Implementing a security system without design is like getting behind the wheel of a car without having a destination. At every stage of the security design process, security risks and technology requirements are considered alongside use, cost and aesthetics to create the ultimate level of safety.
Before diving into implementing new security technology inside your facility, you need to consider design. Today’s security system design specialists approach design with a strategic eye, and approaching a security project from any other angle is a fatal mistake.
The larger the scope of your security project, the more important it is for you to partner with a security consultant to provide the design. Most security consultants conduct a building security risk assessment ahead of a comprehensive site design.
This security risk assessment usually involves:
A security consultant’s findings influence the design package, which includes computer-assisted renderings of the site to scale, security technology components and comprehensive system specifications. After all of the intricacies of the security design are fleshed out, the design is delivered and bidding begins. If you’re embarking on a new security project, you should be reviewing multiple bids from multiple security system design consultants.
After deciding on a particular security design plan, you should begin to choose a provider to implement the plan. The right partner will usually review the plan and provide recommendations for tweaks, uncover unseen circumstances and improve the overall integrity of your chosen design.
Depending on the scope of your project, the singular integrator approach may be a more effective and focused solution to your facility’s security needs.
This approach starts with a phone conversation to discuss your site’s security needs and the goals of your security program. Reactive security is exchanged for a proactive approach involving a blend between security technology and onsite security personnel.
Following this conversation, a security system engineer conducts a site walkthrough to determine technology placement and the technical aspect of the installation. Current technology and security needs are evaluated alongside code compliance and future renovation possibilities. At this point, the site’s IT team is involved to discuss how new systems may connect to the existing network.
Design aspects that an integrator considers along the way with your team include:
After the site walkthrough is conducted, a design is brought to an integrator’s engineers, who sketch a security system design plan based on a site’s architecture and floor plan.
A Security Project Supporting Site Needs & Future Security
Regardless of what approach you choose, the right implementation and integration partner provides technical expertise by observing current systems - from camera sightlines to access control entry points - in relation to the new security design.
The right partner targets security inefficiencies by delivering the right security technology for site-specific needs and ensuring your chosen technology integrates into a central platform. An integrated security solution holds numerous advantages for facilities of all kinds, but is only made possible by selecting the right security system design for your site.
Before bringing a security consultant onto your site, let our security professionals conduct a free security risk assessment to jumpstart your security design endeavor.