Security – OSSI http://www.ossi-usa.com Simplify Access Control Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:33:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Staying Safe in a Lockdown http://www.ossi-usa.com/staying-safe-lockdown/ http://www.ossi-usa.com/staying-safe-lockdown/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 http://ossi-usa.com/?p=2443 It seems like every time I turn on the news, there is a story about a city hall, school, or hospital in a lockdown situation. In more extreme cases, entire cities in danger have shut down. Unfortunately lockdowns are becoming a semi-common occurrence, and it is important to be prepared. With adequate preparation, you can [...]

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It seems like every time I turn on the news, there is a story about a city hall, school, or hospital in a lockdown situation. In more extreme cases, entire cities in danger have shut down. Unfortunately lockdowns are becoming a semi-common occurrence, and it is important to be prepared. With adequate preparation, you can ensure that you and other building occupants will stay safe in an emergency situation. Lockdown preparation to stay safe

Steps to Staying Safe

Participate in Drills

If your school or company participates in drills for lockdowns (or any other emergency), always fully partake. Treating drills seriously now will ensure you feel more prepared in the future.

Follow Instructions

Even if a procedure feels counterintuitive, follow emergency personnel and/or your supervisor’s instructions. By acting impulsively, you could put yourself in a dangerous or even deadly situation. Most schools, airports, hospitals, and other public facilities have created strategic plans to follow in the event of a lockdown, so carefully listen to instructions.

Lock the Doors

In the event that a potentially-dangerous person is in or near your building, ensure that you have locked the doors to deter anyone from entering. Don’t open the door for anyone, unless you are sure who it is. If you can, place a chair in front of the door to prevent it from opening.

Hide from Plain View

Do not sit or stand in front of the door, and try to find a hiding spot out of plain view. In an office setting, windowless rooms or cubicles are typically a good place to go. If you’re in a bathroom, sit in a stall and pull your feet up from plain view.

Stay Calm

Panicking is never a good idea in a lockdown situation. Take deep breaths, and stay quiet. Staying calm in a dangerous situation will help you think clearly and logically.

Technology plays a large role in keeping building occupants safe during lockdowns. OSSI offers Compass Hardware systems to help control building access and arm or disarm alarm systems. Call us toll-free today at (888) 533-7508 to learn more about the technology that will keep you safe in a lockdown.

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Physical Security Information Management Software: Necessary for Government Buildings http://www.ossi-usa.com/physical-security-information-management-software-necessary-for-government-buildings/ http://www.ossi-usa.com/physical-security-information-management-software-necessary-for-government-buildings/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 http://ossi-usa.com/?p=2459 Physical security information management solutions (PSIM) play an important role in protecting confidential information and safeguarding restricted areas. These solutions allow operators to gather vital information about any occurrence. In high security environments such as government buildings, security systems are particularly important. Instead of the traditional solution of administering systems individually, PSIM security software offers [...]

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Physical security information management solutions (PSIM) play an important role in protecting confidential information and safeguarding restricted areas. These solutions allow operators to gather vital information about any occurrence. In high security environments such as government buildings, security systems are particularly important.

Instead of the traditional solution of administering systems individually, PSIM security software offers complete system integration. All of the connected systems will report to a rules engine, which will significantly reduce human error and react to an emergency or security threat. As part of the solution, cameras will offer video verification. Additionally, audio of the affected area may be broadcasted, or recorded, as the PSIM provides a list of responsive measures for the government operator to take.

An integrated platform improves current investments, joining multiple systems in one interface. It collects and links occurrences from existing distinct security appliances and security systems as a complete solution. This in turn empowers various individuals to recognize and resolve situations in the most comprehensive manner. PSIM integration offers various benefits as mentioned below.

government building security system

  • Improved situation awareness
  • Increased control
  • Management reporting
  • Automated video monitoring/recording
  • Automated audio monitoring/recording

These solutions enable government organizations to minimize costs as a result of enhanced efficiency. It also enables them to promote safety through improved intelligence.

Changing Processes and Strategies

Procedures and policies change regularly in government organizations and PSIM solutions will increase their value with the changes because of its adaptability. When such changes take place, operators can employ new PSIM resolutions based on the changes.

Total PSIM software has the following abilities:

Collection

Device management self-sufficient software collects information from all distinct security systems or devices.

Analysis

This system analyses and links data, actions, and alarms so that it may recognize the actual conditions and their priority.

Verification

PSIM software offers the relevant situation data in a fast and easy to understand format so that an operator may confirm the situation.

Resolution

This system offers Standard Operating Procedures, step-by-step directions that are based on ideal practices and organizations’ policies that informs the operator how to react to resolve the threat or event.

Reporting

This software captures all the data and steps for conformity reporting, guidance, and potentially intensive investigative analysis.

Audit Trail

PSIM monitors how each operator interacts with the PSIM system.  Through reporting, the staff can calculate response time for any situation and will also note any manual changes to the security system. This allows the rules to be changed to improve the response in the future.

PSIM Based Integration

PSIM allows for simple operation of multiple technologies. Our system can be manipulated to adapt to all types of government buildings and facilities. To learn more about PSIM security software, contact OSSI.

