In the case of public secondary school security, access control is always the first tier. There are a myriad of access control suppliers across the country. Kenvision Techniks is a registered business in the area of IT-driven security systems and Access Control Supply and installation is one of our domains. A typical system would include four to five proximity readers installed in each high school. There would then be installed a stationary camera near each proximity reader to capture an image of card users. Each school would have between eight and ten PTZ cameras. The cameras would be monitored 24/7 from a central security office. Each school would also have its own Compass access control system and camera monitoring station in the main office or campus security office.
Each school would have its own control center and security staff monitoring its security arrangements. There would be a centralized zonal office to monitor and oversee that all protocols are being followed. This office would act as the extra eyes during school hours and enhance the security of the entire zone. At each school, secretaries at the main office will have responsibility for checking visitors in and out. Card-access security is expected to enhance the teaching environment in all our secondary schools by solving and preventing problems. One important aspect is keeping the school safely locked. Another is monitoring the situation when nearby emergencies occur, to be sure that kids can’t get out and perpetrators can't get in.
CCTV cameras associated with the access control arrangements are a useful deterrent, providing accountability for coming and going after hours. When a student turns up missing or lost, the CCTV shows who went in and out and what they were wearing. A driver’s license reader for visitors may also be included. The CCTV cameras are motion capable. The designated security monitoring body can aim the security cameras at certain areas around the school grounds at night. When something enters the field of view, the dispatcher is alerted to its presence, which allows the system to be monitored more efficiently.
To the basic, essential access control arrangements, individual security devices that are all controlled through the Central monitoring system may be added. These include door intrusion, roof intruder detection systems, and hardwired motion detectors, outside motion detectors, beam detectors and wireless security systems. All of the systems interact with each other. For instance, when an alarm is tripped in a certain area, the nearby cameras are activated and automatically point to the area in alarm. The security officer is then able to investigate with the camera system. When a situation arises we can now respond more efficiently and safely.
We envision a future where the School Security project would grow and expand, driven by real needs and finding ways to improve. For example, the Central monitoring system might be expanded with internal GPS, allowing total tracking of anyone inside the building. Also, one or more mobile command and monitoring stations might be deployed in the field where total control of all the systems could be implemented.