Teachers, Books and Clouds: 5 Ways the Cloud is Revolutionizing School Security
The changing nature of modern campuses demands solutions and services that are accessible, scalable, and flexible. At the same time, they must provide the ideal level of security to ensure a safe yet welcoming educational environment. Here’s a look at how one school made it happen with the cloud.
For so many schools today, math and spelling tests serve as accountability to ensure students work hard and concentrate on learning. But for administrators, evaluations of a different kind are at hand: the assessments necessary to examine how schools handle emergency response, security risks and incident management. Therefore, in addition to fostering supportive and creative learning environments, schools must also focus on optimizing the safety of students and faculty. And this fact has propelled educational institutions to proactively engage in training and technology investments, in addition to re-examining security policies and procedures. And although traditional video surveillance and access control are valuable solutions, there are new technologies to consider evaluating.
Bring in the cloud.
The cloud has proven to be a highly functional, flexible and convenient method for small- to medium-sized campuses. Cloud-based services, such as video and access control-as-a-service, provide educational facilities the ability to manage multiple cameras, access control permissions and video analytics. The cloud can be a powerful tool in helping you leverage your existing video surveillance investments (including current cameras) to deliver centralized, remote management of video, reducing the capital investments needed to transform data into usable insights. But that’s not all it helps with. The cloud is helping to revolutionize security functions in many ways.
Accessibility. One of the biggest advantages of the cloud is allowing the right users to access information from anywhere. Data collected from IoT devices are funneled into a single, intuitive platform designed to be as easy to use as your smartphone. In an emergency or incident, stakeholders can obtain the most relevant and timely information in minutes for an immediate, informed response.
Scalability. When purchasing technology, immediate needs are often prioritized over what future needs may be. Cloud-based services can scale easily as needed, including adding devices such as additional access points or more video surveillance cameras. And this level of scalability can happen on the fly.
This article originally appeared in the March / April 2022 issue of Campus Security & Life Safety.