If you run a store, have an office, or have a warehouse, business security is a crucial function and you should not compromise it at any cost. Although security is a significant cost, many businesses treat it as a necessary operational expense. But that has been changing in the recent past.
Thanks to developments in security technologies, you can keep an eye on your business from anywhere and better manage security operations. Smart security technologies are cheaper to buy and incorporate into the business infrastructure. They also ease business operations, are easy to scale, and can easily integrate with physical security systems. But the most significant reason for the shift is that smart security technologies can boost your company’s bottom line.
Below is more on the benefits your business stands to gain by investing in smart security technologies. But first, what are smart security technologies, and how are companies responding?
What are smart security technologies, and how are companies responding?
Smart security technologies are, as the name implies, security appliances that incorporate modern capabilities of self-monitoring, analysis, and reporting. In other words, they are inbuilt with systems that enable users to seamlessly embed security protocols in daily life. For example, traditional magnetic locks for doors are not linked to a broader security system. However, more modern, smart security technologies now link to building security systems and allow these electromagnetic door locks to operate autonomously. The door system would automatically grant access to the right people.
Due to their capabilities, the popularity of smart security technologies has soared. Businesses are innovating and adapting ways to strengthen business security with the most advanced features and processes that boost efficiency.
Remote management of business security anytime, anywhere, and from any device
Arguably the biggest advantage of investing in smart security technologies is reduced costs. They are not like traditional technologies that require monitoring from one central location. Thanks to developments in cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and the incorporation of IoT in security tech, you can monitor and control your business from anywhere and using any device.
You can use your smartphone to check security cameras, summon the police, remotely turn off utilities or re-route computer networks. Remote management allows you to do a lot more including:
- Self-regulate user access or manage access controls that permit contractors or other outsiders.
- Shut down the water supply, electricity, or internet when no one is at the office.
- Activate CCTV cameras at specific instances and record footage
- View real-time video.
Smart security technologies set you up for integration and convergence
Previously, business leaders treated physical and cyber security as separate silos. But that is not the case anymore. More business leaders recognize that convergence of the two results in safer physical and digital spaces, smoother workflow, and reduced costs.
In terms of security improvements, integration and convergence result in:
Flawless monitoring and control
Smart security technologies enable the integration of your business’s physical access control systems, video security, and building management systems onto one platform if they’re cloud-based or have open APIs.
Better access control
By using smart security technologies, you can integrate your door access control and video security systems. Thus, you can verify credential users’ identities, ascertain visitors’ identities from a door and grant them access if they’re approved. It also provides video evidence at any door that has experienced unauthorized or forced entry.
Through convergence and integration, you can use digital systems to protect physical assets and physical controls to secure digital assets.
Smart security technologies are easier to scale
Another significant benefit of investing in smart security technology is that you can easily upgrade or downgrade your security system according to business needs. For example, if you want to add a security camera at a blind spot, you can do so. You can also make access control easier for staffers. For example, you can leverage electromagnetic door locks that wirelessly connect with the larger access control system and allow them to expand the coverage of your building’s security.
Reduce energy costs
Smart security technologies are designed as do-it-yourself systems. They include devices that can communicate with one another (Internet of Things) and artificial intelligence. For example, smart fire detection technologies work with thermostats and trigger alarms when temperatures approach fire levels. Such technologies don’t just work to protect the building from danger, you can apply them in everyday usage. For example, they can help optimize your energy usage based on occupancy levels when they communicate with your HVAC and lighting system. Thus, reducing energy costs significantly.
A final word, smart security technologies are better for business
The benefits above are but just the tip of the iceberg. Investing in smart security technologies can help your business in various ways including complying with regulatory requirements. The cost of not investing in business security can be catastrophic. However, smart security technologies are more affordable and help you cut operations costs and security costs. They help to boost the confidence in staff, customer confidence, and a lot more. Your business will thrive when you invest in smart security technologies.