School Security: Better Visitor Management

Today, a growing number of educational institutions rely on access control and other school security systems to limit the ability of visitors to restricted areas. They seek to safeguard the personal security of staff members and the integrity of assets by making sure that only authorized personnel gain the ability to enter certain parts of the facility.

Physical Access Control In a facility, such as an educational institution, management may wish to restrict access to certain locations. For example, students and teaching staff usually obtain admission to most public parts of a school building. Yet clearly, uninvited strangers without a reason for entering the premises have no place outside designated visiting areas. Personnel responsible for janitorial functions and food preparation might require access to parts of the premises not frequented by members of the public, or even other employees. The school maintains offers different levels of access to members of the public, staff and employees with specialized functions.

Implementing an effective access control system assists the educational institution in determining which individuals have entered specific locations at any given time. This surveillance precaution helps safeguard everyone by monitoring the access provided to certain restricted areas. For example, if a janitor happens to slip while moving supplies alone into a storage room and breaks a leg, the access control system might indicate that someone had entered a restricted area, but had remained longer than average.

Administrators notified by an automatic alarm could quickly visit the location and determine that a problem had occurred. The school could obtain assistance for the injured employee more rapidly than otherwise. Technologically current surveillance and access control systems help promote more comfortable, safer physical facilities. Virtual Access Control The principle of access control also works very effectively in online environments.

For instance, a secure database often furnishes unlimited access to a database administrator, but restricts the ability of people not connected with the IT staff to consult information outside their own departments. It may prevent access from members of the public completely. This extra security measure helps ensure that people do not enter or remove information inaccurately or gain access to data not intended for their use.

Controlling access to the flow of information assists the company in maintaining better control over its assets and intellectual properties. It also prevents identity thefts by hackers. For instance, a sales representative may benefit from learning how many widgets the company maintains in stock at a specific point in time, for instance. The firm might enable the sales staff to see this information via its computer system, but restrict the ability to actually update or change the database to an automated access control software program the monitors inventory on a real-time basis. Inventory figures would change only when the shipping department physically dispatches a widget to a customer.

Visitor Management Both physical and virtual access control systems promote better visitor management. They limit the ability of strangers to cause damage or become injured while in contact with an institution or enterprise. For more information on edcuational and school security, please contact Complete Security Systems today.

Business Security Systems: Why Upgrading Makes Sense

Security systems evolve according to new threats. Businesses are always trying to stay ahead of potential threats that can put staff and customers at risk as well as risk-prolonged disruptions in the carrying out of daily business. Companies with government or military contracts are required to meet certain security minimums before they can even begin to provide products or services. Here are four trending security advancements businesses are using to stay ahead of the game.

Biometrics

Access control used to be nothing more than a locked door. Then, alarm were added to warn of illegal entry into unauthorized areas, but there was little accounting of traffic that was authorized. Sensitive areas that require a complete record of daily access are served well with biometric devices that can positively identify who is entering and leaving a secured area and at what times. Biometrics can be as simple as a thumbprint reader on a computer server to advanced retina reading devices, hand scanners and voice recognition.

Visitor Access

An area still hard for many businesses to control is visitor access. The traditional approach of adding security staff to monitor and control visitors is costly yet still widely in use. Modern digital visitor tracking options can be as simple as visitor ID badges to the high-end facial recognition software in use by casinos and other corporations. Controlled visitor access is an absolute necessity in environments that have public, semi-private and controlled areas such as hospitals. A hospital may have a cafe or dining area fully open to the public, patient rooms where only friends and family are permitted, and pediatric areas where infant access is restricted to parents and specific hospital staff.

Loss Prevention

Shrinkage due to retail theft is the bane of stores everywhere. The shoplifters are getting bolder and more savvy, and the stores need to keep up not only to reduce shrinkage but send a message to the criminals that ply this trade that their retail locations are too high of a risk to shoplift at. Larger retailers may incorporate facial recognition to know when prior shoplifters enter their stores. Retail product security tags have evolved from the stick-on ones that needed to be applied to every product to ones that have been embedded at the point of manufacture such as security tags inside shoes.

IP Surveillance Cameras

Affordable video surveillance was an exponential leap in business security. However, it was limited to on-site viewing. Internet Protocol camera and DVR systems now allow for remote viewing by any authorized person that has a computer, tablet or smartphone and Internet access. The cameras can be fully controllable for pan, tilt and zoom. Modern digital surveillance cameras can also have quality optics so clear that not only can the hands of cashiers be observed, but the individual serial numbers on the money can be seen too. The latest DVR systems can record a year’s worth of footage from multiple cameras, giving an instant and easy-to-access record of every second.

Insurance providers along with government and military customers are not the only ones expecting businesses to up their game when it comes to state-of-the-art security systems. Customers and visitors are demanding safety systems be in place to protect them against property, personal and violent crime while visiting the businesses. It is not necessary for every business to adopt every new security option, but it is necessary for them to have in place the ones in standard use by their industry. The costs of implementation can be offset by the prevention of one major litigation claim.

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Opposed to Access Control? Some Things to Ponder

If you find yourself on the fence when it comes to installing an access control system at your business, there are a few points you may wish to consider. Take the time to mull over these ideas before making a decision on installing access control:

Access control makes you look good.

Issuing a credential to authorized users and requiring them to swipe it at an entryway station does not “disrespect” your clients or other visitors; in many cases, it actually shows them you care about their safety and that of your employees. This can give you a positive image boost that actually impresses important visitors.

Access control helps manage building traffic.

…And that’s important, because managing building traffic is the key to keeping everyone inside as safe as possible. Whether your business is a small membership organization or a large office building, the simple fact is that you just can’t be there all the time. Installing an access control system can ensure that only authorized occupants enter your building.

Access control can increase productivity.

How many times have you caught employees shooting the breeze with visitors at their workstations, whether it’s family members who drop by unannounced, smoking buddies from the building next door or boyfriends/girlfriends who don’t seem to have day jobs of their own? When you install an access control system, visitors will not be likely to come back very often after being denied entry for the first time. Access control systems can keep your staff as productive as possible while they are on your time.

Installing access control is an important decision for today’s business owners, and we understand that these systems aren’t appropriate for every type of business. However, we believe that many business owners are doing themselves a disservice by failing to consider all the benefits of installing access control. For more information on access control systems, contact Complete Security Systems today.