A half-day Secure Schools Roundtable was held on Capitol Hill as part of the Security Industry Association (SIA) GovSummit 2018. Legislators, academics, emergency services experts and more discussed the need for enhanced school security in the wake of tragedies in schools across the United States, including the February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Student Jake Glacer, a survivor of the Parkland shooting, and his father, Noel Glacer, discussed Jake...
The upgraded Rave Guardian app now integrates with Rave Alert and allows college communities to easily connect through a custom mobile app. Rave Mobile Safety (Rave), a trusted partner for safety software protecting millions of individuals, revealed updates to its Rave Guardian platform to better equip students and staff to communicate vital campus updates. Rave Guardian, a safety app available for students to stay connected with campus safety officials, faculty and other students, now integrat...
University campus buildings and student accommodation facilities are complex infrastructures and, with so many security requirements, it can be difficult to keep on top of them and the challenges they impose. Andrew Shaw, architectural consultant for Allegion UK, discusses how to ensure the security and safety of the students of today and tomorrow. Many UK universities treat safety and security as a feature hard-wired into their systems, as young adults and their parents are citing safety when...
Schools today are charged to provide an environment that is both safe and conducive to learning, which can be difficult considering the range of security incidents and challenges they face, including bullying, fights, graffiti, theft and more. In addition to working within often tight budgetary constraints, a main challenge is to provide the highest level of security in an aesthetically pleasing way that doesn’t make students feel as if they are in prison. While these two needs may seem...
STANLEY Product and Technology, a provider of security, access control and door entry solutions, will be showcasing the latest innovations from its PACOM and PAC GDX brands at IFSEC 2018. Specialising in integrated security solutions, for over 35 years PACOM has been trusted by some of the most prestigious organisations around the world in sectors such as banking and finance, healthcare, education, critical infrastructure, logistics, telecommunications and utilities. By visiting Stand F222 vis...
CriticalArc has made a series of key sales and technical appointments as it expands to meet growing demand for the SafeZone personal protection and emergency response system. Head of marketing and public relations Gerard Laurain joins the company as Global Marketing Director, taking responsibility for marketing, public relations and business development initiatives worldwide. With over 20 years’ B2B marketing experience Gerard has previously led product marketing and communications for...
Over the course of the past few months, I have discussed a myriad of topics, from Big Data, the Internet of Things and emerging video surveillance-use cases, to analytics, storage complexities and IT technologies like virtualisation and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). All of these trends have a significant effect on the security market, and in April they were highlighted in spades at ISC West. It’s great to talk about these trends but it’s far better to see how they are being leveraged in real-world applications. That’s really where we can all see the true value of new solutions and concepts. We’re lucky enough to work with some leading organisations that want others to benefit from their experience and I’m happy to have the opportunity to share two of these applications with you. Protecting educational facilities UCF has adopted advancements in technology, particularly video surveillance solutions, to help ensure stronger security on campus Educational institutions face an increasingly complex risk environment. Recent high-profile incidents emphasise these risks and magnify the vulnerabilities that educational facilities face. These incidents have led to more public demand for improved security solutions across campuses. The primary mission of these organisations is to deliver quality education to students, and they face the challenge of balancing between a highly secure facility and one that supports open interaction. The University of Central Florida is no different. This organisation, one of the largest universities in the country, has adopted advancements in technology, particularly video surveillance solutions, to help ensure stronger security on campus. Active shooter incidents In March 2013, UCF faced an active shooter situation in which a former student planned to pull the fire alarm in a residence hall and then attack his classmates as the building was evacuated. However, the shooter’s gun jammed, and as officers were closing in on the gunman, he took his own life. During the university’s response to the incident, accessibility to critical video data was a major issue. Educational institutions face an increasingly complex risk environment UCF had cameras in the area where the incident took place, but first responders had no way of viewing the footage without being at the physical location of the video recorder. At the time, UCF had a wide variety of standalone systems in place, including non-integrated video surveillance, access control and intrusion systems. As a result, there was no way to centralise video management, viewing and analysis. Upgrading from analogue systems Altogether, its security system consisted of older analogue platforms that were reaching end of life, 58 standalone servers, 12,000 access points and a wide variety of DVRs — all being managed in a siloed manner. UCF needed a solution that would allow officials to centralise system management, store video data more effectively and reliably, and enable the security team to deliver situational awareness to responders when needed. Security leaders sought a way to further modernise its security, surveillance, access control and IT infrastructure The university