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JUL-AUG 2018

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22 SECURIT Y TECHNOLOGY E XECUTIVE • July/August 2018 • www. SecurityInfoWatch.com CAMPUS SECURIT Y take on that liability, then neither should the district. It is a security professional's job to provide schools with solutions when they seek answers for the problem. In this scenario, the correct solution is to deploy a complete opening – including the door, frame, and door hardware – that complies with the 5-aa10 test stan- dards recommended by the FBI's Active Shooter Report. These complete Attack Resistant Openings – made of hollow metal con- struction and extremely resistant glass inserts – are technological marvels in that they are tested rigorously to with- stand an intense four-minute physical attack with the use of hand tools after being shot 60 times with 7.62 NATO rounds. There is a key differentiator here between the correct solution and prod- ucts that violate code. One is a cutting- edge design and robust technological answer. The other is simply dangerous. Lockdown Procedures Another universal issue we see dur- ing consultation with schools is how to properly conduct lockdown procedures. The challenge here is that the narrative on best practices has evolved over the past few years. Today 's best practice is to secure perimeter doors from a central location while allowing interior doors to be closed by staff and faculty using their own situa- tional awareness. This requires providing the correct training for staff and imple- menting the correct technologies. For an urban school, where it is easier to consolidate ingress and egress to just a few doors, it may be possible to rely on school resource officers or security guards to control access at the perim- eter. An urban environment with few entrances can utilize the right blend of staff, video surveillance, and metal detec- tors to quickly provide the right response during a lockdown. However, for urban environments that do have multiple entrances and exits, there is the need for an electronic access control system that can be locked down remotely. The Aperio wireless solution there are zero IT infrastructures to entire campus retrofits. In the most drastic sce- narios, we see locations utilize this solu- tion after rekeying has resulted in costs in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Simply put, if key control is a con- tinuing issue, consider Intelligent Key technologies. Storm Solutions For 22 states, the need for high wind solutions is also critical. The challenges in these environments – whether it is hurricanes or tornados – are the need to meet code as mandated by the local, regional and federal governments. While tornados and hurricanes require differ- ent solutions, the same guidance applies: seek out manufacturers that provide FEMA rated solutions for doors and door hardware. These solutions must meet the most rigorous standards – be it tornadic level winds or hurricane pressure chang- es – and also be third-party certified by Underwriters Laboratories. Partnering in success To ensure security professionals are providing the appropriate solutions to schools, we always recommend they seek out a partnership with a manufac- turer. Understanding all of the new tech- nologies available for schools – be it for security and safety or for acoustic and thermal shielding – can be daunting. A manufacturer partner, however, can keep you abreast of all the emerging technolo- gies as they prepare to go to market. Further, the right manufacturing part- ner means you never have to worry about support disappearing. These companies are invested and engaged in the success of the integrator or other security provid- er and in meeting the needs of the end user. In turn, this ensures K-12 environ- ments are being offered the right tech- nologies and correct solutions to achieve our shared goal: keeping students, faculty and staff safe at school. has been used in several deployments to allow for the flexibility of remote or local lockdown without the cost and complex- ity of hardwired locks. In both scenarios, these access control solutions tie into sophisticated video sur- veillance and communications systems that allow for contact of first responders. Rural schools While rural schools can also benefit from a technology offering remote lockdown, they see additional challenges as these locations typically contain multiple perimeter openings across multiple buildings. Also, because rural campuses tend to build out rather than up, the acre- age, sports facilities and parking lots also need to be secured. The resulting chal- lenge is an abundance of keys and a dif- ficult credential management process. One solution to this challenge is implementing Intelligent Key Systems with eCylinders. These technological upgrades can be retrofit into almost any lock – from a traditional door in a school to a padlock on a chain-link fence. The brass key for these openings is then replaced by a smart key. This allows for an audit trail to be kept, for credentialing to be added or revoked using software, and for the elimination of costly rekeying if a key is lost. We've seen a number of locations uti- lize this technology from single, one-off implementations at storage sheds where About the author: Ron Baer is Director of Business Development – K-12 for ASSA A BLOY Door Securit y Solutions. » Another universal issue we see during consultation with schools is how to properly conduct lockdown procedures. «

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