Why Emergency Panic Alarms Are Often Welcomed by Teachers, Doctors and Nurses

Healthcare and education professionals generally prefer mobile duress solutions over security cameras and card access control systems.
Published: November 3, 2014

Whether it is a school or hospital, campus safety officials sometimes settle on mobile duress panic alarms instead of camera or access control technology because the personal wireless pendants are seen as the “least intrusive” security solution for the staff.

In some cases, getting “buy in” on a security technology from faculty members at schools or healthcare staff at a hospital can often be a big challenge. Indeed, video management systems for camera surveillance often have a “Big Brother is watching” stigma associated with them. Likewise, access control cards and tags can give the impression that school or hospital administration is tracking the movements of the employee.

However, mobile duress panic alarms are quite often perceived as the least intrusive security option available because the systems do not track individual movements or record images.

According to Craig Dever, vice president of sales at

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“In K-12, there is no pushback from faculty from a panic button system,” he says. “I could see pushback from video systems, but not panic. In fact, some schools do not allow cameras in rooms due to collective bargaining agreements. There is a Big Brother element ‘I am watching your performance’ attitude. The systems at K-12 the level of concern that teachers have for their students is so profound that if you position the system as something that is there to speed the response, it is very well received.”

In colleges and universities faculty buy-in for mobile duress is usually substantially lower, but overall the demand for panic button systems in higher-end is much lower than K-12 facilities, according to Dever.

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