deployed an HCI solution, one that is optimised for demanding, data-intensive workloads like video surveillance. Using standard off-the-shelf server hardware, the system aggregates the storage and compute resources from multiple servers into a single unified pool that all cameras can access, which maximises performance and storage capacity utilisation. The platform also hosts the university’s video management solution, which serves as a centralised source to manage video and effectively protect its security data. Because of the growing demand for video across UCF's campuses — for both safety and business purposes — the HCI solution’s ability to eliminate the opportunity for data loss and easily scale were key components in its selection. Protecting air travel and airports In 2012, Charleston International Airport embarked on an ambitious upgrade project dubbed the Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program. The $200 million initiative was designed to modernise and expand the facility to meet increased passenger demand. While the aesthetics and amenities of the airport were under construction, security leaders sought a way to further modernise its security, surveillance, access control and IT infrastructure. The IT and security teams needed to address the challenges of their existing standalone server environment, which included siloed systems, management complexity and high administrative and equipment costs. Charleston International Airport embarked on an ambitious upgrade project dubbed the Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program Considering the high value of the airport’s video, security and IT data, it required a solution that could deliver reliable data protection, system resiliency and fault tolerance. The airport is required to store video for 30 days, but it seeks to expand its retention time to 60 days. Therefore, technology that can scale simply was key in the selection process. Storage system updates It also required a storage platform that could manage the demanding and write-intensive nature of its nearly 250 IP surveillance cameras — a challenging task for traditional video recorders. The airport deployed HCI appliances to better manage captured video data and expand its archive capability for video surveillance. Users rely on video to validate whether something did or did not happen - and this is essential in airports HCI surveillance solutions are designed to provide industry-leading resiliency. Even if multiple hardware failures occur, including an entire appliance, video management servers will remain online and recording, and any previously recorded video will continue to be protected and accessible. Reducing expenses and costs The solution also reduced total cost of operations by consolidating servers, storage and client workstations into one enterprise-class solution that is easily managed from a single user interface, without the need for specialised IT skills. These use cases demonstrate the value emerging technologies bring to these types of modern environments. And they show that solutions like HCI are no longer simply much-talked about technology trends. Video, IT and security data is critical to organisations of all types and they need to ensure their investment in capturing this data is protected. From a security standpoint, users rely on video to validate whether something did or did not happen. If that video data isn’t protected, they lose a very valuable investigative tool. That isn’t an option in today’s complex environment. That’s is why it is paramount to understand how new technologies can help expand current capabilities and evolve security operations. This can’t be left to chance.
Oncam, a global provider of 360-degree video capture and business intelligence technology, has announced the addition of the Evolution 180 product range to its portfolio, building upon the experience and heritage of the company's 360-degree technology. The addition of the panoramic 180-degree camera range meets the needs of customers in a variety of markets that require a purpose-built, wall-mounted camera with Panoramic+ views from a single sensor. Environments that benefit from this unique view include education, hospitality, casinos, banking, retail and transportation, which demand monitoring large walkways, open spaces and corridors without blind spots.The camera further boosts the capabilities of Oncam's product portfolio with top quality imagery from a single sensor Panoramic+ view camera “Customer demand for a dedicated high-quality 180-degree technology was the driving force in the development of our latest product. They wanted a camera that was tailor-made for true panoramic views." "Currently, 180-degree views in the market are created with a single sensor 360-degree camera in panorama mode, which isn’t an ideal approach as it doesn’t allow the use of the full width of the sensor.” said Jon Marsh, Vice President of Product, Oncam. “This is why we’ve created the Panoramic+ view, which dictated the design of the product putting more pixels on target than any other panoramic camera." "This innovation further boosts the capabilities of our product portfolio and builds on the proven track record of top quality imagery from a single sensor for which Oncam is known. Furthermore, the Evolution 180 enables us to reach a greater segment of the marketplace that requires and demands full coverage from their surveillance solutions.”It is a true day/night camera that does not require SDK de-warping Integration flexibility The Evolution 180 camera range has been introduced with the Indoor model, available immediately in black or white, and a robust and attractive Outdoor model, which will be available in April 2018. The Evolution 180 range offers a 12MP sensor and 6MP de-warped panoramic image with Oncam’s Angle Compensation Technology, which provides adaptive de-warping. It is a true day/night camera that does not require SDK de-warping as the Panoramic+ view is created natively in the camera. The solution is ONVIF Profile S compliant for added integration flexibility with the leading video management systems on the market today.
