Effective lighting is an important part of any security strategy. Even if lighting can’t guarantee safety or prevent disasters, it is a valuable tool that can increase safety in indoor and outdoor applications when used wisely.
Creating a safe and secure hospital environment that also promotes healing means turning away from traditional options, such as guards with stun guns, and toward technology to meet the ever-multiplying security needs of healthcare facilities.
About three years ago, security service providers started offering smart security solutions complete with professionally monitored home security services that were enhanced with home automation and energy management capabilities.
After years of low compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) and limited innovation, the home security market is finally evolving with new and affordable security control products, and systems are becoming widely available, according to a November 2013 blog from Amdocs Inc., a software and service provid
Electrical contractors plunging deeper into the security market need to pay as close attention to the standards involved in security systems and attendant technologies as they do to the National Electrical Code (NEC).
While traditional security measures—such as firewalls, antivirus programs and vulnerability assessments—are important in the cloud, additional considerations must be taken to secure these dynamic and rapidly changing environments, according to Eric Chiu, president and cofounder of HyTrust, Mountain
Gone are the days when playground safety was the chief security concern in schools. In the wake of Columbine and Sandy Hook, educational institutions are increasingly adopting security systems that enable them to respond to various emergencies in real time.
With the introduction of Internet-protocol-based, enterprise-wide, and integrated security solutions, today’s systems are more sophisticated than ever, and their deployment has become much more complicated.
For decades, the penetration rate of residential security systems has been hovering around 20 percent. However, technology advancements, mobile communication and consumer expectations seem to be finally driving that rate up and bringing home automation and interactive services along for the ride.
The first emergency warning systems were developed to respond to war and massive fires. As time, building standards, technology and life safety systems advanced, fiery disasters became the exception rather than the rule.
In the security industry, there are best practices for assessing security needs, designing security system solutions, installing the systems, and integrating a security system with other building systems. But what are the best practices for security system maintenance and service?
In the years since the 9/11 attacks, concerns about terrorism and crime have driven the use of security systems and surveillance cameras into areas and markets that might not otherwise have considered such technology necessary.
With today’s increasingly complex security systems, many organizations are still using technology from multiple manufacturers that often cannot communicate. Physical security information management (PSIM) software can offer a solution.
With today’s increasingly complex security systems, it is surprising that many organizations still use technology from multiple manufacturers that cannot communicate with each other. Physical security information management (PSIM) software can offer a solution.
Security system components can be integrated with various technologies including heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC); building automation; energy management; information technology (IT); and fire and life safety systems, providing enormous opportunities for electrical contractors.
Biometrics is the use of a physical characteristic—such as fingerprints, retina or iris prints, palm prints, etc.—to identify a person and control access to a system, whether it is a building, car, computer or home.