With so much surveillance and monitoring technology surrounding us with the goal to improve safety and efficiency it only makes sense that the devices will eventually help schools improve their own security needs as we move into the future. With the future right around the corner, many people are asking what might be a typical school, and look like in the next 50 years in regards to security? Most schools today already have some form of video surveillance operating on campus grounds to either provide school administrators with accurate and concrete information that may not be accessible through eye-witness testimony, or to deter crime. Studies show that when people see surveillance cameras they are less likely to commit a crime, making surveillance systems highly advantageous for schools. This already present form of surveillance monitoring technology in schools is only the tip of the iceberg as we can expect security measures to only grow in the future.
So we know that this type of technology already exists in schools, but how much technology will infiltrate our schools in the future?
Schools of the future will utilize more technological resources as competition drives prices down, making surveillance and monitoring equipment affordable to most school districts. Expect to see more sophisticated video surveillance equipment recording student activity in hallways, lunch areas and potentially classrooms. Video imagery will be more clear, providing detailed accounts of activity if a serious situation were ever to occur. Metal detectors, or some other form of detection devices, will guard the entrance and exit points of a school, eliminating any potential for weapons to be carried onto campus grounds. GPS tracking systems may monitor the movements of every student, ensuring that class is being regularly attended. GPS tracking systems are already being used by some schools to monitor the movements of students who are habitually in trouble or late to class. The future will likely see an increase in tracking system technology as security and safety become a top priority of schools. Having the ability to monitor all areas of campus, ensuring students are not carrying weapons and being able to pinpoint student locations is how surveillance technology and GPS tracking systems will improve security and more in schools in the next 20 years.