A Primer on Electronic Security for Schools, Universities & Institutions

Blog Site for 2nd Edition Discussions & Reference Material

The City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Safety produced a video titled
“RUN > HIDE > FIGHT Surviving an Active Shooter Event”.

The video is extremely well done and we felt it worthy of sharing.

This video project was funded through a Department of Homeland Security Grant.

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In July 2012, Aella principles Frank Davies & Greg Bernardo published the white paper, “Mass Notification Requirements for Our Children’s Schools”.

This white paper summarizes research and experience regarding Mass Notification and safety and security in reference to educational facilities including K-12 and Higher Education institutions.

The white paper presents a controversial and alarming disparity between enforcement and  incidents of crime at K-12 and higher ed facilities.

Click here to download the white paper.

This disparity was presented as a topics for discussion on a LinkedIn group forum and continues to attract attention and comment from industry veterans.

LinkedIn forum discussions can be found at the following links:

Relating to Mass Notification, how do AHJ qualify “professional risk assessment”?

Where are the teeth or what creates the drive for K-12 to comply with NFPA 72?

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What’s New in 2nd Edition School Security Primer

Since the publication of the first edition of A Primer on Electronic Security for Schools, Universities & Institutions, the security industry has witnessed many major changes including significant maturity within the digital video product offerings and fast progression of IT and IP based hardware. 

If you have a specific topic you would like to recommend or comment on, please let us know by making a comment to this blog topic. 

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This is an excerpt from the draft of the 2nd edition, “A Primer on Electronic Security for Schools, Universities & Institutions”.  Readers are asked for their comments and viewpoints surrounding this snipet.
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Online Storage & Cloud Computing

Online cloud computing (where the actual programs reside offsite) and online storage solutions have entered the security marketplace. These developments have proven to be highly successful & cost effective for general business operations but have not been rapidly embraced by security applications due to concerns over security of data, potential loss of data, and business continuity should the cloud be inaccessible.

At first glance, online storage from providers such as Amazon & Google are enticing with very low cost per gigabyte.  Constantly streaming video creates high bandwidth demands which are too costly for most school environments. 

In addition to bandwidth constraints, access to security related data online is a concern.  The following excerpt from FBI Cyber Publication outlines some of these security concerns. Read the rest of this entry »

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Salesman, Consultant or Engineer?

Any one of the three, chosen with care and attention to references can be of tremendous assistance with your security planning, equipment selection, and specification development.  You are not restricted to one or the other but may use all three at different stages of the security procurement process.  Ultimately it is your responsibility to insure the accuracy of any specification that you put out for bid and it has never been easier with the help of the Internet.  Salesman, consultant, or engineers are all part of your resource availability and, for the most part, do an excellent job.

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Plan the LAN

Physical security information systems, including video, are critical to a school’s security operation and general well-being. The security mission requires fail-safe systems that operate dependably over long periods of time, and that are ready to respond when needed. Security systems also must be scalable, flexible and able to adapt to a School, University or District’s changing protection needs, and should not have to compete for network resources with the growing number of other applications and users on the enterprise network. Read the rest of this entry »

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“A Primer on Electronic Security for Schools, Universities & Institutions” Second Edition is under development for release in Spring 2012.

The Primer, originally published in 2006 by Henry Homrighaus Jr. , is designed to assist educators, engineers, security personnel, and suppliers to address and resolve the issues of potential terrorism or other acts of violence or disruption in our educational institutions. 

The Second Edition updates the Primer to include the multitude of changes the security industry has seen in the last three years such as the convergence of Security, IT & Communications and the maturity of the digital video market segment.  To update the Primer, the author Henry Homrighaus Jr. added co-authors Frank J. Davies and Greg Bernardo. 

Together the team of authors has launched a website to promote the upcoming Second Edition.  The website includes a blog which encourages discussion on topics found in the First Edition Primer and seeks to identify additional topics for inclusion in the Second Edition.  Digital (IP) video (which was still fairly immature at the first writing) is the first category of discussion in the blog focusing on the topic of H.264 compression.

Interested parties can learn more about the book and contribute on blog discussions at:
www.SchoolSecurityPrimer.com

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2nd Edition Snippet: Video Compression… H.264 The Solution?

In order to take advantage of the benefits of IP-based systems, security professionals must understand the nuances of IP video. There are two major issues relating to IP video (and more specifically megapixel video) that need to be addressed.  They are the limitations of bandwidth and the fact that high-definition digital video data requires greater amounts of storage/recording space.  The key to striking the right balance comes down to one critical factor – compression and how it is controlled or more appropriately how it is “managed”.

The emergence of the H.264 standard is significantly changing the demands of megapixel video on bandwidth, and consequently, storage utilization. For this reason, the limitations are becoming much less of a factor.

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