When we look at schools in our country, we typically think of them teaching the youths that are our future, but there are many lessons to be learned for other industries from schools and campuses regarding their proactive approach to helping keep their students, faculty, and facility safe and secure.
Taking a Proactive Stance on Health, Safety, and Security
Schools are known to take a proactive approach in protecting both the kids who go to the school as well as the staff that work hard to prepare our children for the real world. When a school looks to design, or improve their security protocols, they not only look at issues that exist today, but try to invest in solutions to rectify situations that could arise in the future.
First, we need to understand why schools have taken the proactive approach. One reason is the opportunity to make wise investments by taking the time to:
Understand the problem and parameters
Research solutions available
Include the right people in the decision-making process
Taking a proactive approach to security helps avoid the reactive, knee-jerk spend that tends to follow an incident. Researching the best solution and properly budgeting for it today empowers school and district leader to do a cost vs benefit analysis, pilot the system of interest, and make any necessary tweaks before ultimately implementing a full-scale solution.
Finding a Solution that Can Scale With Needs
The world is always evolving, and you don’t have to look any further for evidence of that than the education system during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Schools have taught us that finding a system that is expandable can help both now and with future situations. Some schools will even ask staff, students, or parents, what their concerns are so any new systems can help address some of these issues as well; something that businesses could do as well.
Focusing on the Impact on Culture and Experience
Another thing that schools focus on is not only how it protects the campus, but also how the experience will be for students, staff, and visitors. Their goal is to implement protection that not only achieves their goals, but also allows for normal day activities to take place so people either don’t feel like they are being over-watched or must change their daily activities.
Businesses can learn from this because a properly integrated system can:
Help protect people and assets
Streamline operations for system administrators
Provide efficiencies for the business
Create a welcoming and positive experience for customers and guest
Empower Your People to Do What They Do Best
Too often, we see professionals filling in the gaps of a poorly managed safety and security protocol. In a school setting, this means teachers may be tasked with monitoring the threshold to a facility instead of focusing on instruction time, but with the right technology, they can be left to focus on what matters most.
Likewise, for a business, choosing an integrated technology solution can automate processes and ensure your people are doing what they do best instead of managing disparate systems. This helps schools, and can help businesses, have a seamless integration without interrupting the normal flow of the day.
Solutions in Action:
Some of the more recent implementations that schools have started using that many other industries could learn from and follow suit on are as follows.
Touchless weapons detection with Evolv Express allows for visitors to be scanned for a variety of weapons and harmful materials without having to stop traffic flow, cause delays and still allowing people to walk in groups or bunches since systems like this can evaluate over 3000 people per hour.
Video surveillance and security camera implementation allows for key areas to be watched for a variety of things, including stolen items, improper behavior, unwelcome advances amongst individuals.
Access control measures can be used for multiple reasons including managing who enters specific areas during specific times.
Gunshot detection technology can notify the proper authorities that a gun has been shot and notify them where in the building these shots took place.
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This is just a fraction of some of the proactive planning that schools are implementing that can provide best practices for other industries. Schools have realized that it is better to invest in these types of protection a year too early instead of a day too late, and industries across the country can learn from this approach.
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