The complexity of ensuring our schools and education facilities are both safe and secure has grown tremendously. Brass key systems are increasingly supplemented with secure credentials as access management has become more critical. The continued development of mass notification systems and video surveillance has made them critical components of a holistic security solution. And now, a major next step is upon us in the evolution of physical security as we look to more effectively manage lock-down procedures.

In the past five years, the biggest change in school security has been to transition from the idea of the big red button--where a...

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  • About the Author:

    Ron Baer is the Director of Business Development – K-12 for ASSA ABLOY, an $8b multinational manufacturer of architectural opening solutions and innovation leader. Ron works nationally, from the Atlanta area, consulting public and private K-12 leaders on campus-wide physical safety, security, and electronic access control. The ASSA ABLOY Americas Division includes 24 operating companies, working in collaboration with 20 support offices throughout the U.S.