The Changing Face of Access Control
From Security Products (03/10)
The three types of access control platforms available to end users -- managed services, hosted, and traditional -- each have their own advantages. Managed control access works for organizations of any size, and requires no time commitment from employees. A vendor oversees the installation of all card readers, control panels, and system servers, which are maintained offsite at the vendor's own facilities. Vendors also monitor and maintain each system and provide daily, weekly, or monthly service reports. Much like managed access, hosted access control involves a vendor providing installation and maintenance while hosting the server offsite. But with hosted access control, the end user is in charge of data entry and the monitoring of access control applications. This option appeals to end users who do not want the responsibilities of system ownership but have the personnel on hand to oversee maintenance and monitoring. Traditional access control requires end users to purchase their own control panel, readers, servers, and software to operate and monitor the system and sustain the database. They may service the system themselves if they choose, or outsource this function to a system integrator.
Making Security Pay
From Buildings (03/10)
Investments in security initiatives can produce a measurable return-on-investment (ROI). For example, a building owner might hire a security team to protect a portfolio of developments. As soon as security officers enter the scene, "General liability exposure is reduced for owners," says Joe Marcello, executive vice president of national operations with IPC International Corp. in Bannockburn, Ill. Consequently, corporate profits may increase in the form of lower insurance premiums and lower maintenance costs, as patrolling officers can dim the lights and make sure the heat and air conditioning are reduced after hours. ROI is only one of the financial benefits that results from investment in security. A patrolling officer may notice a stuffy area of the building where an air conditioner is not working properly. Putting a maintenance notice in early enables the maintenance team to fix it before it causes high utility bills or breaks down and requires a significant investment. "You can also add security technology to reduce staffing needs," Marcello says. "By adding more cameras, you can eliminate some security patrols. When this is done right, tenants won't feel any impact on how safe they feel."
Source: Security Management Daily
Read Ben Lupovitz's article:
"Using Global Positioning to Safeguard Your Facility"
in the Boston Business Journal
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