It’s a given that security has always needed to offer reliable protection, but in the modern hyper-connected and rapidly changing world, it also needs to be highly flexible to meet any needs required of it.
The full integration of modern security systems (which has become commonplace over the last few years), has seen the scope of systems evolve very rapidly. This means that every component needs to offer as much choice and flexibility as possible, to fully meet the expectations of modern security operators.
Undoubtedly the advent of wireless technology, which makes full use of online facilities, was a major turning point in physical security systems. Suddenly the dream of providing fully integrated and compatible security components became a reality.
Savvy security manufacturers realised that proprietary systems had had their day and that the future was all about producing the best systems and offering the best ROI - by being compatible with everything else! This has also brought the price-point down and shaped the expectations of the market as a whole.
Wireless IP systems also make it much easier to simply and economically connect the security networks of different geographical sites within an organisation - in much the same way as any other IT system. This gives the security team a true top-down view of the security across the whole business, at all its locations.
Dispersed Security Systems
A good security network needs to work for any organisation and all its facilities, wherever they are. Retail organisations are a good illustration of this. It could be a network of bank branches or retail shopping outlets. These types of organisation need to be able to grow their network of branches to meet demand, and therefore the security system needs to be flexible enough to support it.
TDSi has a customer that uses our systems in a retail environment that started with a couple of stores in the UK and then rolled this out across Europe. Another example is a bank in China that started in Beijing and rolled out 750 branches across the country.
Highly Flexible Components
A truly well-integrated security system will offer great scope for the organisation using it. For instance, you could use a security controller that supports 300 doors and apply that to a single site with 300 access points, or you could use it to control a single door at 300 different sites! From the point of view of the security system, it makes no difference where these are located.
Equally, you could employ 300 controllers over one multi-storey building at a single site but require various levels of visibility depending on who is viewing the information. The overall landlord may want to see everything, whilst each floor or section may house a different tenant that wants to monitor their specific security and alarms.
Undoubtedly, a landlord and tenant capability within the software would be very useful for this and is a standard feature in TDSi’s software.
How people or teams interact with the security system can vary even within one organisation. For example, if a company’s security systems are spread across multiple buildings around the world it may be prudent to have regional security centres that want to take control of the offices within that area.
Local security and management teams will undoubtedly understand the location, local law enforcement and any specific situation better as they are on site.
At the same time, the organisation’s Head Office might want to oversee all the regional offices and interact when required. It’s important to make sure there is flexibility in security software for different users of the system to be able to use the system effectively.
Evolving Security Needs
One of the key benefits of a flexible system is that it allows the solution to evolve and expand beyond its original scope. There could be more facilities included in the network or perhaps less - should a business need to shrink its size for cost-saving or a change of circumstances.
Additionally, over time, systems may be fitted to a building that needs to evolve when new owners take it on and repurpose it. This is happening now within the commercial real estate environment where buildings change hands as part of property portfolios – which is big business in many thriving city business districts around the world.
Keeping Up With Trends
With the advent of the Internet of things and SaaS (Software as a Service), systems being deployed in a cloud type environment with one solutions provider offering service to hundreds of properties will become even more commonplace moving forward.
Flexible security systems make it much easier to plan for the challenges ahead, whilst giving peace of mind that present-day investments will continue to offer benefits for a considerable time.