LiftMaster®, a leader in smart access control solutions for residential and commercial applications, launches “Safer Schools” initiative and is giving away 100 of its award-winning Smart Video Intercom systems to K-8 schools across America. LiftMaster Smart Video Intercoms bring secure and reliable access to any school entrance by allowing school administrators or employees to see and speak to visitors prior to granting them access. Schools interested in receiving a free Smart Video Intercom can complete an online application form located on the Safer Schools website.
“The Safer Schools initiative came to life after the Uvalde school shooting. Our employees stood up and asked what we could do to make schools and communities safer,” said Jennifer Lytle, LiftMaster VP & GM, Commercial Services Emerging Business and Safer Schools Initiative Lead. “We wanted to find a way to help make schools a safer place for our children and teachers. The 100 free Smart Video Intercoms are a start, we look forward to helping in other ways through our Safer Schools initiative.”
When LiftMaster launched its Smart Video Intercoms in 2020 the main use case was enhancing access security for residents within multifamily properties. “After seeing firsthand how successfully our products performed in that context, we realized that they could also be a powerful solution for schools,” added Lytle.
LiftMaster Smart Video Intercoms powered by myQ® software, allow you to see, speak to, and grant access to visitors from any phone or web browser. Administrators can also create individualized access schedules for staff and guests, view archived video footage from every access event, and remotely lock or unlock additional building access points. The Intercom is easily retrofitted into an existing setup, requiring only a power source, an internet connection, and an electronic or door lock strike system.
K-8 schools eligible to receive a free LiftMaster Smart Video Intercom can indicate interest by submitting their information via Chamberlain Group’s Safer Schools website. Schools will be selected in the order of qualified applications received, until all 100 free Smart Video Intercoms have been given away. Schools selected to receive a free LiftMaster Smart Video Intercom System will also receive a free myQ Community video subscription plan for the life of the Intercom.
To further support schools in their effort to keep students and educators safe, LiftMaster is also partnering with PASS (Partner Alliance for Safer Schools). “The Partner Alliance for Safer Schools is pleased to welcome the LiftMaster brand as an official PASS Partner,” said PASS Advisory Council Chair Chuck Wilson. “We thank the company for its commitment to improving school safety and security and look forward to working together to protect our schools and communities.”
PASS offers the most comprehensive information available on best practices for securing school facilities. According to PASS Guidelines, a video intercom is a Tier 1 requirement, making the LiftMaster Video Intercom a valuable safety measure for a school looking to enhance the security around their entrances.