the Deer Park Independent School District in Texas is using its network cameras to enhance the security and safety of public school students and facilities.
Lancope, Inc., the provider of the StealthWatch system, today announced that The University of Manchester has chosen the StealthWatch to monitor network behavior, detect network incidents and identify affected machines and users. NetFlow-based StealthWatch reduces total network and security management costs for The University of Manchester.
NOTIFIER will be hosting a series of free, half-day seminars for anyone responsible for the design, selection and operation of fire and life safety systems in commercial, educational, industrial, retail, healthcare and hospitality facilities. Attendees will learn how changing Mass Notification codes and advancing gas detection technologies will impact them, their properties and, most importantly, occupant safety.
MyStateUSA deployed AlertSense, a global notification system, to be used at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the County of Champaign, Illinois.
On 10th anniversary of the Columbine school shootings, the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) says parents are not engaged in school safety and prevention efforts at their children's school.
California State University at Long Beach, the largest campus of the California State University system, spans 323 acres and operates 84 academic buildings and 18 residence halls. The campus accommodates its 38,000 students, who are mostly commuters, with numerous remote parking lots. Its proximity to major highways makes it prone to safety concerns including vandalism, auto theft and trespassers.
The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) announced recently that the statewide Critical Incident Planning and Mapping System (CIPMS) is now protecting nearly 2,000 public K-12 schools in the State of Washington. The CIPMS is also protecting 18 of the state’s 35 community colleges.
Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies announced today that UC Irvine Campus Recreation recently installed a biometric Schlage HandKey reader to replace card access at its Center.
Minnesota State University Moorhead used an emergency notification system, e2Campus, to communicate life safety information to the community and to recruit volunteers for sandbagging efforts.
Axis Communications recently announced that the Chippewa Valley School District in Michigan is using its network cameras to increase public school security in a cost-effective manner.
AtHoc's IWSAlerts software will enable Texas A&M University to send out emergency alerts to its campus population through multiple devices, including campus computers, via pop up alerts, Emergency Alert System radio broadcasts, cable TV, telephones, mass e-mails and SMS text messages, from a single Web-based console.
At Chapman University, officials are creating a system of digital security cameras to take advantage of a fiber-optic network that serves the 76-acre tree-lined university campus in Orange, Calif.
Cernium Corp., developer of video analytics enabled products, announced recently that Mount Holyoke College has selected Cernium’s Perceptrak advanced video analytics software, integrated with Milestone XProtect Enterprise IP video management software, to enhance the security of its South Hadley, Mass. campus.
Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies recently announced Truman Public Schools in Minnesota are using Schlage bright blue Web-enabled access control software, Schlage multi-technology readers, Von Duprin exit devices and LCN door closers to limit access to the building that houses Truman’s 500 students in grades K-12.
GlobalOptions Group Inc. a provider of domestic and international risk management services, recently announced that James Lee Witt Associates (JLWA), its Crisis Management and Preparedness Services Division joined key personnel from The Management Experts LLC, JB Coxwell Disaster Services and i.d.e.a.s.-Orlando in conducting a “Secure Scholar” functional exercise on the campus of the University of North Florida (UNF) in Jacksonville, Fla. in late March.
McAfee Inc. recently announced that School City of Hammond in Indiana has deployed McAfee’s network security solutions to secure the district’s elementary, middle and high schools from cybercrime.
On-Net Surveillance Systems Inc. (OnSSI) has announced that the Stoughton Area School District in South-Central Wisconsin has implemented its advanced multi-site NetDVMS NVR and camera management system to optimize the use of the district’s 62-camera video surveillance system.
To diminish high school mischief, the Taos Municipal School District’s technology coordinator and network administrator began lobbying for surveillance cameras in Taos High School in New Mexico. The building also is used by the University of New Mexico for evening classes, which added afterhours security as another area of concern.
Technology from Bosch Security Systems is playing a principal role in a new CCTV installation at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom as it extends the IP camera network to cover further areas of the university campus.
Bloom Township High School District 206 announced recently that it and seven other districts are the first schools in Illinois to install the Rapid Responder crisis management system to protect students and staff.
