Security measures are a given in most every office, and the core underlying technologies utilized to secure your space—surveillance, alarm systems, and access control—haven’t changed all that much in recent years. Cameras, alarms, and locks aren’t new, but they are getting smarter. Smart Office security measures connect your traditional security systems to apps that can be accessed remotely via smartphone or tablet. This mobile approach to office security enhances the protection of your space, your inventory, and your data. Let’s look at how Smart Office upgrades can improve three of your existing security measures.
Video surveillance isn’t new, but gone are the days of grainy footage on VHS tapes. Today’s video surveillance uses cameras that are networked and can be controlled directly from your smartphone. This allows you to check on your office from anywhere at any time. Because your footage is stored digitally, you have access to better image processing, too. Don’t risk the safety of your business by using old, outdated cameras. Instead, invest in high-resolution smart cameras that are visible via your smartphone or tablet at all times.
Alarm systems can be hard-wired or wireless, or your business may benefit from a combination of the two. Gone are the days of a keypad that only knows to sound an alarm and call an off-site company. Today’s Smart Office systems allow access to and control of your alarm system from a web browser or mobile device. Think how easy it would be to receive an alert on your smartphone that your alarm system is triggered, check your surveillance camera to see an employee arrive early, and turn off the alarm directly from your phone! And because they’re networked, you can scale the system as your business grows.
The biggest “last-gen” development in door security was access control. Swapping physical keys for keycards was a big improvement, because building and door access could be context-dependent. An employee who needed access to many places no longer had to carry dozens of keys; her keycard just needed to be programmed correctly. Access control, too, has benefited from Smart Office technology. You can now use an app to set door access privileges or even override a lock when needed. Smart Office access control, combined with smart video surveillance, allows you to visually identify an employee who forgot his keycard and manually grant access from anywhere.
Whatever security measures your business employs, you can make them work better for you by upgrading to Smart Office versions. Achieving smart security may in some cases mean replacing aging security measures outright, or in other cases you may be able to purchase add-on tech that turns your outdated system smart. The best part about your updated Smart Office security, though, will be your ability to access and address security issues directly from your mobile device.