TycoIS helps secure N.C. elementary school

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

WALLACE, N.C.—North Carolina’s Duplin County Schools are rolling out a pilot entry-control program to secure Wallace Elementary School, according to a Dec. 12 news release. Tyco Integrated Security is the project’s integrator.

Chuck Farrior, board of education chairman, said last year’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School “triggered an alarm.” The district contracted with PVF Security Consulting for risk assessments at each of its 16 schools, according to the release.

“All schools can follow the Wallace Elementary school plan,” Patrick Fiel, security consultant, said in a prepared statement. “These solutions have been proven in real-life situations and are not prohibitively expensive. It’s time for all campus stakeholders to make security an ongoing process and give it a priority along with academics.”

The Wallace Elementary security system relies on locked doors remotely unlocked by school staff, security-screened glass and a visitor management system that checks government-issued photo ID against state and federal databases, according to the release.

The district worked with TycoIS, Airphone (video intercom), Harmony Security Products (security screens), SISCO Identification Solutions (visitor management), Axis Communications (cameras), ASSA ABLOY, Corbin Russwin (door locks), Securitron (power supplies), HES (strikes) and Rockwood (latch guard).