Project Description

Did You Know?

1.9 million crimes

took place in 85% of U.S. Schools between 2009 and 2010

5.4% of students carried a weapon

– a gun, knife, or club – onto school property in 2011

80% of U.S. schools

can expect a violent incident to occur on school grounds

Technology to Focus on in Securing Your School


Physical Security

Signal Levels

It is critical for school faculty to be provided a method of communication that satisfies all the following factors:

  • Quick & simple with very little setup time
  • Group communication is important for administration to be able to communicate to many faculty members at once in an emergency.
  • Reliable – must work when needed. Should ideally be difficult to monitor or disrupt.
  • Full coverage of school – during a crisis, communication could be needed in unusual areas like closets or basements
  • Cost effective, many schools have ongoing budgetary concerns. It is important to control long term costs and deliver a system that satisfies all the above in a way that fits long-term budgets.

In a modern school, physical security is more important than ever. Technology can help to protect students & faculty and can help provide accountability to learn what happened and when.

  • Modern high-definition video surveillance systems provide the ability to read license plates, identify faces, and more to both prevent problems and to deal with effectively with problems that have already occurred.
  • Access control systems offer schools powerful flexibility to control who can access certain areas and when they can do so. These systems can also be very useful in lockdown and other situations.
  • Parking lot control systems such as gates and fences can be very useful in keeping those who have no business on school property away from the school building.

Many schools are being built to new standards that make them more resistant to tornadoes. The large amounts of concrete and steel used in these constructions can leave a school with very little cellular signal or two-way radio signal inside the school building. Luckily, this problem can be solved with Bi-Directional Amplifiers (BDAs) or Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) that take cellular or radio signal from outside the building and distribute that signal through the school building.

With concern over violence in schools growing, many schools feel that enabling their students & teachers to use their mobile phones inside the school is increasingly important. It is also important to ensure that the interior of your school offers radio coverage to police, fire, and EMS who may enter the building in an emergency.

30 Years of Securing Alabama Schools

Sharp Communication & Security Solutions has been pioneering new security solutions and securing Alabama’s schools for over 30 years. From a first-of-its-kind, 44 location CCTV system linked by microwave to a central monitoring point in 1986 to modern high-definition digital video surveillance systems, we have served schools every step of the way.

Turn to our experienced industry experts to help you solve your most pressing challenges in securing and communicating within your school.