Anixter International announced it will provide an update on smart building technology on a new Science Channel series, Tomorrow’s World Today. Tomorrow’s World Today is a new technology-inspired television programme dedicated to exploring topics such as sustainability, educating viewers on new technology, and showcasing worldwide concepts around innovation. Tomorrow’s World Today will air on the Science Channel in May 2018. Aymon DeMauro, VP Branded Content Distribution at Discovery Communications, remarked, “We are thrilled Anixter will share with viewers unique insight into what technologies make up a smart building and how the efficiencies gained in smart buildings can lead to better productivity, improved sustainability, greater cost savings and even happier occupants."Anixter will discuss smart building applications that can be utilised in a commercial building, theme park, stadium or classroom Intelligent lighting to facial recognition Anixter will discuss smart building applications including intelligent lighting, access control, video surveillance, facial recognition and other technologies that can be utilised in any environment whether it is in a commercial building, theme park, stadium or classroom. Anixter representatives were on hand in the Anixter Infrastructure Solutions Laboratory with Discovery reporter, Tamara Krinsky of Tomorrow’s World Today, for a guided tour illustrating what smart building technology looks like today and how it is evolving for the future. Anixter CEO, Bob Eck commented, “As a company that is passionate about STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, we are honored and excited to be selected to speak on the topic of smart building technology on Tomorrow’s World Today. We’re looking forward to sharing the merits of smart building technology with viewers, which includes both financial and environmentally friendly insights.”
Regroup Mass Notification, a provider of mass communication solutions, has announced a strategic alliance with Code Blue Corporation, a manufacturer of emergency communication solutions, such as the iconic blue light Help Points found at thousands of locations around the world. By partnering with Code Blue, mutual clients will be able to easily activate Code Blue speakerphones and public address systems through Regroup’s intuitive and easy-to-use messaging interface, enabling them to broadcast critical messages to large areas without requiring costly integrations. Rapidly transmit critical alerts “When an incident occurs, it is absolutely vital that locations have an easy and efficient way to communicate with their intended audience,” Code Blue Director of Sales John Plooster said. “Pairing Code Blue’s emergency communication solutions with Regroup’s cloud-based emergency notification platform will give both new and existing customers the ability to rapidly transmit critical alerts with maximum audio clarity and range.” Important messages can be pre-recorded or broadcast as text-to-speech (TTS), providing multiple ways of channeling notifications to people in areas where Code Blue Help Points are installed. Regroup’s award-winning notification platform is leveraged by K-12 schools and districts, universities, government agencies, hospitals, corporations and nonprofits throughout North America to streamline emergency and day-to-day communications. Strong communication infrastructure Code Blue’s well-established communication infrastructure is found in many of the same locations and will be a powerful broadcasting tool for companies and organisations when sending a mass notification to those areas. “We’re excited about our partnership with Code Blue because by working together, we have the power to save lives in critical situations and keep people safe,” said Chris Utah, COO of Regroup. “This is the ultimate bottom line for each of our businesses, and it is why our collaboration made so much sense from the beginning of our conversations.”
