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SEP 2018

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44 Security Dealer & Integrator / September 2018 on default color-coded or numerical labels can help administrators quickly implement the right type of lockdown when a crisis occurs. When programming lockdown levels, be sure to consider the func- tionality of all doors – not just those with keypads or readers. Many access control systems offer the option to lock "unmanaged doors" – such as stair- wells and firewall doors that separate sections of a building and are usually le unlocked. Locking these doors in an active shooter situation could provide efficient means to restrict the move- ment of an assailant and enable people on the other side to safely flee the build- ing. Elevators can also be shut down. If deactivating most employee cre- dentials is part of a lockdown plan, remember that accommodations must be made to provide access to law enforcement who respond at the scene. Access control systems can be pro- grammed with special key codes for the police to use during lockdown condi- tions, even as employee codes and cre- dentials are turned off. Activating a Lockdown In recent years, security experts have stressed the potential downside of uni- versal, centralized lockdowns – which can result in innocent people being locked out of safe spaces and le in harm's way. More common today is a centralized lockdown of perimeter doors and other key points of access such as elevators, while teachers or employees are responsible for ushering people out of hallways and then putting their own doors into lockdown mode. Integrators can offer customers various ways to handle room-by- room lockdowns (actual options vary based on the access control solution in place). Emergency fobs, mobile apps and hardwired panic buttons, as well as solutions built right into the door hardware, are all possibilities. Some systems can be programmed to initiate lockdown in response to certain input at the card reader or keypad, such as a triple swipe or emergency code. Whatever approach is chosen, it is important to consider how accessi- ble it will be in an actual crisis, when every second counts. For example, if lockdown requires the use of fobs, will teachers and employees be required to carry them on their person at all times? For doors that are centrally con- trolled, integrators should make sure that there is a fast and easy way to initi- ate lockdown by those employees most likely to initiate this process. ese are oen not security personnel – they are receptionists, office staff and others who probably do not have administra- tive privileges within the access control soware. Strategically placed panic but- tons are the simplest option. Web opti- mized client soware or mobile apps are also a possibility, but make sure that there is no need to dig through so- ware menus to find the lockdown but- ton – it should be front and center. Crisis Monitoring and Management Once doors have been locked, access control soware integrated with other security solutions can serve as a cen- tralized console from which the crisis is monitored and managed. It is easy to automate notification of the police in case of a lockdown by programming the access control system to trigger an alarm system. In addition, many access control systems can send out mass emails or texts to emergency notification lists, enabling the sharing of information between those moni- toring the situation and those under attack. For facilities that already have a mass notification system in place, the access control system can piggyback onto the primary system, issuing status alerts or warnings as appropriate. Access control systems that can be administered remotely – either through a thin client or mobile app – can pro- vide offsite responders with important information about who is in the build- ing and even where they are. Tight integration with video man- agement soware is also vital to pro- viding responders with situational awareness. Integrated solutions that enable system monitoring through facility floorplan maps, with clickable icons for each door and camera, are easiest to navigate in an emergency – particularly for officers who may not be familiar with how the facili- ty's camera trees have been organized within the traditional VMS interface. Back to School SECURITY Integrated solutions can enable first responders and others access to system monitoring through facility Photo: Vicon Photo: Vicon

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