Every business needs a way to keep unwanted people from accessing their buildings. Some may require restricted entry to certain areas within their premises. Various security measures can be introduced as part of a broader security plan designed to provide access control while protecting your employees, data, equipment, and other resources within your office space or facility.
Optimal business security can be achieved by gaining a holistic understanding of the various components that affect security, including site design and layout, access control, intrusion detection, training, fire and power protection, environmental components, training, emergency response readiness, and so on. Good security practices allow employees to feel safe enough to focus on their tasks, while protecting company resources, which is necessary to maintain productivity.
The best business security strategies use a mixture of specialized hardware, technology, and in-person monitoring depending on your specific needs and the potential threats to your premises. Here are some of the main categories of security technologies to consider when planning to enhance business security:
This refers to technologies designed to restrict entry into your property or certain areas of your business premises. The most basic access control form involves placing a physical lock mechanism on a door or gate or using keys that feature near-field communication tags to screen and/or log security data for authorized persons. Access control systems have various technology options for high-security areas, ranging from magnetic door locks and identity card scanning systems to fingerprints and retina scans. Other options include numerical touchpads, monitored intercoms, and biometric technology.
These security systems are designed to monitor and notify your security team of unauthorized entry or the relocation of certain equipment without permission. Intrusion detection technology is essential to business security because it can send a warning if certain events occur, including attempted or unauthorized access at an unusual time.
Smart security cameras are more advanced than traditional closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras that use multiple cameras to provide visual protection and recording.
Traditional camera options include a fixed lens and a zoom lens. Fixed lens cameras are suitable for monitoring stationary assets or equipment, where you don’t need to adjust the distance or width of the video capture. You can choose between a wide and narrow-angle lens depending on your applications. On the other hand, Zoom lens cameras are ideal for viewing a target that requires an enlarged view. You can also opt for pan, tilt, and zoom (PTZ) cameras, which are dome-shaped and can move in all directions, as well as zoom in. PTZ cameras can automatically detect and follow the unusual movement, which makes them ideal for tracking suspects.
Smart camera systems feature motion sensors, artificial intelligence, and an Internet connection. They can spot intruders, deter them, and record potential burglars before sending a notification and the recording to your smartphone. Smart cameras use artificial intelligence (AI) to identify human beings/vehicles/animals from trees, rain, and other obstructions and can even recognize some faces. These cameras come equipped with a myriad of tech features to suit your specific application. Some of the key features for smart cameras include high-quality video, smartphone accessibility, infrared night vision, and so on. So, whether you want an indoor, outdoor, or doorbell smart camera, you can find one that leverages the latest technology for your optimal business security.
Panic buttons can be installed in key locations of the business where specific employees can quickly and silently alert the in-house security control center, an off-site alarm monitoring center, or other relevant personnel (such as top management) in the event of an emergency or security breach. Panic buttons or duress alarms are suitable when it may be unsafe to call for help using other means, like when there’s a belligerent individual in your lobby, and making any obvious attempts to alert the authorities may escalate the situation. Having a panic button may provide your employees with a covert and convenient way to alert the relevant security authorities without drawing attention to yourself.
Panic buttons can be wired or wireless, provided they’re installed in a location that is easy to reach yet out of view of any observer. They can be installed in security checkpoints, the receptionist’s desk in the lobby, customer service counters, cashier stations, and so on.
This is a great addition to your business security system; it establishes a live audio connection between your in-house security center and the location where the device is installed. With two-way voice monitoring, your security team can assess emergencies at the entrance and other areas of your premises; it can also notify the intruder or suspicious individual that they’re being watched and that the authorities will be arriving soon. If an individual is lost, they can communicate back to the operators for guidance. This feature allows your security team to immediately and effectively address any situations from the control room.
2GIG alarm systems are equipped with a range of encrypted sensors that include a motion sensor, glass break, key fob, and two contacts. These sensors use encryption in their wireless communication, which makes them impervious to any takeover or hacking attempts, so you have peace of mind that your system is protected 24/7, and that the monitoring center will receive your emergency signal when the sensors are triggered.
This innovative smart panel provides you with enhanced management and interactive security capabilities in a single, intuitive, easy-to-use interface. The operating system is integrated with Alarm.com, allowing users to take advantage of WiFi and Z-wave technology for a wireless installation and smart home automation with wireless communication. The touchscreen also features built-in two-way voice communication, a built-in siren, multiple role-based user codes, remote services via Alarm.com, software updates over WiFi or manually, and compatibility with many other wireless products.
It’s important that you get a professional security team to perform a physical audit of your business security to identify the different categories of technology that may be used to secure your premises, either by installing new systems or upgrading existing ones. For more information on the various security technologies for your home or business, contact Canadian Security Professionals.