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Are Uniforms Good For School Security & Safety? http://www.ossi-usa.com/are-uniforms-good-for-school-security-safety/ http://www.ossi-usa.com/are-uniforms-good-for-school-security-safety/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 http://ossi-usa.com/?p=2259 According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the number of public schools implementing a school uniform has been on the rise over the last 10 years. In 2000, 12 percent of public schools required a uniform. In 2010, 19 percent of school principals reported that they had adopted a uniform for their students. [...]

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school security safety - school uniformsAccording to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the number of public schools implementing a school uniform has been on the rise over the last 10 years. In 2000, 12 percent of public schools required a uniform. In 2010, 19 percent of school principals reported that they had adopted a uniform for their students. School uniforms are considered by the NCES to be an “indicator of school crime and safety,” and safety is a primary advantage of school uniforms. Uniforms alone cannot solve all of our concerns but they can be a very positive element to safety and discipline. However, a uniform policy comes with its disadvantages and over the years there have been numerous controversies regarding their use.

School Safety Advantages

  1. Uniforms help to eliminate the socioeconomic tension that affects students who cannot afford the latest trends.
  2. Makes it difficult for gang members to easily identify themselves.
  3. Prevents violence and theft related to clothing, expensive jewelry, and other personal items.
  4. Helps school staff & security quickly spot intruders and any other individuals who do not belong.
  5. Prevent students from being able to conceal weapons beneath baggy clothing.

In light of recent school shootings, keeping weapons out of our schools is a major concern. One of the best advantages of a school uniform is that it helps prevent just that. Without proper security measures in place, a student could very easily bring weapons into the school hidden beneath baggy clothing. A uniform policy would help to prevent this. While school uniforms obviously have their advantages in regards to school security & safety, they do not solve all of the issues. If the uniform policy is not strict enough, there will still be students with expensive uniforms and those who cannot afford to achieve that level of status. Gang members will also find new ways to identify themselves.

Implementing a school uniform will also bring new issues to the table. A typical complaint is that the school uniform prevents the students from self-expression, which is a rather weak argument. Most adults should agree that learning how to obey a dress code is something students should be taught before they venture out into the world. Many jobs require a company uniform or some form of dress code while on the job.

However, controversy is always a possibility and one that might not always be in favor of the school. In 1969, Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, was the first case regarding dress code that went to the Supreme Court. The Court ruled in the students’ favor and emphasized students’ rights to free speech, stating that “A prohibition against expression of opinion, without any evidence that the rule is necessary to avoid substantial interference with school discipline or the rights of others, is not permissible under the First and Fourteenth Amendments.” To help diminish controversy, your schools uniform policy should be well planned before implementation.

If you want more information on how to protect your schools, give OSSI a call today at (888)488-2623 or (262) 522-1870 for an Integrator near you.

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Google Glass and Casinos Don’t Go Hand in Hand http://www.ossi-usa.com/google-glass-and-casinos-dont-go-hand-in-hand/ http://www.ossi-usa.com/google-glass-and-casinos-dont-go-hand-in-hand/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 http://ossi-usa.com/?p=2382 A new type of eyewear introduced by Google has recently sparked intense conversation— not only for it’s innovation and technology, but also for its use in casinos. That’s right. The new Google Glass eyewear is already being banned in casinos across the nation. What is Google Glass? The concept for Google Glass was introduced in [...]

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A new type of eyewear introduced by Google has recently sparked intense conversation— not only for it’s innovation and technology, but also for its use in casinos. That’s right. The new Google Glass eyewear is already being banned in casinos across the nation.

Google Glass Banned in Casinos

What is Google Glass?

The concept for Google Glass was introduced in April 2012 as a wearable computer device. Google Glass has not yet been introduced to the public, but some lucky users have had the opportunity to test the mini computer. It displays information like a hands-free smartphone would, but it’s worn as a pair of eyeglasses. Google Glass capabilities include snapping photos, surfing the web, checking for directions and catching video— all without even pushing a button.

Why the restriction?

In an effort to remove any suspicion or occurrences of cheating, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement ordered 12 casinos in the state to ban use of the device. Some casinos in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Connecticut, and Las Vegas also have similar bans in place to deter dishonest game play. The reason? David Rebuck of the Division said Google Glass could broadcast a poker player’s hand to a conspirator or possibly be used in another dishonest way.

Taking No Chances

Most agree that it would be hard to definitively prove beyond a reasonable doubt that someone is using the device to cheat. However, Google Glass’ video recording, Internet searching, information receiving, and photo-snapping capabilities open up a whole new realm of possibilities for players to be dishonest. Therefore, the zero-tolerance policy in some casinos has been put in place, and we expect many more to follow suit. Casinos enacting the ban may ask any gambler to remove the eyeglasses and could kick out anyone refusing the order.

With security and deterrence of cheating being a top priority to many casinos, it’s no surprise this mini computer is already being restricted. Casino owners go to great lengths to protect their property and players, which is why technology like PSIM security software is so important in the industry. For more information on keeping casinos secure, contact OSSI toll-free at (888) 533-7508 or locally at (262) 955-8770.

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