Facility Security

How School Security Continues to Advance

For more than 30 years, I’ve been fully immersed in security operations in K-12 schools, including working in school safety in Littleton, Colorado during the attack at Columbine High School in 1999. That incident, coupled with those before and since, underscores the critical need for continued improvement in safety and security measures in our schools. Thankfully, ongoing advancements in security technology enable prompt response to critical threats as well as daily operational efficiency

Space Efficient, Secure and Student Centered

In early 2023, John Diemer Elementary School, located in an east Kansas suburb, was transformed into a facility that embodies the idea that learning happens everywhere. The new facilities feature cutting-edge classroom designs that balance flexibility and security—a plan that had been developed collaboratively between the architects and project owners.

CIESC Member Schools Gain Access to Metrasens Ultra Weapons Detection Systems Through New Partnership

Metrasens, a provider of advanced detection systems for security and safety applications, is pleased to announce its partnership with Central Indiana Educational Service Center (CIESC), which provides cooperative purchasing programs for member school districts across Indiana. Through this partnership, CIESC member schools, as well as 270 other districts that are members of other Education Service Centers (ESC) across Indiana, can now purchase Metrasens Ultra weapons detection systems through the CIESC Cooperative Contracts program.

ZeroNow Launches ‘Path to Safer Schools’

ZeroNow recently announced the launch of the Path to Safer Schools, a holistic seven-step interactive guide to making schools safer. ZeroNow is a nonprofit organization of school safety experts dedicated to bringing the number of violent incidents in schools to zero.

Shooter Detection Systems Joins Partner Alliance for Safe Schools to Strengthen School Safety Efforts

Shooter Detection Systems (SDS), an Alarm.com company and the leading gunshot detection provider of gunshot detection solutions has joined forces with the Partner Alliance for Safe Schools (PASS) to support their mission and advocate for critical school safety efforts.

RAD Makes History with First Robotic Dog Deployed to Taylor Police Department

Robotic Assistance Devices, Inc. (RAD), a subsidiary of Artificial Intelligence Technology Solutions, Inc., recently announced that it has delivered a RADDOG LE to the Taylor, Michigan Police Department. The delivery of RADDOG LE to the Taylor Police Department marks a historic moment in the integration of technology within law enforcement. This milestone underscores RAD’s commitment to revolutionizing the landscape of security and public safety through cutting-edge AI-powered, robotic solutions.

Parents are Part of School Security, Too

On Nov. 30, 2021, Ethan Crumbley killed four students and wounded seven other in a school shooting in Oxford, Mich. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in 2023 after pleading guilt to four counts of murder, one count of terrorism, and 19 other charges.

An Emerging Approach

News headlines provide an unfortunate reminder of the continued rise of active shooter incidents on campuses throughout the country. On the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) campus in November 2023, three faculty members died, and another was critically injured when a former professor opened fire in a building housing the business school.

AtlasIED, National Systems Contractors Association Education Foundation Create Ivey’s Everyday Heroes School Grant Program

AtlasIED and National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) Education Foundation have created a joint grant program called Ivey’s Everyday Heroes. The program’s mission is to provide financial support to individuals in schools throughout the United States who have selflessly acted in ways to keep others safe during emergency situations.

Buffalo Public School District Modernizes Security With New Cameras NVRs

i-PRO Co., Ltd. (formerly Panasonic Security), a provider of professional security solutions for surveillance and public safety, recently announced that the Buffalo Public School District (BPSD) has modernized its security footprint with i-PRO multi-sensor and 360° fisheye network cameras, and i-PRO NV300 network video recorders (NVR). The BPSD serves 28,000 K-12 students out of 70 facilities in western New York.


  • Making Safety and Security Intrinsic to School Design

    Public anxieties about school safety are escalating across the country. According to a 2023 Gallup report, 44% of parents fear for their child’s physical safety at school, a 10 percentage-point increase since 2019. Unfortunately, these fears are likely to increase if the incidence of school tragedies continues to mount. As a result, school leaders are now charged with two non-negotiable responsibilities. The first, as always, is to ensure kids have what they need to learn, grow, and thrive. Sadly, their second responsibility is to keep the children in their care safe from threats and physical danger. Read Now

  • Unlocking Peace of Mind

    In a perfect world, every school would have an unlimited budget to help secure their schools. In reality, schools must prioritize what budget they have while navigating the complexities surrounding school security and lockdown Read Now

  • Emerging Campus Access Control Solutions

    Emerging solutions in campus access control can mean different things. Usually, we expect the topic to focus on the very latest in door security products and solutions that have just been recently released or are about to be launched. After all, staying up on improvements to keep campuses safer is critical. Plus, it’s always interesting and exciting to learn what’s new and how innovations are going to better protect lives and assets and help the industry be even more successful. Read Now

  • Here’s How Instructional Audio Can Play a Key Role in School Safety

    Ensuring the safety of students and employees is critical in today’s educational environment. While the threat of a school shooting is in the back of everyone’s mind, the truth is there are many possible scenarios that could crop up at any time in classrooms, hallways, and other school spaces—from fights or altercations to a sick child or staff member who requires emergency attention. Read Now