Benefits of Investing in Protective Systems in Schools

Benefits of Investing in Protective Systems in Schools

School administrators and staff have many priorities, and no doubt safety is at the top of the list. An increase in crime and violence on school campuses across the country have once again pushed security and protective measures to the top of every school district’s priority list. Unfortunately, in today’s world, locking doors and having an on-site security staff may not be enough to protect students and staff during emergency situations. Security cameras and CCTV, access control, visitor management, and emergency notification systems are all critically important in providing a reliable, first line of defense for school districts.

Access Control

Most school campuses have outdoor areas like playgrounds, laboratories, and athletic fields, and almost all school buildings have at least two points of entry. Having the proper hard and software technology is critical in protecting students and staff throughout the day, no matter where they are. Access control and visitor management systems are the first line of defense for keeping unauthorized personnel off of school grounds. However, adding security cameras and CCTV offers an extra layer of protection. Often vulnerable access and entry points can now be monitored and observed in real time, significantly decreasing emergency response time.

Crime Prevention

Whether it be violence, theft, or drug/vaping device usage, security cameras and chemical detection systems are effective measures to mitigate unwanted and/or illegal activities on school grounds. When strategically integrated and installed on the school’s campus, including entrances and high-risk areas like parking lots and outside restrooms, these mechanisms can be used to monitor, alert, and investigate incidences that may occur. When installed in plain sight, these solutions can also act as a deterrent, preventing incidences from happening at all.

Student and Staff Safety and Comfort

Security cameras provide 24/7 monitoring in high-risk areas where harassment and/or bullying often occurs, granting students and staff an extra sense of security throughout the school year. Additionally, if allegations of incidents are made, evidence can be pulled from recorded footage to confirm allegations, or prove innocence, and provide additional information to determine appropriate repercussions.

Emergency Situations

In the case of an emergency such as a natural disaster, fire, storm warning, or an active shooter situation, automated public address and notification systems can enhance the school’s ability to react and respond quickly. Communicating efficiently and effectively will improve the chances of a safe, calm, and timely response by both internal and external personnel (such as law enforcement). In turn, parents can feel a sense of relief that if an emergency situation were to occur, their children are in a safe and secure environment.

School districts face emergencies almost every day, whether it is mental health emergencies, weather related, bullying related, or even violence related. No matter the event, effective, timely communication is key. Being prepared, alert, and armed with technology that helps identify and prevent risks is incredibly important for keeping students, teachers, and staff safe and protected.

One solution alone may not be enough. It takes early prevention, open communication, on-site coordination, and fast emergency response to keep our youth safe and focused on learning. Stark Tech is a master systems integrator, customizing solutions that help improve communication and safety campus wide.

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Technology Provides the Visibility You Need to Plan, Prepare and Execute Your Facility with Ease

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Most children are afraid of the dark. They struggle with the irrational fear that something or someone is lurking in the dark waiting for them. For a young child, what they can’t see is terrifying. At Stark Tech, we’re helping to identify threats and provide facility integration solutions to operate your facility with ease.

While most people typically outgrow this fear, it is still common to feel uneasy when in an unfamiliar or hard to navigate situation. Whether it’s entering a dark building for the first time, or being forced to make a decision based off of lackluster data, or a gut feeling, having a lack of visibility is certainly a disadvantage you’d want to avoid if possible.

Say for instance, your job is to oversee facility operations and align your building assets with your business mission. Would you feel as if you were walking around in the dark if you did not have the right tools to do your job effectively?

The ability to see the things you cannot see, like x-ray vision, isn’t just for superheroes and kid fantasies anymore. With master system integration and a single pane of glass view, managing buildings, systems, and equipment can be done with ease. Facility dashboards are designed to expose invisible threats like airborne pathogens and unveil hidden opportunities so our facility superheroes can do their jobs with their eyes wide open. Imagine having insight into your indoor air quality, occupancy count, who’s visiting your facility, and have surveillance footage, all at your fingertips, anytime and any way you need it.

Fully integrated technology can be monitored from remote and secure connections, so that you can limit your manpower onsite. Further that, when repairs are needed, your technicians are equipped with the right knowledge, tools, and parts to get the job done right the first time.

When applied properly, technology can also help identify the greatest threats to your facility and its occupants. In fact, technology sheds light on your blind spots so you can plan, prepare, and operate your facility with ease. Through data-driven insights and suggested actions you can fulfill your building’s critical mission and have visibility into how your actions impact your bottom line.

Stark Tech delivers total facilities optimization through technology, expertise, and customized service solutions to provide integrated building controls, equipment, and analytics. We are a single agent source for building automation, intelligence, and equipment offering a unique customer experience throughout the lifecycle of the building.

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Stark Tech’s mc2 team in Florida adds Notifier by Honeywell to Protective System offerings

For Immediate Release: mc2, a Stark Tech Integration company, has partnered with Notifier by Honeywell to offer protective integration systems products to public and private commercial customers in Florida.

