K 12 and Higher Ed Security: What to Expect in 2022 and Beyond

Two technology experts describe how colleges and K-12 campuses can better navigate the post-pandemic landscape.

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As we start 2022, K-12 schools and districts, as well as institutions of higher education must continue to re-evaluate their safety and security programs, and a big part of that review process involves technology upgrades and installations.

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But how should educational facilities go about doing this? If campuses are relying on strategies they developed before the pandemic, they might implement solutions and programs that are outdated and perhaps have significant flaws that put their students, faculty, staff and surrounding communities at risk.

So, to help schools and colleges navigate this new security, public safety and emergency management landscape, I spoke with two technology experts from HID Global: K-12 National End User Manager Michael Garcia and Higher Education End-User Business Manager Timothy Nyblom.

In this interview, Garcia and Nyblom discuss the lessons colleges and schools have learned over the past two years regarding security and safety. They also cover how Apple wallet and mobile access credentials are being implemented at institutions of higher education and how this technology will eventually make its way onto K-12 campuses.

Nyblom says that one of the reasons why Apple Wallet is so successful on college campuses is that it can be used campus-wide.

“What really enhances the student experience on a campus is once a mobile credential is provisioned in the Apple Wallet, for example, they don’t have to worry about ‘Does my mobile phone work here does my card work here?’” he says.

Garcia and Nyblom close out the interview with some of their predications on what security and safety technology upgrades will look like on campuses over the next few years.

About the Author

Robin Hattersley Gray
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Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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