Inova Solutions, a provider of emergency message displays, recently released an upgrade to its visual mass notification system, Inova OnAlert. The enhanced system offers e-mail-based message delivery, audible tones to complement visual messages, and a synchronized timekeeping function.
Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, in conjunction with AASA and RETA Security, recently released the results of the 2008 National School Safety Study, which assesses the status of security in the nation's K-12 public schools, based on a survey of school leaders nationwide.
With increasing use of VoIP as an alternative to conventional circuit switched phone services, security and life safety professionals are looking to the Internet for communicating
information from fire alarm control panels to a central monitoring station.
The latest IR lighting technology from Raytec is being installed at the Anchorage Christian School in Alaska as part of an upgrade to a 30-plus camera CCTV system.
While wireless locks have been around for a number of years, wireless locks that store information in the lock itself are brand new. Each stand-alone wireless lock is a panel that contains all information about the lock. Once programmed, the wireless lock continues processing independent of a server or computer.
Two Canadian teens planned a colossal tragedy, but thankfully Winnipeg police uncovered the plot, foiling attempted mass murder at Manitoba’s largest university.
More than ever, parents are seeking comprehensive ways to stay in touch with students on campuses so they can rest assured that their children are and secure. At the same time, campus administrators are leveraging advanced communications technology to enhance campus safety. Duke University, located in Durham, N.C., has met both objectives by deploying a Federal Signal campus safety and security system to keep students and faculty and staff informed of life-threatening emergencies.
BIO-key International Inc., a provider of finger-based biometric identification and wireless public safety, recently announced a contract award from the Collin College Police Department in Texas to deploy MobileCop, BIO-key's wireless query and messaging solution for law enforcement.
The Miami-Dade County Public Schools grapple with the same problems many school districts around the country face: gambling, fighting, loitering, bullying and other illicit activities that distract from education. Even a police force more than 200 strong cannot combat these problems alone. The Miami-Dade County Public Schools' existing surveillance system served as a strong foundation for adding resources. Phoenix IVS's intelligent video security system embedded with ObjectVideo's video analytics technology have been added to the system, taking the existing technology to a new level. Using video analytics technology, the cameras can convert video to data in real-time through the detection, classification and tracking of activities. The new technology has allowed authorities to prevent problems before they occur, reducing the number of overall incidents in areas where it has been deployed.
Driven to become a top-performing school district in Alabama, the Fairfield City School System has created a culture of excellence in which students can develop the skills and acquire the knowledge needed to meet the challenges of living in an increasingly complex world. To this end, the Fairfield schools are committed to delivering a challenging curriculum and providing a safe and orderly learning environment.
Rave Wireless Inc. recently announced the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has launched the Rave Guardian personal mobile alarm system to offer all students, faculty and staff a direct connection with campus police, whenever and wherever they need it.
Axis Communications recently announced that DePaul University is using its network cameras to ensure the safety of its students and property.
Omnilert, maker of e2Campus, an emergency notification system for higher education institutions, recently announced that Pacific University of Forest Grove, Ore. is the first school in the country to integrate its Facebook and Twitter accounts into the e2Campus emergency notification system.
Cooper Notification recently announced that ArCom Systems Inc., based in North Little Rock, Ark., has signed an agreement with Cooper Notification to be a Mass Notification System Channel Partner.
The Amityville, N.Y. school system is now a safer place, thanks to a video surveillance management solution from On-Net Surveillance Systems Inc.
To keep track of activities during and after school hours, deter criminal activity and insure safety and security for pupils and staff, the Beaumont Independent School District in Texas implemented a new IP-based video surveillance system powered by the video control and management solution from On-Net Surveillance Systems Inc.
Incident Alert Systems recently announced selection of its Fast Alert incident management and security system by the South Kitsap High School located in Port Orchard, Wash.
ADT’s National Back to School Security Survey, a sampling of nearly 2,000 parents, indicates nearly 50 percent of parents are concerned their child could be targeted by a sexual predator at school; close to 40 percent are concerned about potential abduction from school; and more than a third fear a violent episode at school. With those statistics, it is not surprising that many parents say they would support spending more money on security measures for their school.