The rapid adoption of employee scheduling and workforce management software SmartTask gathered pace last year with record levels of growth in the UK and internationally. In particular, there was an 81% increase in the number of field service businesses using the system during 2017, which now includes over 100 manned security providers and 15% of the ACS Pacesetters. “Over the past few years we have worked hard to understand the needs of the manned security industry to develop a solution that possesses the right mix of employee scheduling and workforce management functionality,” explains Paul Ridden, CEO of SmartTask. “This has enabled us to achieve impressive growth last year both domestically and worldwide, with our software now being used in 15 countries and successful trials underway in mainland Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australasia.” Intelligent rostering functionality The number of locations that are now coordinated using SmartTask grew by 160% in 2017 to over 16,000, across a 17,000-strong employed and subcontracted workforce. In fact, the variety of managed sites expanded significantly to include: Football stadiums, national museums, retail developments, industrial estates, science parks, schools, universities, factories, airports, banks, hospitals and even a F1 racing team.The intelligent rostering functionality is being used to schedule almost one million hours of work per month SmartTask continued to help manned security providers to gain visibility and control over customer sites with more than 250,000 patrols monitored, over 5.5 million NFC checkpoints scanned, and 50,000 electronic Smartforms processed during 2017. Meanwhile, the intelligent rostering functionality is being used to schedule almost one million hours of work per month, as well as calculating £40 million of employee pay and £50 million of customer billing over the past year. Towards cloud-based solutions A number of new innovations were introduced in 2017 in response to changing needs within the security marketplace. Using its established expertise within the sector and taking advantage of the latest technological developments, SmartTask introduced a new vetting capability to simplify appropriate employee screening and background checks. A comprehensive trial of Smartbeacons was also undertaken as part of a project to extend patrol monitoring and proof of presence options. “2017 saw the number of businesses depending on SmartTask expand by more than 80%. This record growth is down to our ability to develop a highly adaptable, scalable and affordable cloud-based solution that achieves proven business and operational benefits for manned security providers. We are looking forward to building on this success and expect to continue this growth trend through 2018 and beyond.”
Student safety remains a top priority at campuses around the United States, which is why Code Blue Corporation is proud to renew its partnership with the Clery Center as a sponsor for Jeanne Clery Act Training events and during National Campus Safety Awareness Month (NCSAM). The Clery Center regularly hosts Clery Act training around the country, providing its members with exclusive services, expertise, resources and customised campus assessments. Additionally, the Clery Center partners with colleges, universities, and other organisations each September for NCSAM to offer free, high-quality programming, educational tools and resources that promote a community approach to campus safety. Awareness and support “The Clery Center’s ability to expand awareness and support for their programs year after year is invaluable,” Code Blue Director of Experience Katie Petre said. “Clery Act training sessions and educational initiatives, like National Campus Safety Awareness Month, provide important resources to campus communities who are looking to improve safety and security, which has been Code Blue’s mission since Day 1.” The Clery Act is a federal law that aims to provide transparency around college and university campus crime policy and statistics. NCSAM was unanimously approved by Congress in 2008 to encourage a public conversation on important topics in violence prevention at our nation’s colleges and universities. College and university campus safety The Clery Center is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) organisation focused on promoting college and university campus safety through education, awareness, policy and prevention initiatives. The Clery Center was the first non-profit organisation dedicated to the prevention of criminal violence at colleges and universities nationwide. “Clery Center is thrilled to have the support and partnership of Code Blue to enhance the experience of our training. We share a commitment to creating safer campuses through a collaborative approach. We appreciate working with Code Blue as an ally in prioritising the safety of our communities.” Clery Center Executive Director Alison Kiss said.
