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Active shooters, terrorist threats and disruptive behaviors have reached an all time high at schools and universities. School administrators along with their local police departments perform security assessments, and create emergency preparedness and crisis management plans to prepare for emergencies. Managing visitors and controlling access are critical to provide a secure learning environment, yet keeping an open campus feel is important too.
Hospitals and healthcare facilities need to provide an open environment to visitors, yet hospitals have gift shops, pharmacies, psychiatric treatment areas, birthing centers, emergency rooms and offices that demand unique security requirements. Healthcare facilities need to meet HIPAA and other compliance requirements. Understanding a hospital’s unique security challenges, as well as its operational challenges will help determine what technologies are needed to mitigate risk, meet compliance and control access in this complicated environment.
Government entities, whether local, state or federal, require security systems that meet strict guidelines and policies. Whether it's FIPS 201, HSPD-12 (identification standard), FICAM (Federal Identity Credential and Access Management), or SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility), selecting a security system that meets those requirements is a must. Only a select few manufacturer’s deliver products that are listed on the GSA Approved Products list, which is necessary to be considered for government physical access control projects.
Large numbers of people traveling in and out on a daily basis pose serious security challenges for airports, seaports and train stations, making them attractive locations for terrorists. Security directors work tirelessly to control and watch crowds, developing layered security plans to ensure a safe environment for passengers, visitors and employees. We’ve all seen in the news how critical it is to lockdown an airport at a moment's notice. Meeting government requirements requires the use of government approved products, which only a select number of manufacturer's offer.
Energy and Utility plants have numerous and diverse facilities that are manned and unmanned, demanding a higher level of security to secure a complicated infrastructure. Add complicated government regulations such as NERC CIP, which ensures the reliability of the bulk power system in North America and maintains the Critical infrastructure Protection Cyber Security Standards, which makes it critical to deploy a system with a lock-down capability needed for potential cyber terrorism issues.
Active shooters, diverse and numerous visitors and disgruntled employees are only three challenges commercial buildings face on a daily basis. Commercial buildings need to deploy dual or triple factor authentication in highly secure areas like server rooms, while providing an open environment in lobby areas. High rises often deploy elevator destination dispatch to diminish elevator wait times and move people to their designated floors faster, and manage multiple tenants with different access control needs. Controlling access, managing tenants, employees and visitors along with deploying lock down capabilities when necessary are needed to secure this challenging environment.