As technology continues to advance, the life safety and security systems in commercial spaces are expanding. Some of these new services seek to provide solutions for today’s workplaces. Other services are simply expanding as the available features improve.
Whether a space has many or just a few security systems in place, the integration of these systems can make a big difference when it comes to both their effectiveness and their upkeep. Here’s a quick look at what centralized security services are and how they can lead to better protection for a facility.
Centralized Security Services: All Things Safety in One Place
Centralized security services bring together all of a facility’s safety systems under one umbrella, allowing for better integration and overall management. This can include things like access control, video surveillance, intrusion detection, and fire safety systems.
By having these systems managed in one place, it not only streamlines the process of setting up and maintaining the security measures, but it also allows for better communication between the systems. For example, if an access control door is forced open, the video surveillance system can immediately notify relevant parties and begin recording any activity in that area.
Centralized security services can also make it easier for authorized individuals to control and monitor different safety systems. Whether it’s through a central control panel or a mobile device, the ability to access and manage these systems from one platform can make response to any incidents much faster and more efficient.
How Integrated Security Works
Centralized security services are made possible through the use of a centralized platform, often provided by the systems integrator. This platform acts as the hub for all the integrated systems, allowing them to communicate and work together to provide better overall protection for a facility.
The integration process usually involves connecting each security system to the centralized platform, which can be done through a wired or wireless connection. Then, the service provider will work with facility managers to set up and customize the platform, creating user profiles and setting parameters for each system’s functionality.
As mentioned, there are pros and cons to consider when integrating systems for the first time, especially in a building with existing systems in place. You can learn more about integrated security here.
Why Centralized Security Services Matter
When it comes to security in commercial spaces, integrating and centralizing all systems can make a big difference. Not only does it streamline the management and upkeep of these systems, but it also allows for better communication and coordination between them in the event of a security incident.
Centralizing the control of the services in one place also allows the company or building’s security officers to streamline their own protections and solutions. Rather than having to separately program each system, the systems can all run through a centralized hub that is set up with tight cybersecurity features or hardwired settings to better protect the company’s assets.
Centralized security services can also make it easier for authorized individuals to control and monitor different safety and security systems, helping to improve response times and overall protection for a facility. In today’s increasingly technology-driven world, these services can play a crucial role in keeping commercial spaces safe and secure.
Integrated Security in a Post-Pandemic World
Another major concern in the business world today is the risk associated with excessive contact at entry and exit points for employees during pandemics. (This is one of a number of new opportunities for security companies brought about by the pandemic.) Security companies are working to create new access control options that prioritize keyless entry and enable hybrid employees to come and go without a physical interaction. Unfortunately, these efforts have the potential to leave your building more vulnerable.
With a centralized security system, it is easier to have eyes around the building at all times, to lockdown certain areas or entrances if an issue arises, and to deauthorize key holders at the touch of a button.
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