How Security System Integration Actually Works (And How Technology Is Changing It)
published on December 01, 2016 by Jon Ecker
Security integrators combine traditional methods and new technologies to unite a variety of systems
These days, a number of security firms tout their ability to act as a security systems integrator, even if all they’re selling are certain components of a system, like alarms. So, what really is security system integration? How does it work? How is it changing? How could it affect your business? And what truly makes a firm a security system integrator?
The difference between a traditional security company and a security systems integrator
Instead of simply offering a-la-carte services such as alarm installation, surveillance camera installation, or access control features, a security systems integrator takes a broad, holistic view of an organization’s security strategies, including their physical security, personnel security, and information security. After doing this, the firm can develop a plan to unite these disparate systems into one effective program based on the individual security needs and priorities of their client.
Security system integration and IT teams can interface for a more efficient personnel security strategy
Today, IT systems are an integral part of an organization’s security, so they need to be accounted for when designing, upgrading, or otherwise developing an integrated strategy that takes into account all an organization's needs. For example, a company may have a directory of employees that is used for payroll and a separate directory used for network access purposes. Instead of adding a new directory of employees to use when upgrading their access control systems, they may want to merge all three directories to decrease discrepancies and increase organizational efficiency.
Security system integrators can work to develop IT and organizational data security plans
Personnel security is only one area in which security systems integration can have a positive impact on an organization. A security integrator can also assist an-in house security director and IT team with setting up a powerful and secure data network, storing sensitive business, medical, or educational data in a secure manner, making sure an organization’s servers have enough bandwidth, and other specific data security goals desired by the client.
Security system integration can increase on-site and perimeter security
With recent security innovations like intelligent video analytics and monitoring, you can more effectively secure much larger areas with your current manpower. However, if your policies and strategies aren’t effective, you could be missing out on opportunities to increase the efficiency of your security team, and even leave your buildings and property susceptible to threats like theft, vandalism, and corporate espionage. An effective security integrator can develop a plan to determine the proper size and responsibilities of on-site and off-site security teams, the strategic placement of surveillance cameras, lights, and motion sensors, and emergency policies for break-ins, natural disasters, and other unforeseen events.
Without an integrated plan, organizational security can lack efficiency, effectiveness, and coordination
If your organization has multiple security plans, multiple locations, and multiple departments, all trying to make sure your property, personnel, and data are secure, hiring an effective security integrator could be a great way to make sure everyone is working toward one, unified goal.
At POM Technologies, we have the skills and experience to create an integrated security plan that combines traditional methods, new technology, and a personal touch to create unique solutions for your specific needs. Contact us today at 212.688.2767 or through our online form for a free consultation.