Remote oversight imperative for smart buildings

Issue 5 2020 Integrated Solutions

It is said that by 2030* at least six of the world’s 41 megacities will be based in Africa. This means that not only are we headed swiftly towards an era of real transformation with technologically advanced smart cities, but similarly, the increased need and drive towards smarter buildings to meet this changing workplace demand.

In South Africa, however, there are certainly a lot of questions around where we are headed in the smart city conversation and whether we have made strong enough strides as yet in building the cities of the future and more so, the smart buildings that support these. The reality is that while technological evolution in the built environment has been slower than other industries, it is picking up, and one of South Africa’s biggest drivers for such smart building development is security.

It is no secret that South Africa is a crime-ridden environment – listed by the 2018 Global Peace Index ( as one of the most violent and dangerous places on earth. If we consider the impact of the current pandemic on people’s livelihoods, we are likely to see a massive increase in crime locally – not only will this have a noticeable impact on everyday business and consumers directly, but it will also significantly impact the investment into smart buildings and the cost vs. value of such innovations.

Therefore, where the investment into the cities of the future is substantial, it is important that such smart buildings have security at their core – mitigating security risks and adding an additional layer of ‘always-on’ oversight. Today, as work from home policies mean less people at the office and more ‘downtime’ for physical office space, new and innovative ways of ensuring secure premises are critically needed. So, what is the answer?

Remote oversight is critical

Remote oversight is the undeniable future of security and is a key feature of security of the future, making sure businesses are:

a.) Protected by core security offerings, and

b.) Putting the power of security in the hands of the business owner/maintenance lead.

Good security plays a key role as a deterrent for crime, but today, we need more. We need solutions that ensure that there is an any time/any place opportunity to access the site, and technology plays a crucial role in achieving this.

Remote oversight is highly efficient in allowing real-time observation for businesses and homeowners, directly from their mobile devices. But it is not only about observation of your property. Today’s leading app technology for remote oversight ensures that consumers and businesses have the simplicity and convenience of remote control over both their security systems and related devices.

For example, the MiRhino app and the new MiFalcon app give the user complete remote control of their alarm panel, such as remote arming and disarming of the alarm panel, immediately notifying the user of an event, and it even allows the user to remotely control automated gates, lights, garage doors, etc.

Duran Viera

However, such monitoring is superficial if it doesn’t allow for customised, flexible management and control of the security system. Therefore, when talking remote oversight, it is important that this flexibility is at the core of the offering – allowing users to switch off (bypass) the zones that are not needed in the week, for example, while turning these back on as they wish when no one is around. At the touch of a button, or two, the full security system, as well as security related devices, should be able to be switched on/off and managed quickly and without hiccups to reap the benefits of a remote oversight offering.

It is this automated and remote control that will set the tone for an ever-increasing smart building phenomenon in Africa. Security is a cornerstone to such development and of course, the better the security and more convenient the usage thereof is, the easier it is for entrepreneurs and business owners to migrate to a smarter build/approach within their physical business environment. This ultimately gives them, as well as home users who choose such technology, the peace of mind that they are not only at the forefront of security technology, but that they are empowered around their security solutions through the use of world-class technology.

For more information contact Duran Viera, Amecor, +27 11 477 2600,,


Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

Business gets savvy with ‘livelier’ AI
Issue 7 2020 , Integrated Solutions
There are three key trends in the AI arena that will contribute to its acceptance as a more effective way of deriving value from data.

The new operator
CCTV Handbook 2020, Bidvest Protea Coin, Technews Publishing, Leaderware, Rhyco Risk Projects , Integrated Solutions
With technology doing more work in control rooms today, do operators need new skills to be able to add value? Are they still needed?

The future of the VMS
CCTV Handbook 2020, Technews Publishing, Cathexis Technologies, Arteco Global, XtraVision , Editor's Choice, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Integrated Solutions
Will AI-enhanced video analytic apps that can be downloaded and installed directly onto cameras take business away from the VMS market?

Keep your distance with PeopleCounter and DistanceGuard
Issue 6 2020 , Integrated Solutions
Using 2D and 3D LiDAR sensors from SICK, people can easily uphold the recommended minimum distance in public and pre-defined spaces.

Critical control management
Issue 5 2020 , Integrated Solutions
The critical control management process is an excellent practical approach to ensure effective controls over potentially catastrophic events.

Adjusting to a new reality
Issue 5 2020, Technews Publishing , Integrated Solutions
COVID-19 to accelerate adoption of technology-enabled smart city resilience approaches: robotics, digital twins, and autonomous freight.

Shaping today’s smart cities
Issue 5 2020, ZKTeco , Integrated Solutions
As our physical and digital worlds become intertwined, the absorption of new technologies in smart cities is inevitable.

The evolution of security in residential estates
Residential Estate Security Handbook 2020 , Editor's Choice, Integrated Solutions, Security Services & Risk Management
Two large estates discuss their security processes and the ever-expanding scope of responsibilities they need to fulfil.

Home-grown, cloud-based safety and security solutions
Residential Estate Security Handbook 2020 , IT infrastructure, Integrated Solutions
BeSecure has taken security and communications technologies and turned them into what is best described as care and safety solutions for the estate community in South Africa.

Integrated security management system
Residential Estate Security Handbook 2020, Protoclea Advanced Image Engineering , Products, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Integrated Solutions
Phorcas is a security information system developed by Protoclea designed to integrate multiple sub-systems into a powerful crime fighting solution.