The world is full of choices, and a lot of the time it feels like, as a decision maker, you are left confused and trying to pick out the best in what feels like a sea of ‘the same’. When talking about a large and long-term investment such as an entry product, careful consideration should be taken to make sure you are selecting a professional partner for the right reasons. Not only the right reasons but also one who will remain in the picture for the life of the purchase.
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In early January of 2018, the Security Industry Association (SIA) published, “Security Megatrends™: The 2018 Vision for the Security Industry.” This concise booklet summarized 10 megatrends, one of which was #4, “Evolution of Risk Management: Risk Management Transcends Department Titles”, which asserted the following:
The problem with some employees is that they are too nice. They let people in behind them without thinking about it. Most of us are not raised to close a door in someone’s face, so we hold a door open for them, or we let them in behind us, especially if they have forgotten their credentials at home. Good manners, right? Yes, but not good security.
Even though they’ve been around for decades, sales of security doors and turnstiles have increased markedly in the last several years. Some of the biggest companies on the planet are implementing them globally and tying them into their access control systems. Why now? What has changed?
Every organization faces a wide range of risks on a daily basis. Of all these various risks, there are five specific categories affected by access control, where the risks increase significantly when an unauthorized person has gained access into a controlled area. To manage any of these risks, you have a choice: you can choose to respond after the infiltration occurs or prevent infiltration from happening up front.
We’ve installed thousands of entry solutions, talked to end users all over the world and have developed a comprehensive process for choosing the right security entrance. That said, no process is perfect, and we’ve come to observe that certain organizations will consider some of the decision criteria quite well but leave out one or two factors. We call these the “gotchas,” and when forgetting or ignoring any one of the criteria, you can end up with a security entrance that doesn’t address the needs of your organization.
It is important to reflect on the past in order to have success in the future. What contributed to our successes? Where do we have room for improvement? Our CEO Mark Borto sat down to discuss the state of the physical security market in 2017, trends for the new year, and how to come out on top in 2018 and beyond.
Security systems have long been in the business of risk mitigation. In addition to controlling potentially perilous situations as they occur and dealing with them safely and efficiently, a security system and its operators need to be able to identify problem areas and use the systems at their disposal to prevent issues, when possible, before they even occur.
A major source of risk for any facility—large or small, new or established—are the entrances and exits. Every facility has at least one entrance and an access control system alone cannot effectively mitigate the risk of unauthorized entry. Many buildings will have a number of different areas in their floorplan that require varying levels of security at the entrances to that area, even if it’s as simple as locking an office before the weekend.
Organizations around the globe are making their buildings more secure by combining physical security entrances with biometric access control devices, ensuring only the right people are able to enter.
One of the biggest mistakes security professionals can make is not installing enough entrances to accommodate the number of people moving in and out of their building. This is known in the industry as "throughput." What's the impact of a miscalculation in throughput? Highly visible and impactful pileups of people during rush periods that can trigger complaints and undermine the success of your security entrance project.