Benefits of an Integrated Security System

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Most businesses nowadays have some form of security & safety system in place, whether it’s CCTV cameras, fire alarms, access control solutions and entrance control solutions. While most organizations choose to compartmentalize their security and communications systems, modern security risks call for an integrated approach. Integrating all the various security & safety systems into one hub creates a comprehensive security network that can better protect your business. In this article, we will be discussing integrated security systems and how they can help your business.

What is an Integrated Security System?

An integrated Security system is a platform that consolidates various security perimeters, for example, wireless alarm systems, access control devices, video surveillance, and entrance control. This integration simplifies the management of all these components and strengthens security for the facility as a whole.

Higher Efficiency in Responses

One significant advantage to centralizing systems is that it allows you to pool all assets. With all systems leading to a single source, the security teams can rapidly respond to any immediate needs, from fire to theft to assistance. An example of this would be real-time motion notifications from a video security camera. If the camera detects something out of the ordinary, like unexpected motion in the middle of the night, it can provide real-time notification to the appropriate personnel. This will put the security team and the access control system on high alert and will lead to quicker incident response times.

Provides insights into site trends & Activity

Adding more data and insight to your security equation is a great way to improve your overall security. This becomes much easier within integrated security systems that can funnel intelligence into a centralized dashboard where it can be analyzed and utilized to its full potential. The combination of key systems working together and sharing data, as well as the ability to control the entire security system from one central location, allows businesses to identify key site trends and insights. These could be day-to-day workings and operations, vulnerable site areas or even health and safety risks.

Event Audit Log

Having a strong, reliable, and easy-to-access event audit log is a major benefit of an integrated security system. A lot of organizations already keep video access and door access system records for compliance and other purposes, but having them in one location only enhances the UX and makes these effective tools even more useful. The video access log will help you to spot active users who have tampered with footage or accessed video feeds. This allows you to gain a better understanding of access events by seeing the corresponding video evidence. Meanwhile, an event audit log will enable you to authenticate users and keep a record of who has been given access—as well as when.

Identifying Trends and Patterns

Integrated system analytics can provide you with the specific information you need instead of many hours’ worth of footage that may or may not be relevant. Data-mapping incidents that were once considered ‘one-off’ events can now help you identify patterns and trends, so you can direct future resources to the most critical areas first.

Reduced Human Involvement

It is inefficient to have separate teams to monitor security cameras, fire alarms, cyber threats, intrusion, and other security systems. You can streamline processes, workflows, and reporting by combining all these areas into a unified solution. All systems can be monitored from a single workstation, so you won’t need multiple groups of personnel trying to work on separate systems.

Reduced Operational Costs

Having a singular security system in place lowers administration costs and stops overlap. With various teams offering distinct services, you may be inadvertently paying more than one group to monitor the same hazard. Rather than adding another layer of protection, this sort of overlap usually leads to an unnecessary expense. A single, responsive team can take care of areas that need to be fortified against a potential IT attack or physical threat. The majority of companies that elect to integrate their solutions find that the eventual savings are greater than the initial
costs.

Increased Awareness of Blind Spots

A blind spot in your overall building and information protection plan may be a result of various teams handling individual systems, such as IT, fire, theft, and other safety problems. Thanks to the information collected through an integrated security system, your security team can provide
a comprehensive overview of your entire security and make recommendations on areas to cover. An overview of your security can help identify places where infrastructure like security cameras, fire alarm systems, access control systems, and others may not be safeguarding your assets well enough.

Conclusion

An integrated security system helps organizations manage safety & security risks more effectively and efficiently. It provides a centralized platform for security operations and automates many processes. This results in improved security and compliance, reduced operational costs, and better risk management. Our team at USS can integrate all of your existing security and safety systems into a centralized dashboard so that they can work collaboratively and be remotely managed for activations as well as faults. Our experts are also available to answer any questions you may have about how integrating systems can resolve many issues for you. Contact us at USS for any inquiries.

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