National End User Manager, K-12 Safe Schools
Mike Garcia currently manages the K-12 school business vertical in the United States for Physical Access Control Solutions at HID Global. He has over a decade of experience developing unified safety & security solutions for K-12 districts that combine people, process and technology to deliver layered security based on quantitative and qualitative risk. Garcia also serves as a member of the Advisory Council for the nonprofit Partner Alliance for Safer Schools.
School districts have been subject to stand-alone access control security platforms for decades, primarily due to past budget, resource and management constraints. In order to capitalize on security operations that can manage risk across an entire school district, security directors now require open architecture, flexible and scalable security command and control operating systems that are a generation beyond current stand-alone door access and campus video solutions. They must “Think Legos” when establishing a district-wide security platform that can overcome the limitations of past industry offerings, by unifying systems and programs.
A unified platform delivers full-spectrum views of the entire district’s comprehensive security picture – for the fastest situational analysis and response by administrators, school resource officers and school-based law enforcement. It empowers automated response capabilities and “management by exception” for a solution that requires a fraction of the staff normally needed to monitor security. Seamless unification allows the system to accommodate new technology advances that bring together every district department and extend the life of the system for maximum benefit to the community and the taxpayers.