It’s astonishing to compare the level of technology in our daily lives to 20 years ago! From smartphones to automated driving cars and the Internet of Things, the pace of development feels never-ending. The downside when it comes to buying new technology however, is that it can sometimes be a bit confusing.
Buying the latest security technology perfectly illustrates this, particularly if you are an end-user with limited knowledge. With different manufacturers offering varying and competing technologies and embracing new innovations, the choices can seem daunting.
Even for professional security installers, there can be a fair amount of homework involved to really understand new technology, its practical benefits/suitability and which types suit which buyer best. Sometimes a wide choice can be a headache rather than an advantage!
A Complex Market
From a security provider’s point of view, the market has reached an interesting juncture. There are a number of well-established, well-known and trusted suppliers who have been around for decades that continue to offer proven and popular products, whilst also embracing a number of new technologies.
At the same time, there is an increasing number of niche players who are exploiting market segments that are sometimes missed or ignored by the big traditional providers. These agile and maverick producers are developing products and services to address these needs and deliver specific solutions.
Deciding upon the supplier that best suits your needs can be a complex process and realistically, you can’t even begin to assess the providers and what they offer until you look at the specific security needs of your organisation.
Addressing the Basics
For many people, the obvious place to start the process is to ask some basic questions – what problems do I need to solve and what do I need to achieve?
If you start from this point of view and are rigorous in answering those questions, it’s really going to help you zero in on what is required - whether it’s a service or a product, or even a specific feature of a product.
Once you have determined the top-level security needs of your organisation, its time to get more specific. This can be a time-consuming process, but its well worth all the effort!
For example, you may find one product set that is very feature-rich, but if you don’t need all those other features, it’s a waste of money. Consider what it is you specifically need and want to achieve, answer those questions and you will be able to determine exactly what it is that you need.
Sometimes it can be a real challenge in knowing where to start. You may know you have a problem, but don’t know exactly what it is. You may not even know the right questions to ask the organisation about its needs. If that is the case, then why not engage a consultant? Start a dialogue with an expert, they are far more likely to be able to help in that situation.
With the help of an expert, you can narrow the parameters significantly and you’ll be much better prepared to find the perfect solution.
Do your Homework
There may be a lot of security products on the market, but it’s well worth investigating different technologies and trends available so you can make a more informed choice, even if you need to use a consultant.
Join online forums. Go to trade industry bodies and see what detail they have on their websites. There is a lot of information out there to help people navigate through this world of seemingly infinite choice!