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School Security in the Spotlight

School Security in the Spotlight

As the new school year begins, many schools across the country are looking at ways to create a safer, more secure environment. From the addition of security cameras and surveillance tools to automation solutions that control building access, school boards and superintendents are considering an array of solutions.

“In today’s uncertain landscape, we can all agree that keeping kids safe is a priority,” says Jon Jackson, Baker Group's Vice President of Technology. “There is not a better time than now to consider adding new or upgraded security solutions designed to keep all who use your building safe, healthy and secure.”

Baker Group has expertise in the deployment of a number of security systems from companies like Avigilon, Open Eye and Identiv/Hirsh. These systems offer layers of protection and can be customized to meet the specific need of any learning environment. Among the most installed technologies are access control systems, video surveillance and mass notification systems.

In addition, more and more educational facilities are turning to emerging technologies like facial recognition and biometric systems that can read a fingerprint, palm print or even perform a retinal scan.

“At Baker Group we pride ourselves on being at the cutting edge of technologies while developing long-term relationships with our clients,” Jackson says. “We don’t simply want to install a system and disappear. Our goal is to continue to serve our clients as a single source for installation, service, parts and maintenance for these security systems.”

Baker Group continues to hold a Master agreement with the State of Iowa, making it much easier and more efficient for educational institutions to work with the company.

“One of the things that separates us in this industry is our master agreement,” Jackson says. “The state has done competitive vetting so school districts don’t have to. This is a major efficiency that means schools and school districts can use us for projects without having to put them out for bid. This helps us to get projects started and finished in a much timelier manner.

“The agreement allows schools to purchase directly from Baker Group and guarantees the price on quality products and installation,” Jackson adds. “Safety has to be a priority for schools in this environment and we are ready to deploy solutions that meet their unique needs.”

To learn more about Baker Group’s full suite of security solutions for schools and businesses, visit www.thebakergroup.com/commercial/services/security.

About Baker Group

Baker Group is a commercial and industrial specialty contractor based in Ankeny, Iowa. With more than 1,100 employees, Baker Group is the Midwest’s premier full-service specialty contractor providing mechanical, industrial, sheet metal, electrical, building automation, process automation, security systems, fire alarm systems, parking/revenue controls and 24/7/365 service. For more information, call 855.262.4000 or visit www.thebakergroup.com.


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