PSX at TASA 2017: Texas school security and an immediate lockdown app for your phone
This year’s conference in Austin, Texas, PSX answered ISD questions about the latest in Texas school security, including access control, video surveillance and alarms.
TASA 2017 – What a great event! PSX was happy to meet school superintendents, principals, and technology directors at a demonstration booth in Austin, TX last week. PSX staff answered questions about school security solutions, and sketched out some initial design ideas for custom integrated systems for several of the Independent School District (ISD) representatives concerned with security systems.
Several school administrators mentioned that they had been impressed by some of the ideas that they had seen. Many liked the idea of a single login for an integrated video surveillance and access control system, instead of two separate systems requiring separate servers, training and passwords. Others took an interest in adding newer video analytics and management applications to existing security systems infrastructure.
The threat of the school shooter – aka “active shooter / armed intruder” – remains one of the main concerns of school administrators. As a result, PSX one-step lockdown solutions were spotlighted.
The S2 Threat Level Escalator application captured most of the attention. A “one touch lockdown app” for smartphones or tablets is hard to beat in terms of convenience and speed of deployment. Any authorized individual anywhere in the world can instantly change the door locking program, including a complete lockdown of the campus. S2 Security was in the PSX booth throughout the TASA exhibits period, demonstrating the access control lockdown app live and in real time.
SB507 was also an important topic at TASA 2017, with many administrators integrating camera systems to meet its requirements. Alan Morris, Vice President of Sales for PSX in Texas, was featured in the January 2017 issue of Campus Security and Life Safety magazine for his installation of a video surveillance system at Edna ISD for SB507. PSX distributed this article to all school officials as a resource.