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Security should be a top priority in every industry, but that is especially true in manufacturing. From food and beverage to pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and electronics, facility owners need a solid plan to protect their products, investments, and, most importantly, their employees. Developing a plan allows you to identify risks and vulnerabilities such as workplace violence, injury, intrusion, theft, espionage, sabotage, vandalism, counterfeiting, as well as ensuring compliance issues. Of course, no amount of planning can absolutely guarantee safety or prevent an incident. However, these top considerations are highly beneficial in discouraging threats and improving security.
Here’s what you need to consider in manufacturing plant physical security for 2022 and beyond.
Always be in the Process of Assessing Risks
In manufacturing facility physical security, there is never room for complacency. It is important to view security through the risk reduction lens for the application of your security technologies to evolve as do your risks. Understanding the risks to critical assets dictates how to address those risks and supports justification for security measures. Risk analysis leads to the critical buy-in needed from executives and other stakeholders to carry out security improvements.
Recognize That Security Technologies Do More
One of the most important lessons we learned from the COVID-19 pandemic is that security technologies can serve the manufacturing industry in many diverse ways. Our response to COVID created new practices and processes, as well as new consumer expectations. That is not likely to change going into 2022. When implementing new technologies or leveraging existing ones, it has become increasingly important to use those technologies in the widest possible capacities. This means that users should understand the technologies and their features and capabilities to the fullest, whether people counting, elevated temperature detection, or zoned access control. Building visitors and occupants have a new expectation that facilities use technologies to keep a space as safe and free from potential threats as possible, including unintentional threats such as the spread of viruses.
Consider Security in Light of the Supply Chain
Ensuring product safety and security throughout the supply chain is more important than ever. Security technologies should play a critical role throughout the entire process. Plants should consider applying technologies to monitor processes, track movements, restrict access, monitor the environment, and more.
Leverage Technology to Increase Your Awareness
Today, security is not just about keeping threats at the perimeter. It is also about increased situational awareness, operational awareness, improved safety, and more. Security technologies have become increasingly advanced and intuitive. Moving into 2022, manufacturing facilities should continue to use system technologies as an extension of their senses to see things such as practices that could improve, dangers that could be avoided, or what could be done to refine the use of space.
You Can Improve The Use of Space
With social distancing having impacted the world, keeping a safe and regulated distance from others is a realistic expectation. Security technologies can help manage that expectation by monitoring the movement of people using video surveillance and adjusting floor plans, processes, and traffic patterns to accommodate those needs. It can also help identify redundancies, wasted space, and more. Using the full scope of security technologies also helps manufacturing facilities recovering from dramatic economic shifts use the space most effectively to gain a better ROI.
Your System Needs to Help You Act Fast
Whether it is detecting threats like fire, preventing intrusion, or detecting an active threat, commercial technologies need to provide a way for facilities to act fast in a critical situation. This means that facilities should implement technologies including communication systems, video surveillance and analytics, access control, and professional monitoring.
Your Systems Should Be Helping Prevent Catastrophic Damages
Seemingly small things such as water leaks can cause serious damage over time. But even under the best of circumstances, it is easy to miss until damage has already occurred. It is impossible to have eyes on every inch of the facility 24/7 and equally impossible to predict events that could necessitate leaving a facility unoccupied for a period of time, both of which could allow a small problem to grow worse. This is why manufacturing facilities prioritize security technologies that help prevent catastrophic damages, such as the increased use of environmental sensors, including fire and smoke detection.
Going into 2022, manufacturing facility security systems need to be robust yet accommodate many people and diverse operations. SSP offers best-in-class service and custom solutions to meet the unique needs of manufacturing. Our solutions are scalable and can grow with you as necessary, and never lock you into proprietary systems that are cumbersome and without the ability to expand. The SSP Service Excellence program is top in its class, delivering the industry’s most complete after installation support. If you are interested in getting the most out of your security technologies, call SSP today at 1-888-540-1075