Access Control, Design and Construction, Emergency Preparedness, Safety, Security

What We Learned From… FM NOW: Secure Buildings Summit

Held on June 20th, our FM NOW: Secure Buildings virtual summit covered critical topics for facility security, including system integration, live events, and active shooters. If you missed any of the webinars, here’s a rundown with key takeaways and links to FREE on-demand recordings.

Opening Keynote | Design Development Considerations for Security Systems Integration

Speaker: Frank Santamorena, Senior Physical Security Specialist with the U.S. Department of the Treasury and President of Security Experts, Consulting & Design LLC

Key Takeaways: Santamorena talked about five common architectural deliverables for each phase of security design and construction, as well as the importance of security technology integration.

The five phases of security design and construction include:

  1. Schematic design
  2. Design development
  3. Construction documents
  4. Bid or negotiation phase
  5. Construction phase

Additionally, Santamorena explained the importance of having a Physical Security Information Management (PSIM), security system maintenance programs, as well as security repair, and test and inspection services.

Also discussed were security retrofits and upgrades, service partner programs, and training services.

Lastly, security policies, procedures, and processes were discussed.

Watch the full webinar on-demand here.

Panel Discussion | Scoring a Slam Dunk in Sports Security

Speakers: Larry Thompson, Vice President of Security, Orlando Magic; and Scott Ashworth, Head of Safety and Security, Overtime Elite

Key Takeaways: Thompson and Ashworth discussed the exciting and demanding aspects of sports security, covering everything from celebrity encounters and player management to crowd control and counterterrorism.

Because sports games are large gatherings and often televised, the high-profile events are prime targets for malicious actors looking to do the most harm and get the most attention. Therefore, the security team is always on high alert. Each sports player, alone, is considered a multimillion-dollar asset to protect. Then there are thousands of fans, staff members, and the venue itself that all need to be secured.

Sports security teams rely on best practices such as risk assessments, proper training, crowd management protocols, and collaboration with authorities. They may also use high-tech solutions like weapons detection technology, social media monitoring to find potential threats, and radar systems to detect drones entering a venue’s airspace.

Of course, not all organizations have stadium-sized footprints or large budgets, so the panelists suggested must-have solutions to secure any type of facility. They mentioned CCTV cameras and metal detectors, and Thompson reiterated the importance of something as simple as “locks that work and doors that close.” In conclusion, the panelists offered predictions about the security industry, with Ashworth declaring, “AI, AI, AI—I’ll say it again: AI.”

Watch the full webinar on-demand here.

Educational Session | Detection & Response Activation – Critical Components for Active Shooter Technology Solutions

Speaker: Mark Franken, Vice President of Marketing, Omnilert; and Eric Polovich, Lead Customer Evangelist, Omnilert

Sponsor: Omnilert

Key Takeaways: The speakers explained how artificial intelligence technology can be used to detect guns and work with other technologies and methods to help prevent future mass shootings.

Franken said gun violence has become a reality for various types of organizations and companies. He suggested facilities consider the following emergency notification and automation capabilities:

  1. Notification Broadcast
  2. Mass Engagement
  3. Response Automation
  4. Preventive Solutions

Giving the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., as an example, Polovich said that multiple cameras captured the shooter with a gun before the shooting, but this footage was not available to police until after the incident.

He explained that today’s technology allows cameras to detect guns almost immediately and send out an alert to security or first responders with specific location information.

Franken advocated facilities take a “multi-layered approach to security,” adding, “It’s not necessarily about a single detection technology versus another, but there’s a time and place and probably a need for multiple in certain situations.”

Watch the full webinar on-demand here.

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