Security is never about the silver bullet, but rather about the layers we add. Securing any School starts with the perimeter but should not end there; no matter how small the property. Understanding visitor patterns and movements within a school environment not only puts you in the position to better the client journey, but also allows you to manage health, safety and security risks within your school premises.
The purpose of this document is to provide ISASA with a broad understanding of the best fit solutions out there, as well as a framework on the associated costing.
ISASA has expressed concerns around the general security and security processes in place at the schools they manage or transfer. Vox Telecom is ideally positioned to assist ISASA in deploying best of breed technology, to drive the desired outcomes, and ultimately assist ISASA to stay on top of their security and heath and safety, while bettering the customer experience; the net effect being an increase in value and appeal of the product ISASA puts out into the market.
Vox suggests the following approach:
– Overview cameras to secure the perimeter, pedestrian entrance and vehicle entrance and exit lanes.
– Analytical software overlay, suppressing unnecessary video alarms, ultimately driving actionable intelligence.
– Cloud storage of all events, ensuring critical information is never lost
– ANPR cameras to capture the license plate of each vehicle entering and exiting the premises.
– Access control to manage visitors and permanent staff/contractor access to the school
– Electronic Visitor Management application to automate the process of inviting visitors, and granting access to the establishment, while keeping a regulatory compliant audit trail.
Any integrated school security deployment incorporates many components to make things work. In most cases the following items are involved:
- Hosted platform to consolidate data
- School management smart application; OS agnostic
In the case for the Isasa, Vox Telecom suggests the following approach:
- Perimeter and gate security
- Optical and Thermal perimeter cameras for general situational overview security along the perimeter of the school as well as in common areas.
- Deployment of IoT vibration sensors on these perimeters, with camera integration.
- Video analytics overlay for accurate video alarm.
- Cloud storage of video events.
- Automated Number Plate Recognition with SAPS integration throughout the school.
- Optional Offsite CCTV monitoring as either the primary of secondary monitoring facility.
- Access control and visitor management
- Visitor management solution
- Depending on the school this could be a guarded solution with scanners, or guardless, just with keypads
- Portal for bulk communications, support workflows and access audit trails.
- Staff mobile application for easy access to invite a visitor, as well as bidirectional communications if needed.
- Automated Number Plate Recognition with SAPS integration
- Basic or biometric access control for key areas like server rooms, computer labs ext.
- Visitor management solution
- Perimeter and gate security
The solution | School Security
In today’s world security is one of the key decision-making factors when it comes to property investment. Whether looking at schools’ perimeters, main entrance/exits points or public areas, having an integrated security strategy it vital when planning new developments or marketing existing property within your portfolio. As a leading systems integrator with a national footprint, Vox is ideally positioned to take ISASA down this road.
Managing events generated by video feeds from an array of public cameras, can be more damaging that good. Research shows us that only 1% of recorded video is ever watched. How do unlock the other 99% The answer is simple; effective video analytics.
Analytics in the video space have come a long way since inception and has evolved rather exponentially from the trusted “tripwire”. Vox uses video analytics which combines computer vision and object recognition with traditional rules-based analytics and AI deep learning. The result of this is that we are served with far richer alarms, for informed decision making. Actionable intelligence, driving actionable outcomes.
Video Analytics Costs
Video Cloud Storage (VSaaS)
While traditional on-premise video recording methods still proves to be popular, industry trends suggest that video storage is moving to the cloud. Environmental factors at any school such as having access to a secure, dry facility to place recording equipment might not always play in one’s favor. Our flexible architecture ensures that we work with whatever connectivity is available onsite. Data can be stored directly to cloud or buffered onsite and synced during no peak times.
Storing your video in the cloud not only ensures data integrity, but also give you access to your video anywhere, from any device
ANPR (Automated Number Plate Recognition)
Automated Number Plate Recognition uses Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology to transcribe the characters on a number plate image into text. In it’s simplest form, ANPR is used to keep a digital log book of all vehicles entering and existing the premises. The unquantifiable value here is mining this data and identifying potential trends. More advanced features include cross referencing the SAPS Unicode database to do a lookup into stolen vehicles, or vehicles wanted in connection of a serious crime. Custom white and black lists are also permitted.
