Markets Served - Higher Education

Today, college campus safety and security has never been more important. Learn how our situational awareness solutions can better protect your people and campus.

Does your your campus have the right tools to facilitate faster emergency detection, alerting and response? No one wants to believe that an incident with mass losses will occur "at my school," but what if it did? Active-shooter incidents have become more frequent, according to the FBI, with the highest number of casualties occurring at educational institutions - including Virginia Tech in 2007 when 32 were killed and 17 wounded. Helping protect our children, even as young adults off at college, is one of the reasons Status Solutions was founded in 2001, and we continue to work with both K-12 schools and colleges/universities by providing situational awareness. Incidents can be extreme, like a shooting, but mundane situations, such as an overflowing toilet, a student smoking in the restroom, or a bomb threat, also have negative impacts. So why not implement a technology framework that can help prevent not only loss of life but also property and instructional time?

Situational awareness and response management

Situational awareness is key to improving campus safety and security. Students, faculty and other campus personnel must receive real-time information about a possible threat, so they can initiate the appropriate response plan. With today's smarter networks and devices, plus SARA to tie all of them together, it's easier and more cost-effective than ever to create a safety and security bubble over a single campus of group of campuses. SARA, an automated alerting engine, integrates life safety, security and environmental controls, turning alarms from these stand-alone systems into detailed alerts for delivery to communication end points. Such unification greatly enhances risk management, ensuring the right information reaches the right people via the right devices so an unfolding situation can be addressed the right way. Both situational awareness and response management are integrated and automated to operationalize emergency plans. So arm your students and staff with knowledge - detailed information about what's happening, where it's happening, and what to do about it - or how to avoid it.

Advanced situational awareness

Smartphones become even smarter when backed by SARA and its universal alerting application with preprogrammed mobile dashboards, enabling any stakeholder on any device on any network to respond to unfolding situations more quickly, initiate alerts and associated response plans more effectively, and escalate/notify others as necessary - all from one user interface. The SARA universal alerting app also powers wide-area mobile duress for summoning immediate help. While some companies and start-ups provide duress products, they are one-dimensional whereas mobile duress is just one application of the SARA enterprise solution. Live video from integrated security cameras also can be pushed to desktops. By giving SARA "eyes" through a capability called video paging, responders can see an event as it's unfolding to better inform response and resources. Prerecorded videos, maps/floor plans and photos also can be included in video pages.

Mass notification campaigns and services

Alerts should be delivered in real time to multiple groups via multiple channels. This sort of event-triggered mass notification provides redundancy, which is critical to life safety. However, mass notification also can be campaign-triggered, meaning tailored to a specific group. For example, if a student's meal plan is about to expire, a phone call, text and/or email can be set up to notify said student so he/she can make arrangements to prevent the account from expiring. SARA's modes and actions are situation agnostic, so the solution can be used to drive awareness transactions in regard to any situation deemed important to the college/university - from matters of life safety to matters of revenue, including campus activity and event reminders plus schedule changes. And because the telephone is still an effective means of communicating information to large numbers of constituents, SARA provides mass-dialing capabilities to landlines and mobile phones.

Situational awareness applications for higher education

Examples of SARA applications on college and university campuses include:

  • Emergency pull stations throughout campus
  • Fixed duress in executive offices and cash-handling areas
  • Mobile duress buttons for administrators, faculty, staff and students with special needs
  • Glass-break detectors
  • Audio sensors (e.g., gunshots)
  • Door/window contact alarms and integration with access control/intrusion and motion detection
  • Integration with indoor and outdoor security cameras
  • Fire panel integration
  • Cigarette busters and water bugs in restrooms
  • Temperature sensors in server rooms and cafeteria food stores
  • Sensors on boilers, power generators, HVAC systems and defibrillator cabinets
  • Smoke/gas detection in science labs
  • Motion detectors at eye-wash stations in science labs
  • Inclement weather warnings
  • Evacuation notices
  • Lockdown notifications
  • Delays, schedule changes and other operational announcement
  • General announcements and reminders
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