As the head of security at a K-12 school or college, you’ve been tasked by the principal, college president, or school board to create the safest possible campus for faculty and students alike. To fully protect students, teachers, and staff, you need to be well-versed in the latest and most effective campus security technologies. Here are six best practices to follow when setting up alarm monitoring systems, video surveillance, access control, and other crucial elements of your campus security. (more…)
Having an automated alarm solution is an integral part of your operations. However, without alarm monitoring best practices, warning notifications can cause confusion and disruption. Arming the operators at your alarm monitoring center with the knowledge to respond quickly and efficiently to alerts can minimize distractions and reduce stress. Unfortunately, operator efficiency can be difficult to achieve long term with an aging workforce and staff turnover. (more…)
The security industry has been forced by COVID-19 and the subsequent social distancing guidelines and regulations to reimagine its practices. Changes to the nature of work have created new vulnerabilities and worsened existing ones. Fortunately, most of these issues can be addressed effectively with minor modifications to tried and tested security practices. (more…)
For years, the trend towards more workplace flexibility has been seen in many fields. Younger professionals have especially driven this trend and consider it an important perk of their work environment. However, some industries have lagged behind, usually due to long-held perceived notions about the necessity of working on-site. The security industry has also been slow to embrace the flexible workplace trend, though often in part due to UL restrictions.
Despite this, in the early part of 2020, many organizations were forced to increase remote work in response to COVID-19. But this should not be a temporary change. Greater workplace flexibility could help the security field be more effective in the future. (more…)
Alarm monitoring operations can be complex and challenging – even more so during these uncharted times we are experiencing with COVID-19. New challenges, new ways of working together, and the need to define new processes are causing inefficient operations, unconventional communications, and manual procedures. Technology upgrades and operational workflow can place a drain on already limited internal resources. The opportunity to expand into new markets could help fuel revenue growth and an increased subscriber base; however, it brings its own set of challenges. These are only a few of the complexities that dealers and monitoring centers face today among multiple other competing priorities. Finding new solutions to help drive operational efficiencies and increase revenue growth are not only needed but critical. (more…)
Security industry professionals and businesses found themselves in various states of preparedness when COVID-19 struck. The pandemic has affected companies differently, forcing leadership teams across the industry to develop plans and address issues in their own way. Here, we examine the effects of the pandemic on the security industry and offer guidance moving forward. (more…)