In response to recent school tragedies, lockdowns are becoming a household word more common to a wider segment of our society.
Lockdowns may be used to prevent a crime from occurring or to mitigate further disorder. There are several definitions of the term lockdown. The primary meaning is to prevent escape of individuals or information.
Lockdowns are also used to protect people inside a facility from attackers.
So a lockdown can prevent entry, egress or both. It can be virtual by means of network controls; it can be enforced by fighter pilots; it can be ordered or suggested by a municipality and ostensibly enforced by martial law.
There are different levels of door lockdown. A partial lockdown may involve a specific door, for example the door to a classroom, or a group of doors, for example the exterior doors to a building. A full lockdown could involve all the doors in a building or on a campus.
For most people, the term “lockdown” entered their vernacular Sept. 11, 2001, when American airspace was locked down for three days in the wake of the World Trade Center attack. More recently the City of Boston was locked down until the remaining brother was apprehended.
For many individuals who have been involved with national security, lockdowns became a way of life several decades earlier when attacks on United State Embassies occurred in various parts of the world. Those incidents prompted the surrounding of government buildings with concrete barricades, the installation of high security door locks, the stationing of Marines, and the deployment of lockdown systems whose intent was to seal the attacker inside the facility along with an armed welcoming committee.
In correctional facilities, a lockdown period is a daily occurrence, and a full lockdown is employed in the event of a riot or uprising.
In healthcare, federal guidelines call for lockdowns during the following emergency situations:
- Power failure
- Bomb threat
- Hostage event
- Active shooter
Occasions for preventing both entry and exit from a hospital may include:
- External contamination
- Civil disturbance
- Abduction of an infant or child
The NAPCO Security Group is a New York-based company which is comprised of several companies, each of which are involved in security and access control. Alarm Lock, Marks USA and Continental Instruments are well known within the industry for their quality products, innovative technology and hands-on tech support and customer service. Collectively their products are designed to meet end-user requirements for features and they run their companies with their loyal dealer bases’ success as a priority.
Demand for lockdown solutions is increasing, and NAPCO Security Group has responded with what some refer to as a scalable set of solutions, which NAPCO calls their tiered approach. These include:
- Enterprise Integrated System with Global Lockdown & Threat Levels (Continental CA 3000 Enterprise Software)
- Electronic Standalone Locking Solutions with Local Lockdown (Alarm Lock Trilogy P/DL 4100/4500 Series)
- Electronic Standalone Locking Solutions with Keyfob & Panic Button Lockdown (Trilogy Locks with Keyfob &/or panic Option)
- Wireless Network locking Solutions with Global Lockdown (Trilogy Networx P/DL6100, 6500, 7100 Series)
- Small Access System With Global Lockdown (Networx NetPanel & Wireless Keypad Solutions)
- Mechanical Classroom Intruder Lockdown Solutions (MarksUSA LocDown Series)
We contacted representatives from Alarm Lock, Continental Instruments and Marks USA to get firsthand information on their technologies and products. Following are the Ledger’s questions and their answers.
Schramme: Continental Access Control
First we interviewed Scott Schramme, VP Sales, Continental Access Control, and got a full report on Continental CA 3000 Enterprise Software.
Which markets do you consider are candidates for lockdown systems?