Project Overview

The Mountain View Whisman School District located in the Bay Area (CA) is a public school district that consists of nine primary schools and two middle schools.  The school district identified a need for enhancement of its physical security posture and embarked upon a process of identifying a security electronics platform that would provide enterprise level systems unification to serve as a “force-multiplier” to existing security staffing measures. The District commissioned a comprehensive evaluation of all existing needs for the enterprise level system with intent to phase implementation through future standards and design development and implementation.

Guidepost Solutions

Guidepost provided consulting services for the Mountain View Whisman School District that would guide them in selecting a new access control and alarm monitoring system. This new access control system will be fully integrated with their new video surveillance system and will take advantage of their existing network infrastructure. Guidepost performed an assessment of 9 elementary schools, two middle schools, and their District office. The Guidepost team recorded each school’s existing door hardware conditions to build a virtual database that included critical architectural information and photos. We then successfully delivered a findings and recommendations report that assisted the District in selecting the appropriate solution for access control platform based on critical success factors, cost impact, operational considerations, and key electronic door hardware solutions. This recommendation report then became the baseline and reference point for Guidepost to begin the full design and creation of construction documents for the eleven schools and District office.

Benefit to the Client

Engaging Guidepost provided the District with an independent third party perspective of the District needs, with support and guidance throughout a robust systems and platform review process.  As the trusted advisor to the District the Guidepost team were able to escalate a design process that ensured interface of the video surveillance and access control components with future scalability to support further security electronics eco-system interface.  Engaging Guidepost provided the District with complete design package drawings, specifications, operational intent, and programming direction for bid and installation by integrators.  Guidepost continue to provide construction administration services ensuring that design intent and is delivered and the District realize their vision of a complete interfaced security management system.