THRIVE Intelligence, which provides an end-to-end video surveillance solution that detects, alerts and intelligently intervenes, unveiled today at ISC West specialized security offerings for the healthcare and education markets. The vertical market solutions, which address the growing problem of violence in hospitals and schools, combine leading-edge video analytics with real-time, event-based monitoring by security intervention specialists at THRIVE’s national command center in Dallas, Texas. Company representatives are demonstrating THRIVE’s full array of video security offerings in Booth #10133 at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas.
“While hospitals and schools are supposed to be safe havens, the sad reality is that in recent years both have seen increasing and ever more shocking levels of violence,” said Rick Cook, THRIVE’s executive vice president of sales. “However, it isn’t just the mass, news-making events that have made hospitals and schools less safe, but also the small, everyday incidents that never get reported. For these facilities, THRIVE is pleased to now offer specialized programs that can detect major threats and alert first responders in real-time, while also providing an extra level of protection from the more typical, everyday incidents that together add up to billions of dollars a year in cost from damages and injuries. For less than the average salary of one guard, THRIVE is now able to protect a hospital or school with 100 cameras and 24/7/365 video monitoring.”
“Hospitals and schools are large, complex, fast-moving environments. As such, they require a more sophisticated security infrastructure to help counteract an alarming rise in violence,” said Matt Antkowiak, chief intelligence officer for THRIVE Intelligence. “With our vertical solutions, we are able to leverage the technology, processes and methodologies that have proven so successful in the general commercial market and apply them to address the unique security concerns in education and healthcare. As a result, we are able to provide a previously unavailable level of protection for little incremental cost, an important consideration given these organizations’ tight budgets.”
THRIVE’s vertical solutions begin with an assessment of the particular facility to customize protocols that define events and responses most appropriate to the environment. For example, education protocols may include after-hours presence detection, facility protection, appear/disappear detection for the gym, cafeteria, and auditorium, admittance to authorized access-only areas, and much more.
In most installations, THRIVE Intelligence typically provides:
- 24/7/365 real-time monitoring of emergency room perimeters and other key, identified locations.
- A virtual guard to allow on-site security personnel the freedom to patrol and actively assist.
- Real-time detection and first responder dispatch (as necessary) upon unauthorized intrusion.
- Video escort and two-way audio intervention for immediate alert and response in parking facilities.
- Monitoring of restricted movement and special needs patients and students.
- Cost-effective retrofit of existing IP or analog cameras or custom hardware and service packages.
According to the 2012 Crime and Security Trends Survey by the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS), 98 percent of healthcare facilities now experience violence and criminal incidents. The survey also noted that 2012 saw the largest number of fatalities at IAHSS surveyed facilities due to violence.
The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control conducted a nationally representative sample of youth in grades 9-12 in 2011 and found that 12 percent reported being in a physical fight on school property in the 12 months before the survey, and 7.4 percent reported being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property one or more times in the 12 months before the survey. One-fifth of students reported being bullied on school property.