Innovations in Campus Safety

When most people think of the word campus, many immediately picture some stately college site, with ivy-covered buildings sprawling across acres of land with neat, green lawns and tidy pathways.

Campus SafetyBut campus can also invoke visions of a sprawling hospital complex or major businesses with manufacturing and office buildings grouped along a busy highway, a huge corporate logo out front and workers hustling among the various structures or headed to expansive parking lots.

And residing in the background, especially if some recent event has put into our minds, is how best to secure these extensive properties, be they educational complexes or business ones.

Even in the tightly confined spaces of a single office, if there is an emergency, getting the word out can be challenging at best. Are people at their desks, in the bathroom, out to lunch — how can we locate and notify them?

Now magnify that by a hundred times or more when you factor in a campus-style setting with multiple buildings, classrooms or offices and parking structures. We have only to think back on recent tragedies, such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut, to see how challenging it can be to inform those in danger when an event occurs.

Recently the state of Connecticut allocated more than $20 million in grants for 75 school districts to make security improvements. Some of that money is being earmarked for mass notification systems. This is just one of many Government initiatives geared towards advancing safety of campuses.

Mass notification is one of the key components needed for ensuring security within a campus setting. Whether it is an active shooter on the property, a fire in one of the buildings, a tornado headed for the area or a toxic chemical spill nearby, mass notification can make a large, sprawling space instantly more manageable.

A simple push of a panic button in one building can send the message throughout the system that there is a threat nearby. The message can be sent through various measures depending on what is installed — a flashing strobe, a text message, an audible alarm or a combination thereof. Lockdown procedures can also be initiated without relying on individuals throughout the campus setting to put them into operation on a site-by-site basis.

Campuses can be idyllic places for study or work, but they can also be targets for both natural and manmade disasters. Learning what the threats are and how best to address them is critical, whether it is a school or industrial park, from criminal activity or natural disasters there are many variables to take into consideration.

If you are responsible for campus safety, you’ll want to hear about the latest in security technology and mass notification product trends. Register to watch this recorded webinar that covers a brief overview of recent incidents, U.S. Government initiatives geared towards advancing safety of campuses, as well as technology trends, features, and opportunities in implementation of mass notification and streamlining unauthorized access.

Webinar recording - Innovations in Campus Safety

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