When it comes to the three pillars of IT Security, most conversations are dominated by discussions of Technical Controls, such as firewalls and antivirus software, and Administrative Controls, such as password and data encryption policies, but the third pillar, Physical Controls, is often overlooked. According to a 2021 report by Pro-Vigil, 20% of survey respondents reported an increase in physical security incidents since March 2020 making physical security a high-priority item now more than ever.
IP Video Surveillance
Motion detection features of IP video can assist with building access or intrusion detection, but the good news is that video surveillance has evolved and has moved past its traditional role in stopping crime. A robust IP video surveillance system can measure building occupancy and store/facility traffic by counting people. Smart technology that incorporates motion detection and facial/license plate recognition for immediate response are core features of an IP video surveillance solution.
Additionally, the IP video surveillance system can be made accessible both locally and remotely, based on user credentials and custom access controls. The system can also be integrated with other physical building systems, such as IP card access and IP audio, and even with local law enforcement, where applicable.
IP Card Access
In addition to traditional access via card swipes, your IP access control system can also offer keypad PIN, biometric, facial recognition, or mobile app access for employees and other authorized individuals. For employees who’ve misplaced their swipe cards, administrative staff can enable access remotely, or your IP cameras—integrated with the system—can authenticate individuals and instantly unlock doors. Reporting capabilities allow you and the management to determine what’s working and what’s not and adjust investment in your facility where needed.
More than piped-in music and an intercom system, an IP audio system from Sourcepass is an integrated component of a physical security solution. The system can be used to improve security on your premises with event-triggered announcements and direct callouts; make live or scheduled announcements to single or multiple zones, or create ambiance with easy and flexible scheduling of great-sounding background music. Control the entire system, including network speakers, audio bridges, and microphones, from a single, intuitive interface interconnected with other security infrastructure, including your access control system and cameras.
When properly designed, a business can achieve greater physical security by installing and unifying IP video surveillance, access control, audio, and other features. Build an integrated security solution that not only unifies your existing infrastructure and improves your security stance and situational awareness, but also increases your overall operational efficiency.
Frank DeCapite is the Sourcepass Director of Structured Cabling and Physical Security. Reach out to Frank at (877) 678-8080.