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The Latest Trends in Commercial Security Technology

Commercial security technology is constantly evolving with new and innovative systems and features making businesses safer than ever before. From simple locking mechanisms to advanced access control systems, and analogue CCTV cameras to network/IP CCTV cameras, security technology has jumped leaps and bounds over the past few years and is offering so much more in terms of control and security.

Continuous developments and cutting-edge technologies such as Artificial Intelligence are breaking boundaries and giving businesses more efficient security systems with deeply integrated and comprehensive capabilities.

Read on to find out all about commercial security technology and the latest trends to look out for to make your business safer and more secure from both external and internal threats:

WHAT IS COMMERCIAL SECURITY TECHNOLOGY?

As a business owner, protecting your business’s property, assets, and employees must be your top priority. Especially considering the risk that all types of businesses face in terms of commercial burglaries, theft, intrusions, and vandalism, commercial security should never be an afterthought.

The best way to ensure the safety and security of your business and its assets is to use the latest commercial security technology designed to keep intruders, burglars, and trespassers at bay. Commercial security systems such as alarm systems, surveillance systems, and access control systems are made to maximise security and enable physical security and cyber security on your property.

A robust commercial security system consists of several technologies that help with the following:

  • Prevention – prevention is always better than cure. Keeping that in mind, all good commercial security systems must be designed to prevent common security threats and mitigate the risks associated with them.
  • Deterrence – all commercial security technology should act as effective deterrents to criminal activity and cause potential criminals to reconsider their plans for fear of getting caught.
  • Detection – the faster a security breach is detected by the system, the more likely it is to be stopped before it causes any physical or financial damage to the business. Advanced features are incorporated into modern security systems to make them smarter and more efficient so that they can offer the earliest possible detection.
  • Response – although preventive measures and crime deterrence are very important parts of commercial security, an effective security system will also facilitate and improve response times so that the risk can be minimised and corrective action can be taken as soon as possible.

THE LATEST TRENDS IN COMMERCIAL SECURITY TECHNOLOGY

Now that we’ve talked about commercial security technology along with its main components, let’s move on to the latest trends and practices that are being adopted to maximise security, efficiency, control, and overall safety.

In a nutshell, future commercial security technologies are all based on the reliance on AI analytics, cloud-based management, and integrated systems to increase efficiency and create automated response times.

Let’s look at the latest trends in commercial security technology that every business needs to consider:

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND MACHINE LEARNING

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a term used to define technologies such as machine learning and cognitive computing that enable computer systems to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence. These tasks include problem-solving, recognising patterns, and learning from past experiences.

Both Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are revolutionising the way businesses perceive security and are creating advanced systems with modern integrations designed to improve both physical as well as cyber security, mainly through automated incident detection and immediate response features.

A great example of how Artificial Intelligence is reshaping commercial security is in the use of CCTV cameras. We’ve seen a massive jump from analogue CCTV cameras to more advanced AI-integrated network/IP CCTV cameras over the last few years. Not only are the cameras sturdier and more reliable but also produce higher-quality footage with significantly more processing power.

AI data analytics can be used in commercial security to continuously search for suspicious events and anomalies without the need for human intervention. The systems can “think” for themselves based on what they have learned in the past and alert the authorities of any suspicious event or activity on the business premises.

These systems can be trained to distinguish between threats and non-threats and automatically notify the relevant authorities of the anomaly. This could mean picking up on an unusual crowd gathering in an otherwise low-traffic area or detecting motion within the work premises outside of business hours.

Artificial Intelligence can be integrated with all types of commercial security systems including alarm systems and access control and can help improve security and decision-making capabilities.

TOUCHLESS/KEYLESS ACCESS CONTROL

Access control remains a huge challenge for businesses, particularly those with several employees and visitors. Access control can be in the form of a simple lock and key or a more advanced system that offers much more in terms of security and control.

Apart from adding an extra layer of security to your property, there are several reasons, such as remote access and audit trails, why you should consider investing in a good and reliable access control system for your business.

According to recent technology and the latest trends in access control, the majority of businesses are shifting from a traditional access control system to a more sophisticated one, specifically one that uses mobile credentials and other keyless authenticators to grant or deny access.

When it comes to the adoption of a mobile-based credential system, the main benefits are the lowered risk of stolen or lost credentials that can lead to security breaches, the reduced expenses of replacing physical credentials, and the seamless and more user-friendly process for employees who can request access straight from their personal smartphones.

BIOMETRIC SECURITY SYSTEMS

Biometric security refers to a security mechanism that authenticates and authorises users based on their unique behavioural and physiological features. Biometric authentication is currently the strongest, most secure, and most accurate physical security measure used for access verification.

When it comes to biometric security, there are two broad categories of identifiers used – physical and behavioural. While physical parameters analyse things involving the body’s physical form such as facial features, eye structure, and hand shape, behavioural parameters analyse behavioural patterns associated with the user.

Examples of physical biometrics include fingerprints, retina, iris, facial geometry, hand geometry, skull shape, palm and vein recognition, and DNA. Examples of behavioural biometrics include signature, keystroke dynamics, and gait.

Biometric access control is becoming an increasingly popular form of dual authentication in high-risk and high-security areas. Although you may not see biometrics used to secure all areas of a business, they are mostly the authenticators of choice for highly sensitive areas that need an extra layer of security such as server rooms, storage facilities, and cash vaults.

Considering the way that businesses are being targeted by criminals and the increasing number of data breaches, it comes as no surprise that a majority of businesses are transitioning to more secure biometric authentication. The good thing is that since most smart devices already come with biometric scanners, it shouldn’t be difficult to implement this trend into security policies.

