There has been an increasing interest in integrated security the previous years. This is because of significant advancements in the technological field, enabling most businesses to adopt an integrated security approach that can effectively provide protection in a variety of situations. |
Briefly, the concept of integrated security refers to the ideal situation where different and physically separated security measures are connected to one another. In the process, harmony and cooperation are promoted among the various security systems, a scenario which is hardly achieved when individual security networks perform independently of each other. This is rather unfortunate, especially when viewed from the fact that these systems have been installed to perform one common function which is effective security provision. Even as security devices are provided by different manufacturers, it can still be possible to develop a single system where individual security software can operate alongside other similar applications. Getting to achieve this offers a number of benefits. Chief of these is the convenience of managing every system from just a single control panel.
A good example of this would be in the case of alarm systems. These are usually available in three different applications, namely the CCTV, the intruder alarm, and the access management system. Normally, the performance of one system is integral to the successful functioning of the other two.
As such, when the CCTV identifies a potential threat, the intruder alarm will acknowledge this. Consequently, the third program, the access control, will become activated to prevent the threat from further advancing. This is integrated security performing at the efficient level, with hardly any extensive physical intervention involved.
In the above scenario, the concept of ‘cause and effect’ is generally what makes security systems under integrated settings operate effectively. Still, this is not the only means by which security systems are able to be of service to a given establishment. These systems are also known to produce regular reports detailing various activities duly recorded in their database.
Such reports comprise mainly of data that can be used to further enhance security in a given area. This is where software known as PSIM or Physical Security Information Management becomes important as this can help analyze and contextualize raw security data which should enable businesses to make more informed decisions.
Simply put, integrated security through the introduction of advanced software should make many companies operate under safer and more confident conditions. Consequently, this should help them focus on the other equally important aspects of the business.
Joseph works for ISM-UK, a world pioneer in integrated security systems and integrated security solutions. ISM are the UK's leading developer of integrated security management and, intercom and cell call systems. In his spare time he enjoys the finer things in life, including travelling and dining out.
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