Study Finds Few Colleges Believe Their Access Control Is Effective

Ingersoll Rand SecurityA study by Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, Effective Management of Safe & Secure Openings & Identities, shows that 82 percent of public, private, and two-year colleges and universities believe they are not very effective at managing safe and secure openings or identities. Only 18 percent believe they are very effective at granting or denying access to appropriate individuals or knowing who goes where.

The five leading security concerns on college campuses are:

  1. Minimizing the occurrence of tailgating/piggy-backing.
  2. Maximizing the likelihood the students can comply with the intended access design.
  3. Maximizing real-time notification when problems occur.
  4. Minimizing the time it takes to lockdown a campus.
  5. Maximizing the ability to locate building occupants in an emergency.

In general, the study shows that access control on campus is evolving from the traditional security/product-oriented focus of the Facilities and Public Safety departments to the broader definition of the IT, One Card and Housing departments. Typically, campuses are in one camp or the other. Very few use both approaches simultaneously.

The study was conducted among more than 140 colleges and universities, including leading institutions such as the University of Michigan, MIT, UCLA and Columbia.

Schott shows off its glass

At the AIA Nat’l Convention, held June 10 to 12 in Miami, Schott North America Inc., Elmsford, NY, introduced RestrictView, a glass product designed for buildings in which privacy is a priority. The security glass is designed to prevent viewing through two pieces of glass but permit viewing through one piece. In other words, a viewer can see an object or person in a room when looking through one pane of RestrictView, but cannot see through the RestrictView glass on the other side of the room.
   For example, in a hospital, patients can see nurses or attendants in the corridor through windows in their rooms, and the nurses can see the patients. Patients, however, cannot see across the corridor into the room of another patient. In a courtyard application, people can see into the courtyard, but cannot see through to viewers on the other side. Adjoining treatment rooms or conference rooms are only viewable from corridors.
   RestrictView glass is a laminate and can be manufactured in a variety of formats, including approved attack-specification formats for psychiatric hospitals and prisons. A 3/16-in.-thick laminate consists of:

  • 4 mm Schott Amiran anti-reflective glass
  • 0.76 mm polyurethane with an RV interlayer
  • 4 mm of Amiran anti-reflective glass

   The glass weighs 4.68 lb./ft2 and is available with maximum dimensions of 44 x 44 in. The glass is designed for hospital, hotel, commercial, or security applications.
   At the show, Schott also announced that its fire-rated Pyran glass-ceramic glass recently received “Cradle-to-Cradle” certification. According to the company, “‘Cradle to Cradle’ certifies that Pyran is produced in an environmentally preferable way and qualifies it as the only environmentally friendly, fire-rated glass-ceramic on the market. It will be the only fire-rated glass option to help architects and designers qualify for LEED certification.”—Gary L. Parr

Reduced rate for education security

As the current school year comes to an end, educational institutions across the country are ramping up those summer  repair, remodel, and upgrade programs. One of the critical areas for all educators is building/campus security and, no doubt, security systems are at the top of the list for most institutions. But, for virtually all schools, budget difficulties are working against the very pressing need to install effective security systems.
   To help with this, On-Net Surveillance Systems Inc. (OnSSI), Pearl River, NY, is offering an OnSSI Education Stimulus Package, now through the end of September 2010.  The promotion offers a significant discount on all Ocularis ES and DS Base and camera licenses. Discounts also apply for additional cameras licenses to existing Ocularis system.
   In addition, educational facilities with a current OnSSI Software Upgrade Plan (SUP) can register their facilities under this program and receive the applicable discount for their SUP renewals.
   “We are proud to work with our school systems to provide a safer learning environment,” said Gadi Piran, OnSSI’s president and chief technology officer. “This special offer will help schools reconcile their needs with the realities of their budgets and allow them to meet their security objectives.”
   Details for the program can be found on the OnSSI Education Solutions page. The education stimulus discount is available to all K-12 schools, colleges, and universities with a minimum $1,000 product order.
   OnSSI’s Video Management System (VMS) provides vendor independent camera management, recording and archiving, control-room video-wall management, virtual matrix functionality, and automated video alerts through integration with video-content analytics and access-control and physical-security systems.—Gary L. Parr