For companies to have value long term, they need to be able to keep their workers and property safe. But how? Traditionally, firms used burglar alarms and security guards, but in today’s world of high-technology, are there any other options? It turns out that there are, and they’re rather exciting. Let’s take a look.
Between 2000 and 2010, CCTV took over all our lives. At the start of the decade, cameras were still expensive, but as time wore on, they got cheaper, smaller, smarter and higher resolution. Today, we may be on the cusps of a new CCTV revolution: the advent of drone CCTV cameras.
Drone CCTV might seem a little excessive for your average city centre office – and it is. But where the technology shines is where a company has to monitor a large (and changing area). Already some agricultural businesses use drones to survey their property, and factories are also now looking into the technology according to https://www.vice.com/. Flying CCTV could support regular CCTV or could be used in conjunction with people on the ground.
Most offices operate a traditional keycard system. Workers arrive at the office, swipe their keycards, and then a smart piece of software signs them in so that employers know who is in the building and when they arrived/left.
But as most company managers know, employees have a nasty habit of forgetting or losing their keycards, making access a nightmare. Wouldn’t it be easier if you could just get rid of keys altogether?
It turns out that you can. Geofencing and other technologies allow people to sign in and sign out of a building by merely carrying their smartphone on their person. When the phone detects that it is a geofenced area, it sends a signal to the central server, informing it that a person has entered the building: no key required.
Wireless Fire Alarms
Regular company fire alarms, as https://meshwrx.com/ points out, are expensive to install and can be unreliable. Companies have to hook their alarms up to the mains telephone lines and must place them strategically around their buildings in a pre-defined pattern.
However, superior solutions are coming to market that use wireless technology. The idea is to connect fire alarms to regular WiFi, cutting down the risk that the alarm’s power supply will fail or that it won’t be able to communicate emergency messages.
Managers would love to know what goes on in their businesses while they’re away. And with remote monitoring, they can find out. The way remote monitoring works is simple: the business owner sets up a series of cameras around his or her premises and then connects to them over the internet via an app on their phone or computer. They are then able to watch everything that’s happening in real-time, and sometimes send voice messages through a speaker on the camera unit.
Cameras are also getting smarter. Some use machine learning to identify suspicious activity, automatically alerting owners through the companion app.
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