December 8, 2020
Embracing Security System Technology to Manage the Current Environment
As the adage goes, necessity is the mother of invention. Despite the challenge 2020 has created, it has given rise to new technology and spurred new adaptations for existing technology to address the needs of our changing circumstances.
These innovations have become tools to help us get back to business in an era of stay-at-home orders and social distancing. Like many of these technologies, security systems were not originally designed for the unique circumstances we are in today, but they may be able to be modified to enhance your existing investment, both now and in the future.
Security systems with video analytics offer a host of features to protect, enhance, and hone your business. In addition to loss prevention and security, video footage can tell you a lot about the behavior, preferences, and interests of your customers. And while not the originally intended uses, there are many ways to apply video analytics to help reduce person-to-person contact, enable remote service, and promote social distancing at your school, bank, restaurant, convenience store, retail location, commercial business, or grocery store.
Geofencing. Geofencing draws an invisible ‘fence’ to create employees-only, selected group- only or no-entry areas. An alarm is triggered if an unauthorized entry into the fence occurs. This can be especially useful if you need to cordon off certain areas of your establishment from the public or other groups due to contamination or to reduce occupancy.
Heat mapping. This feature uses body heat to highlight high-traffic areas. Heat mapping is helpful for determining where to place advertising, but it can also show your staff which areas need to be sanitized more often for the safety of your employees and patrons.
Object recognition. Some security systems have the ability to recognize certain objects—people, cars, license plates, etc. While this feature was originally designed to monitor things or people leaving the premises, it can help keep track of the things that stay on the premises as well. Object recognition will give you a split-second, accurate count of how many people are in your establishment at any given time, which is essential information as many states’ opening regulations are dependent on percentage of occupancy.
Security footage. Even your garden-variety video footage without any special upgrades can help you locate the high-contact trouble spots in your establishment. Find where people contact surfaces most often or have a hard time social distancing just by playing back your security footage.
A full-featured security system offers protection against unwanted visitors and tracking of who accesses your building. In the lockdown or limited-use environments we’ve seen in 2020, access control grants additional benefits to businesses, schools, and other organizations.
Field increased deliveries. More and more people and institutions are taking advantage of delivery options, whether that’s an office lunch or an essential supply order. Access control gives you the ability to grant entry to delivery personnel—even if you’re not physically there to open the door. This is especially handy if your office has gone to a remote-work configuration: you reduce your need for in-person office staff and eliminate additional person-to-person contact with delivery personnel.
Mobile phone entry. Thanks to cloud-based security technology, mobile access now replaces physical items (cards, key fobs, etc.) that can carry and spread coronavirus. Just a few taps on your phone, and you’re in. Mobile apps also track who has been in the building, aiding your organization in contract tracing should at your business or other buildings.
Enable remote or staggered work. Access control eases the transition to remote work, as employees can still access the office when they need to. Employees can come and go as they please, giving you much more latitude to stagger your staff’s working hours and reduce the number of people at your establishment at any given time.
As organizations’ needs evolve and as safe behavior requirements change, so will security system technology—both new security features as well as the application of the features we already have. Contact NAVCO to see how you can optimize the use of your security system at your place of business or other settings where security is needed.