March 2011, Integrated Solutions
Security policies primarily define physical access to areas and assets, and protect the interests of an organisation, its staff, partners and clients. Risk has changed significantly in the past decade, however as the business environment has adapted to new data, technology, communication and work trends, and the priorities of shareholders has shifted to drive a greater focus – and greater responsibility – at board and executive level for managing risk. Happily, security systems like access control and CCTV cameras have also evolved to meet these requirements.
Says Neil Cameron of Johnson Controls South Africa: “Business environments – both corporate and industrial – have changed subtly as technology and its use in business has matured. Systems have become more integrated and there is more information about everything available to more people. Line and executive management’s roles and responsibilities with regard to risk and security are thus beginning to overlap. It is an area of transition that needs to be carefully managed. As basic security systems advance, they are providing a safety net of sorts.”
Benefits of integration
A good example exists in the mining industry. Here, physical access to potentially dangerous areas is controlled according to the status of staff. For instance, if a miner has worked the maximum allowable overtime or has not completed a health and safety refresher course, he may not be allowed down a shaft or into a particular area. It takes an intelligent access control solution that is integrated into an HR database, the organisation’s health and safety regulations, time and attendance, and other records, to identify such an anomaly – then schedule the worker to meet these obligations.”
Says Cameron: “In the corporate environment, similar changes are occurring. Co-operation between line managers is essential to define, implement and action security policies. For instance, as ICT systems standardise, it has become easier to integrate data from disparate systems – but also easier to access data. If the status of a staff member changes, particularly if they leave an organisation, access to data often needs to be immediately removed. HR, IT and access control solutions thus need to work in tandem to meet that security requirement – as effortlessly as possible.”
Access control solutions are advancing in a number of ways to meet more complex requirements. Built on open platforms they can integrate to lighting and HVAC systems as easily as to HR databases. “They can easily be configured to make complex decisions, better managing the environment and saving utility costs by turning off lights when the last person has left the office, or switching on an air conditioner in time for a meeting in the boardroom; or changing access and exit routes depending on changing environmental conditions – say a fire in the server room,” says Cameron.
Open, more modular systems also make it easier for organisations to customise their security solutions. “Organisations today do not want to rely on off-the-shelf solutions – with open systems it is fairly easy to create a unique solution, integrated into legacy systems or proprietary third-party systems as needed.”
Changing organisational roles
And with technology advances, it is inevitable that the role of the security guard will change. “CCTV and access control solutions today use intelligent algorithms to identify potentially dangerous situations, like the flow of traffic in the wrong direction, or a bomb-sized package left behind, or a valuable asset being moved at an unscheduled time,” says Cameron. “The security officers do not have to spot the anomaly themselves via monitors. Instead, these alerts will be sent to them. Security staff can now monitor dangerous situations out in the field with images and communications of say, a fire, being sent to them on their smartphones or PDAs.”
Intelligent decision-making by security systems is assisted by new business trends. “Roles and responsibilities are today better defined as people become more specialised,” notes Cameron. “And with less multi-=tasking and more best practices integrated into security policies, it is easier to configure security systems since access time and zone permissions, among others, are assigned to a role rather than the person.”
Concludes Cameron: “Risk to the business and its broader stakeholders continues to change and it is this risk that ultimately determines security measures. Richer functionality, ease of configuration, automation, intelligent decision-making, greater integration into back-end systems – all of these characteristics combined in modern security systems, to make security easier to implement. It is co-operation and co-ordination between line functions and at board and executive level to determine how risks may best be mitigated for that particular business (at various levels), that ultimately makes for a successful security system.”
For more information contact Johnson Controls, +27 (0)11 921 7141, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.johnsoncontrols.com
- Integration not simple, but beneficial
April 2016, Bosch Security Systems, Cathexis Technologies, This Week's Editor's Pick, Integrated Solutions
There are benefits to integration and making better use of the data your security installations collect, and many organisations are on track to exploit the new possibilities.
- One platform for everything
April 2016, Bosch Security Systems, Integrated Solutions
To completely secure and manage a building, you need a number of functions; and if you want them all, they have to run alongside each other.
- Privacy and visitor management
April 2016, Impro Technologies, Ideco Biometrics, iPulse Systems, This Week's Editor's Pick, Access Control & Identity Management, Cyber Security, Integrated Solutions, IT infrastructure in security
The right to privacy and the guarantee thereof is becoming more important in visitor management, and penalties for neglecting this issue will soon be enforceable.
- Holistic approach to people management
April 2016, Access Control & Identity Management, Integrated Solutions, Security Services & Risk Management
The workforce management concept is very wide and ranges from management styles, tools and reporting to productivity and time management.
- Vivotek and Cathexis partner
April 2016, News, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Integrated Solutions
Vivotek expands video management software partnership and integration with Cathexis.
- Integrated, intelligent platform
April 2016, Johnson Controls, This Week's Editor's Pick, Integrated Solutions
Get a security platform that makes integration, automation and intelligent response the norm.
- Smart digital enterprise
April 2016, Jasco Enterprise, Integrated Solutions
Jasco has launched its Smart Digital Enterprise, a combination of technologies that is challenging the status quo and enabling companies to disrupt their business.
- Unjamming the jammers
April 2016, Integrated Solutions, Security Services & Risk Management, Products
Ctrack announces combined fleet management and jamming detection solution to commercial fleets in South Africa.
- The future of commercial security
April 2016, Cathexis Technologies, Integrated Solutions
The nature of commercial security is changing, with a growing number of companies looking for integrated security solutions to meet their unique needs.
- Panasonic delivers home surveillance
April 2016, Panasonic Marketing Middle East & Africa FZE, This Week's Editor's Pick, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Integrated Solutions, IT infrastructure in security
Panasonic delivers a home surveillance and baby monitoring solution for South Africa.
- It’s all about integration
April 2016, Graphic Image Technologies, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Integrated Solutions
Owners and operators of commercial facilities are no longer looking for individual security solutions. Today they want a package that offers all the aspects of security they need.
- Estate security is a complex process
March 2016, Residential Estate (Industry), Integrated Solutions, This Week's Editor's Pick
Committees often select the cheapest security provider and end up dissatisfied customers because the service provider does not live up to the initial hype.