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RS2 Technologies releases ACT365 Cloud-based access control and video management solution

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09/18/2019

MUNSTER, Ind.—RS2 Technologies, a leading provider of access control systems, recently announced the addition of the ACT365 cloud-based access control and video management solution.

From the mouth of a director of safety and security at a U.S. school district

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

I just completed an article about perimeter school security, “The undogging debacle: perimeter security in a school environment,” in which I had the opportunity to speak with a director of safety and security for a school district, who also has a 14-year background at the local police department, most recently of which was supervisor for the School Resource Officer Unit. He told me something that really opened my eyes and I think that all security professionals involved in the school security niche need to hear. 

Here’s the question I asked: “If you could pick only one security measure that all school environments must have, what would that be and why?” 

The response: “If you limit me to just one security measure, I would have to say it would be hiring the right people, and training them properly in school safety and security,” Mike Johnson, director of safety and security at Rock Hill Schools, said.  

Read that again … limited to ONE security measure, he relies on people, but not just any people, though, trained people, not equipment or services. 

“The people we have in critical places, from administrators and teachers to support staff, are the biggest asset and the strongest point of any safety and security program,” Johnson continued. “Without quality people who are versed in safety and security, we would have nothing.”

Of course, without equipment or services, school security would be impossible in our modern day of school shootings, cyber-attacks, physical breaches, etc.; however, the key to it all is training. Equipment and service users, the people, must be properly trained to use the equipment and services to effectively and efficiently achieve their security goals. Any school could have the latest and greatest security equipment and services deployed, but if it’s not being used properly or even at all, then, really, what’s the point? 

“All the best products in the world are worthless if you don’t have the right people, who are properly trained, using them,” Johnson said. 

So, security professionals, I ask you, “Who is responsible for this training?” I would hope that every security professional, whether an integrator, consultant, sales person, manufacturer, etc., answered with, “I am responsible.” 

I would love to hear your feedback! Please comment here, over on Twitter @SSN_Ginger or email me directly

 

The undogging debacle: perimeter security in a school environment

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09/11/2019

YARMOUTH, Maine—Across the nation, teachers and staff at K-12 schools recently welcomed new and vetted students and their parents to campus to begin the 2019-2020 school year full of quality education with challenging, relevant and meaningful curriculums in a safe, nurturing environment that is conducive to teaching and learning.

Roundtable discussion: security system lifecycle considerations, effectiveness and cost control

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08/23/2019

A substantial focus of the security industry is on the selection and installation of security systems, and there is no doubt that this is a critical element of the process.

State of the access control market, part I

Current physical access control (PAC) trends shaping the security industry
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08/20/2019

YARMOUTH, Maine—The concept of access control is simple — to allow or restrict people, animals or things from gaining access to a particular space.

Eagle Eye Networks and DMP announce cloud-to-cloud video integration

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08/05/2019

AUSTIN, Texas and SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—Eagle Eye Networks, creators of cloud-managed solutions, and DMP, a family-owned manufacturer of electronic burglary, fire and access products, announced the integration of DMP’s Virtual Keypad app with Eagle Eye Network’s Cloud VMS.

Convenience, security and savings drive growth of mobile credentialing

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07/25/2019

Access control cards and readers long ago replaced mechanical locks and keys for enterprise security. Now, those plastic cards are giving way to mobile credentials that communicate with readers using a smartphone virtual key.

Senseon Plus enhances intelligent cabinet-level access control

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07/08/2019

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif.—Senseon, maker of an intelligent cabinet-level access control system designed for cabinet doors, drawers and more, recently launched Senseon Plus, the next generation of its system with new features including audit trail capability. 

Kastle Systems’ new mobile SDK integrates with Rise Buildings’ platform

Combination of digital access and property experience delivers seamless experience for building staff and occupants
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04/26/2019

FALLS CHURCH, Va.—Kastle Systems International, a provider of managed security solutions and services, and Rise Buildings, a provider of an integrated proptech platform that manages all daily activities of a buildings’ staff and occupants, recently joined forces to integrate Kastle’s digital mobile access credential functionality with Rise Buildings’ occupant experience app.

Tyco Security Products buys Innometriks

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05/17/2016

WESTFORD, Mass.—Tyco Security Products yesterday announced it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Innometriks and 2DogsStudios, developers of high assurance readers, software and mobile solutions for FIPS-201 (Federal Information Processing Standard) smart card credentials.

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