When the Oconto Board of Education revised Security Policy 731, unified school district officials decided to deploy an integrated system that would enhance the safety of all 1,200 students, employees, volunteers and visitors entering any of the district’s three campuses. The goal was to devise a solution that would allow office staff at the elementary, middle and high schools to remotely identify visitors and control door locks at all three locations.
This month, Virginia Tech conducted the first campus-wide test of its emergency mass notification system since installing visual alerting displays. During the multi-modal test, Virginia Tech instantly communicated to the vast majority of its campus community with Inova Solution’s OnAlert LED displays, while other modes of communication, such as SMS/text and e-mail messages, took up to 20 minutes to deliver messages.
Every university security official must dream of a fully converged solution that ties together as many campus functions as possible.
Students in the Dallastown, Pa., area school district are learning actions speak louder than words.
To ensure only accredited students and members of the University of Hawaii at Hilo can gain admission to the new Student Life Center center, it is protected by a smart access control system that includes a combination of networked on-line and off-line battery powered locks, panic bar interfaces and 8 13.56Mhz RFID wall reader ‘Hot-Spots’ control points.
Proximex, developer of solutions for the physical security information management (PSIM) market, announced recently that Proximex Surveillint was chosen by Stephen S. Wise Temple to help protect its campuses, students, faculty and congregants.
ioimage recently announced its video analytics solution was recently installed at the construction site of a new, $104.5 million high school for the Poway Unified School District in Southern California to protect the site and construction materials from theft and vandalism.
The Murrieta Valley Unified School District in southern California has awarded a contract to upgrade its security system at 18 schools and an administration facility. The system specified Theia’s ultra-wide lenses.
This Webinar will focus on schools and campuses, and how best to step up your facility security.
Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies recently announced that the Bellevue (Wash.) School District has centralized its access control by combining electronics and high-security keys to improve security while also making it easier to manage and control access at several levels.
Students at Washington, D.C.’s prestigious George Mason University pass their years with plenty to worry about.
Wren, a provider of video surveillance solutions, recently released the findings of its third in a four-part research series to better understand the range of school security challenges and the role different security technologies play in their security planning and strategy.
From severe weather to acts of violence, schools across the nation are forced to deal with a variety of emergencies. As a result, districts and administrators have become well versed in crisis planning.
Safety and security for students is a top priority for parents, teachers, school administrators and law enforcement. New advancements in video surveillance technology provide a solution. Intelligent video surveillance gathers data and information and provides that information in real-time to school security and police.
UCrime.com, a crime mapping and alert service for colleges and universities, recently announced the addition of 100 more schools to the list of those it covers.
The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) announced recently that the statewide Critical Incident Planning and Mapping System (CIPMS) is being expanded to include 20 of the 34 community colleges in the state.
The University of Buffalo has a widely distributed multicampus environment with varied security needs in different departments. A video solution was critical at the university.
The Santa Ana Unified School District in California recently announced the installation of the Rapid Responder crisis management system to protect its students and staff during emergencies.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, known as Virginia Tech, has selected Virginia-based Inova Solutions as part of its emergency mass notification system.
As millions of students start a new school year, results of a new survey indicate that nearly half of the parents of kindergartners to eighth graders are concerned about school security.
Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings recently announced the award of $5.2 million for 13 new grants to colleges and universities to develop and implement emergency management plans for preventing and responding to campus violence and natural disasters in order to ensure the safety of the entire campus community.
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Increasing concerns over the safety and security of students, rising fuel prices, increasing overhead expenditures, and other operational issues have made the incorporation of school bus telematics systems indispensable. In fact, the telematics market is primed for growth between 2008 and 2014.
To ensure better security for its student housing facilities, Bethany College has upgraded to the new Von Duprin XP99 exit devices on its controlled access dormitory doors to withstand greater abuse.
The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) and Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies recently announced the kick off a strategic alliance by inviting AASA’s members to complete a survey on school safety and security called the Risk Mitigation Assessment. The results of the assessment will be used to create the first-ever National School Safety Study.