GITAM University is a renowned research and innovation driven university in India. The university has three campuses - its main campus at Visakhapatnam with off campuses at Hyderabad and Bengaluru. During the last 36 years it has steadily evolved into a world class university, recognized for the experiential learning it offers, its competent and compassionate faculties, the stellar research laboratories, academic vibrancy and cosmopolitan culture. Known for its creative dynamism and flexibility, the university offers varied programs blending skill development and value orientation to shape the careers of students and develop holistic personality to be privileged members of the civil society. Criminal activities in education campuses were on a constant rise across the country, leading to serious concerns among educationalists. To add to it, incidents of ragging were on the rise even in reputed institutes, inflicting a negative impact on the reputation of institutes. Campus surveillance system Meanwhile, GITAM University was coming up with its new campus in Bangalore. Being a highly reputed institute for the last 36 years, it did not want to compromise on security and reputation of the institute. Being a large project, they were looking for a trusted Indian brand that could provide direct pre and post-sales support. The university wanted to operate the entire video surveillance system without a special IT infrastructure room and other peripherals The university wanted to operate the entire video surveillance system without a special IT infrastructure room and other peripherals like servers that complicate management and monitoring. The system had to be very easy to use so that it could also be operated by security guards without any hindrance. Being very particular about discipline and security, they wanted video recorders that could store recordings from all cameras for 45 days, while efficiently reducing storage costs simultaneously. Matrix IP cameras The solution was designed through a joint site visit by Matrix executives along with the System Integrator. It began by securing the periphery of all five buildings with a combination of 1.3MP and 2MP IP cameras based on estimated threat perception at each point. Areas with higher threat perception were covered with 2MP varifocal cameras, whereas areas with low or medium threat perception were covered with 1.3MP cameras. A total of 80 cameras were installed to secure the periphery of all five buildings. Interiors of the buildings were secured by mounting 1.3MP cameras in the corridors of all five buildings. Matrix 1.3MP camera, with a day as well as night vision range of 30 meters, ensured that the entire corridor was covered by a single camera. All in all, over 220 cameras were deployed in various areas of the building, covering every nook and corner of the campus. Live monitoring system These cameras provided crystal clear images with great detail that could be used to identify a person in case of an event. This acted as a deterrent for students indulging in ragging at hostels and helped the institute ensure security and discipline through live monitoring.Matrix appeared to be the only brand that could meet the requirement of monitoring all cameras without a server Furthermore, Matrix appeared to be the only brand that could meet the requirement of monitoring all cameras without a server. For this, Matrix connected all recorders in the setup in a master-slave configuration. Once this was done, the output could be taken directly on a TV from one of the video recorders through an HDMI cable, eliminating the server. This enabled the university to monitor all cameras connected to multiple devices without using a server. The entire setup was very easy to operate even for a security guard as it did not involve the complexity of a server. Optimised data storage To manage the storage requirement, all recorders supplied by Matrix supported 24TB internal storage that could comfortably store recordings of every camera for 45 days and optimise storage using Adaptive Recording and Camera-wise Recording Flexibility. Benefits: Prevention of Criminal Activities like Ragging, Molestation, etc. Enhanced Security Ease of Use
Pivot3, the hyperconverged infrastructure performance and technology firm, has announced that the University of Central Florida has deployed its hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) platform for more robust video surveillance data protection, improved remote access to sensitive and critical data from any device, streamlined management for all their campus safety and security IT systems, and support for additional datacenter workloads as they grow. Pivot3 hyperconverged infrastructure platform Located in Orlando, Fla., the University of Central Florida (UCF) is one of the largest universities in the country with more than 66,000 students and over 12,000 employees. It is regularly recognised as one of the best colleges for quality, access, impact and value. U.S. News & World Report recently named UCF as one of the nation’s Most Innovative Colleges for 2018. Prior to implementing Pivot3, UCF was struggling with the costs and complexity of managing 58 standalone servers, 12,000 individual access points, hundreds of video surveillance cameras, and a diverse range of digital video recorders, or DVRs. The university’s IT organisation and security teams required a solution that could easily consolidate these disparate systems, centralise management and provide more effective, efficient and reliable video data storage. Pivot3 HCI streamlines video management and storage capabilities by hosting the university’s Milestone XProtect video management software (VMS) Milestone XProtect VMS Pivot3 HCI streamlines video management and storage capabilities by hosting the university’s Milestone XProtect video management software (VMS), and server and storage management on a single platform. Pivot3 also offers industry-leading resilience — critical in environments such as public universities that have been demanding data protection and