Beyond educating students, a school's top priority is ensuring the safety of its students and faculty and managing visitor access. Schools must be able to rapidly enforce access control privileges - who can access the building, different classrooms and computer labs – and automatically respond to security incidents on school grounds. And with school budgets under significant pressure from counties and states, ensuring security at a lower total cost of ownership is also of high importance.
RedCloud enables K-12 school system administrators - and local law enforcement in the event of a crisis - to quickly and easily manage student, faculty and visitor facility access privileges from any web browser, for anytime, anywhere access without being tied to a dedicated client workstation or paying for software licenses per user. Ensure centralized and real-time management and visibility of the entire schools grounds - parking lots, playgrounds, hallways, classrooms and offices - without the cost and administrative burden found with traditional access control solutions.
RedCloud's revolutionary convergence platform enables RedCloud physical access control systems (PACS) to seamlessly integrate with IT and physical security systems, such as Identity Access Management (IAM), Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), Physical Security & Information Management (PSIM) and Video Management Systems (VMS), as well as traditional back end tools such as student enrollment and faculty employment databases, to correlate physical and logical security event information, monitor alarms and rapidly respond to unauthorized activities.
For example, if a student props open an emergency exit door or if that door is forced open by a trespasser, a video signal can be triggered to the principal's office to immediately assess the situation and decide if police assistance is required.
RedCloud network appliances can be set up in just minutes, and ship pre-installed with a secure, open-source, Linux-based operating system (OS), which significantly reduces the risk of virus attacks, frees administrators from installing Windows security patches and ongoing anti-virus updates and eliminates the cost of operating system licenses and upgrade fees. And unlike proprietary access control systems, RedCloud enables schools to further reduce costs by leveraging investments in virtualization, with the only VMware Ready access control solution, and by supporting non-proprietary field hardware, including contact smart card, contactless smart card, proximity, magnetic stripe and barcode.