Educational Collaboration

Educational Collaboration

Strengthening school security comes from industry-wide partnerships

It is no secret that the occurrence of violence in schools is a very real-world concern. A growing number of incidents in K-12 schools as well as on college campuses have made going to school more of a safety concern than a pain. Risks continue to multiply and expand within the education environment. According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 to 2 percent of all homicides among school-age children happen on school grounds, on the way to and from school, or during a school-sponsored event. Approximately 17.9 percent of high school students in 2013 reported taking a weapon to school. The same year, 19.6 percent of high school students reported being bullied on school property.

These statistics show that campus security teams must keep pace with changing trends. In today’s revolving risk environment, schools can no longer afford a passive approach to security. Furthermore, the trend toward newer facilities and larger, expanding campuses leads to the necessity for more advanced systems, policies and programs—a holistic approach, if you will—to ensure protection for students, faculty and staff members.

As a result, schools have adopted policies and security measures in an effort to proactively reduce the risk of incidents. One such solution is the installation of video surveillance, security software and other technologies that can be integrated to create a comprehensive safety and security plan. From a processes standpoint, school stakeholders strive to enhance security training, develop response plans and collaborate with other school districts to stay ahead of the game.


With the risk landscape growing larger and the installed base of IP cameras growing exponentially with each passing year, campus safety personnel need more ways to gain true intelligence from their technology investments.

Moving forward, video surveillance systems will be used increasingly to collect, aggregate and analyze video using new Big Data tools. Apart from physical security applications, video analytics will also be used for operational efficiency. Schools will begin to find new use cases for video surveillance in the very near future. Want to learn how your school can stay ahead of the changing technology landscape? Here are four trends to watch that will drive new levels of awareness in campus environments.


The best way to get a clear grasp on trends, events and incidents is to capture the whole story. Knowledge is power, and data derived from video surveillance, business systems and video intelligence sensors can work in conjunction to allow security and law enforcement to capture essential information in an accurate and timely manner.

Additionally, departments within schools, like IT, security and operations, will continue to converge to streamline operations and develop more robust strategies that benefit the overall organization.


Having all the information is the first step, but using that information to create actionable intelligence is key. Combining video data with analytics capabilities allows officials to better evaluate traffic flow and people’s behavior patterns. Data analytics, on the other hand, examine raw data from various sources with the purpose of drawing conclusions about that information, and can be used to measure student engagement and offer administrators an inside look at how students perform in the classroom, engage with lesson plans or understand the material.

Data analytics are used in a number of institutions to allow educators to gather better intelligence and enhance the educational experience. The combination of information gathered by using both video and data analytics can create a complete picture for teachers and administrators to streamline educational offerings and pinpoint whether students are truly engaging with lesson plans.


The ability to capture, store and transform data cohesively across platforms aids in the research and analysis phase of addressing incidents. The faster the data can be collected to be used forensically, the stronger chance of solving a case. Being able to look back—and forward in some cases—helps to resolve issues as well as proactively prepare for future threats.

Schools need to adopt programs and solutions that help capture the intelligence needed to be more proactive in overall security efforts.


Technologies that focus on easing the path to integration enable schools to correlate data points from multiple devices and systems without complex integration. This approach allows stakeholders to combine information together in one interface to create a full view of a situation at any given time.

Combining video with other security solutions, such as fire and intrusion alarms, access control, emergency management equipment, IT systems and building management makes this possible.

The evolution of crime and threats has been met by the evolution of available technology to combat them. Trends such as those mentioned above can make a significant difference when it comes to protecting assets and students.


As an industry, we focus on developing technologies and services that enable higher levels of safety, increased intelligence and more proactive processes. Video surveillance solutions have proved valuable to schools of all types and sizes because these platforms help users identify events and potential anomalies while allowing them to gain access to the most relevant video and security information at any given time.

The focus is on identifying critical events and areas of interest, allowing campus stakeholders to use truly intelligent data (rather than noncritical video) to help ensure the protection of students, staff, data and infrastructure. We collectively try to help schools access the most important information to increase informed response, increase situational awareness and improve overall security management.

This article originally appeared in the April 2018 issue of Campus Security Today.


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