New Federal Funding Available for Smart Campus Infrastructure and Safety Upgrades

The federal government is offering billions of dollars of funding to improve the long-term safety and health of schools and institutions of higher education.

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The pandemic has put a major financial strain on K-12 schools and institutions of higher education, so the Biden administration and Congress have authorized $165 billion of funding to help campuses recover. That’s on top of the $82 billion that was approved in late December during the Trump administration.

This is an excellent opportunity for school districts and colleges to make investments in desperately needed infrastructure improvements.

According to Fred James, who is Siemens’ national business director for higher education, “I think we have to appreciate that this is the second and third round of this funding, and the language and guidance coming out from the Department of Education continues to broaden.”

This means the new round of funding can be used for a wide variety of solutions that improve the long-term safety and health of students, faculty and staff, such as ventilation systems, video surveillance technology, access control, emergency notification systems, lighting and more.

In this interview, I spoke with James; David Santo, Siemens’ Smart Infrastructure national mechanical services segment head; and Jesse Craft, Siemens’ energy services portfolio manager on how campuses can participate in these federal funding opportunities.

In addition to funding, Santo and Craft talk about the clean-air and ventilation options for campuses to combat COVID-19 now, but also other pathogens that can cause the flu, asthma and other health problems in the future.

“There’s a lot to work with here, and there are a lot of options for using this funding,” said James.

Campus Safety also has many other articles that provide helpful tips on how to obtain grant funding. Those articles include:

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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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