If you’ve visited a college or university recently, you may notice that the campus grounds are very open and welcoming. Campus grounds are often wide open and sprawling because they are designed to promote a sense of freedom and calmness for both students and faculty. Open environments pose a challenge for those responsible for the security and emergency response. Security administrators must select and maintain an access control system that can help secure the campus while providing emergency responders with the information they need to engage a threat.
Most campus security administrators conduct risk assessments which calculate the likelihood, consequence, vulnerability, and velocity of hazards/threats. The analysis should include each type of building on campus. Each threat type is given a significance rating, ranging from low to extreme. The significance rating of a given threat should dictate the security and access control strategy for the facility. An industry best practice is to have a video camera in the vicinity of all access readers which provides an immediate diagnosis of events and door activity. Proximity wristbands are becoming more common on campuses because they are wearable, non-restrictive and allow for seamless entry as opposed to searching for an access card in the event of an emergency.
It is vital that the selected access control system to be compatible with the existing IT system architecture. The systems will require access cards, card readers, badge printers, panels and servers that all have to be in sync. Capture Technologies Inc. has vast experience in providing security solutions to colleges and universities. If you would like to learn more about our supplies, equipment, and services, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org