Teaching Those Who Keep Us Safe: The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security


With the news filled with the recent terror attacks on Paris, many people are expressing concern about personal safety in public venues. What is not well known is that protocols exist to deter acts of terror in public areas. For example, when the suicide bombers attempted to gain entry to the Stade de France, a security

Marathon Security: Keeping Runners, Volunteers and Spectators Safe on Race Day


Fall marathon season is at full throttle, and as runners gear up, organizers continue to focus on an area of growing concern: event safety. On April 15, 2013, two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring hundreds. Since that time, Boston organizers have stepped up security and other races have followed. While

Access Control and Bullet Resistant Systems for Business Continuity and Government Continuity of Operations Planning


In an emergency, most of us turn to our mobile phones first, to contact loved ones, call for help, or assess how a situation is developing. FEMA (the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency) notes that in recent years cell phones “have been an invaluable resource for disaster survivors.” They even specifically advise using Twitter in

Mid-Century Modern Principles Applicable in Today’s Bulletproof Barrier Design


The 1950s marked the beginning of the Mid-Century Modernist movement in architecture with Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe highlighted as a predominate leader. This time period in architecture is characterized by large windows, open floor plans, and a focus on bringing the outdoors in. Flat roofs and sliding glass doors also became more common in

The Beauty of Glass and Steel


The introduction of the glass curtain-walled building in 1908 made a huge impact on the architectural industry. While “steel with glass construction” buildings didn’t immediately take off and were even perceived by some as ugly, the limits on an architect’s ability to incorporate large panes of glass into the design of a building are still

TSS CEO Jim Richards Makes Crain’s 40 Under 40

Crain's 40 under 40

This week, our own Jim Richards was named to Crain’s Detroit Business list of  40 Under 40 for 2015.                                                                        

ALICE Training Prepares Schools for Active Shooter Events


One of the nation’s first active shooter response programs for schools was born when Greg Cane asked his wife Lisa, a grade school principal, a simple question about the school’s preparedness for  an active shooter event: “What are y’all doing while the police are making their way to the school?” Lisa said that she would

Total Security Solutions Moves Up Over 1,000 places on Inc. 5000

TSS Inc 5000 2015 Honoree

On September 9, 2015 Inc. magazine ranked Total Security Solutions No. 3429 on its 34th annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.  The Inc. 5000 is a comprehensive look at an important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, LinkedIn, and many other well-known names

Introduction of the Glass-Curtain Wall


Nearly every corporate office building in present-day architecture features large glass windows or full glass curtain walls. A curtain wall is a non-structural building element intended to keep the weather out and people in. Typically comprised of a metal framework and glass panes, architects use glass curtain walls to provide daylighting and a beautiful aesthetic.

Police Body Camera Basics, Part 2


Last week in part one of our two-part blog we took a look at the early use of police body cameras and explored a few considerations for police departments rolling out body camera programs. This week we’ll explain how the cameras operate and introduce you to the four main companies that make them. For brevity’s