What You Need to Know About Safety and Security for Correctional Facilities
Like other organizations and businesses, correctional facilities are becoming more connected – both internally and externally – which presents many benefits as well as new challenges. In the past, correctional security systems were isolated from all other networks, but cloud technology and the desire to monitor systems remotely has made outside connections a necessity. The connected correctional facility is here to stay, and the management of new security risks is critical to helping ensure the safety of staff, offenders, and visitors.
These are a few of the security technologies playing a key role in addressing these challenges.
As security systems within correctional facilities become more connected and integrated, it’s critical to help ensure the network is protected from cyber threats. Today, building control, inmate communications and employee records may share some of the same IT infrastructure as the security systems. It’s imperative that there is coordination among all the connected systems to ensure all the proper firewalls and protection are in place.
Using some of the same connected tools, facilities can remotely manage and securely access both their account information as well as their security systems. New technology allows security providers to gain access and remotely serve facilities, providing ease of use, faster response times and reduced costs and hassle. This can enhance the customer experience by providing efficient and effective support without the disruption of an on-site service visit.
The use of temperature screening technology could have a significant impact on the intake and visiting procedures correctional facilities currently have in place. Early identification of potentially ill inmates entering the facility could allow them to be isolated without coming into contact with other inmates. It could also alert staff to a potential issue to be sure every precaution and procedure is followed.
Integrated Video Surveillance Systems
Drugs, drones, and phones are three growing threats to every correctional facility. The use of video surveillance systems in conjunction with other technologies can help detect and deter these activities. PTZ cameras paired with radar and radio frequency (RF) drone detection is becoming a viable and cost-effective option for correctional facilities of all sizes. Integrated video surveillance systems serve as a tool to better predict possible security threats and allow more time for the staff to react.
How facilities operate and how they remain secure has changed and will continue to evolve, but we're here to help.