Access control systems are the new wave of the future when it comes to building safety. Now more than ever, a variety of access control technologies can work together so that hospital, school and university protection professionals, together with administrators, can more easily manage the data coming in from those systems and develop improved situational awareness during an emergency situation. New access control systems can also help campuses manage the many forms of mass notification used by your institution if a crisis occurs.

Situational awareness includes integrating warning systems, such as access control, mobile duress alarms and video surveillance, and ensuring detailed alerts go to the right communication channels to facilitate the appropriate response.

When an emergency button is pressed at a campus call box, for example, cameras placed on or near it can activate and let responding personnel see the person making the call, as well as the situation requiring a response. Cameras can also be used to work in conjunction with access control systems and begin recording when an unauthorized individual attempts to use an access card to enter restricted areas; this is a great convenience to companies that house sensitive information or expensive equipment. Emergency notification solutions such as SMS texting, E-mail, digital displays, computer pop-ups and more can now be integrated so that users can activate these systems via one user interface.

Whether you work in property management, at a school, or a large medical facility, access control is a must have to increase safety and drastically cut down on crime. Contact the security professionals at PVS today to receive a free consultation, and let us handle your security needs!