Common Credential Systems Offers Unique New Low-cost School Safety Solution

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Common Pass™ is a patented, unique solution to rapid, low-cost Internet-based lockdown of school classrooms to protect students and staff.

Common Credential Systems, a San Antonio technology company offers a unique new approach to locking-down school classroom doors, and at a much lower cost than traditional methods. This patented new technology and 'out-of-the-box' approach to wide-area school lockdown will instantly protect students and staff on the command of any authorized local, central or even mobile security officer. Common Credential Systems new product, Common Pass™, applies Internet technology and a new approach to the problem of student security.

Common Credential Systems CTO, Chris Fox, says, "Traditional methods of physical access control require that electrical locks, card readers and expensive control panels must be installed at each and every door at a cost of thousands of dollars per door. Common Pass handles the doors in group-fashion, requiring only that the electrical lock to be installed on each. And, since most school doors are identical throughout a school, the cost is even lower because the installation is a step-and-repeat process."

Common Pass™, and partner company Blue Mule Software™, not only offer this vastly less expensive lockdown alternative to all traditional access control systems, but also brings many other unique features to bear on the ever-growing school security problem. Secure, Internet-based operation makes the system operable from anywhere in the world, even by cellular phone. And schools with existing access control of any brand can be expanded and up-graded by Common Pass™. Features that allow instant changes of access rules as situations occur make school lockdowns by building, campus, district or even by city a press-of-a-button operation. Human intervention is not required, classes are not disrupted, but access rules change radically in an instant.

Fox added, "Students and staff under lockdown conditions can freely exit their classrooms at any time, but no one can enter. A gunman finds that he is restricted to moving only outward - away from students and staff. During lockdown, doors can still be operated by security and emergency personnel using their high-security badges. Mapping features allow activity within the school to be monitored, allowing police to protect students or staff who are escaping the threat or seeking aid."

The Common Pass™ system also provides greatly improved after-hours classroom protection because every room, not just the building, is secured against entry.

Fox says, "Common Pass™ technology will protect our kids. It will secure our schools, and it will let security people invoke an instant, planned response when something bad happens or a threat is detected. We always try to tell administrators to 'get their emergency plans off of the paper and put them into action'. Common Pass™ allows them to do that, and drives administrators to actively design policies for all situations."

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