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Safety For All

Reviewing: General Electric Topaz  |  Rating:
zoink57 By zoink57 on
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This past fall, the high school that I work at installed the GE Security TOPAZ System to all of our outside doors. Our high school is in the city and consists of 3 buildings that our students travel between. Being one of the Main Office secretaries, I am on the front line of using this system everyday. It was decided that I was the lucky one to have the software installed on my computer.

The software takes a large amount of hard drive space, which wasn't taken under consideration before they installed it. So basically, until they upgraded my computer I could only open one application in addition to the security software.

The software is fairly easy to use. Each door is assigned its own time schedule to open and close to follow the schools' schedule. When we have a different schedule, each door needs to be changed to follow the new schedule. As of this time we have 6 doors that need to be maintained. One of the problems that we have encountered is when the school was on winter break, teachers were unable to access the building due to the system being set on "holiday" - which basically locked down the school for the entire break period. We have since resolve this issue.

The system has been an adjustment for everyone using it (faculty, parents and students), but overall I believe it is a change that needed to be made.