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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Berklee College of Music is home to a lot of talented musicians, but also to a variety of expensive audio equipment.
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.
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 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.
Business is booming in higher education, and campuses all around the country are stepping up to the challenge to enhance security.