Security 101: Moving from Midsize to Enterprise
While there are a number of out-of-the-box security solutions available, these one-size-fits-all-type packages are best used for small and mid-size businesses. However, as an entity shifts into becoming enterprise-level or multi-location, the increase in size, employees, high-value assets, and sophisticated processing means that small business security systems will rapidly begin to fall short and create hazardous security gaps.
Corporations need something a little more robust, especially when it comes to triggers and the ability to surface key footage quickly.
Who needs a corporate security system?
Even if your current system is doing what you’d like it to, it might not be adequate for your future needs, especially if you’ve recently grown from a mid-sized to a larger business. As you grow, your need for security will change, and you must change your equipment to keep up. Security and information personnel on staff will have a solid understanding of how commercial systems work, but it is always good to remind ourselves of the essentials.
For example, if your corporate security system only broadcasts to a single monitor in your office, consider the value of accessing the feed remotely. Modern security systems typically offer this feature and more.
What should be included?
Surveillance cameras: Enterprise video surveillance systems are put in place to enable both live video feeds and recorded video repositories. These help you monitor all activity so you have evidence if anyone does something they shouldn’t. Unlike most rudimentary, small business security cameras, commercial security camera systems should be able to operate in high-definition and be supported by security software that can proactively send out notifications and alerts to the appropriate parties.
Remote access to surveillance footage via a smartphone or tablet: In today’s mobile-centric world, this one is a must. Smartphone access means security personnel and executives can keep an eye on the business at all times. You should be able to monitor your system on a mobile device without the integration of special software.
These are the basics of a great corporate cloud security camera system, but if you want all the frills, you might consider a few extras:
- Commercial smoke, gas, and carbon monoxide detectors that alert emergency responders immediately upon detection
- Secure access at every door with ID cards or body-print scans
- Remote control lights, electricity, and temperature to save electricity and gas
- An intercom system that connects all rooms, including voice and video feed
- An integrated monitoring system that watches employee actions and limits employee scams or fraud
- Outsourced living security components like human guards and guard dogs
Based on the needs of your business, you can mix and match the options you include in your package. Commercial video surveillance is one of the most important components of any system, but you may find other services to be just as useful in protecting your property.
Motion detectors: Can help notify you when unauthorized personnel are in an area, trigger alarms and/or recordings, and even give you a heads up if a pipe bursts or if stray animals get into a particular area.
A siren and/ or silent alarm: Silent alarms alert you and the authorities that someone has broken in, whereas a siren alerts everyone, even the intruder. Most corporate security systems opt for siren alarms because they are likely to scare off intruders before they can do significant damage. Others prefer the use of silent alarms because it gives them more time to catch the offending party.
Key panels at entry points: This adds an extra level of security at each entry point. Key panel locks cannot be picked, so you’re more likely to deny unauthorized access to anyone but authorized personnel.
A Guide to Costs and Installation
Security is essential for all corporations, but your budget will likely influence the type of security system you can purchase.
If possible, avoid saying the name of the corporation you’re from, especially if it’s a large, well-known company. Sometimes, salesmen will drive up the price for large corporations. They’ll still offer a quote if you don’t say who you are.
The company you purchase the system from should install it for you. There may be an extra fee for this service (unless you can negotiate free installation), so factor that into your initial costs. You might also run into issues during installation that increase costs. For example, if you don’t have a place to mount your security cameras, the company may charge more to install a pole to do so.
Remember that costs are generally negotiable. Although all salesmen have their limits, they’re often willing to shave off a portion of their commission if it means landing a big sale. Employing practical negotiation tips will help you get the best possible price on any package.
How to Purchase a Phenomenal Commercial Security System
Find a company that will let you customize your package with the services you want. Customized security systems will serve your company better than a one-size-fits-all package, and you can often negotiate a fairer deal.
When you’ve selected a service, close the deal and work on the installation. This is not the end of your search, however. Security technology is always improving, so keep an eye on upcoming improvements. A brand new business camera monitoring system may emerge six months after you make your purchase, which is worth the consideration.
Additionally, some features might not be as practical as you hoped. For example, your entry system might decrease efficiency and make it difficult for people to enter the building. Always look for ways to improve your security system to benefit your company and its employees.
When looking for the perfect security system for your corporation, keep these tips in mind. The solution to your all-inclusive, commercial security system might be closer than you think.
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