CLOUD-BASED DATA SECURITY

Previously, video surveillance footage from CCTV cameras was stored on a local hard drive that could only be accessed and viewed on-site. These systems are now outdated and have been replaced by cloud-based storage with a wireless connection and high-resolution footage.

Cloud-based storage isn’t limited to CCTVs and can be integrated with access control systems as well. Their biggest benefit is the level of accessibility that they offer. You can view and monitor footage across multiple locations from absolutely anywhere in the world.

Apart from accessibility, cloud-based security systems also provide a safe and secure environment where the user data and footage remain safe and protected. This is a particularly important feature since businesses have a responsibility to protect the user data saved in their systems and have certain strict laws and regulations to follow when it comes to data privacy.

For many businesses, the move to a cloud-based security system means an improved IT infrastructure with more reliability, accessibility, and flexibility. They are adopting the SaaS (Software as a Service) model and are integrating access control solutions and video analytics software into them to take full advantage of this technology.

The Internet of Things (IoT) enables cloud-connected CCTV cameras to stream HD videos over their servers in real-time and provide a high level of surveillance and intelligence to security personnel. Most cloud-based systems also come with mobile apps that allow businesses to check on their video footage from any location, on any device, and at any time.

SECURITY SYSTEM INTEGRATION

Security system integration refers to the process of connecting all the security systems on your property and managing them from a centralised hub. Not only does this connect the security systems but also connects security technologies including sensors, access control systems, detectors, smart locks, keypads, intercoms, elevator controls, CCTV cameras, and emergency lighting.

For modern businesses, having an efficient commercial security system means integrating all the technologies to benefit from them as much as possible. This works for all types and sizes of businesses and offers easier management and a higher level of protection.

Instead of having different components that work independently of each other, an integrated system has several security measures working in sync to achieve a common goal – offering top-level security.

With system integration, you don’t have to go through the alarm system, CCTV cameras, and access control system individually if you are reviewing an incident. You can simply manage it all from one place and even control the features remotely.

Let’s take an intrusion as an example where once the CCTV cameras pick up on the suspicious activity, it triggers the alarm system which sounds an alert and automatically locks all the doors and windows via the access control system. If it is dark where the event occurred, the integrated system may even trigger the security lights to go on!

GREENER, LOWER-CARBON SECURITY SYSTEMS

With global warming and climate change becoming a more serious threat with every passing day, it is the responsibility of everyone on this planet to play their part in reducing carbon emissions.

The UK is on a mission to reduce carbon emissions and the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is committed to achieving Net Zero Emissions by 2050. This is done through switching to renewable energy sources such as solar and wind energy, phasing out fuel-run cars with electric vehicles (EVs), and making homes and businesses smarter and more sustainable.

The security industry isn’t too far behind and is rolling out products that have longer life expectancies, are made using recyclable materials, are more energy efficient, and use renewable energy sources to work.

For instance, instead of relying on batteries or the grid to power your commercial security systems, you can opt for solar-powered systems that use the sun’s clean energy to provide you with constant and real-time monitoring and surveillance.

IMPLEMENTING THE LATEST TRENDS IN COMMERCIAL SECURITY TECHNOLOGY

With security technology evolving at full speed, it can often be hard to keep up with the trends and implement each and everything into your existing commercial security system.

That being said, it is important to keep abreast with new innovations and prioritise new security technologies suited to your business’s operations and security needs.

Luckily, there are a few ways in which you can make the transition easier, although they require all stakeholders including the business owners, security teams, IT professionals, and employees to work together.

Here’s what you can do:

Conduct a detailed risk assessment

Before choosing which security systems to upgrade and which latest trends to adopt, it is very important to perform a security risk assessment that identifies the top threats facing the business and how good the current security measures are at mitigating the risks.

Develop risk mitigation strategies

If the findings of the security risk assessment reveal that the current security measures are inadequate at mitigating the risks, you need to assess the existing security systems and consider how new security technologies may be used to improve the situation as best as possible.

Consider growth and upgrades

When investing in new commercial security technology, always keep in mind the future growth, upgrades, and maintenance of the security systems. For instance, when implementing biometric access control, make sure that you have taken into account the installation of the new readers as well as possible integration with other security systems.

Consider the costs

New security technologies and state-of-the-art security devices come at a cost and require professional installation and integration. Businesses must consider any additional work, such as changes to the structure of the building, when implementing these systems and make sure it falls under their decided budget.

CONTACT CALDER SECURITY

At Calder Security, we provide a comprehensive range of security solutions that include not just professional installation but also monitoring, maintenance, and repair services.

We are members of the Master Locksmith Association (MLA), approved members of the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB), and also conform to all the relevant British and EU Standards. We follow all the best practices in the industry and install only high-quality, state-of-the-art security systems.

We offer various levels of monitoring via a 24-hour monitoring centre using Dualcom and BT Redcare signalling, which is the most secure alarm monitoring system and the largest supplier of intelligent alarm signalling services in the UK.

We understand the importance of having to regularly maintain security systems since the inability to do so might result in serious faults and consequent vulnerabilities in your property’s security.

We provide professional maintenance checks and reminders for when the checks are due to help you stay compliant with the law and work fast to restore your security systems to excellent condition.

We offer a 24-hour call-out service for customers and can also repair systems not installed by us. Our engineers are highly skilled and can restore faulty systems to full working order in one visit.

Contact us here or call us at 0800 612 9799 to talk to our experts right away!

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