In the summer of 2009, Cohen upgraded to the FST21 SafeRise solution. "Given what is going on in the world, I saw the need to enhance the security at the school. What prompted the upgrade is that we wanted something better than fingerprints alone," he explains. “Using the fingerprint readers provided us with the needed security, but it was far from convenient. The students complained that the readers were slow and unreliable. Strangely enough, the enrollment process was not reliable for some users and their fingerprints don't even register. The enrolling system simply says there's nobody there. We needed a better system."
FST21's SafeRise solution In Motion Identification registers users and can identify anyone at the door and allow approved user access through a fusion of biometric recognition, face, behavioral, voice and even license plate recognition. No keys, cards or access codes are needed. The system can verify individuals and make an informed decision whether to allow entrance. (It also earned the Security Industry Association - SIA - Best New Product Award in 2011.)
More than 400 students and staff members in the Bais Yaakov School for Girls use the system. It spans seven secured doors, including the front entrance, three back entrances and three doors between each floor of the building. All are exterior doors.
Lights and canopies were added where needed. "We learned a lot about cameras, lighting, and all the environmental conditions that effect how the system works," Cohen explains. "If, for instance, someone's face is in the sun, it affects how a camera recognizes them. The canopies provide even lighting on the face, as do exterior lights at night, to ensure accuracy of user recognition."
BYLA upgraded the system a few months ago to add an eighth door – an internal door to an office of the staff members. “At BYLA's request, we created specific parameters that include restrictions for each group in the database. For example, students are expected to enter the school before 8:05 a.m.. every day. Any student that arrives after that time is diverted to the school receptionist to be listed as 'late for school'. We also created the doorman application designed for the receptionist to see all cameras on the same screen and open under supervision the doors for deliveries and for students who are late and/or the system didn't open the door for them,” explained Daniel Peled, FST21 VP of Sales & Marketing.
"We've customized who has access and at what times," Cohen adds. "Staff, for example, has different access hours than students. Custodial staff has different hours than students, and if, for instance, there are extra-curricular activities going on after school hours, we can remotely update the access parameters for any group."
Cohen advises that the first line of defense for any school is to keep the doors locked, and the outer perimeter secured. "You want to have perimeter security, surveillance, and monitoring from different places. Having a security guard is always a great thing. You're always going to have visitors, so its' good to have a person to monitor any access control system and talk to visitors through an Intercom system. There should be one person dedicated to letting people in."
With school security uppermost as a priority in the hearts of minds of so many, especially in the aftermath of the tragically sad incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the SafeRise solution from FST21 represents a strong and significant line of defense, letting the good people in and keeping the bad people out.
"It's a very precise system," Cohen adds. "It works very well and is upgradeable. And, FST21 is great about giving us the support and solutions we need to meet our needs."
Ingersoll Rand Secures Military Barracks
Hotel-style locks, designed for infrequent use, are not holding up at military bases where they are predominantly used in barracks. As a result, Ingersoll Rand is providing the military with a “Try Me” program to learn how to better secure military bases.
“Hotel-style locks have historically had a shorter than desired lifespan when used in military barrack applications,” emphasizes April Dalton-Noblitt, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, director-vertical marketing. “Military barracks maintenance managers are finding that Schlage commercial lock solutions, the CO-Series locks and AD-Series combination locks and readers, are a perfect replacement. They are more secure and durable and are especially easy to program and install on retrofit programs.”