retention requirements in order to mitigate risk and ensure legal compliance. If multiple hardware failures occur, servers remain online, and previously recorded data is protected and available when needed. Pivot3 is also designed to support mixed workloads and can host multiple applications on a single infrastructure, delivering significant return on investment for the university as its security and IT needs evolve. “We wanted a security solution that specialised in video storage but also offered options to expand into other datacenter use cases as needed, and Pivot3 was the hands-down winner,” said Joseph Souza, assistant director of security for UCF’s Department of Security and Emergency. “During our selection process, both our security team and our IT organisation discovered that Pivot3 delivered the best solution for our growing environment.” Pivot3 also captures and protects video data from 2,500 video surveillance cameras and supports up to three petabytes of storage Video surveillance and data recording In addition to hosting Milestone System’s video management software, Pivot3 also captures and protects video data from 2,500 video surveillance cameras and supports up to three petabytes of storage. Pivot3’s ability to easily scale to this level was a key criterion in UCF’s selection process as its demand for more cameras and video data storage capacity continues to grow. The UCF camera count is expected to rise to over 3,000 when the university’s downtown Orlando Campus opens in the fall of 2019. “UCF is a leader in educational excellence, and we are pleased to play a role in helping the university protect critical assets and enhance security operations,” said Brandon Reich, surveillance practice leader, Pivot3. “The education market in particular experiences significant benefits and cost savings through the implementation of Pivot3 HCI – not to mention the increased security benefits for students and staff - which reduces complexity and cost, delivers scalability and increases resiliency.”
Liberty University, a private university in Central Virginia, provides a comprehensive curriculum with a Christian background for more than 110,000 students enrolled across the University’s 17 colleges, schools, and online programs. The safety and security of students and faculty is a priority and has resulted in the implementation of state-of-the-art physical security measures. The LaHaye Fitness and Recreation Center located on Liberty University’s Lynchburg campus is a prime example. The large facility, which occupies approximately 165,000 square feet, houses five basketball courts, an indoor track, a weight room, group exercise classrooms, raquetball and volleyball courts, soccer fields, and a rock wall in addition to a lounge and cafe. More than just an athletics facility, the LaHaye Fitness and Recreation Center is a hub for social interaction that opens at 5am and closes at 11:30pm every day. The access control solution allows students to use one universal card throughout the campus, including LaHaye Fitness and Recreation Center ID badge with access control credentials Every student enrolled at Liberty University is provided with an identification badge with embedded access control credentials to gain access to various Liberty facilities. The access control solution, provided by RS2, allows students to use one universal card throughout the campus, including LaHaye Fitness and Recreation Center, which is outfitted with four lanes of Speedlane 300 optical turnstiles from Boon Edam to control and document the approximately 30,000 users who enter the facility every week. Previously, Liberty students would simply hand their badge to a staff worker, who would swipe it for verification, and then allow the student into the facility. The old process presented numerous challenges including the inability to adequately deny entry, expedite entry to the gym during busy hours and more. The new array of Speedlane 300 turnstiles alleviates all of those issues and more by providing three dedicated lanes for entry and one lane for egress. Monitoring recreation centre visitors “We can lock the turnstile gates, disable them, hold them open, grant access along with numerous other operational options, to keep traffic flowing while providing security,” said Samuel Seaborn, Associate Director, Operations, at Liberty University. “The turnstiles integrate with Liberty’s access control system to monitor who is coming into the rec centre and when, and helps ensure that only students and people with proper access are allowed into the facility.” With 30,000 average weekly users entering and exiting the facility, Liberty is already looking to expand the LaHaye Fitness and Recreation Center with satellite facilities located around the campus. To maintain the level of safety throughout their campus, protect the university from liability issues, and integrate with their current access control systems, Liberty hopes to outfit any new installations with Boon Edam turnstiles, which have been well received by students and staff. In today’s environment, we’re even more concerned with properly protecting our students, and Boon Edam turnstiles help us do that" Easy to use turnstiles “When they were installed, the students remarked on the futuristic design of the turnstiles,” continued Seaborn. “Everyone adapted to them quickly, because they’re so easy to use.” Liberty has also been happy with the service Boon Edam provides for maintenance and other issues. If there are any issues with the badge reader or if an internal component was malfunctioning, the integrator for Boon Edam products, Jamie Dalton at Mech-Elect, of Wake Forest, NC, has responded quickly. “The Boon Edam turnstiles are so simple to use, and they really help with traffic flow. In today’s environment, we’re even more concerned with properly protecting our students, and Boon Edam turnstiles help us do that,” concludes Seaborn. “When we expand our recreational facilities, as well as other facilities, we’re definitely looking to Boon Edam for our entrances and exits.”
