10 Enterprise Requirements for Emergency Preparedness – Revisited: #3 Physical Security System Integrations

Any enterprise will have a number of physical security systems layers. The most basic of these is typically an alarm system to protect the premises. The alarm may combine door contacts as well as motion sensors that are monitored remotely. Layered on top of this are camera systems that monitor various areas  – outside cameras, inside cameras near key entrances and exits. Another layer would be the fire system where smoke or fire trigger alarms. Another layer would be access control systems which require employee cards and facility card readers – most often at the main, side or back entrances. Indeed, in the Hospitality Sector, most guest rooms will have card readers instead of keys. A challenge for the enterprise is how to record and manage all these disparate sensor events? It becomes in some ways similar to the monitoring of systems in complex environments like aircrafts. How often do you collect event information? Do you collect continuously or only when critical events are triggered – someone moves in front of the camera at 3 am when the facility is supposed to be vacant? Or someone uses an access card that is on a watch list? Is there shift work with people on premise at odd hours?  Are there enterprise risks that need more physical security and alerting – are there panic button requirements? Are there lockdown requirements? Depending on the business the enterprise is in, careful planning has to go into both the layers of physical security that are required as well as the critical alerts and response communications that is required when alerts trigger. See www.amikamobile.com under AMS products. I wrote this blog originally on June 8th, 2012 as a  http://blog.amikamobile.com/?p=58” blog and have refined it today. ..Sue Abu-Hakima

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