Is Your School Safe?
By Courtney Mamuscia
Posted in Cyber Intelligence
From pre-schools to universities, today’s educational facilities face a greater number of diverse threats than previous generations did. Assaults, shootings, bullying and other violent acts threaten schools of all sizes, regardless of location. To protect students, faculty and staff from these very real threats, a growing number of administrators and leaders in education are adopting robust security programs that leverage leading-edge situation management technology.
A longtime leader in the higher education field, Verint offers a comprehensive situation management platform that enhances security and optimizes communication. With a recent expansion announced during ASIS International 2014 in Atlanta, new integrations with Verint certified partners AMAG Technology and NowForce provide enhanced capabilities for higher education institutions. The result is improved situation awareness—even at busy universities that leverage a variety of campus-wide technology solutions.
Although every university campus requires a high level of safety and security, these environments can be difficult to effectively secure. Administrators are challenged to create a safe campus that takes into account a diverse and growing population of students, faculty, visitors, staff members and even the nearby community—while also remaining open and welcoming to keep the focus on learning. Therefore, many universities have invested heavily in security technology and adopted a wide variety of systems and devices, which can make it difficult to gain a comprehensive view of their security environments. How can officials achieve situation awareness when working with many different solutions?
Maximizing Security Technology Investments with Powerful Integrations
For some, the answer involves integrating multiple systems into a single platform so that security officials can make the most of their technology investments. For example, Verint Situation Management Center (SMC) integrates a university’s existing security and safety systems—including computer-aided dispatch, mass notification, crowdsourcing, access control and video surveillance—to provide officials with a multi-modal command approach to campus security needs. Not only does Verint SMC help enable officials to standardize emergency response; it also enables incident reconstruction to help ensure compliance with regulations, such as the Clery Act.
Thanks to its open-system architecture, Verint SMC empowers users to take advantage of best-in-class technologies throughout the campus environment. The two newest SMC integrations are with NowForce and AMAG Technology, which improve situation awareness even further. By integrating with AMAG Symmetry Access Control Software, Verint SMC now provides users with faster, more efficient alarm handling and enhanced usability.
Meanwhile, Verint recently added emergency response capabilities from NowForce, helping campus officials better leverage mobile reporting and response while helping improve real-time incident management, field communication and force management. Situation intelligence can be maximized and incidents can be handled even more quickly thanks to the combination of multiple data points, including 9-1-1 emergency phone calls or text messages, into a single case file. Best of all, the Verint and NowForce solution empowers students and staff on campus to take an active role in campus safety by allowing them to anonymously report suspicious activity via their mobile devices that enables dispatch to respond appropriately. By leveraging a comprehensive situation management platform such as Verint SMC, administrators can help ensure that every incident receives the full attention it requires to strengthen the safety of the higher-ed community.
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