WOODBURY - Two Long Island school districts have stepped up security following the Newtown, Conn. elementary school shooting that claimed the lives of 26 people, most of them children.
The Plainedge School District has one of the most advanced school security systems in the state. Intralogic Solutions created the technology system that keeps Plainedge students safe. It features a district command center, which monitors every part of the system, including access cards that students and staff must use to get into the high school.
Through Intralogic's technology, Plainedge’s superintendent can lock down a school with the tap of his finger. The system also features a "door ajar notification," sending a text message to administrators if a door is propped open for more than five seconds.
Surveillance cameras are another key aspect of school security at the West Babylon School District. The high school alone boasts 72 cameras, which record nearly every move made. West Babylon High School also has an electronic map of the school's floor plan, which allows administrators to quickly locate a trouble spot.
Intralogic Solutions says any school on Long Island can get a grant to implement security systems. The company also does free security assessments for schools.