How Smart Systems Can Boost Premises Security

There is a lot of talk about the Internet of Things, about how the networking of so-called Smart devices, everything from electrical lights to washing machines, is transforming our daily lives.

In facilities management, smart systems are certainly having an impact. Automated digital management of heating and electrical systems is helping to cut waste, saving money and reducing environmental impact.

And digital sensors on things like heating and air conditioning systems, connected to remote management software, are allowing for predictive and responsive maintenance planning, again helping to make facilities management more agile and cost effective.

Internet-ready systems are also having a big impact on premises security. From automation to remote monitoring, smart security products are helping to improve the provision of round the clock protection, while the ability to integrate components, so they can be managed by a single software platform, is lowering costs.

Here are the key technologies ushering in the age of smart security.

IP CCTV

Digital CCTV cameras which broadcast their images to a computer via broadband have been around for some time. Known as IP CCTV, the advantages over older analogue surveillance cameras include much higher pixel resolutions, meaning the image they produce is much clearer, and digitally enhanced playback functions so viewers can analyse images in great detail.

Other advantages of IP CCTV include the highly scalable and limitless storage capacities offered by the Cloud, meaning footage can be kept indefinitely from as many cameras as required. And with readily available data management tools, archiving and finding videos when needed is straightforward.

Moreover, all of this can be done remotely – the need for someone to keep watch of CCTV on site is long gone. Video Management Systems (VMS) are able to analyse footage and raise alarms automatically, meaning property owners, facilities managers, security personnel and even law enforcement can check CCTV or receive alerts in real time whether they are on a computer, tablet or mobile phone.

Integrated Intruder Alarms

Intruder alarm systems linked to the internet allow alerts to be sent straight to police and security personnel. They can also be integrated to work hand in hand with an IP CCTV system. So, for example, if an alarm was tripped, the software management system running both would immediately send images from the camera in the area where it was activated to people registered to receive alerts. This further boosts detection and response in real time.

The latest digital alarms will send alerts via more than one communication channel, for example using GPRS as well as broadband, so a mobile phone will still receive the alert even if it is not connected to the internet.

Smart Access Control

Card key entry systems and video and audio access control are familiar features of many premises nowadays. Smart Access Control adds an additional layer to how effective they are, such as integrating door locking with the arming of intruder alarms and closing of shutters. Video entry can be connected to databases containing details of people you do not want on your premises, or even to CCTV in real time, so whoever is monitoring the entry system is warned of any suspicious activity.

To find out more about security installations, and the full range of facilities management services we provide, contact Red Rock here.

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