Bank on safety
May 2018, Financial (Industry), Security Services & Risk Management
When looking to limit your risk of a residential robbery or burglary, storing your valuables off-site is marketed as a safe choice. Popular storage options include safety deposit boxes and vaults. The use of these facilities is governed by contract, most of which limit the provider’s liability in the event of loss or damage to your stored possessions.
With crime on the rise, one calls into question the measures in place to limit loss or damage occurring at these facilities. Deployment of security officers is commonplace, but in the event of an armed robbery a security officer can only be expected to offer limited resistance.
The Active Track device is a way to protect property and life and has been implemented successfully by various banks and vaults throughout South Africa. The device is a hand-held, versatile unit designed with the pressures of the security industry in mind.
The Active Track’s built-in RFID reader allows the security officer to check in at the various scanning points set up by the security service provider. Its GPS functionality, combined with the mobile and GSM capabilities ensures that the precise location and time of each scanning event is recorded in real-time. The device can be used in areas with limited signal, by relying on a connectivity of as little as seven per cent for optimal functionality. This is useful where security services are rendered below ground or in similar areas of poor signal.
The data captured by each Active Track is available to both management and the security service provider in real-time via Active View, the Active Track’s online portal. The data is available in numerous formats to suit the needs of the various users.
Active Track can also be used to assist security officers in panic or distress situations. If an emergency arises, the security officer can activate the built-in panic button. This triggers an automated SMS to the security service provider, and an alarm in the Active Track 24-hour call centre. The call centre responds by calling the device to determine the nature of the emergency, and what action needs to be taken. If the emergency is such that a panic button cannot be triggered, the security officer can activate the shock sensor by simply dropping the device.
The call centre will place a silent call through to the device and listen in on the situation, whereafter it will notify the security services provider of the events on site. This enables the security provider to take swift and appropriate action.
- ASIS Security Technology Concepts day
April 2019, Technews Publishing, This Week's Editor's Pick, Security Services & Risk Management
ASIS SA kicked the tyres of a few technologies at its first Security Technology Concepts day in February.
- Securing a reliable source of backup power
April 2019, Drensky Technologies, Mustek Security Technologies, Specialised Battery Systems, Security Services & Risk Management
Dependence on a reliable and stable source of electrical power is a part of everyday life, whether for an individual or a business.
- The value of having a maintenance contract or SLA
April 2019, Johnson Controls, Mustek Security Technologies, Security Services & Risk Management
A maintenance contract or SLA offers a company peace of mind regarding the functioning of their security installation.
- Biodegradable security seals for SA
April 2019, TruSeal, This Week's Editor's Pick, Asset Management, EAS, RFID, News, Security Services & Risk Management
The new TruSeal product extension is produced from a special biodegradable material sourced from Malaysia.
- CCTV operators’ duties to response personnel at crime scenes
April 2019, Leaderware, This Week's Editor's Pick, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Security Services & Risk Management
Control room operators often have a responsibility to monitor response scenes that go beyond the initial detection and response relationship.
- Better energy savings than BMS
April 2019, Johnson Controls, Integrated Solutions, Security Services & Risk Management
Central plant optimisation software provides better energy savings than BMS control alone.
- Using security to enhance the customer experience?
March 2019, Axis Communications SA, Fidelity ADT Security, ISDS, This Week's Editor's Pick, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Integrated Solutions, Security Services & Risk Management, Retail (Industry)
Customer experience will overtake price and product as the key retail brand differentiator by the year 2020. Will the security industry be part of this transformation?
- Where guards and technology meet
March 2019, Fidelity Security Group, Xone Integrated Security, Security Services & Risk Management
Many of the smart technologies coming to market aim to eliminate or at least manage the human element, but in South Africa in particular, manned guards are still ubiquitous.
- Two-way radio is alive and well
March 2019, Global Communications (Member of Hudaco Group), Security Services & Risk Management
Digital technology has given two-way radios a new lease on life by offering significant advantages over analogue technology.
- Changing the security landscape
March 2019, Technews Publishing, This Week's Editor's Pick, News, Security Services & Risk Management
Using smart technology and an intelligent platform, Aura has a vision to reduce crime in South Africa by 50% by 2025.
- Keeping your guard up in retail
March 2019, Active Track, Retail (Industry), Security Services & Risk Management, Products
A security officer patrols the perimeter of a local shopping centre throughout the night, every night. During these patrols, the perimeter fence is checked, and the security officer keeps a look-out for ...
- A multifaceted approach to security
March 2019, Bidvest Protea Coin, Retail (Industry), Integrated Solutions, Security Services & Risk Management
The modern shopping centre can only be secured via a multifaceted approach to the security solutions deployed.