Most companies believe manned guards can help mitigate disturbances and neutralize situations while reducing the chance of criminal activities and accidents occurring. However, guards cannot be on standby 24/7. When combining manned guards with the power of today’s technology, the results are unmatched.
Developments in technology for the security industry have positively impacted businesses, customers, and employees – in more ways than one. Technology products and solutions are the most efficient and quickest way to enhance and make manned guarding more effective, especially at sites with large perimeters and multiple ingresses and egress points like gates, doors, windows, loading docks, etc.
Using staffed guarding companies, coupled with the latest technology solutions, will improve information delivery regarding possible threats. By investing in new systems and technology platforms, businesses can enhance their manned guarding protection. Providing a more pinpoint accuracy on an issue allows for faster response time. It provides a safer environment for the existing guards and other employees while reducing the number of guards needed and thereby decreasing costs. Security technology helps to provide reliable perimeter detection, immediate and assured remote visual verification, useful remote prevention capabilities, and the right tools to provide situational awareness.
Technology is rapidly improving, sometimes so quickly it’s hard to keep up. Today’s technology and remote electronic prevention solutions can provide superior detection verification and allow for a remote response with high performance and reliability at a total cost of ownership that is cost-effective.
Look for solutions that have leveraged years of award-winning onsite, remote, and mobile guarding technology experience that enables virtual guard tours at remote sites, increase protection, augment existing guard patrols, and replaces manned guard patrols entirely.
Following are four effective technology solutions to pair with a company’s staffed guarding services for enhanced security outcomes:
Video Content Analytics
Video content analytics (VCA), which automatically analyze video, range from video motion and audio detection to more advanced systems. VCA includes camera tampering detection, people counting, and more, and provide high-performance intrusion detection using video analytics specifically designed for 24/7/365 outdoor operation. VCA is optimized using footage from thousands of hours of video covering a range of environmental, seasonal, and time of day variations, analytics can achieve low false alarm rates while maintaining high detection probability and reliability and add simple “region of interest” configurations for the locations that need the highest level of monitoring. Whether monitoring a yard or creating a virtual fence around a supply depot, technology solutions can deliver performance where it is needed 24/7, quickly, and effectively.
Look for systems that provide remote access via mobile devices or run by a Central Monitoring Station (CMS). However, it is essential to note that the system should also have dashboard analytics, which can be easily created to measure a particular site’s performance and individual guards, all benchmarked against targets and key performance indicators. VCA should allow customers to get as granular as they want or need, and trends can be compared to determine performance across an entire enterprise or portfolio. This brings a new level of visibility, transparency, and openness to the client/supplier relationship that would have been impossible to imagine 20 years ago.
As VCA gets even more sophisticated, the number of applications and the reporting options are expected to grow. Making it possible that there will be far less reliance on manned guarding in the future.
Passive infrared response (PIR) detectors
PIR detectors help protect large perimeter campuses due to their high precision detection performance, reliability, and range. PIR detectors can identify human targets by sensing temperature differences between them and the background distances over 700 feet. These sensors are customizable and available in various models to optimally address varying perimeter, performance, and budget needs for any size company. One of their most significant benefits is that they produce real alarms – no false alarms – with the highest detection reliability – allowing guards the ability to resolve any issue accurately quickly.
Multi-service gateways can transmit, record, and do VCA in one single unit to easily manage multiple remote sites and the guards’ accurate deployment, ultimately improving efficiency and reducing personnel costs. Multi-Service gateway applications should include the ability to detect loitering, provide remote visual verification, and real-time intelligence within six seconds of anything from an intruder to smoke detection. A rapid assessment of video alarm images allows responders to quickly identify the alarm cause, optimizing real-time intervention while reducing expensive nuisance alarm responses.
Mobile apps for security purposes? Of course. Today, the general consumer can access detection and monitoring apps to see inside their homes directly from their smartphones.
Similar mobile apps are now available for remote response and situational awareness purposes for business enterprises, so relying solely on security guards to detect threats around your business no longer makes sense.
Now businesses can download Apple applications that provide remote event notification and verification for first responders. It also can alert end-users to provide situational awareness through live and timed access into an end site enabled by a CMS. Most mobile applications are free and can be found in the Apple app store for iPhones and iPads. This technology helps first responders reduce their risk and response time while allowing end-users to verify an event.
Intelligent PIRs pointed at each other and linked together via an intrusion control panel or management station deliver “double knock” functionality. By cross zoning two detectors, additional sub-zones are created, which can then be used for precise alarm localization and, subsequently, camera positioning. This results in an ideal image section and fewer false alarms caused by wild animals or other environmental reasons. Additionally, optimally zoomed-in images can be used by video analytic functions of remote multi-service gateway systems for “triple knock” verification and operator response in an alarm receiving center (ARC).
There have been debates about the pros and cons of employing security guards versus buying electronic security measures. Why not have both? The combination of Passive Infrared Response (PIR) detectors, video content analytics, multi-service gateways, and mobile apps in conjunction with manned guards improves security and threat detection. It enhances the effectiveness needed to protect a company’s enterprise while lowering the cost over time.