Change is Constant—Cloud Offers Opportunities
Change is constant and in physical security, new threats and challenges continue to emerge. Organizations have never faced a more extreme or uncertain threat environment, according to the Harvard Business Review. They need to be prepared for all types of risks, including more frequent natural disasters and climate danger. Data also needs to be protected—and that means instituting controls to prevent employee and customer information from getting into the wrong hands.
The bottom line is that your customer has a lot more to protect as the world changes around us, and that opens the door of opportunity for systems integrators. A robust cloud management platform having multiple service offerings is ready when you are and can help adapt to new issues or challenges at the customer premises. A properly designed cloud service allows for changes to be made by the integrator easily and quickly.
Intrusion & accountability
Businesses used to leave their doors open for ventilation and deliveries, but you can’t do that anymore. Your end-user customer may need doors locked during the day and an intercom, with both providing security to these entrances. Knowing who has entered and when also provides accountability and keeps employees only in areas where they have clearance. Wireless locks solve another dilemma – putting detection where it’s difficult to hardwire, such as out-buildings or parking garages. The cloud allows for quick changes and the addition of many services which can be added remotely without having to leave your office.
Compliance & regulations
Access control extends beyond security, covering compliance waivers or health and safety regulations. Let’s say a customer needs a designated temperature check area where employees enter the facility. Leveraging the Safe Passage Module, a feature of Connect ONE®, users who fail to enter through the designated location are immediately flagged as such on their credential, indicating they have not used that entrance.
In addition, multi-tenant property owners can use Safe Passage to ascertain users have signed waivers necessary to enter the pool or recreation area. An automated, self-attestation method through the access control platform ensures a user is safe or approved to be at the site.
As climate events rise in frequency, customers may look for ways to notify factory employees of a tornado warning. With a cloud management platform, they can add National Weather Service alert detection, a capability that reports directly to the platform for real-time reporting. Using a report/event rule, the tornado alert triggers the alarm system output to turn on, flashes strobes and annunciates an emergency message from the public address system. During severe weather, the platform sends notification that the building will be closed, ensuring the safety of employees so they don’t travel to the location.
Change is constant in life and the cloud helps systems integrators adapt quickly and bring new services to the customer – in one integrated platform. Reach us at email@example.com or call 866.976.3520 to learn more.