In March 2017, drivers on a Montreal highway were stuck for more than 12 hours in 15 inches of snow. Because of a lack of coordination and an inability to share information between first responders, various highway authority groups, and the city, more than 300 motorists were stranded in their cars overnight.
Security industry professionals seem to hold differing opinions on whether video surveillance or access control is the predominant platform when implementing an integrated security solution. Truth of the matter is that access control systems are more prevalent in terms of the sheer number of systems deployed, the size and scale of deployments and actual daily engagement by users. And for good reason! When a potentially threatening event unfolds, an access control system can instantly shut down a facility, or specific areas within it, potentially saving lives.
An engaged leadership team already understands the greater domain awareness provided by converged surveillance systems, but how about the next step toward robust risk management: cybersecurity and cyberspecific insurance?
Having smoke and fire detectors without fire suppression technology is like having video surveillance without alarm response.
November 5, 2013
A fire in 2013 that began in the attic of a Colorado sorority house burned for hours before anyone detected it, resulting in a million-dollar loss. Why? The three-story, wood-frame house had no fire detection system, and a sprinkler system covered the living spaces but not the attic.
The video analytics drums are beating louder these days. But now may finally be the time when technology advances, security-and-beyond enterprise-centric applications, IT’s big data notion and smarter systems integration are trending to real, cost-effective benefits.
When’s the last time you reviewed the services that your security integrator is offering? If it’s been more than a year, or perhaps even a few months, I’m certain that you’ll find that there are more choices and greater flexibility in the deployment of those choices.
This month, Security magazine highlights the importance of establishing the right metrics for your security program. Also, we highlight Eric Clay, Director of Public Safety for CoxHealth, and discuss how to build a successful K-9 Program and rethink "red flags" to prevent insider threat attacks. Industry leaders discuss this year's Presidential Election security and 2020 predictions for the security industry.