Security has been influenced if not completely driven by a law-enforcement mindset, which tends to be prosecutorial in nature. However, prosecution doesn't have anything to do with right-now security. An organization needs to be able to address a security threat as it's unfolding, and ideally before an incident becomes a large-scale emergency in which lives and/or property are at risk. The best way to create more time to detect and respond to a threat is through automated situational awareness. Then staff are untethered and clear-eyed. They don't have to sit at a monitoring station waiting to "catch someone in the act" or succumb to error. The human attention span drops below acceptable levels after just 20 minutes, even among trained observers, according to research. Other security challenges and trends include analog versus IP-based cameras, the convergence of physical and cyber security, and the emergence of such intelligent technologies as analytics, crowd-counting and facial recognition. There's more opportunity for proactive, holistic security than ever before.
with life safety, all of an organization's security systems can be integrated
to help improve the protection of people and property. From access control to
video surveillance and from motion sensors to glass-break detectors, SARA provides centralized monitoring,
alerting and reporting. Inefficient, stand-alone alarms then are converted into
detailed alerts delivered automatically and in real time to the people who need
to know what's happening and what to do about it: key individuals, select
groups/response teams or entire populations, depending on predefined emergency
alerting protocols. Such situational awareness creates time - time to prevent
and/or respond to any number of potential security threats.
The first few minutes of an emergency are critical in determining outcomes, so the ability to see what's happening greatly improves situational awareness and response management. Video-enhancing security alarms adds another level of specificity to alerts, enabling incidents to be investigated in a timely manner and in the most appropriate way. Video paging gives your designated personnel "eyes" to see exactly what's occurring. When an alarm is triggered from any third-party system, an alert with live video from nearby security cameras is pushed to desktops so responders can visualize the triggering event, plan and prioritize the appropriate response, and allocate the necessary resources. Video paging also enables prerecorded videos, photos and maps to be associated with a triggering event as programmed through SARA's modes and actions.
With today's smarter networks and devices - and SARA to tie all of them together - it's easy and cost-effective to create a security bubble over a single building or wide-area campus. Disparate departments or security functions within an organization can come together in an over-arching strategy for situational awareness. Following are some examples of the third-party system integrations and sensors used with SARA to improve security: