Comparisons

While all security improvements have a layering effective of improvement, Armor At Hand shields are specifically designed for instant protection at the first sign of danger. The 20 plus year shield product life and upgradable IoT further sets the value apart from other choices. The school can be remodel or relocated, and the shield still have high value.

Common Evaluation Questions:

  1. Does this product protect and actually save lives?
  2. Does this purchase over burden current or future school budgets? 
  3. Does this choice create any unintended vulnerabilities? 

Key Rating Level Comparisons:

Capability and Cost Comparisons:
The protective capabilities are always available and unaffected by future budget constraint or continued funding. 

A purchase of metal detectors or a video surveillance system still requires the expense of someone who is trained to operate the equipment. 

Hiring security personnel, although effective, becomes a long term reoccurring cost as they must be paid for every year or the protection level is removed. 

These are important considerations when thinking about the year-by-year variations of school budgets and on-going security costs.

Security Options

Pros

Cons

Requirement 

Initial Cost

10 Yr Cost

On Going Cost

Armor At Hand Shield

Instant protection mobile defense.
IoT AutonoAlert system.
Protection from any type of attack.
Assured peace-of-mind

    Being inconspicuous, the hardening of school is not obvious. 

      3 to 100 Shields, $1,900 each

      $5k to $160k

      $5k to $160k

      Minimal IoT Electronic System Cost

      Security Guard or Local Police Armed

      Trained to protect and lead response. Can adapt to changing situation Familiar with student.
        Vulnerable to disablement. Single initial location. Expensive or consumes local police resources.

          One to Three Guards $80k to $100k avg each.

          $80k to $300k avg

          $800k to $3.0m

          Perpetual Cost of Trained Personnel

          Fencing

          Preventative, barrier to entry
            Ineffective for inside attack. Can be circumvented to slip in weapon. 

              $17 to $40/ft w/ labor, over 836 ft per acre (45 Acre Avg)

              $639k to $1.5m

              $650k to $1.6m

              Minor Maint.

              Metal Detectors          

              Can prevent weapons coming through front door.
                Bottlenecks and lines creating a new vulnerability.
                Requires trained personnel

                   

                  6 to 8 Detectors $2,000 each and personnel $30,000

                  $192k to $256k

                  $2.0m to $2.5m

                  Perpetual Cost of Trained Personnel

                  Video Surveillance Ability to track and pinpoint any disturbance.
                    No defensive capability. Limited preventative impact
                      $30,000 to $250,000 $30k to $250k $300k to $2.5m Perpetual Cost of Trained Personnel