Strategic Security System Design: Eliminating Unforeseen Costs At The Outset
published on May 05, 2015 by Jon Ecker
Security system design is about addressing your security needs through better technology in conjunction with improved processes. How you use the technology depends on the layout of your site and the architecture of your building. In order to maximize your investment with the installation of new security equipment, you must approach the project strategically in order to realize the full benefits behind an integrated security solution.
Below are objectives any security design plan should aim to accomplish:
- Consistent application of uniform security policies: Consistent results depend on consistent processes. The right procedures coordinated through the use of the right technology results in streamlined, efficient security management.
- Systems as security force multipliers: Today's security technologies extend the eyes, ears and overall reach of your security team. Remote video guard tours, motion-detection and voice-down capabilities increase security awareness and a team's ability to get in front of potential threats.
- Stronger security management across multiple sites: By centralizing security technology through a single platform, you gain control over disparate systems while extending your video monitoring capabilities. Also, an integrated system installed through a network enables seamless scalability of additional technologies as your organization grows.
- Reduced technology training and better intern support: Standardizing procedures through the use of integrated security technologies requires a security staff to undergo the same kind of training, regardless of where they are stationed on the site. Adding new security members or extending your technologies to another facility is cost-effective for an organization of any size.
- Streamlined security communications: Security members controlling the console of any integrated security solution stand to receive communications from intercoms, telephones or other internal communication devices to field concerns and enforce site-wide safety.
A security system design plan consisting of the above objectives yields cost benefits in numerous ways:
- Improved personnel and strengthened security efforts: Integrated technology improves monitoring capabilities with the ability to utilize remote guards and greater management of security across buildings. Plus, system integration of multiple buildings frees up guards to monitor and respond in real-time, regardless of where an incident is unfolding.
- Reduced security system maintenance and break-fix costs: Upgrading and maintaining today's newer security technology is easier than the upkeep of technology from years past. An integrator that knows the ins and outs of your implemented system is also faster at diagnosing issues and providing necessary support both onsite and remotely.
- Enhanced system life and improved longevity: By covering the above objectives in your security system design, you end up implementing a system positioned to last you the next five to seven years, which, in today's evolving landscape of security technology, ends up being a desirable ROI for most organizations.
Integrated security involves combining multiple security technologies through a centralized system to perform higher security functions. But orchestrating the proper security design for an organization's needs involves imagination. Whether you choose to partner with a security consultant or take the singular integrator approach, you need to ensure your new design aligns with a forward-thinking security strategy for your facility.
Learn all about the remote monitoring benefits behind an integrated security solution by downloading Remote Monitoring: Why Your Security Force Needs Support.