If you’re responsible for physical security, then you might be familiar with the concept of “mean time to innocence”. It’s an IT term that highlights how the network is often blamed for problems, and how the IT team needs to quickly get to the real root cause in order to show that the network is “innocent”. Same thing happens in physical security; for example, if video is not recording properly it often is blamed on the camera device when the root cause may be an issue with storage.
All too often a massive amount of effort is put into specifying, negotiating, and installing a physical security system, yet after it is installed few people can answer the question “how’s it working?”. In the IT world it is very common for uptime to be a key metric for system availability, and in some cases for the system to be specially configured to be high availability. At Viakoo we believe the same should be true for physical security systems – uptime is one of the key metrics, and it should be used to guide the system towards achieving high reliability and availability. The last thing anyone wants from a security system is low availability, right?