Bridging the gap between building systems and security management

Security solutions should not stand in isolation. Considering the capabilities of the products in today’s market, when carrying out installations its important to consider existing processes and systems and how to leverage further value and move towards a smart environment.

Integration is a key factor, especially for large systems that can leverage current IT network infrastructures. The most sensible thing to do when carrying out building installations is to move away from the single discipline approach to one that views security in a holistic way.

New standards for physical access control

There is currently a drive in the market for new physical access control standards with a push to build compliant devices. Open architecture continues to be developed around the BACnet protocol especially in the building management systems environment, with a further push towards standard protocols in the security arena led by forums such as the Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) and the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA). Aiding customers in their move from proprietary communication protocols. Providing software through command and cross-domain management will continue to gather interest as the trend towards standard IT solutions and integration accelerates. As the business environment becomes more complex, operational teams/personnel will require intelligent and integrated management tools.

Software for enterprise resource planning

The ability to interface with data sources means it is possible to automate processes for identity management. This includes automatic assigning of access entitlements and privileges based on an individual’s roles and responsibilities. Operational costs savings, increased data consistency and security that could be achieved may well be significant.

Improved energy efficiency

An area of integration that could provide cost savings is energy efficiency. Security plays a key role in this process as the security system in place can provide information relating to the person entering a building. For example, if the alarm sensors or access control system knows that no one is present in a room, electronics such as ventilation, heating, lighting and air conditioning systems can automatically adjust themselves to reflect the situation. It is also possible to set building conditions based on the person that has entered the building.

Emergency management

An additional benefit of integrating security to building management systems is the ability to manage an emergency/unforeseen situation. In the event of an intrusion, the relevant lighting, CCTV cameras, door locks and more, can be automatically activated. Also in response to an emergency evacuation situation, wayfinding can be set in motion to ensure a safe exit for the building inhabitants.

Enhanced fire protection

It is very common for security and fire safety systems to work independently, however integration across the building security and fire technologies will provide a higher level of performance in both these areas. Having the security and fire systems working together will generate an automated approach to task handling, incident management and evacuation.

To speak to Antron Security about your security integration needs, call +44 (0)1923 855 006 or email admin@antronsecurity.co.uk.

 

 

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