Even small schools need big security

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12/07/2007
A very well done story in the student paper of small liberal arts school Bowdoin College (in my back yard here in Maine) is confirmation of many of the trends we've been identifying lately in the paper and in the school security white paper we presented back in July. During the school's recent renovation of its museum, it used a continuing relationship with museum security guru Steve Keller to effect a significant upgrade, in the process helping its marketing department and adding to its overall building awareness, beyond traditional security matters. Exhibit A: "What good security does is allow us to borrow a lot of items from other museums. The people from whom we are borrowing want to make sure that the museum is the correct environment for their pieces," she added. This is security acting on behalf of the marketing department, right here. Good security means important art coming to the school, which means more headlines in papers local and national and means a higher profile for the school in general, which may mean more students willing to pay the ungodly amount in tuition Bowdoin's now charging. Exhibit B: "Among its security features are motion and vibration detectors throughout the building, and 24-7 video-surveillance monitoring of about 45 cameras. This surveillance monitoring occurs on-site, in the Communications Center, and at the headquarters of the museum's security company, Boulos," Nichols said. Here's that video monitoring and remote guarding as a service we've been harping about for the past six months. No doubt, Boulos gets a nice monthly payment for monitoring that video from its headquarters. Exhibit C: Keller's system takes all aspects of this environment into account, including temperature, air-quality, and humidity levels. Additionally, the museum's security guards play a large role in the process of monitoring these levels. Here's the security system being integrated into the building controls, as companies like TAC are pushing more and more often. If you can get the security budget to take on some maintenance duties, you're more likely to get a sale. Sounds like Bowdoin and Steve Keller are right on the edge of current security thinking. Good to see in little old Maine.