Author: Hank Monaco, Vice President of Marketing, Johnson Controls
Published: Mon, Nov 26, 2018

For organizations looking to protect employees, customers, facilities and assets from the unexpected, a multi-layered and integrated security strategy is a must. Finding opportunities to connect these security technologies with each other and with other building systems can help achieve a 24/7, customized level of protection while maximizing the value of an organization’s security investment.

Stay ahead of threats with integrated security

Integrated security technology gives businesses the chance to get ahead of potential incidents by exchanging real-time information between security systems. For example, connecting video surveillance to access control can help quickly prohibit access into a facility when suspicious activity is captured by security cameras and simultaneously alert facility managers to respond to the issue. When those technologies are disjointed, they are not able to proactively mitigate issues and speak to each other as quickly in the moment of an emergency.

A smart next step for a customized, integrated security strategy is to take the opportunity to implement managed services that support the way your organization works. From hosted video to mobile security management and live video look-in, there are many options available to building owners and operators that are looking for a comprehensive security solution.

Maximize value and safety by connecting security to building systems

Not only are security technologies more effective when integrated with each other, but they’re also most valuable to your operations and your facility’s safety strategy when connected with other business systems. For instance, lighting can be connected with your security technologies to illuminate the best pathway to safety in the event of an evacuation and help guide occupants out of the facility.

Beyond improving your security strategy, connecting other building systems with security systems can also positively influence sustainability and operational efficiencies. If there’s a less populated area of a facility, video surveillance can be connected to lighting and HVAC systems to better detect when areas are being utilized and minimize energy use in specific areas until they’re needed. This connected approach takes technologies that are primarily meant to bolster security – in this case, video surveillance – and extends their value to support overall building operations.

Finding opportunities to integrate security technologies with each other and with related building systems can help make your facility safer, while also improving operational efficiencies to ensure that your organization gains maximum value from its security investment.

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