Is Your Security Strategy Above These Security Challenges?
published on April 22, 2015 by Jon Ecker
Any security strategy starts with understanding how a space is going to be used. Security technology implemented through a site-specific approach enables proactive security monitoring to enhance the safety of your overall environment.
Does your facility spend its time responding to crises or identifying and addressing threats? If your security strategy is suffering due to reactive security measures, you need to reassess your approach.
Below are common building security challenges facilities face when reassessing their security strategies:
- No Integration Between Technologies
There’s been a necessary shift in the way facilities approach security. Today, a single company caters to a site’s security needs, from initial site assessments to installation and implementation to periodic maintenance. Today’s integrators adopt a security consulting approach to site assessments and technology installation. When installing multiple technologies on a site, they make sure these technologies integrate into a central dashboard to prevent information overload and streamline systems operation. This fusion of onsite technologies requires an integrator to handle not only networking but also teldata cabling for installing and wiring phones and computers across a single network. Security systems integration creates a level of connectedness that expands coverage and streamlines system maintenance.
- No Security System Maintenance Plan
As the industry moves away from the vendor-customer relationship model, the importance of building a long-term partnership increases. The initial installation of security technology is only the beginning. It’s more cost-effective and valuable to have a single security company – that knows your site’s needs and system capabilities inside and out – service and maintain technologies through the life of the system. Dealing with a single point of contact saves time and money. A service department that knows your technology inside and out, and is able to provide rapid repairs based on that knowledge is invaluable for any institution. Besides preventive maintenance and prompt replacement services, these same security companies are using remote security management services to help facility managers by remotely monitoring the health of their systems as well as remotely managing video surveillance and visitor access to enforce building security from afar.
- Failure To See Facility Management Benefits In Security Technology
The centralization of security data is enabling facility managers to not only maximize effectiveness but also reduce staff stress. Best of all, security systems integration promotes conformance to standard operating procedures. In many ways, today’s security technology enhances facility management. For example, if a water main breaks and repairs need to be made after hours, a facility manager may remotely enable access to authorized parties. Time and attendance capabilities through ID badges in schools and remote package management for apartment complexes increases security and adds to a site’s amenities. Centralizing emergency communications and other peripheral security technology creates ease of management and a desirable ROI for a variety of facilities.
The security strategies best positioned to defend and protect assets involve efficiencies at every level. Today’s security projects are less about the installation and more about whom you choose as your long-term partner.
The singular integrator approach targets these efficiencies by giving you the right technology for your site-specific security needs, making sure that technology integrates seamlessly through a central platform and addressing ongoing system maintenance needs to ensure technology uptime and maximize security. It’s an approach that creates a security strategy to increase site-wide knowledge at any time from any place, and a security system to promote that safety with multiplied force.
Take a closer look at your security strategy. What’s it missing? What gaps are preventing you from optimizing the safety of your entire site? Download Close Your Security Gaps: How A Better Strategy Maximizes Building Safety below to get more tips on protecting your environment.