Robust Access Control Provides the First Line of Defense
Austin ISD, one of the largest school districts in Texas, has moved quickly to address security issues. The district’s interim superintendent Matias Segura spoke with KXAN about the needed changes. “We adjusted our operational procedures so that whenever there is a deficiency identified, whether it is a door that may not be locking or a camera that is not working, it becomes a priority and is addressed in a very short time.”
Regarding additional safety upgrades, she stated, "I think, unfortunately the challenge that we have is it can't happen soon enough.” Integrating newer, cutting-edge technology takes time, yet it’s this technology that’s required in today’s school environment. Projects to begin in August 2024 for schools in Austin, TX, include better fencing and door locks, upgraded security systems, and security vestibules—a form of access control.
This latter upgrade is critical, providing the first line of defense when protecting students and staff. And, while security vestibules offer administrators control over who gains access, additional access control measures provide a needed layer of protection. Let's look at a few of the critical security features it offers.
How Access Control Systems Manage Who Enters School Grounds
As many probably remember, in September 2022, two high schools in the Austin, TX, area received threats in just 24 hours. In March 2023, one student died and another was injured when a student at a high school in Arlington opened fire. According to Forbes, this marks the second school shooting in less than a month and places Texas as the number one state for gunfire on school grounds since tracking started in 2013.
In response, many schools across Texas have fortified their entrances, installing access control. They’ve created one secure entrance or vestibule, where staff can monitor who comes and goes, as well as a strong perimeter to stop those intending harm.
Let’s look at how these access control systems offer the first line of defense while maintaining a calm atmosphere and a sense of safety.
Secure your campus with an access control system
Your school entry points are your first line of defense, thus making it essential to add solid security solutions right at the start.
While you can choose between multiple school security features, access control is among the top additions that can prevent intruders from forcing their way into the campus.
Instead of using conventional door locks, controlled access enables you to grant and restrict access based on the input information, which may be facial features, fingerprints, keycards, PIN codes, or passwords.
Read on to discover how these solutions mitigate threats and protect your school in Austin, TX.
An Integrated Access Control System Results in Scalability and Increased Security
At ASAP Security Services, we partner with industry-leading brands in security. One of the features we look for is seamless integration with partner companies. While there has certainly been a push for integration throughout the security sector, it’s particularly important with access control. Ensuring your system integrates with all major video management software manufacturers and other security providers offers a total security solution.
For example, when access control systems and video surveillance work together, you experience total control over who enters your buildings and information regarding alarm events. Let’s look at what this solution offers businesses, schools, and government buildings in Austin, TX.