Based on findings from a recent study done by Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies (IR), colleges and universities are not effectively managing access control. This is clearly an opportunity for ESA member companies. We need to approach these institutions with solutions.
Universities and colleges are unique environments. There is open movement into the campus, and throughout the area. It is not like a building or home where there are tangible barriers that define where to install equipment. Instead, dealing with the comings and goings of students requires a different approach that weds the technology our industry has to offer with an understanding of what "protection” actually means for a college.
Access control is one of those critical factors that companies need to discuss with university officials to determine who should be in certain buildings and who shouldn't. Finding a balance between free movement across campus, and protecting critical areas is one of the major issues you should raise and resolve when working together with officials from the university.
The IR study says 82% of colleges aren't managing access control effectively. That doesn't mean there's a failure. But it does mean there's an opportunity for improvement and officials are likely to be open and want to hear what you have to say.
College life is different from even 15 years ago. We've had the Virginia Tech shootings, communication technologies have transformed the landscape, and students dialed in to the immediacy of information. Finding optimal total solutions to university challenges is a major key to your success. Find their needs, know your market, then deliver the specifics they seek.