Unification integrates all security system elements into a single software framework with a single user interface, greatly improving Unified Physical Security Systems. Unification will also open up a whole new field of capturing and using actionable business intelligence, which can significantly improve business operations.
In recent years, advances in IP technology have significantly improved physical security solutions. While the security industry has worked to develop a number of methods for integrating the various components of modern security environments, such as video, access control, automated license plate recognition, communications, intrusion, and analytics, the end result is often a collection of fragmented systems with minimal connectivity and interoperability.
A unified physical security approach maximizes infrastructure use, streamlines upgrades, and provides unified threat level management. In addition, since there is only one method and interface to learn, training is streamlined. Support and maintenance are much more reliable, with a single point of contact to track down the source of problems and ensure version compatibility.
Unified Security Solutions – Efficient and Flexible
Organizations must provide a healthy and secure atmosphere for employees and visitors in order to focus on development, sales, and eventually performance. Security solutions across the board not only secure the organization, but also produce actionable business intelligence that can be combined with operational data to help improve performance. When choosing a security product, businesses are not only investing in a system that works now, but also in a solution that can adapt to the company’s changing needs in the future.
Physical Security Solution Needs to Be Unified
While the security industry has worked to develop a range of methods for integrating different physical security technologies, the end result often is a set of fragmented systems with minimal coordination and interoperability. Using software development kits or APIs alone to integrate separate security functions like access control and video monitoring is restricted and can be expensive.
Unification, on the other hand, goes beyond loosely or superficially connecting stand-alone components of a security solution through an SDK or API.
A unified solution is designed from the ground up to not only work together but to intentionally intertwine features in order to provide a powerful user interface with built-in reporting and alarm management capabilities. With unification, security personnel can configure and manage video cameras, print badges, access-controlled doors, track intrusion panels, and provide all they need from a single software interface to ensure a high degree of functionality.
It’s also worth noting that a single structure is by its very nature highly adaptable and can be expanded to meet the evolving needs of customers. It’s not an all-or-nothing solution because the platform allows companies to start with only the VMS features, for example, and incorporate analytics, access control, ALPR, and third-party applications as the business need change.
It’s Not Just About Protection When It Comes to Unification
Analytics and add-ons can also be integrated more rapidly and efficiently into unified security systems, resulting in strategic and actionable business intelligence that can be used to boost operations and increase ROI.
For instance – visitor counting, face capture, heat maps, queue management, conversion rates, and directional analysis can all be done with retail customer intelligence gathered by a unified system. This type of data will give retailers insight into their customers, allowing them to better understand them, make informed decisions in real time, and improve both customer loyalty and in-store profitability.