In late 2015, Advance America – the largest payday lender in the U.S. with 2,050 locations across 29 states – wanted to see what other security integrators could do for their branches’ alarm services and security video.
Blending legacy physical security devices and software with newer products and services often is at the heart of any retrofit project – whether you are a retail business in search of higher resolution camera technology for more accurate images, or you’re the head of a multi-location organization that wants to take advantage of current access control card reader technology without installing completely new door controllers, card readers and wiring.
Facilities of all stripes, ranging from churches and school districts, to healthcare centers to manufacturing plants, continue to move from hard keys to electronic access, or to upgrade their existing electronic access systems.
Along with the holy grail of tighter overall security, the benefits of electronic access control systems include a better handle on who’s coming and going, the ability to restrict access to certain times and places depending on a person’s function in the organization, the ability to remotely control access, the extra assurance a company or organization can give its customers, and the lack of need for rekeying doors or replacing lost keys.
This technology allows enterprise security leaders to retain their original investment in the wiring and cabling infrastructure of their existing surveillance system while upgrading to 1080p Full HD (2.1MP) cameras.
Whether you were hired to breathe new life into a stagnant security program or if your security system is just in desperate need of an overhaul, a retrofit is likely in your future. However, a high-impact retrofit doesn’t necessarily mean a high-cost system. Sometimes, the return on your investment can come from one lost key.
Imagine the day when you can check-in and choose your hotel room using your mobile phone. You may soon be able to do that at Hilton hotels, as the chain says it will offer digital check-in and room selection at 11 of its brands, across more than 4,000 properties.
You’ve reached the stage where it’s time to consider a new security system. The system you have works well enough; it might be outdated, slow or at its maximum capacity for growth, but it still does the job.
Our June issue cover article features “Security Leadership: Women in the Spotlight”.
Also in June, video is becoming a fundamental component of a quality security plan. How can CPTED strategies lead to better physical enterprise security? And discover How David Espie, Director of Security, secures Mayland's Seaports.