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When it Comes to Physical Security, Do We Need Guards at all Anymore?

In today’s increasingly intelligent business environment, technology is taking over many of the responsibilities once assigned to human security guards. Automation, analytics and artificial intelligence can be used to discover attempted breaches, correlate data, determine the right steps to mitigate risk, and in some cases work autonomously to put a stop to an event in progress.

With so much technology doing so much of the work towards alleviating and neutralizing threats, the question must be asked: Do we need security guards at all anymore?

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How Guards and Security Entrances Work Together for Risk Mitigation

Maintaining a secure entrance is an essential part of overall building security, and many enterprises are employing security officers to guard their entrances and exits, and to manage traffic flow. Hiring a security professional who is trained to secure an enterprise while being welcoming and helpful to tenants and guests can deter crime and provide peace of mind. In addition, security officers are your critical first responders, should something go wrong.

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[Interview] Security Trends: Campus Challenges, Manpower Importance, & Measuring ROI

We recently sat down with Boon Edam's Senior Vice President of Sales, Greg Schreiber. Greg has more than 30 years in the entrance market, and he spends many weeks during the year on the road, listening to customers and installers, and keeping up to date on trends and where the market is headed. Here are some hot topics we put to Greg for his thoughts.

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Bottom Line: How Many Guards Do You Need With Security Entrances?

Security entrances are an essential component of a physical security plan, but they should not be the only component. An effective physical security plan consists of a balance between technology, education and manpower. So how much manpower, or how many guards, do you need with security entrances? It depends on your security entrance and your goal towards tailgating and piggybacking.

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