By Lee Copland, Managing Director, Maxxess EMEA | August 23rd, 2023

In the realm of modern security solutions, the synergy of access control and video surveillance forms a formidable foundation. The power of integration goes beyond the sum of its parts, paving the way for transformative operational benefits.

Integrated systems extend their reach to encompass fire and safety, visitor management, building controls, and HR management, among other core business processes. Standardized protocols enhance compatibility, while open-source technologies and modern APIs expedite implementation. Integrating with widely used databases, such as Microsoft’s Active Directory, further widens the scope of unified platforms.

Concrete Benefits through Integration

The true potential of integrated systems lies in their ability to “connect the dots” in ways that yield tangible benefits. Energy efficiency soars as occupancy patterns inform intelligent control over heating, ventilation, and lighting. Investigations into insider theft gain depth when surveillance footage harmonizes with stock databases and employee attendance records. In emergencies, integrated systems shine by triggering fire alarms to restrict entry to dangerous areas and coordinating with HR and visitor management data to ensure safety.

Enhancing Workplace Productivity

Integration isn’t just about security; it elevates everyday productivity. Streamlined access control and visitor management empower staff to efficiently facilitate guest access, room bookings, and parking arrangements. This simplicity enhances employee experiences and reduces the impact of repeated inconveniences.

Industry-specific solutions revolutionize not only security but also staff and customer experiences. In hospitality, Oracle OPERA streamlines front and back-of-house systems, enabling mobile check-ins and room service orders. Healthcare professionals enjoy seamless access across hospitals within the same network, adapting to evolving clinical demands.

Embracing the Future of Security

Integrated security systems are not just trends; they’re indispensable tools for efficient workplace management. Their flexibility, scalability, and customization align with evolving priorities. Market Research Future forecasts a 10% CAGR for the global security systems integrator market from 2016 to 2023, underlining the immense growth potential.

As security and facilities managers attest, integrated solutions are no longer optional luxuries but essential assets for efficient and cost-effective management. With their transformative impact, these solutions are rewriting the playbook for security and beyond.