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Integrate your security management for a safer campus

Utilising the latest technologies can maximise the security of your campus

Posted by Hannah Vickers | March 16, 2017 | Facilities

Access control, CCTV and intruder alarms have been available for a long time as individual solutions helping protect property and people. Only recently has it become possible to integrate them.

They can now sit on a network connected by a computer/PC allowing you to capture video or a still image at the exact time someone tries to gain entry or an alarm is triggered. With integration, the access attempt and corresponding footage or image can be linked together, allowing you, from one interface, to easily view footage related to any access attempt.

Using a single platform to manage access control, cameras and alarm systems not only saves time, but simplifies the management of your security solution, meaning your campus, and the people and assets within, will be safer. 

Advancements in technology allow these solutions to be managed remotely via a web browser or mobile app. Whether you’re controlling access to doors, watching live or recorded footage or arming/disarming alarms, you can manage building security easily from anywhere, whether you are on the move or from the comfort of your office.

You can be automatically alerted when there has been an event such as a camera detecting motion out of hours, an alarm being triggered or somebody trying to gain access at an unusual time. These alerts can be sent via SMS, email, or for mobile apps, push notifications.

Using a single platform to manage access control, cameras and alarm systems not only saves time, but simplifies the management of your security solution, meaning your campus, and the people and assets within, will be safer

Consider this from the point of view of a security manager on a busy campus. The alarm to a building is sounded in the middle of the night. The manager receives notification through their mobile app from which they can check live and/or recorded video footage from a camera located where the alarm has been triggered and/or motion detected. The security manager can then remotely verify whether this incident was a false alarm and if it is, they remotely reset the alarm and go back to sleep without having to visit the building. 

For some larger campuses, their buildings may be monitored by manned security and/or remotely monitored in a video control room. The use of motion detection, line crossing detection, vibration detection (e.g. vibration sensors on a wire fence detecting attempts to climb or cut the fence) means you can sufficiently monitor a site with fewer people given you do not have to rely on a guard to spot an intruder, they merely have to react. An intruder can be more easily tracked once they have entered the building, through the use of motion detection, leading to quicker capture.

Utilising the latest technologies will increase the security of your campus whilst also reducing the time required to effectively manage and monitor the system. It’s also good to know that existing products can often be integrated helping protect previous investments.

Here at AIT, we understand each organisation’s requirements are different, which is why we have given ourselves the flexibility of working with a range of products and solutions giving you a system which is 100% right for your university or college rather than one which is loosely catered for the millions of organisations out there. 

To find out more call us on 0113 273 0300 or email solutions@ait.co.uk

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