Life safety and property protection are more important than ever. Businesses and institutions exist in highly challenging environments and face a wide range of threats, from fire, system failures, and other environmental threats to violence and intrusion. It’s true for all types of business facilities, whether it is the education, commercial, hospitality, government, or industrial sector, and all of them must be prepared and equipped for those eventualities with the appropriate systems.
The Problem of Disparate Systems
Many facilities have systems constructed life-safety, security, and access control systems over time. While these complex systems work well independently, they require a tremendous amount of extra work and time to manage. Additionally, facility and safety personnel end up lacking the valuable information they could otherwise have in any critical situation because the systems do not speak to one another. In systems such as these, it makes it difficult to identify problems, respond to them, and return to normal operations after any type of incident.
Benefits of Integration
There are many advantages to integrating facility fire, life-safety, security, access control, and communication systems. Above all other reasons is increased safety. Having the ability to be alerted to an emergency, have optimal situational awareness, and be able to communicate and respond to that need immediately proves priceless in protecting lives.
There are several other important reasons to integrate:
- Ease of use- An integrated system has one management platform, allowing you to manage a number of complex systems at once, simply.
- Increased functionality- With multiple layers of technology running together seamlessly, safety personnel can identify, respond, and warn swiftly and effectively with greater control and insight.
- Cost-effectiveness- An integrated system reduces operational and administrative costs by allowing fewer people to manage more facilities. It also allows for the opportunity to identify areas of potential trouble conditions so they are rectified before additional costs are incurred.
- Increased intelligence- Correlating events between multiple systems can provide a true picture of events and assist with detection and prevention.
The goal of any security system is to gain as much important information as possible, as swiftly as possible, and get that information to the right people at the right time. When systems are not integrated, they each provide individual areas of protection but those areas are not combined. In an emergency, it is like having many people speak at once instead of one person who is able to respond. When combined, the individual platforms become a robust and valuable tool for the enterprise. For more information about systems integration, call SSP today at 1-888-540-0175.