In recent years, we’ve seen many new security integrations emerge, and it’s certain we’ll see even more in the coming years. These new security solutions are the result of professionals working across industries to find ways to protect employees and customers. They want to save more lives and incorporate remote support.
Some want new remote device control to reduce the amount of in-person inspections needed in a post-pandemic world. This is because concerns about health and clean environments continue to be at the top of mind. Others want to take advantage of the latest technologies, but can’t without an integrated alarm system. Current events also have people seeking new ways to use access control and video surveillance to increase safety and reduce threats to the vulnerable. This includes children in schools or patients in hospitals.
Here are a few of the most interesting trends that have developed in response to these concerns that we’re keeping an eye on:
Putting Access Control and Management in Your Hands
Concerns about people’s safety, whether it be in schools, shopping malls, or businesses, continue to climb. With renewed concerns about active shooters and spikes in virus cases, facilities managers want new ways to control who comes and goes in their spaces.
No amount of advanced technology can stop every threat. But, there are ways that heightened security capabilities can make a difference. For example, remote access control integrated with a video monitored security system can enable facilities to keep their doors locked during the day while still able to communicate with visitors. This was part of a successful security integration project completed by Johnson Controls. Utilizing connected security solutions significantly increased the overall safety of the school system.
Security systems that are cloud-based can be used both on and off site. This can enable you to have conversations from wherever you are, keeping your building safe even while miles away.
We’ve seen this become popular in home security. And while this technology is far from new to the commercial world, the way it is being used continues to advance. The end goal is to make it easier for more eyes to be on entrances and exits. This puts more power in the hands of those monitoring them, without someone having to be present to man the doors.
Many are working on doing this literally, by moving as many of the controls to mobile devices as possible. Research and information firm Gartner shared in a press release in 2019 that “70 percent of organizations using biometric authentication for workforce access will implement it via smartphone apps, regardless of the endpoint device being used. In 2018, this figure was fewer than 5 percent.”
By utilizing mobile devices, you help your teams have one less thing (key card or access code) to handle. This also makes it that much easier to turn access features on and off anytime. The required credentials for entry can be more advanced, keeping unwelcome intruders out. This is the future of security for many. As it becomes less about big, bulky hardware, it shifts to focus on convenience and accessibility from anywhere.
Streamlining Fire and Security Alarm Technologies
Integrating fire and security systems, especially in regards to alarm systems, is quickly becoming the preference. This is not only because people want to be able to have the latest safety features available in their systems, but also because people want to make the maintenance of their systems easier!
As we’ve covered before, integrating your fire and security systems has both pros and cons. But, one of the biggest advantages is the ability to have one company taking care of everything in a way that is trustworthy and reliable. Also, when you go through the process to integrate systems previously not connected, you can go ahead and update the building infrastructure so it can handle the latest advancements. This may require retrofitting your systems, but the right company can help with that.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is the leading authority on fire, electrical, and life safety codes in the U.S. They are always working to streamline the fire and security alarm technology standards. The NFPA is always reviewing and revisiting their codes to keep them up to date. Recently, this includes those addressing the integration of fire alarm systems with security and building automation controls.
This includes developing new standards for mass notification systems, which are often used in conjunction with fire alarm systems. These systems have been evolving to include more than just an audible alarm, but can now include visual and tactile cues as well.
This type of integration is already becoming more popular. In a world where we are constantly inundated with notifications, it can be easy to tune them out. But in a life-threatening situation, every second counts, which is why having a system that can get your attention in multiple ways is so important.
As they release new codes and information, fire protection and security alarm companies alike keep rethinking how they approach their services. This has led many to consider expansion or integration to offer a more combined approach under their own roofs. Everyone who works in these industries should keep watching how integration evolves in the next couple of years.
The Future of Commercial Security Systems
As technology continues to advance, we can expect to see even more amazing innovations in commercial security systems in the future. Some of the things we might see include:
- More artificial intelligence (A.I.) to help with things like facial recognition, motion detection, and threat assessment
- Virtual security guards that can patrol an area using A.I. and provide a human presence when needed
- Increased use of biometrics for things like access control and timekeeping
- More cloud-based solutions to make security systems more flexible and easier to manage
- Greater integration of security systems with other building systems like HVAC and lighting
Commercial security systems are going to need to continue rising to meet the demands of facilities managers and safety authorities. And the companies that build, install, and maintain these systems are going to have to rise to these challenges as well.
Worried About Keeping Up With New Integration Trends? Then It’s Time to Call AFS!
Keeping up with the ever-changing technologies in the fire and security spaces is a stressful job. Whether you are lacking the funds necessary to keep updating your equipment or simply ready to exit your business and leave the future in a new leader’s hands, Rory Russell can help!
With over three decades of experience in the security industry, Rory has watched these trends shifting from the front row and helped hundreds of owners navigate the changes. If you want to find out how selling accounts, portions of your business, or your entire company can help future-proof your business, contact us today through our confidential form here.
We look forward to learning more about your company!