VUANCE Inc. recently announced that it has been awarded a $1.4 million contract from the Racine (Wisc.) Unified School District to install its MASC (Managed Automated Security Controls) security solution into 31 schools and two administrative buildings in the district.
Cooper Notification recently announced that 17 additional Virginia Community College System (VCCS) colleges launched the patent-pending Roam Secure Alert Network (RSAN) for emergency notification, joining Northern Virginia Community College, which launched its system in August.
Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland is deploying IQeye megapixel IP cameras throughout its schools. James Gompers is consultant to the project, and Netcom Technologies is overseeing project installation.
Marquette University may not have Robocop, but school public safety officials are convinced they’ve got the next best thing—a virtual surveillance system that could make a dent in campus crime. What campus today isn’t thinking about and implementing key security plans?
CDW Government Inc. recently announced the results of the 2008 School Safety Index, the national benchmark on the current status of public school district safety.
Palo Alto Networks recently announced that San Jose State University has selected the PA-4000 Series to stop threats and provide application visibility and control on the campus networks.
Absolute Software Corp. recently announced that Dysart Unified School District, Arizona's fastest growing district, is using ComputraceComplete to manage its notebook computer population, deter theft and recover computers should they go missing.
Can an owl keep a 12,000-student university safe? It can when it’s designed into the identity card program at Southern Connecticut State University, whose mascot is the Fighting Owl. SCSU— spanning 168 acres in New Haven, Conn.—is in the midst of a $230 million campus renovation.
Acollaborative security system often includes an effective and flexible program. Such is the case at the University of Pennsylvania, where security applications stand as a successful model for campus security. One of the reasons for the university’s success is a plan to maintain a safe environment for more than 40,000 students, faculty and staff, and its partnership with AlliedBarton Security Services.
Taiwan’s Tajen University now ensures campus safety and delivers Wi-Fi access to its 12,000 students and staff using a wireless network infrastructure from Firetide Inc.
Secure Computing Corp., a enterprise gateway security company, recently announced that University of Minnesota has selected the company's Secure SafeWord (formerly known as SafeWord) as a two-factor authentication solution for 8,000 staff and faculty members.
An RFID solution from Zonar Systems is helping to enhance safety and security on schools buses by identifying when and where a student enters or exits the bus.
Each April, concerns about school safety rise as the anniversaries of the shootings at Colorado's Columbine High School and Virginia Tech approach. Despite these and other publicized cases of school violence, new research from the University of Virginia finds that conditions in Virginia high schools are generally safe and that serious acts of violence are rare.
Global Security Systems LLC (GSS) recently announced that George Mason University is the first university in the nation to install ALERT FM for emergency alerting on its campuses. ALERT FM, an FM radio-based alert and messaging system, will provide redundancy to the university's existing emergency communications systems.
MIR3 recently announced that Texas Southern University (TSU) has awarded the company a contract to be the official emergency notification platform for its campus located in Houston.
Blackboard Inc. recently announced a new campus security solution, Blackboard Video Surveillance, which will be part of the Blackboard Commerce Suite, a suite of applications supporting campus payment and security management.
MDI Inc. recently announced the LearnSafe Initiative would begin providing services immediately to the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), which is one of the largest private institutions in Texas and the largest Catholic university in the state.
ASIS International is offering all 20 public high schools in the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) system the chance to compete for $20,000 in security program funding as part of ASIS’ School Security Funding Competition.
LenSec recently announced its selection by Ysleta Independent School District in Texas to provide a district-wide IP video surveillance system for the high school campus network.
ADT Security Services recently announced the availability of ADT Select Link, a Web-based electronic notification system that is designed to alert thousands of people in emergency or routine situations.
Looking to improve security in important areas, Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan has turned to biometric hand readers to provide protection.
ioimage recently announced that the Shi Jia Zhuang experimental high school in China has successfully completed installation of ioimage’s video surveillance system to protect it’s 2,500 students, supervise the schools entrance and prevent theft.
A complete end-to-end IP video solution is being deployed at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine as part of a campus-wide CCTV upgrade.
