Even if university budget cuts have limited your ability to take on major enhancements and upgrades to your CCTV system, access control or Security Operations Center, there is an investment which costs an order of magnitude less to implement but gives you an equivalent or greater increase in your ability to coordinate your limited team resources and respond faster.
You can deliver on this with CriticalArc’s SafeZone solution which is a unified system that provides command and control technology to enable visualization of the identity, location and availability of each first responder across campus.
As you’re being asked to “do more with less” the selection and deployment of a unified campus security solution that can support multiple use cases for numerous departments across your institution, while also providing your campus safety and security teams with greater situational awareness is the type of force multiplier effect required to manage these challenging times.
Because your most valuable and expensive resource is your staff, you need tools that can help you protect them and optimize how they’re deployed. SafeZone provides you with real-time location of all staff on patrol (even when outside their vehicle) so you can deploy additional resources if an officer encounters resistance and needs back-up or first aid.
In addition, you can more intelligently deploy your resources for maximum coverage. The University of Arkansas is just one example of a customer who uses the SafeZone patrol heat-maps to analyze and optimize their patrols to provide better coverage and protection of the university community (see image below). You’ll find these improved capabilities, will also enable your team to shift from patrolling empty hallways or sitting behind a desk to engaging with and better supporting the local university community.
And when various student organizations are calling for campus police or security teams to be defunded, this increased engagement with students and staffs will provide greater organizational transparency as your team strives to earn the trust of the university community and help them recognize your organization’s commitment to protect them through better visibility, faster response etc.
SafeZone also enables your campus community to raise alerts and request aid or emergency assistance and empowers the University to send targeted communications to select groups and/or individuals in a particular geographic area.