Safer cities are integral to the overall health and well-being of the community. Preventing crimes against public areas is so important to attracting new families to live in your area, incentivizing businesses to open (or stay open) in your metropolitan area and keeping the people who live there safe from violence. The challenge is that many cities have these goals, but their solution to the shortage of manpower and needing to have more sets of eyes on larger areas is not producing the results. What is this solution that’s falling short of the objective of creating a safer city? It’s a reactive solution of standard surveillance cameras. The basic premise of the technology is solid: a bigger picture of public areas. The problem isn’t necessarily with the premise, it’s the execution. Here’s what we mean.
Topics: Public Security Solutions, Public Safety Solutions, Government IT Security, Public Security IT, Government Safety Solutions, Government Security, Public Safety IT, Government Consultation, surveillance camera, educational safety, school security, City safety, School IT, city security
One of the most important and effective ways to ensure public safety and security is having streamlined communication and processes between departments and agencies within that government, be that at the city, state, or federal level. The problem is that not many governments have a standardized solution in place. Often, without an internal champion to promote the use of streamlined safety security technology, departments run rampant with different technologies and manufacturers. This creates silos of departments that can cause headaches at the very least - and major security vulnerabilities at the worst. Many organizations don’t think of safety security as an all-encompassing process that should bring together leadership from multiple government agencies. We’re here to outline some of the things that can go wrong if you stay on this path.
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According to the most recent data from the US Department of Education, nearly 90% of combined students in primary, middle and high school use security technology available at their school. Public safety security solutions are becoming increasingly ubiquitous in state and local education facilities. That’s encouraging—it means that educational leadership understands the importance of leveraging technology to contribute to the goal of student safety. The downside is that having the technology itself does not automatically equal a safe environment. This distinction is often achieved by having an experienced partner dedicated to delivering measurable business outcomes for the field of State, Local and Education (SLED) .
While banks and art galleries are the target of choice for most heist movies and TV shows, the reality is that government agencies are as vulnerable to thefts as your local museum is. Maybe more so, considering it’s much easier to spend the cash a thief could steal from an evidence locker than sell a Monet or Gauguin. And while surveillance cameras are an important tool in any forensic police work, you might be surprised at how much an access control system can help to solve an on-site theft.
Topics: Government IT Security, Public Security IT, Government Safety Solutions, Government Security, Public Safety IT, Government Consulting, Government Consultation, Avigilon, ICU Technologies, educational safety, school security, Access Control, Access Control System, ACS
For the past 6,000 years, the standard method for protecting a building has been a lock and key. The technology dates back to Ancient Egypt, where wooden pin tumbler locks were opened with sticks built with a custom peg system that fit that particular door. After some improvements (read: metal) in 970 A.D. by English craftsman, the lock and key became one of the most important methods of access control in human history. Think about it: even the term “under lock and key” is used to describe anything we put away for protection and safeguard, be it cash in a bank or hearts in a cheesy rom-com. So the standard metal key metal lock is iconic in building safety and security. But here’s the thing: iconic does not necessarily equal effective. Thanks to the advent of technology, electronic access control is quickly becoming the standard method for ensuring secure building entry.
The El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) is like most educational institutions: they’re trying to create the best possible learning environment for students while protecting the resources and facilities necessary to support its mission. So when David Seabury, the EDCOE Director of IT, decided to update their security cameras, he took the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone and tackle another issue they had been experiencing.
Quick, when you think about school safety technology, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? If your first thought was security cameras, you’re in good company - they’re one of the most ubiquitous safety security tools, prevalent everywhere from cities and school districts to personal homes and businesses. And while they are an important part of any comprehensive security strategy, the truth is that there are also some pretty common issues with your typical security cameras that most technology companies won’t talk about.
Topics: Government IT Security, Public Security IT, Government Security, Public Safety IT, School Safety, Anonymous Reporting, Government Consulting, Government Consultation, Avigilon, ICU Technologies, surveillance camera
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As we’ve previously discussed, TipNow is an anonymous reporting service that provides communities with a way to communicate concerns about individuals with the potential to commit violent acts in schools, government facilities, and the general public. Law enforcement agencies, school leadership, and officials have been working with TipNow to encourage individuals to share vital information that could prevent public tragedies from occurring.
When you undertake a public safety or security project, there’s a lot at stake - the safety of your community, protecting public property, and the ability to attract tax revenue via businesses and new residents. Therefore, you need to think very carefully about who you will partner with before starting your next project. In the world of public safety technology, who you work with makes a lot of difference in what you are able to do.
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