Prepared Response Inc. recently announced that more than 2,000 school campuses in 270 school districts across the country are now using the company’s Rapid Responder Crisis Management System to protect students and staff.
Five schools within New Jersey’s Brick Township Public School District have graduated to a WAN-based IP video surveillance system that will help to improve the safety and security environment for the schools’ students, staff and visitors.
Whether in retrofit or new construction on college campuses, the business case for deploying wireless access control systems in networked openings is compelling. Wireless solutions seamlessly integrate into existing access control panels, eliminating wire between locks and access control panel interfaces and providing a complete solution at each opening. Implementing a wireless solution takes significantly less time than its traditional hardwired counterpart.
Environmental Tectonics Corp.'s Simulation Division recently announced the delivery of a new training scenario to the Southeastern Pennsylvania regional counterterrorism task force (CTTF) for its Advanced Disaster Management Simulator, ADMS-COMMAND.
ADT Security Services announced recently it has reached an agreement with the Oklahoma State School Boards Association to work together to create and deliver workshops and other information vehicles aimed at helping the OSSBA’s 569 current and prospective member school districts further secure their campuses.
AT&T Inc. recently announced the availability of interoperable RFID and GPS-based mobile resource management (MRM) solutions for the K-12 education segment.
The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) has announced the launch of McGruff SafeGuard, a free service for parents to monitor and safeguard their kids’ online activities.
Administrators at Haltom High School in Haltom City, Texas, wanted their school’s ID cards to be useful, but never did they imagine the cards would help thwart a drug dealer. “We have used student and faculty ID cards for the last decade,” said Rick Mauderer, associate principal at Haltom High School and the person responsible for the school’s ID program. “As a high school of more than 2,600 students, there is no way we can know who every student is, especially with substitute teachers in the building.
In Cincinnati, when you say “school’s out,” it has a whole different meaning. That’s because all 65 schools in the Cincinnati Public School District—encompassing preschool through grade 12—are part of a massive, $1 billion facilities master plan that will completely change the face of the city’s educational infrastructure.
Violent and property crime rates at the nation's schools during 2005 -- 57 such crimes per 1,000 students age 12 or older -- were statistically unchanged from the 2004 rate of 55 victimizations per 1,000 students, according to a new report.
As the public becomes aware of school security and its shortcomings, those in the security industry acknowledge the value of new products and innovations in the field.
The Shasta Union High School District in California includes four high schools in different locations with more than 6,000 students and 540 faculty members. A new IP video system helped lead to a 98 percent reduction in school vandalism and theft.
Go to the Department of Justice’s online national sex offender public registry, pick a major city and select an urban—or even suburban—neighborhood. Most likely, there will be anywhere from a few to 40 or more registered sex offenders within walking distance of the neighborhood’s public elementary school.
School security directors often keep a keen eye on the latest security technologies that come to market, and then deploy these solutions to ensure their schools have the best technology to protect students and employees, deter and catch vandals and keep the bad guys out.
Blackboard Inc. and Sony recently announced a partnership to support Sony FeliCa contactless technology in the Blackboard Commerce Suite.
The National Education Association Health Information Network (NEA HIN) recently launched its new School Crisis Guide: Help and Healing in a Time of Crisis.
By focusing on and improving the frequency and flow of two-way dialogue between students and faculty, a white paper suggests school administrators can foster a safer learning environment more rapidly and at a lower overall cost.
This fall, students across the country returned to schools that look nothing like those of the past. Today, metal detectors, security cameras and access control readers are all part of the education landscape, especially in larger districts. However, as the rash of school shootings in recent years has shown, violence and crime can happen anywhere.
The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) recently announced the release of its 2007-2008 Crime Prevention Month Kit in preparation for the 23rd annual Crime Prevention Month in October.
Numerous tragedies at schools and on campuses will remain a hot topic in the security world. Rightfully so, -- safeguarding our students should receive high priority. One interesting product on display at ISC East comes from MOBOTIX, who announced an IP-based video solution, which also has been installed to address potential security issues at the high school level in Jackson, Ohio.
