Johnson Controls has entered into a technology integration and strategic reseller partnership with Everbridge, leader in critical event management and enterprise safety applications. The collaboration will provide organizations with a Critical Event Management (CEM) platform to rapidly notify stakeholders in active shooter situations with event details and instructions to help manage the overall response to the threat.
The biggest trend in video surveillance and indeed the security industry as a whole over the past several years has been the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and the revolutionary promise it holds for the market.
Educators are challenged with not only educating children but also guiding them safely into successful adulthood.
Nothing is more important to organizations and schools across the country than the safety and security of their students.
Many of today’s incidents, including cyberattacks and violent intruders, are devised by those with trusted access to school campuses, networks, and facilities.
The conclusion of the last academic year likely is not one college safety and administrative officials will add to an industry honor roll anytime soon.
Schools and universities are increasingly the targets of both physical threats and cyberattacks.
With 18 reported school shootings since January 2018, there has understandably been a focus on keeping students and staff safe.
The Virginia state government has allotted the money to 33 mostly rural municipalities throughout Virginia, to fund the hiring of security staff.
Chief of School Operations Frank Costanzo sent a letter to parents on Sept. 18 detailing that several police officers and dogs could be present during upcoming safety checks on campuses.
New safety and security coordinator Joe Kozarian said he is currently assessing district safety and that improving access control on campuses is a priority. He stressed the importance of building up “layers."
The new school will feature cameras, panic buttons, a security vestibule, and an electronic map of the school accessible by police.
Bob Cervi, Austin ISD executive director of construction management and facilities, said the district is working with architects, engineers and district police to ensure the latest and greatest in safety is included in their new and renovated campuses.
Districts have used funds to make improvements such as enhanced door locks, better visitor screening procedures and shatter-resistant glass. Many districts also used the grants to fund salaries for school counselors and child psychologist in order to improve mental health services for students.
Instead of the traditional lockdown and shelter-in-place protocol for an active shooter incident, APS will now be applying the ALICE system: “alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate.” ALICE has been introduced to 3,700 school districts and is more proactive than the traditional response.
Security at every level, from keycards to cameras, was deemed “not fit for purpose” following repeated trespasses by the same individual posing as staff over a six month period.
Teachers can use CrisisGo to communicate alerts simultaneously to other teachers on campus as well as staff members, local law enforcement and first responders, according to AISD Safety and Security Coordinator Dan Cottner.
In areas with no local police coverage, state police troopers will be required to stop by campuses once per shift, a total of three times a day.
Before school began in mid-August, the new security aides trained with a student resource officer on protocols and expectations for working on campus. Next month, the security aides will undergo active shooter training led by the Twin Falls Police Department.
The Tyler Drive pairs with the Traversa Ride 360 app and includes features like a GPS that allows each school bus to be tracked and a list of student names and addresses so drivers can better keep tabs on who is riding on their bus.
A major function of the app will send students, parents, and staff push notifications during emergencies.
Research suggests even this simple training can have positive effects on school climate
Colony Farm Forensic Psychiatric Hospital is receiving increased security, staffing, and training, following violence against staff.
The current security staff cannot arrest and transport people to the Macon County Jail and does not have crisis situation training. Richland officials hope that the Public Safety Department will strengthen the school’s ability to handle on-campus situations.
In March, Rancho Santa Fe School District limited access to entrance points on campus and formed a Safety Advisory Committee of parents, teachers, classified staff, administrators, board member Sarah Neal, and RSF Community Center Director Linda Durket.
The Hawaii Department of Education is fighting bullying with a smartphone application and more.
Armed DPS troopers are now on-site at the campus multiple times a day, getting to know the school’s layout, students and staff, according to TSD Superintendent Claire Bugen.
Following a string of false alarms, Columbia has stationed public safety officers in the East Campus residence hall.
NASRO has created recommended national standards and best practices for school resource officer (SRO) programs