As a school leader, the safety of your students and staff should always be your top priority. Unfortunately, gaps in security can leave you vulnerable to potential risks. The good news is that modern technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) can help you automate otherwise manual processes that are leaving your school open to security risks.
More and more K-12 schools across the country are turning to Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology as means of enhanced safety. Four in 10 educators have reported feeling less safe in their schools now than they did five years ago, according to a 2022 survey by the EdWeek Research Center. Increasingly intelligent algorithms can be used to detect and prevent security risks in areas such as cyber activity and campus surveillance. This technology is proving especially useful for large schools where monitoring standards lack uniformity and data processing can be time-consuming. It also presents unique solutions that can fill in school security gaps and help prevent emergencies before they happen.
AI can help detect suspicious activities, identify any red flags, and monitor activity in real time. Unlike school security staff, AI-powered technology does not get tired or require breaks – it can run 24/7, continuously analyzing potential risks. One example of this is Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology, which can electronically detect vehicles and their key attributes such as vehicle make, model, color, and year – and quickly identify potential matches on authorized or restricted lists, especially during afternoon dismissal when campuses are “open”. ALPR technology can also help deter crime in and around K-12 campuses, as they serve as a reminder to visitors that their actions are being continuously monitored. Additionally, Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) camera systems can offer an extra layer of deterrence by providing increased chances for investigators to track down any offenders who may attempt a break-in or vandalism on campus grounds.
Finally, AI technology helps modernize the security process by providing real-time reports and data analysis based on past incidents and trends. This makes it easier for school leaders to spot patterns that may indicate a potential risk before it becomes a problem. By using this data, schools can take proactive measures to ensure their students and staff are safe at all times.
Many school leaders are turning to AI technology in school operations, to better protect their school from potential threats while reducing manual data processing with real-time reports and data analysis capabilities.
Are you taking advantage of modern technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) to automatically process school movement, while instantly detecting high-risk exceptions? Use our K-12 School Safety Quadrant to help you start the journey to becoming a proactive, safe, and efficient campus to meet modern-day demands in 2023.