Universities are education centres where hundreds and even thousands of people visit on a daily basis in order to work and/or attend classes. Due precisely to the high amount of people these centres deal with every day, control measures in order to reinforce the safety of students, teachers and any other person making use of the facilities becomes necessary.

In order to guarantee safety, the distinction of different risk factors within these institutions becomes essential. Such factors comprise those of static risk, which refer to physical goods (equipment, premises, facilities, buildings, etc.), and those of dynamic risk, which is to say, risks dealing with people and their environment.

Static risk factors include possible injuries to real estate, damages usually related to fires or natural disasters, amongst others. These ones are hardly predictable, however, a set of different measures can be adopted, including action and evacuation protocols, as well as simulations in order to reduce response time in case any incident or disaster may occur.

As far as fires go, there are different steps that can be taken with a view to prevent and minimise them in the event they took place:

  • It is mandatory to be in possession of the required equipment in matters of fire prevention and extinction, from alarms, fire sprinkler systems, extinguishers, etc.
  • Electrical facilities have to be periodically inspected, thus assuring their proper functioning and good condition.
  • University kitchens or other spaces susceptible to suffer any type of fire have to be correctly marked out and far from potentially flammable areas and in addition, it would be highly advisable to install fire-resistant doors. Manusa has fire-resistant doors that fulfil the partition function that is required in case of fire, demarcating this way the different areas within a building under highest safety.

With regard to accesses, it is another aspect on which it is important to focus safety. The high volume of people making use of these education centres makes it necessary to install systems guaranteeing safety for each and every user. A set of different measures are available to increase safety in universities, the most noteworthy being:

  1. The installation of persistent surveillance systems such as security cameras, both in university halls and campuses themselves.
  2. The installation of lighting systems with presence detectors serving as a deterrent. This will help in controlling forceful entries, notwithstanding energy waste since lights will only power up whether they detect movement.
  3. Increasing and enhancing current surveillance systems (units, surveillance headquarters, etc.)
  4. Reinforcing security controls in accesses to the centre, via access control systems. Manusa has at disposal a wide range of access control systems, systems which can be incorporated into the existing architecture in universities. Besides, Manusa access control systems ensure the width of passage that is required by users with reduced mobility, thus reassuring universal accessibility.

Manusa access control systems

  • Express Gate, access control corridor with concealable panels. The main characteristic of this access system is that it allows the incorporation of any data validation system: biometry, fingerprints, facial recognition systems or RfiD (radio frequency identification), amongst others.
  • Slim Gate, access control corridor with swinging panels. Much like Express Gates, they can integrate any data validation system (biometry, fingerprints, etc.). These access control corridors can be used to supervise people’s access to any building, thus increasing users’ comfort and safety.
  • Trio, turnstiles with three rotating arms. It is one of the most common systems, and no less efficient. Turnstiles can be used to restrict access to those people unrelated to the organisation, or to mark out different areas within a building. Much like the previous models of access control systems, there is also the possibility of integrating other data validation systems, as well as integrating them into any other architectural project.

These access control systems are usually incorporated into buildings, mostly at their entrances, but when it comes to guarantee security in university campuses there is also another option, and it is none other than the Spin Gate (turnstile), which offers the possibility of restricting access to the facilities directly from outside, preventing the entry to campus to any person unrelated to the organisation, thus providing great comfort and safety for users, as well as security for the facilities.

Access control systems and surveillance measures improve and increase security and safety in universities, by protecting users and facilities at once, under the assumption of maximum comfort.