Emergency buttons in these facilities play a significant role in an integrated system, particularly in the inability to harden entry requirements. Unfortunately, these types of facilities drive a reactive response to an incident rather than a proactive one. While these spaces exhibit significant differences, they share the same drawbacks in that they are generally designed for accessibility and ease of movement, which is why it’s important to have a security strategy that collectively considers fire safety, life safety and security infrastructure to ensure the best possible protection.
With that understood, the primary goal in public spaces and communal facilities is to increase incident awareness with real-time notifications to occupants, driving immediate response and action by emergency personnel. Thanks to their speed and accuracy, real-time notifications have grown in popularity, with several use cases across nearly every vertical.
In public spaces and communal facilities, gunshot detection that is linked to automated audio messaging within the facility and automated dial-out processes can operate to provide instruction during the initial phases of an incident. From there, directed and manual announcements can then be made to inform occupants of “Run, Hide, Fight” responses. Additionally, an emergency button can allow manual initiation of emergency response procedures. Together, all of these provide a powerful emergency response system in an active shooter situation.
Integrations between multiple systems can be accomplished in conjunction with procedural and staff training efforts to minimize potential casualties in such an event. The physical construction of “safe rooms,” ballistic glass, and designated shelter spaces also increases the likelihood of surviving a tragic event, only as far as supported staff training and development.