by Josh Tafoya, Technical Trainer
We are all in the alarm business. Here at Bold, we provide software and services to the monitoring center. There are commercial monitoring centers, from very small to very large. There are proprietary monitoring centers serving their own clients. There are governmental organizations and law enforcement agencies. The entire extended Bold family is over 590 monitoring centers strong.
The one issue we all must manage is false alarms. I can’t think of a monitoring center that doesn’t have to contend with them. To some, false alarms are a minor annoyance. For whatever reason, they have little impact on the monitoring center. This isn’t related to the size of the monitoring center or even necessarily to the type of customers.
For many young adults, this month marks either the first venture or a return to a college campus. While there is obvious excitement for this milestone towards adulthood and the freedoms associated with it, college students should also take time to plan for their personal safety on campus. Here are ten Do’s and Don’ts to keep in mind!
DON’T walk alone, especially at night. This is kind of the obvious one, but also one of the most important. According to RAINN, nearly a quarter of female undergraduates experience some form of sexual violence, but 11.2% of ALL college students become victims. There is strength in numbers. Walk with friends, or in highly populated areas, during the day, and never walk alone at night.
(This is the seventh in a monthly series about Corporate Health, where we examine different methods and ideas for improving efficiency, your company culture, and employee morale.)
Employee perks. The words alone can strike a certain amount of dread into company owners and managers. After all, Fortune 500 companies have made the term synonymous with lavish business expenses, such as climbing walls, fitness rooms, daycare centers, full tuition reimbursement, and other costly effects.
While the employees who receive them appreciate these perks, they are certainly not an option for all companies to offer. The good news is, affordable perks are equally as appreciated by employees. Here are some things you can offer your staff at little or no cost to you:
The topic of campus safety often focuses on the preparation for violent attacks and active shooters. Because of high-profile incidents over the last 20 years, most schools have a strategic plan in place and actively educate students and faculty on the processes to take in the event of such an attack. However, less common are plans and strategies for disaster management.
The most common disasters are usually weather-related, such as a hurricane, earthquake, tornado or other acts of nature. But man-made incidents can also trigger the need for disaster response, including chemical spills, explosions and fire, gas leaks, and biological threats. Each of these can affect a school in different ways, requiring different responses. One disaster may necessitate evacuation efforts while another triggers “shelter in place” directives.
If you’ve ever though mobile technology was only a small part of our lives, consider this new information from Pew Research:
- Over three quarters of Americans (77%) now own a smartphone. That’s more than double the number reported in 2011.
- Ownership of smart phones is growing quickly among older generations. Now, 74% of adults 50 and older are smartphone users, up 16 percent since 2015.
- The popularity of tablets is on the rise too, with 51% of Americans owning a tablet, up from 3% just seven years ago.
(This is the sixth in a monthly series about Corporate Health, where we examine different methods and ideas for improving efficiency, your company culture, and employee morale.)
Employee training and development should be a critical element of your company culture. After all, companies that invest well in their training and development reap the benefits with increased profits, better employee motivation, less turnover, and more talent to promote from within.
There is a difference between training and development. Training is specific; it’s designed to give employees the knowledge required to perform or improve skills needed for their current job. Development is much broader term, referring to types of formal or advanced training or education which furthers an employee’s professional knowledge in their field while promoting their overall growth and ability.
By Rod Coles, CEO & President, Bold Technologies
It’s now been over 20 years since the first IP Camera was released by Axis Communications back in 1996. Axis developed the system to monitor the sea for oil spills. It saved their customers from having to take two flights a day. Today, this method of video delivery is the norm; digital cameras are an everyday part of life, delivering daily cat videos to Facebook as well as monitoring our businesses and homes for security.
Video is a natural choice for security because as humans, we use our eyes more than any of our other senses. We see CCTV cameras everywhere, so why are the majority of alarm systems not video-enabled? If video is so natural, why is it not being used more in the alarm monitoring industry? Most cameras you see around a building are connected to a NVR/DVR within the building itself, or just recording without anyone watching.
In the years since Columbine, school safety has changed dramatically. Schools have more measures in place to protect their students and faculty, such as controlled access, metal detectors, and cameras. While these safety measures are helpful, it is important to add an extra layer to improve campus safety by tying these isolated safety measures together. In the current climate, many school districts and universities are utilizing alarm monitoring software or Physical Security Incident Management (PSIM) software to integrate multiple unconnected security applications and devices. Using alarm monitoring or PSIM software enables schools to better assess potential issues or threats and to proactively resolve security concerns.
(This is the fifth in a monthly series about Corporate Health, where we examine different methods and ideas for improving efficiency, your company culture, and employee morale.)
It wasn’t until the mid-1980’s that the idea of corporate culture, the set of shared values and beliefs within a business which represent the company vision, even became corporate terminology. Before that, the idea of a job bringing any level of enjoyment or comfort to the employee was fairly rare. But as this new way of thinking grew, companies began to realize that to obtain and retain the types of employees they wanted to embody their corporate culture, they needed to offer a better experience.
The kids are out of school, Memorial Day has passed, and summer has arrived! If you’re taking a trip this season, odds are you’ve done some planning for the destination, the accommodations, the activities, and the packing list. But one thing you should also plan for is securing your home while you are away. Home burglaries are at their peak during summer months, as criminals take advantage of the rise in empty homes.
Because you want your home to still look occupied while you’re gone, the obvious best plan is to have a friend or relative stay there. But if that isn’t possible, you can still give it a lived-in feel: