5 Types of Tech Revolutionizing Commercial Building Security

Just a couple of decades ago, the best security tech that commercial buildings could have was security cameras. Today, thanks to the high-tech boom in recent years, security tech solutions are better than ever and are more sought out by homeowners and building owners alike. The security industry is expected to reach USD 167.12 billion by 2025 in the USA alone.

With that said, there is no doubt that modern technology is revolutionizing safety and security, both for residential and commercial properties. Here are some of the best examples of contemporary security tech solutions, specifically for industrial applications:

1. Card and biometrics-based door access control

Access control installation services are seeing more and more customers by the day. Why? Because having door access control systems is one of the best ways to protect employees, assets, sensitive data, and inventory in a commercial building.

Access control systems come in different types in terms of the authentication method they use. Some systems use bar codes or magnetic strips on cards and IDs, and other systems use unique features of a person to grant access (e.g., fingerprints, eyes, face, etc.) Between the two types, biometric-based access control systems are more effective since they eliminate the risk of entry using a stolen access card. Still, a combination of both can be used in different parts of the building.

2. Smartphone-based access control

An excellent alternative to the systems mentioned above is a smartphone-based access control system. This type of system can be more advantageous to smaller businesses, especially those who can’t afford a security guard or receptionist to watch the doors. And since everybody has a smartphone these days, it can cut the cost of buying and replacing access cards.

With a smartphone-based access control system, employees can tap their smartphones on the reader to unlock the door. This system also reduces the risk of employees sharing access cards, as well as an outsider gaining access through a stolen or lost card.

3. Enhanced video management systems

We’ve gone a long way from grainy CCTVs and VHS. Today, security cameras can have these functions:

Facial recognition

Cameras with facial recognition capabilities can identify unauthorized people in a private commercial building, such an office. Public buildings, on the other hand, can make use of facial recognition to identify known criminals and take action to prevent theft or harm.

Remote access

Today, business owners can watch over the premises using their smartphone, making it easier to monitor the business regardless of where they are.

Two-way voice capability

This function allows building owners to “talk” using their cameras, which is especially useful in communicating with employees. In terms of security, two-way voice capability allows owners or security staff to deter criminals, as well as alert employees if a suspicious person is spotted.

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High-definition video

Perhaps the most significant disadvantage of yesterday’s security cameras is the low-quality of video that they produce. At times, it’s also what hinders authorities from identifying a criminal as fast as possible. Today, however, surveillance cameras are now equipped with 1080p high-definition video systems, allowing them to record clear, crisp videos that can better identify perpetrators.

Loitering detection

Some specialized cameras can also detect individuals or vehicles that have been staying in one place for an extended amount of time. While loitering does not always lead to something negative, cameras with loitering detection can be extremely useful in identifying criminals if something does happen.

4. Visitor management systems

A digital visitor management system makes the check-in system much faster and more convenient, especially in offices without a receptionist. For offices that do have a receptionist, a digital visitor management system can reduce interruptions in their work and eliminate the need for the visitor to wait at the lobby to sign in.

Moreover, this type of system enhances security by keeping track of who enters and leaves the office. Compared to old sign-in sheets, a digital visitor management system is safer, faster, and more convenient for everybody.

5. Security robots

Security robots are deployed to roam around a particular area and primarily function as a security guard. They use facial recognition and behavioral analytics, among other systems, to prevent crime before it happens.

Due to privacy concerns, public opinions about security robots are mixed. It is still unclear whether they are beneficial for public spaces, but for private commercial buildings, they can be instrumental.

Security is one of the priorities of commercial buildings, both private and public. Hence, modern technology solutions should be applied to current security measures to increase their efficacy and enhance the safety of everyone. For commercial building owners or business owners, these are some of the best modern tech solutions that you can apply.

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