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Logicalis recommends colleges consider three digital solutions to make campuses safer

Petrovsky

NEW YORK March 7, 2017 When people talk about safety on college campuses, it's an unfortunate fact that many people's minds jump straight to active shooter scenarios. While such deadly incidents garner the top spot in news headlines, there are thousands of other incidents that never make the news, but deserve our utmost attention. For many students, college represents the first time they have been left to make their own decisions about what is safe and what isn't. And despite the efforts most colleges employ to create protected environments free from the elements of the outside world, thousands of assault cases are reported across American college campuses every year. What can be done? According to Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), the first step is to get campus safety/facilities people and IT experts talking to one another.

"We're seeing a very unusual phenomenon taking place on college campuses nationwide," says Adam Petrovsky, GovEd Practice Leader, Logicalis US.  "In the past, the technologies used for security and access control were all analog, and they were largely governed by the security or facilities teams directly.  But as newer technologies came to market, the entire idea of security was transformed into a digital solution.  Since IT and security were traditionally two separate departments, we've seen many college campuses that are now running dual networks with one complete network for security managed by the safety or facilities teams and another for all other technology services on campus managed by IT.  This kind of redundancy of systems and personnel is very costly – and oftentimes less effective – than having a unified solution, so the first step is to get IT and security or facilities experts working in tandem to provide, monitor and support the most effective digital security solutions available."

Three Safety Technologies Every College Campus Needs

Criminals look for places where they believe they will be the most successful. Therefore, the key to reducing crime on college campuses is to be proactive in thwarting criminals' success by creating a technology-driven, visually aware, video surveillance and access-controlled campus with mass notifications for emergencies. Doing this – and talking about it publicly – will send criminals a "steer clear" message while giving prospective students and their families an increased level of comfort as students make the transition to daily college life.

 

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