The Security Industry Association (SIA) has expressed strong support for MI HB 5828 and HB5830, two bills designed to improve school security across the state of Michigan. Michigan Legislation In a letter to Michigan House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations Chairwoman Laura Cox and Vice-Chair Rob VerHeulen, SIA CEO Don Erickson praised the bills’ creation of a comprehensive school plan and fund to enable local districts to procure security solutions to protect students from malicious perpetrators and update building code requirements to include security measures. “Sadly, our nation’s schools have increasingly become a soft target for mass violence – at Sandy Hook Elementary, recently at Stoneman Douglas High School and in many other attacks,” said Erickson. “We support holistic approaches to improving school safety and security in response to these tragedies – recognising there is no single action that can be taken that will, by itself, make our schools safe.” SIA is a co-founder of the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS), a consortium of school security experts Improving school security SIA represents about 900 security and life safety solutions providers – companies that develop, manufacture and integrate technologies that help keep people and property safe from hazards. These industry leaders strive to introduce robust security solutions integrated into our nation’s K–12 public schools, private academic institutions, colleges and universities. In addition to serving member organisations working to improve security in schools and other environments, SIA is a co-founder of the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS), a consortium of school security experts that developed threat- and income-based guidelines for schools housing grades K–12 to implement appropriate, layered security measures. These guidelines are available to help guide school investments. Additionally, PASS provides integrators with risk assessments and white papers that can be used when working with schools to evaluate and establish the best security protections for their buildings. SIA believes state assistance like that in the Michigan legislation is a start to addressing key security gaps in schools and is especially critical to high-risk school districts or those with limited budgets.
CriticalArc has announced that it has been appointed by FCC Group (FCC) – a global provider of environmental services, water management and infrastructure works, headquartered in Spain – to help develop and implement SafeZone as a multinational safeguarding solution for all its employees and any accompanying family members while they are working overseas on company projects. CriticalArc’s pioneering SafeZone personal protection and emergency response system is already being used by FCC as part of their initial deployment phase in three very different security challenges: for the FAST consortium to design and build the Riyadh Metro in Saudi Arabia, for all FCC projects in Egypt, and on a gas pipeline construction project in North Mexico. Based on these experiences FCC then plans to integrate SafeZone more widely and to start rolling out the approach from mid-2018 to cover all its international operations in over 35 countries. It gives FCC a reliable method for instant mass communication, for example, to broadcast regional alerts, weather warnings or travel updates" High level of emergency support “FCC believes that SafeZone is the ideal tool to help us provide an even higher level of emergency support and assistance to all employees and their families across all our international operations. The tool will give everyone peace of mind when they are travelling between different work locations or exploring the country in their free time, plus it gives FCC a reliable method for instant mass communication, for example, to broadcast regional alerts, weather warnings or travel updates. “CriticalArc’s ongoing commitment and flexibility in helping customise and deploy SafeZone to meet our specific requirements has been outstanding. FCC is an increasingly global and diversified business with complex security needs but CriticalArc is working closely to integrate SafeZone into our existing systems and to develop new approaches and features as required,” said José Morales, corporate security director at FCC Group. SafeZone gives users the ability to call for immediate emergency assistance by simply pressing a button on their mobile phone Automatic alert in emergency situations One of the key challenges for expatriates and their families is having to deal with the cultural differences, language barriers or growing political tensions that in some regions can lead to even minor incidents quickly escalating out of control. For example: if someone is involved in a road traffic accident or stopped for questioning by the police. SafeZone gives users the ability to call for immediate emergency assistance by simply pressing a button on their mobile phone. They do not need to even say anything, and their phone automatically sends an alert with their exact location details to a centralised control room. Providing security to FCC’s expatriates “SafeZone is already extensively used by universities and other further education establishments where the prime objective is to help protect students and staff both on and off campus. However, with FCC this is the first time SafeZone has been specified by a global security team for implementation across multiple geographies and such a diverse range of operational models. FCC’s expatriates and their families are much more widely dispersed, and in some regions the company’s security assets are not directly under its own control,” said Darren Chalmers-Stevens, CriticalArc EMEA managing director. The initial intention is for FCC to mandate SafeZone for all its own expatriates, but the company is also considering the potential benefits of recommending the tool for use by all personnel working for partner companies involved in FCC-led consortia, joint ventures and the company’s other international activities.
