Common areas and hallways are difficult to monitor and secure. While a secure vestibule at the front entrance and locked doors around the perimeter can keep threats out, an inside threat becomes much more difficult to control in open areas. When thinking about open areas, consider:

  • Main lobby
  • Cafeteria
  • Hallways
  • Any other large open space that can’t be shut off by doors

Security in these areas is generally limited to video surveillance, panic buttons, and security officers.

Security cameras can be used by onsite staff to observe live video feeds from cameras under normal circumstances. Specific areas can be viewed on demand, based upon occupancy or special circumstances, on mobile devices or at a security desk. Should an emergency arise, the camera system can be used to view the area of interest to determine the proper response.

Remote panic buttons can be deployed along walls for occupants to press in case of emergency. Pressing a panic button can initiate an automated alert to administration and security resources. The panic buttons are often an extension of the intrusion detection system (IDS). The IDS can be integrated into other systems to cause automated reactions. These reactions can include:

  • Automated overhead voice message playback
  • Text alert to administrators and security staff
  • Video surveillance snapshots emailed to proper officials
  • Notification of local authorities
  • Lockdown procedures
  • Evacuation procedures


The goal of a security assessment and site survey is to uncover potential threats at schools, buildings, and campuses of all sizes. Ultimately, these solutions can help integrate a variety of technologies as part of a plan that works in unison to help secure occupants, protect valuable assets, and assist in preventing physical access to sensitive areas.

Contact the Vision team to discuss security options at your school or campus.