The Best Campus Safety Security Technology Content from 2020
Big security technology changes have been made on all types of campuses due to the pandemic. See which changes our readers were most interested in this year.
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Like nearly all other aspects of campus safety, significant advancements have been made in security technology in order to safely reopen campuses amid the coronavirus pandemic.
For example, campuses of all shapes and sizes have leveraged mass alert systems for COVID-19 communications, established digital visitor reporting to reduce virus exposure, and implemented AI security cameras to monitor social distancing protocols.
In addition to the aforementioned topics, this year, Campus Safety readers showed significant interest in the use of thermal cameras to slow the spread of COVID, how the pandemic has affected and will continue to affect weapons detection, and considerations when choosing an emergency management system.
As it relates to the pandemic, the topic readers showed the most interest in was access control. Access control changes have included updated mobile access controls in conjunction with the implementation of formal contract tracing, mobile self-screening tools controlling access to different areas of campus for individuals that meet health and safety guidelines, and touchless access controls added to high-touch areas.
Campus Safety’s Access Control, Lock and Lockdown survey also made the top 10. According to the survey, policies and procedures surrounding access control and lockdowns have been affected most by the pandemic. The significant interest in this survey could help explain why two articles about panic hardware made it on the list as well.
One of the articles focuses specifically on panic buttons and how the technology solution is used for much more than active shooter incidents. The other discusses code requirements and the addition of electrified options, among other things.
Many of the articles that made this year’s security technology list were submitted to us by safety and security experts with firsthand knowledge and hands-on experience with these specific topics. Without them and all our loyal readers, Campus Safety magazine wouldn’t be what it is today, so thank you!