Boon Edam Inc., a manufacturer of security entrances and architectural revolving doors, has announced that Georgia Southern University’s state-of-the-art Recreation Activity Center (RAC) has deployed an integrated pedestrian access solution so only members can access the facility. A Boon Edam Trilock 60 tripod turnstile is integrated with Iris ID IrisAccess solution to enable swift user verification and access with a minimum of effort for students, faculty and staff. Centre of campus life The RAC at Georgia Southern serves as the centre of campus life, welcoming over 5,000 students each day. Originally opened in 1998 with 80,000 square feet, the facility was expanded in 2006 to its present size of 215,000 square feet. The expansion achieved LEED certification, the first building to do so at Georgia Southern, which reflected the university’s culture of sustainability. Among the many amenities at the RAC are an aquatics centre with a 25-metre swimming pool, eight indoor basketball courts, group fitness studios, a rock climbing wall and an 18,000 square foot fitness centre.When students used the iris scanners in the dining halls, it took no more than 2 seconds to process their entry Iris recognition-based access control The newly renovated RAC deployed Boon Edam waist-high turnstiles and gates as a means to control access for the increased number of visitors each day under staff supervision. In 2006, the turnstiles were paired with fingerprint scanning technology to confirm the identity of each member. But in 2014, when the Iris ID IrisAccess solution was paired with tripod turnstiles at two dining centres on campus, the RAC facility managers decided to investigate integrating an eye scanner with their current access control software. “With each passing year, the size of the database would grow, leading to an increase in the time it would take to verify each member. The process slowed, taking five to 12 seconds to grant access, causing unwanted delays for our users,” said Jason Schmidt, facility coordinator at the RAC. “When students used the iris scanners in the dining halls, it took no more than 2 seconds to process their entry. Once we realised that Iris ID was the superior method for access control, we decided to upgrade our system to better meet the needs of our members.”Once members purchase a membership and are entered into our database, the system grants them seamless access to the facility" Trilock Side Gate-controlled egress Currently, as members enter the RAC in the main lobby, they can choose from two different access points. They can scan their iris at the iCAM7000S Series mounted on the turnstile, or swipe their ID at the main desk and proceed through a gate. Boon Edam Trilock Side Gates are used on the other side of the main desk for dedicated egress. “The arrangement of a turnstile paired with the iris scanner technology is extremely fast and we’re encouraging our members to use it,” said Schmidt. “Once they purchase a membership and are entered into our database, the system grants them access to the facility and it is pretty seamless.” The RAC is planning to renovate in the near future to have a total of 4 turnstiles integrated with the Iris ID IrisAccess solution. Towards multiple entrance lanes “The Iris ID and Boon Edam partnership goes back to early 2000 when the two technologies were integrated at Schipol airport in Amsterdam,” said Mohammed Murad, vice president for Iris ID. “We’re very excited to continue delivering integrated technology solutions to our customers.” “We are always concerned with who is coming in and prefer to have as many turnstiles as possible to automate the process and reduce the burden on our staff. Everyone who is registered for the iris scanner likes it; we’re looking forward to the next stage when we can have multiple entrance lanes, bringing everything up to speed,” concludes Schmidt.