• Muneer Mohammed

3 Security Systems Organizations Should Consider the New Normal

Updated: Apr 29

Yes. We've all read and heard the devastating effects of the corona virus globally. The economy has taken a huge hit and we've had to drastically change our ways of life. Businesses have had to embark on business continuity plans and implement remote working measures. A lot of businesses have cloud based systems that allow them to access files and software remotely. Work emails can be accessed anywhere via Google suite or Outlook. Unfortunately many businesses were ill-prepared in terms of security operations. This is why till today security is still listed one of the essential services and in some locations security manpower has had to be beefed up. This has added extra costs upon already hard hit businesses. Its not too late for these organizations to change and adapt with just a few tweaks to their existing security infrastructure. Here we've listed the 3 security system must haves in order to operate security operations remotely.

1. Cloud Based Video Surveillance/CCTV

Many organizations have CCTV cameras that are recording vigilantly and storing these videos for use in case of criminal activities or safety breaches etc. For most organizations these videos are usually recorded and stored in a digital/network video recorder that is sitting somewhere inside an office or command center. There is no way to access these videos unless they are connected to the internet. This is where cloud based video surveillance comes in handy. The videos are recorded and stored in the cloud and allow for access by anyone with the right access and authority. Some systems are advanced enough to even give real-time notifications of unauthorized activities so that action can be swiftly taken. Eagle Eye Networks is an example of such a system. It even comes with analytics such as people counting and unauthorized entry.

2. Cloud Based Access Control

Some organizations use a pin code. Some a card or even biometrics such as fingerprints or retina scans. Access Control is the way organizations control and manage access by authorized personnel into their premises or certain high security areas. Some even have time attendance features and scheduled access. With a cloud based access control your organization can manage the access control system remotely. You can cancel and issue new cards if your colleague has lost them. Remotely check attendance logs and change access schedules too. This comes in handy especially during this Circuit Breaker period if you're unable to travel to the office but your colleague who's an essential worker needs access to a server room or plant room. Brivo On Air is a revolutionary cloud based access control that works with a myriad of popular brands of readers and cards such as HID, Suprema, Fairpointe etc. Brivo also works with biometrics and even has a nifty mobile pass feature to allow access with your smart phone.

IP Intercom

Door intercoms have come a long way from a simple voice transmitter between a door station and a base station. These days intercoms allow video transmission as well to further aid in the identification of the "caller". A cloud based door intercom has tons of benefits. The usual door/video intercoms are usually stand alone and usually only allow a limited no of base stations to answer the door. With cloud based intercoms, any smart phone can become a base station. This comes in very handy during safe distancing and circuit breaker measures. A delivery person can call and identify himself and drop off a package without any of the staff being physically present at the door. 2N offers a great cloud based intercom solution. Answer doors from your smart phone, unlimited users, unlock doors remotely and integrate with other systems through APIs.

Bonus Tip

All these systems that we've mentioned can be integrated into one holistic solution for your remote operations. Some organizations can also consider a visitor management solution such as Envoy to enhance their remote management of receiving deliveries and vendors remotely. Eventually when this circuit breaker period is over some organizations should consider IP Temperature Scanning Cameras. These can be deployed in areas of heavy human traffic especially when the "crowds" return. D-Link has a camera that is able to scan the temperatures of up to 30 people per second in real time. Images of individuals with higher than normal can be recorded and notifications and alarms sent remotely. This allows the necessary actions to be taken immediately.

A vaccine for Covid-19 is not yet available and the end is no where in sight. Organizations must be prepared to overhaul their security operations and embark on initiatives that will eventually improve productivity as we continue to work from home. Contact us at info@stroztech.com for more information on ways to improve your organization's remote security operations and other cost saving measures during this circuit breaker period.


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