june2018

APL Access & Security can help plan your next project

APL Access & Security is your expert is school safety and security. We’re ready to discuss some of your options for installing security or upgrading what you have. We sit down with you and discover what your needs and challenges are, focusing on the consultative process before technology is planned. The idea is to give you exactly what you need for your facility so students, administration and parents can be assured that the plan is custom-tailored for the highest levels of safety and security.

It’s a sad state of affairs with tragic incidents of school shootings, but the idea is to be proactive and design solutions for the facility and campus. There’s a silver lining in all this as well: there are many grants and other funding sources available for your next security specification.

The signing of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, also known as the STOP School Violence Act, provides $25 million in grants for school safety technology and equipment, in addition to emergency communications systems and other coordination with law enforcement to enhance response capabilities. Here are details on the Act from the Security Industry Association (SIA), Silver Spring, Md.

Across the country, there’s an upswing in funding being made available in the form of state and federal grants for total upgrades and improving security at schools. For example, the second largest county in New Jersey (Burlington) announced plans to allocate $20 million of its capital budget to fund school security upgrades in 21 public high schools and in Wisconsin, some 20 schools have been awarded grants worth more than $1.3 million through the Wisconsin Department of Justice Safety Grant Program. Simply Google “school safety grants and funding for security” for more information on what might be available in your area or reach out to us for assistance.

Integrated technology

Technology should target the school population and pinpoint specific needs. In SIA’s May 2018 Security Market Index, 29% of respondents said improved access control was the most effective security technology or service investment for schools, followed closely by video surveillance (25%) and enhanced emergency communication (17%).

APL Access & Security is deploying two different technologies for the school and campus market: Sielox Class™ Crisis Lockdown Alert Status System and Guardian Indoor Active Shooter Detection System. Check out one of our recent newsletters for more specifics on those solutions. In addition, APL Access & Security consultants will design and engineer a total solution that includes intrusion detection, intercoms and paging, emergency communications and other systems and services custom-tailored for your K-12 school or campus. We are experts in integration so you get the most out of the system by using the latest networking features and piggybacking technologies for a robust and comprehensive solution.

For a free consultation or site survey of your school facility, contact APL Access & Security today at 866-873-2288 to schedule an appointment.