For any person involved in designing or procuring and effective mass notification emergency communication (MNEC) system, the following video tutorial is worth watching. Lencore, an audio, soundmasking and MNEC solutions manufacturer, taps into the fact that there remains a large learning curve when it comes to this all-too-critical category.
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The director of Security and Emergency Management for the Littleton, CO public schools shares what he’s learned during his two decades of K-12 security service.
The Statue of Liberty has a new, IP-based digital security camera system, installed after Hurricane Sandy badly damaged the infrastructure of the historic landmark.
American Water, an utility company, has brought security in house to consolidate its efforts. Taking on this responsibility, American Water realized they needed a new control center.
Twitter is a flexible micro-blogging site that provide the platform for quick communication. Tweets can be sent as SMS texts to a phone, so you don’t have to be connected to the Internet. Many organizations use more than one Twitter feed to ensure that readers find the information they needs. For example, one Twitter feed can be for emergency communication, while another feed can be for those looking for answers to questions or for non-emergency announcements.
Security and Control and Automation systems are being integrated more often as building facilitators realize there is a beneficial connection. Just as areas like lighting and room control systems are capturing greater interest, incorporating security areas such as access control makes sense.
Fire-Lite Alarms by Honeywell announced a new iPad app that works with the company’s Emergency Command Center (ECC) mass notification system. The App is free and is available at the Apple iTunes Store. A video can also be found on YouTube. The ECC mass notification system can be integrated with any existing fire alarm system.
The CIO of the Aurora, Colorado school district talks about deploying mass notification and emergency communications technology and having an emergency response plan that includes who triggers alerts and the role of AV and IT.
Using Physical Security Information Management means making security data available to IT for an analysis of security design and whether or not it is a success. It provides users with the ability to watch whomever has moved to certain areas and to take that information and have security or IT analyze for patterns, access trends, etc. Learn more about PSIM here.
The must-have list of security camera and monitoring apps for CCTV and IP security cameras. These iOS and Android apps allow the user to control the pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) through “pinch to zoom,” take snapshots and send via MMS and email, play back video recordings, two-way audio, view live video from multiple cameras, store multiple DVR connections in an address book, instant notification of alarm events, and HTTPS support for secure connectivity are among just a few features. Some allow the user to monitor hundreds of network cameras of different brands. Many common IP cameras such as Axis, Sony, Toshiba, Vivotek, and Panasonic.