Integrated Security Systems: Your Answer To Inefficiencies & Weak Security
published on March 25, 2015 by Jon Ecker
Are disparate security systems complicating your team’s security efforts?
In many facilities, security systems use different devices and modes of connectivity. But as more IP-based security technologies emerge, the more likely it is that these technologies will integrate over a network. What this integration means for facilities is the ability to manage, monitor and control any building’s security from a central platform and from any location.
An integrated security solution simplifies building security and enhances facility management in ways the industry is just beginning to realize.
Defining Integrated Security
Security systems of the past were operated independently of each other. Each individual device was hosted on a single site connected to a control center through a set of cables. These cables carried captured information and displayed the data on a monitor.
Today, as the Internet continues to infiltrate everything – from handheld devices to household thermostats – security systems are evolving to greater levels of sophistication and speed. Browser-based security systems are becoming cost-effective solutions for many institutions. In the past, during the installation of new security technologies, a cable network had to be installed, but IP-based security technologies leverage an organization’s existing network infrastructure for faster, easier installations. When installing new IP security equipment across sites, utilizing the existing network eliminates labor and empowers your security team to do more with less.
While the idea of security integration is fairly new, acceptance will continue to soar as more sites start seeing the numerous building management advantages from an integrated security system.
Human-Centric Security For Better Building Management
Browser-based security systems enable security teams to have immediate visibility into any system at any time. This new level of connectedness enhances a facility’s reporting capabilities, which leads to improvements for tighter security and more efficient traffic access control. The more knowledge available to internal security teams, the more opportunity for enforcement of standard operating procedures, management efficiencies and automation possibilities.
It’s important to remember, however, that integrated security solutions and the emergence of intelligent security technologies are not intended to replace security personnel. These systems are designed to support smarter facilities, more productive security staff and proactive security measures.
Integrate & Embrace Remote Security Management
Today’s building managers and facility executives are swapping out standalone security systems for integrated solutions. These IP-based systems enable an outside security firm to remotely monitor cameras, doors and manage visitors. Remote security management, or managed security services, act as a complement to security staff during off-hours and high-profile events, or as a replacement for security personnel at a facility lacking onsite staff. Services like remote visitor management and video surveillance strengthen security from all sides while staying on top of and eliminating facility management inefficiencies.
The biggest advantage to implementing an integrated security solution is the added flexibility and scalability of the entire system to meet any institution’s growth needs.