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Why Schools Should Use Access Control Systems

By Carlos Anaya - Parkimovil


By Carlos Anaya | CEO - Thu, 08/03/2023 - 17:00

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Security in schools is an issue of great relevance in our country today, due to the various factors that put schools at risk. These problems affect not only the physical and emotional integrity of students, but also their academic performance, coexistence and personal development. Therefore, it is necessary to implement effective measures to prevent and address these situations, as well as to promote a culture of peace and respect in schools. 

Insecurity in schools is a serious problem that affects the quality of education and the well-being of students, teachers and administrative personnel. 

Eradicating insecurity in schools is an urgent and priority task to guarantee the right to education and a dignified life for all members of the educational community. Some of the measures that can be adopted include strengthening surveillance and access control mechanisms to the facilities; training teaching and administrative staff; encouraging the participation of parents and the community in the implementation of new access control systems that are innovating not only how our schools are entered and exited, but that also provide us with many more benefits. 

Security in schools is a shared responsibility, as well as the active and coordinated participation of all the actors involved, from the educational authorities to the families and the students themselves. Only by working together can we guarantee a safe environment conducive to learning and the integral development of our children and young people. 

The importance of providing security and control within educational institutions lies in the fact that these factors contribute to creating an environment that is conducive to learning, development and coexistence. They imply the prevention of and attention to situations that may endanger the physical, emotional or moral integrity of the members of the educational community, as well as respect for the rules, rights and duties that govern school life. This strengthens the sense of belonging, trust, responsibility and solidarity among the members of the educational community, which translates into an improvement in educational quality and social welfare.

The Kigo-Parkimovil school access control is a measure that contributes to improving the quality of the educational environment and to guarantee the right to education in safe and equitable conditions. Therefore, its implementation is recommended in the country's educational institutions. 

School access controls are systems that regulate the entry and exit of students, staff and visitors to educational facilities. These systems can be implemented in different locations, depending on the needs and objectives of each institution. Some examples of places where school access controls can be implemented are: 

  • The main entrance. This is the most important access point, since it is where all members of the educational community enter and leave. Here you can install a QR code or facial recognition that identifies each person and allows or denies access according to their role and schedule. 

  • Common areas. These are the spaces where recreational, sports, cultural and social activities take place. Here an access control can be installed to limit access to certain areas according to the schedule, educational level or type of activity. 

  • Restricted areas. These are spaces where sensitive, hazardous or confidential materials are stored or handled. Here an access control system can be installed that only allows access to authorized persons and records the entry and exit of each person. 

These systems not only allow schools to regulate the entry and exit of people, but also vehicles or goods to a certain place. The systems offer several advantages, such as avoiding the use of physical keys, which can be easily lost, forgotten or duplicated. Access controls can also use more secure and practical means. 

Registering and monitoring entrances and exits allows keeping track of attendance, schedule and location of employees, visitors or customers. This facilitates human resources management, occupational risk prevention and personal data protection. Schools can also optimize the use of space and resources by allowing different levels of access to be assigned according to the needs and functions of each user. This avoids energy waste, deterioration of equipment or facilities and unauthorized access to restricted or confidential areas. 

The systems can also adapt to different types of environments and requirements by offering a variety of customizable solutions that are compatible with other systems. Access controls can be installed on doors, gates, barriers, turnstiles or elevators, and can be integrated with alarm, camera, lighting or climate control systems. 

The purpose of this system is to guarantee the security of students, teachers and administrative personnel, as well as to prevent the entry of unauthorized or undesirable persons. 

It can be implemented through different means, facial recognition or QR codes. Each medium has its advantages, so the most appropriate means should be chosen according to the needs and resources of each institution. It can also be integrated into other systems, such as attendance, evaluation or communication systems, to facilitate the management and monitoring of educational processes. 

School access controls can offer several benefits for educational institutions, such as improving security, optimizing management and facilitating communication. It is a tool that contributes to improving the quality and efficiency of education, as well as fostering a culture of responsibility and respect among members of the educational community.

Photo by:   Carlos Anaya

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