Join the revolution! Everyone’s doing it!
Some industries, such as nuclear energy and securities trading, are long accustomed to regulation, compliance, and auditing. In recent years, though, increased regulation and protections have been implemented in broad new areas including medical records and credit card transactions, among others. In such an evolving landscape for regulations, it is important for organizations to know how to navigate these changes, and what tools might be available to help them comply with confidence.
By now, virtually every organization has recognized the need to invest in video surveillance and access control technology in order to prevent and mitigate risk. So when it comes to making sure that technology is delivering on your investment, why would you ever take any kind of risk?
Today’s physical security environments are complex. It is common to find a mix of analog and IP technology, along with environments that are multi-vendor, multi-generational, multi-application, and more often than not, span across multiple sites. One can imagine the challenge this presents to service teams for diagnosing and troubleshooting problems quickly and efficiently when they arise.
Note: Today's blog is contributed by Ralph Goodman from the Lock Blog. Viakoo is honored to have guest blogs from the greater physical security community. To contribute to our blog please contact [email protected])
The times are changing. Older methods of physical security are being phased out by more comprehensive and complex systems. These are not expensive flashy upgrades. They are the practical successors to outdated security measures. Much in the same way we no longer use pointed sticks to guard our caves, we can no longer rely on traditional physical security to protect the important things in our lives. With the types of threats that exist today, companies and individuals are more vulnerable than they have ever been. It is just no longer enough to point your stick at the opening to your cave. It is time to automate your physical security.
Every now and then you read an article, and its only days later that the real implications of it come to mind (some call it an “a-ha moment”, others might just consider me a slow thinker). That a-ha moment happened for me with a report from IHS Markit that pegs service & maintenance services as leading revenue growth for the security industry.
As an incoming college student, I’m about to immerse myself in an unfamiliar environment and lifestyle. Living communally, whether on campus in dorms with my peers (as I am doing) or off-campus, students will still be spending a large amount of time on school premises. It is thus important to ensure a sense of comfort and security that will enable my college campus to be a viable home and workspace for the next four years as I pursue my education there.
Over the last couple years I have seen many examples of physical security systems that don’t work as they should; either they have significant downtime (30% downtime or more), or they have intermittent “ghost in the machine” sort of problems that are too hard to fix easily, or other issues that lead to video not recording or card readers not reading. As it has been covered in other blogs here at Viakoo I won’t labor the point, but for mission-critical security technology it can be shocking to see how often it fails, and how long it takes to recover from such failures. In a survey Viakoo conducted last year, when a video surveillance failure happens it typically takes days to fix (days, not minutes or hours like it should be).
I don’t know about you but I don’t often go to city council meetings, county planning boards, or forums that are meant to get input from the public. It’s something that I know is “good for you” (like losing 5 more pounds, reading more books, or taking vitamins), but I just have never quite gotten around to it. Well, I went this week to the board meeting of the local mass transit system (BART, or Bay Area Rapid Transit) and I regret not being more engaged, more often, with such organizations. The reason is I came away believing more deeply in basic civic principles: individuals can make a difference, public servants often face a thankless challenge, and public policy best comes from transparent and deliberative proceedings. I also found it’s a way to help improve physical security in my local community.
This past week had an issue that anyone involved in video surveillance should be concerned about: whether video evidence has been tampered with or not. The specific case involved is in Chicago, where the shooting of Laquan McDonald by police was captured by the police dashcam. As investigators tried to sort out what happened and went to access video captured by the adjacent Burger King they found that 80 minutes of video was missing; 80 minutes that cover the time that the incident happened.