Nowadays, we take for granted the existence and use of mobile applications, viewing them as ways to make our lives easier and access to information quicker.
But in critical situations, the integration of specific apps into security and event management systems goes far beyond convenience and enters the realm of protecting — and maybe even saving — lives.
By integrating a mobile lockdown application into an access control system, those who perceive a threat to a school, hospital or corporate office can initiate a call to action without being on site. This enables them to react quickly and effectively when time is of the essence.
Consider this example: A school teacher has left the building at lunchtime, but in checking his email finds a credible threat leveled against the school by a disgruntled student. In the past, the teacher had the option of calling authorities and waiting for them to get to the school, rushing back to the school to let others know about the issue himself, or contacting the principal or another teacher who is on site and relying on them to put a pre-determined plan into play.
But with the advent of a mobile application that is integrated into the security and event management system, the teacher, who is authorized to use the alert application, can now trigger a lockdown of the facility with the touch of a button on his/her iPhone or iPad or Android phone. Additionally, commands such as “shelter in place” or “evacuate” can also be made, depending on the situation.
The mobile app, integrated with the security system, also becomes a valuable communications tool to everyone involved. Those on the scene can take pictures and use the app to send images to first responders; staff can send a mass notification to other teachers and even families to let them know what is happening; and staff on site can be located via GPS data through the app so responders know where individuals are within the building in real time.
The good news is that integrating such an application is easy to do from both the security system side and the enrollment and verification side. With minimal set up time, followed by the creation of specific protocols related to a lockdown or other event, the application can be in place.
From an individual K-12 school to a college campus to a sprawling medical facility or corporate site, being able to link together people, information, and security systems via a simple mobile lockdown application offers the opportunity for better protection in the midst of a breaking incident.
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Source: Tyco Blog