Out with the old and in with the new. It’s that time of year to reevaluate security policies, programs, and protection.
Determining what needs to go and what can come later when upgrading electronic security solutions can be a complex process. Start with a maximum- and minimum-security plan.
A no-brainer for a minimum upgrade with the best results is replacing CCTV cameras with IP network-based video cameras and mechanical door locks or outdated access control devices with networked access control systems.
The benefits of moving from an analogue to IP video are immediately recognized in image quality and system manageability. The difference in picture resolution is unmatched. In addition to outstanding picture quality, network video surveillance brings new functionality, such as remote accessibility and provides proactive, reliable, high performance, lower cost and better integrated security solutions.
The benefits of IP Video include:
- High resolution images. Digitized images can be transported and duplicated with no reduction in quality, economically stored, and efficiently indexed and retrieved.
- Real-time monitoring. A key component to safety and security is to provide real-time monitoring of the environment, people, assets, and procedures.
- Flexibility. Interoperability within an open infrastructure enables the deployment and control of security hardware from a variety of vendors.
- Any time, everywhere access. Exceptional and usable archived video is available whenever and wherever you need it. Remote monitoring is possible from any networked mobile device for investigation and immediate incident response.
- Future proof investment. IP cameras and servers are monitored, managed, and configured over a single network, and the system can be easily expanded. You can leverage existing video surveillance and physical security equipment.
Many organizations still use outdated and vulnerable access control systems. For decades, physical access control was a proprietary solution, but now open technology standards inherent in IP network electronic security let you choose the best components for each application.
The migration of access control to a digital IP environment shares many of the same benefits that IP video technology delivers such as: lower installation costs, flexibility, scalability and open platforms. The adoption of IP access control is still several years behind that of video, but IP-based access control solutions are gaining traction.
The benefits of IP access control include:
- Open platform. A network-IP based access control system can be customized with a variety of devices from different manufacturers and expanded or upgraded either systemwide or one door, one reader at a time.
- Scalability. With no need for hardwiring, IP access control components provide a cost-effective, flexible, and scalable solution with the ability for growth, changes, and additions.
- Integration. Utilizing open interface IP access control creates countless opportunities to integrate not only video but also intrusion detection and a host of other systems such as heating, ventilation, and building management; HR systems; perimeter control; fire detection; etc.
- Increased security. IP access control offers an increased level of identity verification, authentication, encryption, and credentialing. Smart card and biometric technologies strengthen the verification factors.
- Data exchange. In addition to system interoperability, database data exchange is simple. Systemwide intrusion alarms, video surveillance, card access, visitor management, asset tracking, and other systems can share data and intelligence across an existing network infrastructure.
- Save time and materials. Legacy access control systems are dependent on having each device hardwired into one central unit. Network-based access control is a simpler way to expand a security system by utilizing the existing network cabling.