Schools Out For the Summer
- By Sydny Shepard
- June 01, 2019
For students, faculty and staff, summer break is a relaxing
time of year. For those in the campus security industry, it is
the perfect time to add upgrades to existing systems, retrofit
for more enhanced safety and build upon the policies that
have already been created.
This issue is filled with topics that campus security professionals
and integrators should be touching up on in time for the summer
break. With campuses empty and free of distraction, it is easy to
implement changes on security measures such as VMS and access
control as well as talk to those on your campus about more advanced
technologies such as artificial intelligence and geofencing.
David Corbin directly addresses how to maximize your summer
window in his article, “Retrofitting from the Curb to the Core” on
page 40. Corbin discusses an effective timeline schools should adhere
to and suggests that all security assessments be done prior to summer
break so that security professionals can get to work tackling new
installations as soon as the hallways empty out. Corbin reminds
readers to think outside the confines of the campus, to make sure any
security assessments that were made include the parking lots and
Also included in this issue is some food for thought on geofencing,
which Todd Pazincni argues is not just for marketers on page 20.
Pazincni says that geofencing is usually known as a way for marketers
to ping those in the area with location-relevant information. Geofences,
however, could be of great use to campus security professionals
and their emergency communication. Pazincni says that
implementing geofences could help to inform security staff of an
incident quickly, with the added advantage of being able to report
exactly where the incident is.
Speaking of more advanced technology, we have an article from
Brett Whitney and Steven Dwek on “Securing Campuses with Innovative
Technology.” The team from Carbyne does an excellent job at
explaining how to up campus security through technology like artificial
intelligence without having to sacrifice the privacy of your students,
faculty and staff. “As campuses ramp up measures to safeguard
the security of students, they must also take measures to protect the
data privacy of those they see to protect,” Whitney and Dwek said in
the article found on page 38.
One of the policies campus security professionals might be looking
at this summer is their fire safety protocols and how these tie into
their security solutions. In her article, “Integrating Fire Safety and
Security Solutions in the Campus Environments,” April Musser discusses
how the failure to develop a plan to integrated these two vitally
important systems opens the door for intolerable risks. I recommend
taking a look at this article for tips on navigating the line between fire
safety and security to create a safer learning environment.
While you might not be hitting the beach any time soon, you can
still put your feet up on your desk and get lost in some important
reading that dives into access control, security staffing and video
This article originally appeared in the May/June 2019 issue of Campus Security Today.
Sydny Shepard is the Executive Editor of Campus Security & Life Safety.