Protecting the Connected Classroom

How to mobilize existing technology resources for security and emergency response

Keeping students and teachers safe is a top priority and a baseline requirement for effective education. In recent years, violent, high-profile school tragedies have grabbed the headlines. Such tragedies remind teachers, administrators, law enforcement and the public at large of the possible scale and tragic impact of school violence.

The worst incidents of school violence can overshadow an ongoing probability of less dramatic, but still troubling incidents that happen every day at schools across the country — classrooms can be disrupted by fights or other discipline problems, by an irate or intoxicated student, or even by a medical emergency.

Leveraging existing technologies in the “connected” classroom is a useful approach to extending the benefits of video surveillance technology into the classroom without disrupting the teaching environment.


Bill Taylor is president of Panasonic System Networks Company of America.