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Beauty isn’t Just Skin Deep: How Aesthetics Play a Role in Maximizing ROI

Welcome to the fourth installment of our S.T.A.R.T.S.S. blog series! In this series, we are taking a deeper look at our S.T.A.R.T.S.S. decision methodology, which guides you in choosing the best security entrances to meet your exact security and organizational needs. Click here to learn more by reading the series’ introductory blog.

Today’s topic: Aesthetics

Dictionary definitions of aesthetics tend to focus on considerations of style and beauty. While those elements are important, a consideration of aesthetics should also include the practical factors of the real world and the passage of time. We want to include these elements because the overarching goal of this series is to make the best possible selection when choosing a security entrance. In that context, we’ll explore how an interplay of colors, materials and finishes impacts not only how an entrance looks when it is first installed, but how well it supports business objectives over time.

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Do the Math! Why Calculating Throughput is Essential to Entrance ROI

It’s the third installment of our S.T.A.R.T.S.S. blog series! This unique decision methodology provides a framework for selecting the best security entrance and provider. Click here to learn more by reading the S.T.A.R.T.S.S. series introduction.

Today we’re discussing: Throughput.

The C-suite approves security entrances because they are an effective way to manage risks, ensure safety and security, secure physical and data assets, and prevent liability issues. It’s up to you to make a solid decision as to the type of security entrance product to choose, install and maintain to ensure a solid ROI. But once that selection is made, you have another decision that could make or break your project: what’s the right number of entrances necessary to handle your traffic needs? And how do you calculate that?

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Door #1, 2, 3 or 4? Which Type of Entrance Solution for the Best ROI?

Welcome to the second installment of our S.T.A.R.T.S.S.® blog series!

In this series, we’re taking a deeper look at our S.T.A.R.T.S.S Decision Methodology, which provides a framework for choosing the best security entrance and provider to meet your specific physical security needs. To see the introduction to the S.T.A.R.T.S.S. series, please click here.

Today’s topic: Security

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Introducing our S.T.A.R.T.S.S. Blog Series – Helping You Win the Long Game with Security Entrances

Welcome to our S.T.A.R.T.S.S.® blog series! We have decided to create a series dedicated to helping customers choose the best security entrances to meet long-term security and organizational needs and avoid costly mistakes.

Over the next several months, we will write about the eight key factors to consider, and provide details about each to guide you in your decisions. These eight factors are the building blocks of the Boon Edam S.T.A.R.T.S.S. Decision Methodology, which we use every day when helping customers choose and install the security entrances that will best meet their needs, support their objectives, and deliver maximum ROI.

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Aesthetics: When Looks and Beauty Matter for Security Entrances

Google the term “best looking offices” and you’ll find no shortage of results, with photos of interiors featuring beautiful design, materials, light and color. But do office space aesthetics actually have an effect on companies and their people? And how do aesthetics fit into the equation when it comes to how secure an office space is?

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Risk Mitigation Strategies: The Science of Securing an Entrance

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.

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4 'Gotchas' That Could Derail Your Security Entrance Upgrades

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.

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Security Entrance Throughput: What's in a Number?

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.

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3 Variables that Impair the Effectiveness of "DIY" Mantrap Vestibules

We recently met with a Fortune 100 company who had constructed their own mantrap style security vestibule at the entrance to a data center. They figured it would save them money, but it ended up being ineffective and a constant drain on resources.

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Are you Fostering a Corporate Culture of Security?

How are you currently fostering security as part of your corporate culture? BrightCoach CEO, Peter Ashworth, defines corporate culture as “the DNA that provides guidelines, boundaries and expectations for your team and your customers, and is the primary platform to inspiring and motivating people…” So what is the key to developing a positive corporate culture? Strong communication.

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