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9 ways video technology can enhance safety in primary and high schools

novembre 24, 2023

Ensuring the safety and security of students in K-12 schools is becoming increasingly important with students and staff facing challenges related to peer pressure, diversity and socio-economic disparities. As incidents of bullying, vandalism, and even more severe threats like violence continue to make headlines, school administrators, parents, and communities are seeking effective solutions to create a safe learning environment for students. This is where video technology steps in as a powerful tool to enhance safety and security.

Here are nine ways video technology can make a significant difference in protecting schools, fostering a secure and productive learning environment for students to thrive in.

1. Enhanced monitoring

Video monitoring systems serve as the eyes and ears of a school campus. Strategically placed cameras enable real-time monitoring of key areas such as entry points, hallways and playgrounds. This constant vigilance acts as a deterrent and also allows staff to quickly identify and respond to potential incidents.

2. Advanced weapons detection

More than 356,000 students have experienced gun violence at school since the horrific Columbine High School shooting in April 1999.* And there were more school shootings in 2022, 46 in total, than in any year since then. In response to this alarming reality, advanced weapons detection has emerged as a viable deterrent. With the integration of video analytics and AI, schools can now detect and identify potential weapons threats in real-time. Often, these technologies can screen people ten times faster than conventional metal detectors.** By leveraging the power of video monitoring systems, administrators and security personnel can receive immediate alerts and notifications when suspicious behavior or the presence of weapons is detected. 

3. Proactive incident detection

Advanced video analytics capabilities can automatically detect suspicious behavior, such as loitering or unusual movement patterns, and provide real-time alerts to security personnel. This proactive approach enables early intervention and minimizes the risk of incidents escalating.

Controlled access for students, staff and visitors helps prevent unauthorized persons from entering the school, enhancing safety and security.

4. Access control

Integrating video technology with access control systems allows for efficient management of authorized entry into the school premises. Schools can restrict access to certain areas, monitor visitor traffic, and quickly identify and address any unauthorized access attempts. 

5. Quick emergency response

During critical situations, video technology provides crucial situational awareness to first responders. Live video feeds from the location of the incident allow them to assess the situation in real-time, plan their response, and make their way around the campus more effectively, ultimately saving precious time during emergencies. 

6. Evidence collection for investigations

In the unfortunate event of an incident, video footage serves as valuable evidence for investigations. It provides a detailed account of events, aids in identifying wrongdoers, and ensures a fair and just resolution. This strengthens the overall security and discipline within the school community.

Sensors can be integrated with video technology to detect incidents of vaping and substance abuse.

7. Behavioral monitoring

Video technology can assist in identifying behavioral patterns and potential risks. By analyzing video data, schools can proactively address issues related to bullying, harassment, and other unwanted behaviors, creating a safe and inclusive environment for all students.

8. Compliance with school policies

Video technology helps schools ensure compliance with established policies and procedures. By monitoring and recording activities, schools can verify adherence to safety protocols, anti-bullying measures, and other guidelines, fostering a culture of accountability and discipline. 

9. Privacy protection

Respecting privacy is important in educational settings, especially where children and young adults are involved. Video technology can be leveraged to strike a balance between ensuring safety and safeguarding the privacy of students, staff, and visitors. Advanced features like facial blurring help maintain privacy standards while maximizing security. 

As the safety landscape of K-12 schools evolves, video technology continues to be a powerful ally in efforts to create safe and secure learning environments. Schools can harness video technology to enhance safety measures, mitigate risks, and foster an environment where students can thrive and achieve their full potential.

Milestone Systems is a trusted provider of reliable video technology that is easy to use, making it an ideal solution for primary and high schools seeking to enhance safety and security. With Milestone XProtect®, our video management software, and Milestone Kite, our cloud-based video security solution, schools can move from a reactive approach to a proactive one, ensuring a safe and positive learning environment for students and staff. 

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