IN the wake of the Virginia Tech massacre, college and university safety systems and procedures are undergoing extensive re-evaluation, with reliable and effective emergency mass notification being the main emphasis.
The U.S. Fire Administration has issued a special report that explores the causes and characteristics of school fires.
THE carefree days of college are not far from most peoples’ minds. But in college, security was hardly an issue.
A safety expert says parents can be as influential as teachers in preventing violence.
EDUCATIONAL institutions don’t often come to mind when people think about organizations with cutting edge network security devices. However, these institutions face the daunting task of keeping the networks secure while allowing tens of thousands of students and faculty to bring their own PCs onto the network. They also have to account for a user base that changes by several users on an annual basis.
IT networks at today’s colleges and universities are more distributed than ever. Academic networks that spread out allow students and teachers to communicate and interact in new and exciting ways.
WHEN a student tried to steal a triple-beam balance from Jackie Steinocker’s science classroom, the principal needed the school's surveillance cameras to document the student hiding it in a dumpster.
The student had a friend distract the teacher’s attention as he hid the scientific scale under a winter jacket at the end of science class.
THE quality of academic programs has become a significant competitive factor among high schools in recent years. This is particularly evident in top private schools like St. John Vianney High School in Holmdel, N.J., a co-ed, Catholic high school operated by the diocese of Trenton.
WHILE school security in the United States continues to be a major concern, schools all over the world are overcoming numerous challenges to create a safe learning environment for students.
LAST year's wave of school shootings garnered tremendous media attention and left the nation shaken and concerned for the safety of students and staff.
Oftentimes, adults find themselves daydreaming of the days of their youth. Most children long for the day when they're no longer a child. They long for the freedom, fun and excitement believed to come with adulthood.
THICK, dusty, three-ring binders are no place to keep school emergency response protocols. In the event of an emergency, information and time is critical. Precious time can be lost in locating the binder, flipping through the tabs to find the correct section and finally finding the vital information. And what if an evacuation is necessary? Lug the binder out and start the information search all over again during different stages of the emergency? Even then, its contents are only as good as the people who wrote the information, limited to how much the binder can hold and only accessible to those on site.
AS security issues continue to filter down through the American educational landscape, almost all educational institutions are responding to the need for security. From small, rural public schools to large universities, advanced security technologies are being applied in waves.
IN recent years, investigative reporters have uncovered security vulnerabilities in what are believed to be closely monitored applications: school buildings. In too many instances, investigators are able to slip into school buildings without being stopped, and administrators find out about the security breach on the evening news.
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"DON'T you love it when a plan comes together?" said Sean Mullin, president of BI2 Technologies and founder of The CHILD Project<sup>TM</sup>, a secure, nationwide network and registry that enables law enforcement and social service agencies to positively identify missing children and adults using iris recognition biometric technology.
THE Mount Vernon City School District is located in the southeastern corner of Westchester County, N.Y., operating 15 schools with an enrollment of more than 10,000 students.
TO create a safe school environment that allows teachers and students to focus on learning, the Palm Beach County, Fla., School District created the Safe Schools Institute (SSI).
STUDENTS should be safe and feel secure in a learning environment. However, in the last few years, some schools have been anything but safe and secure. Some have been shooting galleries for terrorists, and it shouldn't be this way on any campus.
A reliable communication system is the backbone of any school security program. The placement of emergency phones on a college campus has long ceased to be an issue.
DO not let the semi-rural setting fool you. Lebanon High School in Oregon, with 1,250 students, grapples with the same problems that plague large, inner-city schools.
OREGON State University has made fire and life safety a real priority.
Since DSU uses safety as a differential in recruiting students, it is the responsibility of the DSU Police Department to maintain a safe environment for the campus community. For effective and efficient operation, the campus police found it needed a way to streamline its operations.
ESTABLISHED in 1844 and designated a University Center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University of Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages 17,000 diverse students in nine schools and colleges across three campuses.
MAJOR cyber security breaches at higher education institutions have garnered headlines over the last couple years. Obviously, IT security continues to be a major challenge for colleges and universities.