Greater access to emerging technologies has prompted campuses across the country to evolve and improve their current security processes and systems. The amount of available data streams can appear daunting, and professionals must analyze the most valuable data to properly enhance security efforts.

Of the seemingly endless streams of data, campus security and operations teams are leveraging indoor mapping technology that acts as a critical layer to improve safety measures, better protect students, faculty and visitors, and even improve overall operational efficiency.

Once limited in accuracy and usefulness, indoor mapping and location data are now breaking technology barriers. Unlike limited Google Maps and Apple Maps, both of which depend on satellite imagery and fully-equipped cars surveying every road, private indoor mapping solutions have become much more accurate than ever before, in large part because they are fed by data streams from IoT devices and beacons. Although GPS signals are not available indoors, advanced data science allows for incredibly precise positioning of both people and objects in a closed environment.

In addition to sensors and beacons, indoor mapping solutions like HERE Venues offer the ability to import data of buildings from various source formats such as PDFs and image files. The result is a much more enriched, comprehensive digital representation of a building. For an even more magnified view of building details and layouts, system analysts can even incorporate original floor plans into their systems through architectural AutoCAD DWG and BIM files. To take advantage of that functionality, however, campus security and operations teams need to utilize mapping platforms capable of processing and incorporating these formats.

Given the growing number of data streams that are available to be layered onto indoor mapping, campuses can greatly benefit by using a single visualization platform offering 360-degree monitoring of all data streams from video to GPS tracking sensors. Monitoring solutions that integrate indoor maps with surrounding area maps provide campus security teams and law enforcement with full situational awareness, whether it’s for an active shooter scenario or monitoring campus security during a football game.

Also valuable for campus security are analytical data streams such as door access control, shot-spotter alerts and social media feeds. The ability to converge multiple data feeds into one platform for seamless monitoring is essential to maximizing security efforts in a place as busy as a campus.

Integrated mapping doesn’t just help improve security measures and mitigate risks around school grounds—it can also improve the efficiency of the school’s facilities, maintenance and on-campus traffic. Integrated indoor maps synchronized with smart sensors and surveillance cameras offer operations teams better insight into key data and even the use of campus facilities and assets.

For example, sensors can indicate what classrooms are being utilized the most as well as help identify areas around campus where energy can be saved through a reduction of heating or cooling. Campuses can gain greater insight and set up alerts to a host of data including asset maintenance, grounds keeping, vandalism, Direct Digital Controls (DDCs), and fire alarms. This reduces overall waste as well as protects the valuable investments an institution makes in its facilities.

Watch how Live Earth’s integrated mapping solution transforms operations and supports campus and security management teams below.

Craig Johnston is an engineer, accomplished business executive, and the VP of Business Development at Live Earth. He has over 30 years of experience bridging semiconductor technologies, computer hardware, computational analysis software, and operational management positions. His knack for building new relationships and partnerships brought him to his leadership position today, driving business development and marketing efforts for Live Earth. Outside the office, Craig is a competitive rower and a passionate social advocate.

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