Top 4 benefits of an integrated security system

Tim Northwood

General manager, Inner Range

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Tim Northwood is General Manager at Inner Range. He has worked in the electronic security industry for more than 25 years, specialising in business development and strategy, sales and marketing.
June 15, 2018

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While security systems were originally designed to keep people out, increasingly they’re being used to help the right people get in and get on.

Integration means security managers can create highly bespoke systems, incorporating multiple third-party products to control access and security across one or many sites at local, national and even global levels. Integration makes monitoring, updating and reporting much easier and the business insight the systems provide means you can use time and resources more efficiently and improve health and safety for personnel and visitors.

What is an integrated security system?

 An integrated security system is linked to other products and systems you have, such as CCTV, automatic number plate recognition and key lockers or HR and personnel programmes.

The security system acts as a hub, allowing you to integrate and operate all your systems from one place and seamlessly control access via doors, turnstiles, lifts, car park barriers as well as monitoring real-time events via CCTV, controlling access to assets and areas via HR and active directory systems and tracking assets and personnel if need be.

Top 4 benefits

  1. Bespoke solutions

One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to managing security and access. Every organisation or site has different needs and priorities. An integrated security system gives you the flexibility to incorporate exactly what you need without paying for additional services you don’t.

  1. Ease of use

An integrated system means you can manage all aspects of security and access from one place through one programme. This is usually something you can control remotely, often via an app on your smartphone to give you extra ease of use. It’s also easy to run reports, make changes, view previous changes and by whom.

  1. Efficiency savings

Integrating with building automation functions, such as heating and lighting can save you money by better controlling when you really need them. While integration with visitor management systems means you can save time for reception staff and other business insight from your integrated systems means you re-evaluate where staff and resources are most needed and redeploy them accordingly.

  1. Safer spaces

A robust security system means unauthorised visitors or would-be attackers are even less likely, which is good for the employees and authorised visitors you want to protect. However, an integrated system means you can also better identify who is where on site in an emergency situation, ensuring all personnel are evacuated safely if need be. Or, it can allow you to keep important training and accreditations on file and issue automatic renewal messages to ensure professional credentials and health and safety training are always up to date, further benefiting personnel and visitors on site.

Inner Range is exhibiting at IFSEC International, 19-21 June 2018, ExCeL London. You can find them on stand F410. Register now.

 

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Joy Butler
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I help manage the office network at my work. I think that a security system would be entirely beneficial for us. We have been having issues with viruses that would’ve been easily detected with more advanced software- but, we were too late. I will have to look into it more to prevent future problems.