Access control systems have the power to enable or prevent people from entering or exiting a location or room, and the applications of such a system within a school setting are immense.
Access control solutions can also be used to record movement in and out of location and produce a data trail for audit, traceability and compliance uses. For all the uses and security benefits that an access control system can provide, cost will always be a constant barrier to implementation.
This is especially true of schools and universities that typically operate on incredibly tight budgets.
Assa Abloy is all too aware of this fact, and has released a Discussion Paper that seeks to open the access control debate and provide some key considerations for schools contemplating implementing such a technology.
Assa Abloy details four main concerns for any educational institution considering implementing an access control system; responsibility, understanding, finance and student experience.
Establishing a line of responsibility is crucial to any access control solution in a school setting. In most schools, the legal responsibility lies with the administration and the principal, with day-to-day responsibilities trickling down to teaching and support staff accordingly.
Without a fully mapped, recorded and recognized responsibility chain any access control system will fundamentally fail. In a practical setting, the entire chain is often busy, so maintaining strict security measures is often challenging but always essential.
The second concern for access control implementation is understanding—a clear, autonomous and up to date basis of leadership in school security and access control. Appointing proper leadership can help prevent the oversight of security before an actual scare occurs or avoid an over-reliance on the security systems and equipment.
The third consideration is the financial implications that implementing access control can have on a school. Financial constraints are prevalent in most of the decisions that public organizations make, but Assa Abloy stresses that installing a purposeful access control system is still feasible.
Finally, the student experience must be considered before implementing an access control solution. Schools are not meant to be fortresses and for this reason an access control solution must carry minimal fuss and be implemented in such a way as to enhance the student experience.
Assa Abloy hopes to open the debate over access control in schools with its latest Discussion Paper, while also providing valuable information about its Aperio access control solution.
Read the full Discussion Paper here.