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LOCKDOWNS  The software itself was chosen for its comprehensive management suite, which includes the reporting of pupil attendance as well as total security management from a single software platform. Biometric technology is used to permit access, with fingerprint templates and point-of-entry controllers being used at access controlled turnstile entrances, staff rooms and classrooms. A key feature of the EntroWatch is its global lockdown facility, which allows for the securing of a combination of doors instantly at the click of a button. Remsdaq developed this feature in response to the increase in demand for enhanced building security in schools and universities. In order for lockdown procedures to be efficient, the establishment must have an access control system that is able to rapidly react to, and contain, a breach or threat. Remsdaq’s lockdown feature overrides any current door states – such as those that are open during school hours – and prohibits the selected doors from being released locally by either card, request to exit devices or remotely via Entrowatch control until the lockdown is completely reset. A SAFE ENVIRONMENT Another BSIA member, Gallagher Security, have also seen their lockdown technology being used internationally in the Harrisburg school district in South Dakota, USA, which educates almost 4,000 students across eight schools. Gallagher’s central management platform, Command Centre, was selected as the only solution that could meet the district’s security requirements. Command Centre was put to the test in October 2015 when the local high school was the target of a shooting. The incident resulted in one staff member being injured, but luckily was prevented from escalating further due to Command Centre being activated by staff. Logs from the incident confirm that from the time the emergency

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One of the most important factors of the security procurement process is that the solution is chosen from a reputable supplier that meets with the relevant British and European standards for their products and services button was pressed, it took just four seconds for Command Centre to lock all outside doors, notify district authorities and limit building access to emergency responders only. Harrisburg understood their responsibility to provide a safe and secure environment, and partnering with Gallagher provided them with the flexibility to employ customised features tailored to their specific requirements. Gallagher and South Dakota based company, Integrated Technology & Security, installed a fully integrated, digitally based, user-friendly system that assisted – not replaced – their existing manual security procedures. Key features of the security solution included an outlook calendar integration to enable scheduling of access for special events, intercom / phone integration to control doors from a desktop icon or smartphone, strobe light control to provide lockdown notifications in hearing impaired areas such as deaf education, shops and the gym, and an intercom integration for lockdown announcements. Command Centre provides enterprise level lockdown controls which limit access to buildings, control fire doors and send notifications, while providing an audit trail and video alerts. While initially only office and administrative staff were trained in the use of lockdown systems, as the system developed, all members of staff are now able to control access in individual school buildings. If a lockdown has been activated, a notification is automatically

issued to district authorities, immediately alerting emergency services if required. CHOOSING A QUALITY PRODUCT With effective access control and lockdown measures being of such high importance in today’s day and age, perhaps one of the most important factors of the security procurement process is that the solution is chosen from a reputable supplier that meets with the relevant British and European standards for their products and / or services. Members of the BSIA’S Access and Asset Protection Section all offer a reputable service and have a wealth of experience in providing their products within the education sector. In fact, the section will shortly be publishing a guide to aid key decision makers in fully understanding the capabilities and added value benefits of installing electronic and physical access control measures in schools. The guide provides school officials with a useful summary of the options available, as well as real world examples of where access control measures have proven instrumental in schools. In addition, the guide also contains a helpful floorplan to demonstrate key areas within a school where physical and electronic access control measures can be best placed. The guide will soon be available to download free of charge on the BSIA’s website. L FURTHER INFORMATION www.bsia.co.uk

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