March / April 2024

  • An Emerging Approach
  • Access Control Trends
  • Better Today
  • Campus Safety Concerns Rise Amidst the Rise in Gun Violence
  • Moving From Siloed Technology to Part of an Integrated Security Solution
  • Space Efficient, Secure and Student Centered
  • Cloud-Based Access Control

Cover Story

An Emerging Approach

By Glen Kucera

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.


Driving a Major Shift

By Rob Druktenis

One of the driving forces for change has been the high demand for unified solutions. Users are asking their vendors for a way to manage all their security systems through a single interface, from a single pane. This has led to a flurry of software development to seamlessly integrate access control systems with video surveillance, intrusion detection, visitor management, health monitoring, analytics with artificial intelligence (AI), and more.

Space Efficient, Secure and Student Centered

By Tysen Gannon

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.

Parents are Part of School Security, Too

By Brent Dirks

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.

Passing the Test

By Jeremy Saline

The discussion about secured access and access control for higher education and K-12 is continuously expanding and evolving. That is a good thing. The more knowledge we gain and the more solutions that become available, linked and interoperable, the better and higher the level of security and safety.

Enhancing School Safety

By Mike Maxsenti, Brad Cary

Facing rising school safety threats amid shrinking resources, school administrators are turning to leading-edge security options. Cloud-based access control and open platform, data-driven video management systems offer crucial flexibility, combining key functions in a single pane of glass.

Access Control Trends

By Ken Cook

With a heightened focus on school safety, K-12 administrators are assessing innovative technologies and security-driven applications. Primarily, schools should make sure they have their basics covered, which include operating doors and locks, visitor management procedures, and a secured perimeter.