Smart Security - Our Recommendations
I know that this is a topic we have covered many times before, however, with every passing week there is an advancement in technology that helps make us a little bit safer. However, these smart security measures need to be taken seriously and implemented properly to ensure that your premises, larger or small, are thoroughly protected and safe. For example intelligent fire detection systems now represent more than 50 per cent, by value, of all new systems installed worldwide and this number is increasing year on year.
Now we are not advocating for you turning your entire premises into a technological mecca filled with all of the latest gizmos and gadgets, but investing in these pieces of physical hardware will allow you to not only keep you safe but also streamline your business.
The Internet of Things: Great but Risky
All of these “Smart” devices have a wireless signal and connect to the internet. This makes it part of the Internet of Things (IoT for short). Now the internet is a wonderful place as we all know but there are risks online. These risks come in two forms; malicious software and hackers. If either of these threats can break in online then they have the potential to lock you out of your system or building. They can cause momentous damage and cause an ungodly cost to your business. Forbes estimates that “cybercrime will cost approximately $6 trillion per year on average through 2021”. Last year the WannaCry ransomware attacked our NHS and crippled a lot of hospital systems and clinics. This is why security needs to be taken seriously.
Now smart devices are by their very nature designed to help improve our quality of life and our safety. They are designed to be safe. However, occasionally human error occurs and a vulnerability is found. This is why when you are looking to invest in smart security ensure that you are using a company that has a great reputation and products that have been thoroughly tested to ensure quality. Also make sure that the installers are qualified and know what they are doing (like us).
Why should I bother?
This is a great question and often one our clients ask themselves before calling us. A lot of people, especially us Brits, have an attitude of “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it”. When this comes to security, you cannot afford to take that chance. As we move forward thieves, terrorists and hackers become more advanced themselves. Their tactics evolve and change to find weaknesses and flaws in our security. Often times it is the simplest of faults that causes the biggest potential risk to your business.
At the end of the day it’s all about making technology work to improve aspects of our lives – and safety and security are always first and foremost. Therefore when we take a look at something physical such as intruder systems and IP CCTV cameras, their smart capabilities should be tailored to what you need, not a one size fits all. With this specific tailoring you can breathe easier knowing that it will not only make your working life easier but that it can also provide you with more analytics and information that can help you plug any further gaps in your security.
We have written about the issues of CCTV and GDPR regulations before, however, we highly recommend the installation of IP CCTV cameras. These security cameras operate through a wireless network making them a lot more portable, able to be installed in areas previously unaccessible/unavailable and with such a disconnected system all video footage can be secured on a private digital cloud that can be accessed from any computer. Another benefit to IP CCTV is the advanced video analytics programs available that can include facial recognition as well as be able to inform you say on your mobile of intruders on the premises.
Another smart system we recommend is access control. Having an access control system that is part of IoT should be seriously considered. Not only does this integrate perfectly with the IP CCTV system mentioned but also you can provide or deny access from any authorised login for more than just doors. A rather extreme case study of this is a Swedish company Epicenter who ran a program injecting microchips into their employees hands which not only allowed them access to the building but also logged in on their computers, used printers, paid for lunch and even kept a record of time in and time out (a highly useful trait for those concerned with HR). Now we’re not saying go to this extreme however IoT connected devices such as smart cards or biometrics scanners can perform the same task extremely well.
Our final recommendation is an intelligent fire system. The benefits to this should be obvious. When integrated with an access control system it can unlock all doors so that employees can leave safely and swiftly as well as be able to inform the fire brigade if necessary. An industry proven approach to fire safety in Integrated Building Management Systems projects is the concept of ‘distributed intelligence’, because when system intelligence is spread over the complete fire system, its operation is more efficient as the signals are processed at the point of generation. This selective distributed intelligence can yield increased reliability, speedier response times, and minimise false alarms and maintenance costs.
This is why we are happy to not only provide such advanced security systems but also work with our sister company KM FM Technologies whose Onsite Management System (OMS) can integrate with these devices to make your business run smoothly allowing you to focus on the all important task of running your business.
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