School ANPR Costs
Option 1 – IoT vibration sensors with PTZ camera integration
The Vox supplied fence tamper unit is designed for intrusion detection on traditional fences and prefabricated walls. The sensor is installed at regular intervals on the perimeter and transmits breach attempts against break through, climbing and wire cutting. Integration into PTZ security cameras enables real-time automated camera focus on the alert area giving the control room immediate insight to the affected zone.
Option 2 – Back to back thermal protection
This option of perimeter protection follows a more traditional approach. Dual lens thermal and optical cameras installed back to back cover the entire perimeter and alert on both external and internal breaches. Analytics on the camera will generate an alert in the security control room, for additional scrutiny and remedial action. Live video and alerts can be monitored from a control room on the premises, or remotely at the Vox Guardian Eye Nerve Centre. A combination of both is also possible.
School entrance and Exit areas
Visitor Management & ANPR
Understanding and controlling visitor access to your premises not only presents the school as being professional, but also does it provide you with insights into visitor trends and movements, potentially highlighting risks within the school. Managing visitor access starts with capturing the visitor details either directly on the smart phone application or online, in the Vox Visitor Management portal. Depending on ISASA’s requirements, any amount of detail can be captured for each visitor. Return visitors will be recognized and not required to be registered again. Visitor invite is done via SMS, WhatsApp or Email. Once the visitor arrives, the access code is entered into the Vox supplied entrance/exit keypad, and access is granted. Depending on the installation, a keypad overview camera can send a push notification snapshot of the vehicle driver to the school’s smart app. Each visitor’s license plate details are captured with supplied ANPR camera. Not only is this data logged against the visitor’s details within the Vox VMS, but also checked against the SAPS Unicode database, or MDU maintained black- or whitelist.
Visitor Management Costs
Below is the breakdown of number of users. But can be limited to only internal security on School.
Granting anyone access into a school should be dealt with using an enterprise grade access control solution. Not only does it eliminate the risks accociated to having remotes being passed around, but also give the school access to a full audit trail of the flow of visitors and staff, in and out of the school.
Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) has been playing an integral part of modern-day security for some time now. Not only does it provide us access to real-time situational awareness, but also allow for post event analysis and review. The Vox approach has always been to first and foremost secure the perimeter. For additional security it is also advised to have general overview cameras at all entrance and exits, including all pedestrian gates.
8 Channel Camera System
16 Channel Camera System
Vox Guardian Eye Monitoring Nerve Centre
The Guardian Eye Nerve Centre was established in October 2011 as an offsite monitoring facility to supply an electronic security service to Vox Customers. Over the years the facility has grown to a fully-fledged Security service facility to address the growing security demand of the customers. At a nominal cost, ISASA should consider outsourcing all non-core security monitoring functions to the Vox Guardian Eye offsite facility.
With connectivity speeds improving, the ability to stream live video, receive multiple alarms, control site systems and host video footage in the cloud becomes more viable. Premises can now be monitored and controlled across the country without the need for on-site control rooms, reducing costs.
Vox owns and manages a security nerve centre. All personnel are recruited from the security industry and comply to prescribed PSIRA standards. In-house training is done on a continuous basis to ensure all operators are equipped to fulfill their duties with professionalism. The alarm and video remote monitoring services are divided into Four categories:
Event Based Monitoring:
- This is the basic remote monitoring service, effective in areas where connectivity is limited
- An alarm is received, and video confirmation is done to determine if the alarm is true or false.
- If the alarm is false, no action is taken
- If true, the operator will follow the specific site operating procedure as agreed upon with the client
- Various deterrence methods are deployed to warn off intruders. This includes sirens, voice commands and smoke cannons
- The Nerve Centre utilizes the camera system to do electronic guard patrols of the premises. This has an advantage over physical guards as multiple cameras give a holistic view of the whole premises, whereas a physical guard can only see his immediate surrounds
- These patrols can be scheduled to occur at random or set times
- The alarm functionality is coupled to the virtual guarding and will alert the operator if an intrusion is detected
- In addition to the cost advantages, video footage is available as evidence in the event of an investigation
- This is where sites are not utilizing physical guards, but all access and egress is controlled by the Nerve Centre.
- Gates are opened and closed remotely. This eliminate the threat of collusion and or physical harm to the guards on site.
- Access and egress are verified before actions are taken.
24 Hour Monitoring:
- Coupled with all the above the monitoring is done live on a 24-hour basis
- This is mostly done on high risk premises where the remote monitoring aid the guards and response teams on site
- Dedicated operators are deployed to understand the site requirements and operational actions