Often one person runs a convenience store at night. By incorporating a panic button, the employee can quickly activate an alarm. The general manager or owner of the store can be notified of the emergency as well as the police department.
Video paging can also provide “eyes” on the situation. Most convenience stores have video cameras surveilling their properties. When an employee presses a panic button this activates an IP camera which provides a closer view of the situation. The panic button also triggers a desktop alert to a networked computer notifying the appropriate individuals and providing a live video feed.
One can add a motion sensor and an IP camera to a back entrance. When motion is detected it initiates the video feed and the employee receives a desktop alert with video so he or she can ask those loitering to leave or notify the police.
In addition to protecting the convenience store from robbery or crime, it is important to also protect inventories. Owners or Managers can monitor freezer and refrigeration units with temperature sensors and receive automatic alerts when temperatures are not in their target zones. Maintenance can then be notified to resolve the problem proactively before there is a significant inventory loss. This is one way that environmental monitoring protects property and prevents loss of convenience.
Situational awareness provides multiple ways to receive an alert – through text, voice call, email, a mobile alert or desktop alert. By receiving these alerts immediately, the problem can be handled appropriately.
Convenience stores are an indispensable part of modern life. But as the statistics show this convenience comes with a cost. Fortunately these risks can be managed by incorporating the use of situational awareness technologies. Click here to learn more about situational awareness applications in retail or feel free to contact our inside business development team today.
Lake, Rebecca. (May 30, 2015). Gas Station Statistics: 23 Interesting Facts [Article]. Retrieved from https://www.creditdonkey.com/gas-station-statistics.html#safety
NACS The Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing. U.S. Convenience Store Count. Retrieved from http://www.nacsonline.com/Research/FactSheets/ScopeofIndustry/Pages/IndustryStoreCount.aspx