Over the summer security personnel at the Bay District Schools in Panama City, Florida, are hard at work making more campuses safer for when students return. Beginning in 2010 and following an alarming firearm incident at a board meeting, the commitment to upgrade security infrastructure throughout district schools continues.
Category: Facility Security
Every organization has its own unique facility security needs, but the basics of gatekeeping are nearly universal. We take a look at all levels of facility security, including building access, protocol and procedures, visitors, security staffing, the common challenges for specific types of facilities, and much more.
A deadly blaze ravaged three upper floors of a 36-story residential condominium tower in Honolulu, Hawaii’s capital, following on the heels of a high-rise fire in London that killed dozens of residents. These two examples of the devastating effects of fire also highlight the importance of having comprehensive fire systems in place no matter how […]
Profile A is the newest standard from the ONVIF. Scheduled to be released this month, Profile A offers broader access control configuration and interoperability between security devices.
The security concept known as CPTED—or Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design—started back in the 1970s with the publication of architect Oscar Newman’s book, Defensible Spaces. His thinking has influenced building designers, facility maintenance directors, security consultants, and even police agencies since that time. The question today is, does it still work?
The school district of Holmen in Wisconsin is planning for some major security upgrades beginning this summer. After several months of community information sessions and industry review regarding safety and security districtwide, a referendum passed in April awarding the district $3 million to use toward updates that would heighten security in the buildings.
U.S. maritime ports are among America’s most critical infrastructure. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) directly supports maritime transportation infrastructure security activities. A projected $100M is available in 2017 Port Security Grants. The deadline for submissions is tomorrow, June 22, 2017, 5PM EST.
Fan safety at Wrigley Field is a top priority for the Chicago Cubs. In an effort to expand the perimeter of protection, the city council budget committee voted to accept money donated by the Chicago Cubs organization to put more security cameras around the baseball stadium.
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) presents unique challenges to security. Charged with creating a safe environment, the security team at MGH is simultaneously challenged by the hospital’s need for increased efficiency. The security team finds a solution that brings the facility’s surveillance system into the future and helps manage large caseloads.
City and county libraries, in urban or rural areas, attract a variety of patrons, many of whom intend to use the facility for its desired purposes: reading, study, and computer work or research. A small segment of people who enter the library can be disruptive and even dangerous, including: gang members, the mentally ill homeless, […]
With workplace violence attacks becoming more prevalent in the US, organizations need to be prepared for worst-case scenarios. Attacks in the workplace average three deaths and up to 12 injuries per attack, and lawsuits average $500,000 with jury awards averaging $3 million. Worse yet, the loss of friends and colleagues in the workplace is devastating…and […]