Top Stories


Creating Safe Havens in Schools and Classrooms

Creating Safe Havens in Schools and Classrooms

Physical security decisions come down to two categories: Thou shalt and thou should. We must bear this in mind as we create safe havens across our campuses and schools.

Michigan K–12 District Selects AI-Based Gun Detection Security Platform

Vassar Public Schools in Vassar, Mich., recently selected an AI-based gun detection platform in an effort to prevent and mitigate active shooter events, according to a news release.



Why Schools Need Clear Communications

Why Schools Need Clear Communications

For many students, every school year begins with new backpacks, books, and excitement for a fun school year. For educators and school security teams, there is hope for a successful school year, as well, but also there are concerns about keeping students safe.

A Medical Enhancement

New mandates require hospitals to implement various regulations and seismic safety precautions by 2030. This ultimately led to the construction of a state-of-the-art hospital for the North Bay region, and in the fall of 2020, MarinHealth announced the official opening of Oak Pavilion

You’re Not Alone

You’re Not Alone

Is facility security something that you’re worried about? If you answered yes, you aren’t alone. According to the 2022 Ontic Center for Protective Intelligence Report, 88% of security correspondents are experiencing a dramatic increase in physical threat activity that is anticipated to grow this year.

Re-Envisioning a Technological System of Response to Mass Shooting Events

Over the past few years, there has been a significant increase in mass shootings—from schools to workplaces to public spaces, and communal facilities such as houses of worship, community commons, park settings, and shopping centers.

Providing Personal Protection for Teachers with Wearable Devices

Providing Personal Protection for Teachers with Wearable Devices

In an ideal world, one touch would be all it takes for a teacher to alert school safety teams that they are in danger. However, the reality is that teachers often must be in a specific place to press a button or must remember a series of steps to activate an alert.

In Modern Learning Environments, Instructional Audio Isn’t Optional

The secret is out: One of the best ways to boost student achievement is to ensure your students can clearly hear their teacher and classmates.

Remote Possibilities

Remote Possibilities

It’s 3 a.m., and some kids decided to climb the fence and play a little touch football on the athletic field. The motion-sensing cameras trigger an alert. Who’s receiving that alert? And what can they do about it if they’re not onsite?

Physical Security Has a New Partner: 3D LiDAR

Physical Security Has a New Partner: 3D LiDAR

Physical security is a dynamic concept; it’s not a circumstance in which you can switch on some equipment and call it a day. As time goes on and threats change, it needs routine upkeep, supervision and improvements.

Slow It Down

Slow It Down

Protecting perimeters, buildings, property and people is no small responsibility, whether it is an embassy, a school, factory or farmers market. Knowing you have the right equipment in place to secure your facility and to prevent human tragedies brings a peace of mind that no amount of money can buy.

Reducing Nuisance Alarms

Critical infrastructure sites need reliable, cost-effective physical security solutions.

Unified Solutions Streamline Corporate Campus Security

Unified Solutions Streamline Corporate Campus Security

For large corporate campuses, managing access to multiple sites while ensuring tenants, employees, and visitors can easily move around is key to overall security and operational efficiency. Historically, balancing these goals was a complex task.

A Fresh Perspective

When you get to college, your personal definition of “walking distance” increases exponentially.

How the Village Christian School Solved Campus Safety Risk

How the Village Christian School Solved Campus Safety Risk

Reaching the right balance for campus safety requires the deft mix of addressing parental concerns, letting kids be kids, and protecting people and property through surveillance, information and fast response. Both have to be affordable and available 24/7/365.

Why Every Gunshot at a School Matters

Why Every Gunshot at a School Matters

A sniper in a fifth-story apartment fires 300 shots at a school just before dismissal. He had multiple automatic rifles and 1,000 rounds. Government reports wouldn’t consider this worst-case scenario attack to be a “mass shooting”—or even a “school shooting.” That’s a problem.

Hanwha Techwin Unveils an Array of New Intelligent Surveillance Technologies at GSX 2022

Hanwha Techwin is reinforcing its leadership position as a global supplier of intelligent video solutions at GSX 2022, Booth 1617.

Beginning of School Year Highlights Particular Benefits of Smart Locks

With the beginning of the 2022–23 school year, residential lock manufacturer Kwikset recently outlined some of the benefits of a residential smart-lock system as relevant to back-to-school season.

Los Angeles School District Faces Labor-Day-Weekend Cyberattack

Officials from the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest school district in the country, have confirmed that the district was hit with a cyberattack over Labor Day weekend, according to national news.

Suspect, 12, in Custody after Shooting at Oakland Middle School

National news reports that a student was shot at a middle school in East Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 28, and that a 12-year-old suspect has been taken into custody.

Report: Average Number of Gunfire on School Grounds Incidents Nearly Quadrupled During 2021-2022 School Year

As children go back to school for the new school year, Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, in collaboration with the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), today released a report detailing new data about the rise of gunfire on school grounds and solutions to prevent school shootings and keep students and educators safe.

Uvalde School Board Fires Police Chief in Unanimous Vote

The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District board has voted unanimously to fire Pete Arredondo, the police chief who helmed law enforcement’s response to the May 24 shooting at Robb Elementary School.

Secur Deploys Private Security App Across Texas

A new private security app is becoming available to individuals and small businesses in Texas. The app, Secur, can help users summon and deploy private protection officers on demand as needed.

IONODES Announces Compatibility of PERCEPT Body Camera with Milestone Software

IP video solutions provider IONODES, a Milestone Technology Partner, recently announced that its PERCEPT Body Camera has completed the Milestone verification process and has been confirmed to be compatible with Milestone XProtect software, according to a news release.

Synergy Takes Campus Security to the Next Level

Synergy Takes Campus Security to the Next Level

It wasn’t all that long ago that institutions ran their security systems as a la carte solutions. They had a video surveillance system. They had an access control system. They probably had a public address system, as well.

Sitting Ducks are for Carnivals—Not Schools

Sitting Ducks are for Carnivals—Not Schools

The most violent year to date for school shootings was 2021, with 193 people killed or wounded. Thus far this year, there have already been 145 victims. This is unacceptable and unconscionable.

How to Select the Right Emergency Notification System for Your Campus

How to Select the Right Emergency Notification System for Your Campus

The daily news regularly reminds us that safety incidents have risen dramatically across all aspects of our community, and that’s one reason that recruitment and retention of teachers has been a challenge.

Keeping Today’s Campuses Safe with Modern Audio Technology

Keeping Today’s Campuses Safe with Modern Audio Technology

Worst-case scenarios tend to dominate the headlines. It’s unfortunate, but it’s true. And when it comes to security—especially campus security—it’s easy to understand. Threats of violence hit close to home when they involve schools, hospitals and other campuses.

Protecting Critical Infrastructure Sites from Opposition Attacks

Protecting Critical Infrastructure Sites from Opposition Attacks

It doesn’t matter how desperately the infrastructure may be needed, how carefully designed the facility is (with safety, safe operation and environmental safeguards at the forefront) or the positive economic impact it stands to deliver to the community.

Case Study: Pennsylvania District Installs Milestone VMS

Case Study: Pennsylvania District Installs Milestone VMS

Serving as the school district for 10 boroughs and townships in Pennsylvania, the Ligonier Valley School District installed its first district-wide IP video surveillance system in 2021. With remote viewing capabilities, school administrators and the Ligonier Valley Police Department can quickly respond to and prevent dangerous situations from occurring on school grounds.

Digital Edition