Security Tech – Ever vigilant sentries of commerce

Wherever two or more are gathered ...<br><br>There'd better be security.
 Let's face it. Small town America, where everybody knew your name and 
you could leave your door unlocked, is gone. Well, at least it's 
vanishing quickly.<br><br>And where large group of humanity jostle each other, security is a must. Honeywell

Steve Maurer, IME

Wherever two or more are gathered ...

There'd better be security. Let's face it. Small town America, where everybody knew your name and you could leave your door unlocked, is gone. Well, at least it's vanishing quickly.

And where large group of humanity jostle each other, security is a must. Whether a small, storefront business or a crowded airport where people hustle around like an ant colony, if you're the owner ... you're responsible for security. Period.

Public security systems go way beyond the occasional camera on the wall. Close integration with other systems, like fire and evacuation alarms, is a must. Monitoring the system can get, well, complicated.

But recent technologies, and the Internet, make it manageable. While the huge command centers, populated by banks of monitors and equipment still exist, there are other, more compact solutions.

Solutions that can fit in the palm of your hand. Even in the commercial settings, mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets play their part. While they might not take over control entirely, mobiles play a part in the ongoing need for system monitoring. Hardware, software, and wireless tech all play a part.

As mentioned, security cameras are just part of the mix. Access control assists in controlling who's where and why in any location. Badge readers become more than just time clock punchers. They're also used for access control.

For example, a visitor might be issued a temporary card to allow access to your building. But, you may not want them wandering everywhere. Cards can be programmed to limit where they can go. Even employees may need limited access, depending on the sensitivity of your operations.

The design of the security system varies with the site. For example, hospitality locations like luxury hotels need more than just card readers for room assignment.

Access to outside amenities like pools may be limited to certain hours of the day. Intrusion detection is required during closed hours, particularly at night. Video monitory is a must at the check-in desk, front entrance, and parking garage. Don't forget the corridors and elevators.

Control rooms allow integration of the safety and security systems with energy control and HVAC systems. One location monitoring means that emergency services can be contacted immediately, and appropriate building evacuation systems activated.

Those security cameras, the backbone of any security system, are more than just silent sentries, keeping an eye on human traffic. Software solutions provide facial recognition when necessary, particularly in airports and transportation terminals.

Yes, the safety and security of your employees and customers has become increasing important and complex. Fortunately, modern systems make total coverage and integration possible for every situation.


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