No matter what kind of business you are in, your assets are worth protecting. People, buildings, property, inventory, network servers, and data are just some of the elements that make up your business and contribute to your success. The best way to preserve these assets is with a security system—but it has to be the right system.
You need look no further than an “integrated security system” to get all your security needs covered.
Today, security tech and building management go hand-in-hand, which is where integrated security comes in. Security integration is when an organization merges its physical security solutions (such as building access control) with its logical security applications (think of network user IDs and password authentication).
The result is a one-stop security solution that addresses every aspect of your business—and makes your life as a business owner and manager a whole lot easier.
What makes up an integrated commercial security system?
An integrated system involves more than a control panel and alarm. Integrated security systems can include any of the following:
- Intrusion detection
- Burglar alarms
- Commercial access control systems
- Video surveillance and analytics
- Fire and life safety systems
- RFID systems for loss prevention
- Technology integration and security
- Reports on users and building access
- Remote control and access via smartphone
- Central monitoring
If you haven’t considered integrated security before, now is the time to give it a closer look. Here’s an overview of why streamlining your security operations with an integrated system makes sense.
Visibility and Monitoring
With an integrated commercial security system, you’ll be able to know what’s happening—when employees are coming and going, when the building is accessed, and even if the alarm system was properly set—in more detail than ever before. Not only does this help keep your employees honest, it also gives you the peace of mind you need to when you have to be off-site.
Whether you want to use security passcodes, access cards, or biometric scanning, an integrated security system gives you more control over all access points of your business—including backdoors and computer logins. It also makes it easy to immediately terminate an employee’s access or instantly set up a new hire’s access.
Emergency Preparedness and Response
If you incorporate window and door sensor, glass break sensors, and motion detection into your integrated security system, you’ll know about a potential problem sooner, and be able to summon help faster. The addition of video alerts also minimizes the risk of false alarms , which means emergency personnel will be on their way immediately. You can also put the building on lockdown if an intruder or other threat is detected.
It might seem like such a comprehensive security system will end up costing you more money, but over time it does just the opposite. You’ll be able to better manage time theft by employees and discourage or stop every type of employee theft. You might also get a break on your insurance, which can make a big difference in the long run.
Whether you sell services or goods, your company’s inner workings, policies, customer info, and other proprietary information is priceless. An integrated security system safeguards this crucial information just as well as it keeps intruders out of your building. By incorporating IT security within your overall security plan, you’re putting extra controls in place that are easy to manage. It will also simplify the management of access credentials, and minimize the number of calls to your IT department.
Because an integrated commercial security system gives you remote access to your security system via your smartphone, you can stay on top of everything from just about anywhere. This lets you see who’s getting into work late or leaving early, which users are accessing which locations on the network, and identify the break room thief who keeps helping themselves to the K-cups for the coffee maker. You will also get mobile alerts when anything unexpected occurs, and you can check in to make sure all entry points are secured.
Upgrading to an integrated commercial security system can seem like a big step, but it’s one that’s worth taking. At American Alarm Systems, we can help you identify the unique security needs of your operation and recommend a customized system that integrates all the elements you need, without any extras you don’t. Let us help you find the perfect integrated security solution for your business.