Notifier by Honeywell’s product lines include:

  • Control panels
  • Voice communication systems
  • Fire alarm initiating devices
  • Emergency communication systems
  • Wireless Technology
  • Smoke Detection
  • Flame and Gas Detection
  • Power Supplies and Batteries
  • DAS Systems and Surveys

Stark Tech’s mc2 is a Master Systems Integrator of complex IP-based automation systems, delivering actionable insights through data-driven analytics and automation technology. mc2 has added Notifier products as stand-alone offerings and as part of comprehensive technology packages that unify protective systems infrastructure with building management systems into an easy-to-manage platform. The team, based in Orlando, Fl. with offices also in Cape Canaveral, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Tampa in Florida and South Georgia, offers technology packages within DIV25 standards for faster response and potentially life-saving decisions with information for sharing, analysis and reporting.

For more information about protective integration systems, visit starktech.com

Stark Tech is a fully integrated provider of highly engineered, turnkey building technologies solutions and support services.  Stark can infuse multiple technologies into new or retrofitted buildings to optimize energy and maintenance requirements, plus implement enterprise systems that deliver actionable data to national real estate portfolios.

As Building Infrastructures Age, Up-to-date Assessments Can Ensure High Performance and Resilience

Changes to a building that occur over time can often make building performance less efficient and less resilient. As time goes on, building use characteristics often diverge from those that were used initially to design and commission a building. A good example of this is improper outside air ventilation rates which can lead to problems with indoor air quality (IAQ), or excess operational costs. Building power and cooling infrastructure components can also wear out and fall out of calibration. As more and more powered equipment gets added, power capacities are exceeded, and unanticipated downtime issues begin to emerge.

As systems age, they decline in performance, which leads to failures that significantly impact the bottom line. We partner with our customers to implement solutions that keep systems operational by thinking strategically about proactive measures and how those actions impact the business over time.

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At Stark Tech, we work as a Schneider Electric EcoXpert™ Partner with expertise in their EcoStruxure™ Building architecture and building controls & automation. Our engineers encounter many situations where building owners need help improving existing building performance.

A perfect example is a research facility that examines proteins and crystals in their research of bacteria and virus-borne diseases. The facility recently decided to upgrade its installed base of microscopes in response to pharmaceutical customer demand for more accuracy. Their existing building power infrastructure supported a 1-megawatt (MW) power switch, which was previously adequate as the building consumed 600 kW of power on an average day, and nosed up to 800 KW on the hottest of summer days when air conditioning systems work at full capacity.

Given the required upgrade, a cost effective, steady power supply with peaks in excess of 1MW was now required in order to accommodate stringent purity requirements and to avoid losing both data and research samples.

Our solution was to implement a lithium-ion-based energy storage solution physically located inside of the building. The battery selected for this purpose supplies stored power to the facility when demand spikes over 1MW and then recharges from the grid. This cost-effective change to the lab’s existing power infrastructure successfully managed the building’s increased power capacity requirements and helped the research lab remain competitive in their market.

Approaches for validating current building requirements

For organizations seeking to ensure consistent building power, cooling, and building automation performance, here are some preliminary steps that should be taken to validate requirements:

  • Identify common needs of both traditional and new critical infrastructure – Building owners need to periodically assess the health of different types of building critical infrastructure. This includes both generators and power distribution systems and the IT backbone – anything that keeps the building on its mission at a predictable operating cost. These infrastructure pillars need to be assessed in order to determine whether changes to the building have altered the efficiencies.
  • Identify needs unique to your facility – Understanding the unique requirements of the building under management also heavily impacts how technology is deployed to improve performance. Sports arenas, for instance, have a specialized need for higher dehumidification. High precision temperature control and monitoring are needed to both accommodate tens of thousands of fans and to assure that ice rink temperatures, for example, are properly maintained.

Healthcare facilities require more highly regulated environments. Circulating air has to be regularly monitored. Sophisticated backup power systems are required since connected hospitals have no real ability to shut down. In government and municipal buildings–such as prisons and K-12 public schools–a higher focus on safety and security emerges as a primary concern. Commercial buildings are focused more on comfort and lighting so that employee productivity can be maintained. Knowing the unique characteristics of your building and applying the right building automation technologies suited to those unique needs is a key performance driver.

Changing times demand more building resilience

Regardless of the type of facility, building owners also need to be aware that building resilience is emerging as a growing need. For many years, predictable building performance was taken for granted by the occupants. But now, the existing power grid has grown older. As power sources such as coal and nuclear phase out in the US, new solar and wind power are being introduced. These changes make power quality more intermittent and downtime can now occur in areas where power fluctuations were once rare. In addition, pockets of businesses continue to expand across regions driving more demand for clean, “always on” power. In these cases, building infrastructures need to be reexamined in order to withstand the demands of the “new normal.”

To learn more about how digitized building controls & automation solutions can improve building performance, visit the Schneider Electric EcoStruxure for Buildings web site.

Want to see how Stark Tech, a Schneider Electric EcoXpert, is helping to drive energy efficiency in buildings? Read more here.