Choosing the right security solutions for your home or workplace can be a complex business. There are now so many options available that it can be difficult to know which one might work best for you. One of the best solutions for today’s high risk world is an integrated system that combines electronic and physical security elements.
- What are integrated security systems?
First of all, let’s define exactly what is meant by an integrated security system. It refers to the various components of security systems, such as CCTV cameras, access control, intruder alarms, and fire alarms that can be controlled through one centralised system. The separate elements can communicate with each other and share information.
It also allows the whole of the premises to be monitored and access controlled remotely if necessary. Businesses may even wish to outsource the monitoring of their security systems to a third party who will provide a continuous 24/7/365 professional service and alert the appropriate authorities if need be.
Here are the key benefits of integrated security systems to consider.
- Enhanced security protection
Integrated solutions offer a more robust security protection than disparate systems, because they can link up surveillance, access control, intrusion detection and alarms, and more. This creates a powerful barrier and a deterrent for even the most organised criminals.
Separately, each of these features is an effective security tool, but when combined into an interconnected system they are even more powerful. For example, if an alarm or camera detects a potential intruder at the perimeter of a property, the access control system will automatically lock to prevent them progressing any further.
- More streamlined management
Monitoring multiple security systems simultaneously is time consuming and can create confusion. Ultimately, this will make your home or business less secure. An integrated system is managed from one central user interface, which can be accessed from anywhere and at any time.
This means that fewer people will need to have access to the security system, which reduces the associated staffing and training costs and minimises the risk of a security breach or human error. The user will have an overview of the entire system at all times, making it much easier to stay in control of the security situation.
- Increased productivity
A centralised security system reduces the need for staff to be involved in security related duties, meaning that you will have extra resources to focus elsewhere. This can lead to greater productivity without the need to invest in further recruitment and training.
- Tailored to your needs
An integrated security system will be uniquely designed to suit the needs of you and the property, rather than be an off-the-shelf product. This means that the system will be customised to suit the size, layout, operational hours, and to address any specific security concerns or threats that you have.
The system will be adaptable and can be easily adjusted to accommodate any changes, rather than a one-size-fits-all product. This brings you the peace of mind that your security is the very best it can be, and you and your family, or your employees are well protected.
- Cost effective
Over the long term, an integrated security system will bring you savings on personnel and upgrading the various elements of standalone security. It will be simpler and cheaper to maintain, ensuring that you will get a good return on your investment. You may also have reduced insurance premiums as a result of the higher standards of your security.
- A smart solution
An integrated security system will be fully compatible with the latest smart technologies, meaning that they can be accessed from a range of different devices and from remote locations in real time. However, the benefits extend far beyond ease of access, as you will have more advanced functionalities at your disposal.
These include simplified monitoring, updating and reporting tools that are fast and straightforward to use, allowing you to monitor several properties at once with the minimum of labour. You will also be able to share and analyse data and identify key trends and insights from each site.
This allows you to more easily oversee day to day activities and to pinpoint anything unusual or that may pose an extra security risk to the site, assets, sensitive data, staff, or visitors. You will be able to adjust any settings and install updates from one centralised system, without a time-consuming and complex operation.
Above all, integrated security puts you in control and empowers you to make the right decisions to protect people and property.
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