“That’s the way we’ve always done it” is a commonly heard phrase at many security businesses. Some would say that if a process isn’t broken, you shouldn’t fix it. However, what happens if the process is broken but you don’t realize it? Processes at security dealers should be audited and actively managed. Otherwise, you may be risking (or already experiencing) significant harm to your business. (more…)
What makes a great business? Is it branding? The customer experience? A quality product? For central stations in the security and alarm monitoring industry, each business aspect plays a role and combines to create a successful business model. When focusing on the major business functions, such as marketing and sales, financial health and cash flow, etc., it is easy to overlook some of the essential operational functions that impact your bottom line. Here is why performing a process audit is important and what it reveals. (more…)
The alarm industry is rapidly evolving right now. Technology advancements outpace the speed at which many central stations make network and software upgrades for their alarm monitoring processes. IT security and consumer demand drive innovation, yet many central stations operate with disparate systems and inefficient processes. Process improvements don’t have to be cost-prohibitive, behemoth projects. Here are six ways you can improve efficiency in your alarm monitoring central station. (more…)
2021 has finally arrived, creating an opportunity to take stock of the past year and to think about how to make the future better. For central stations and alarm monitoring businesses, this is an excellent time to rethink some legacy processes and examine how new technologies are reshaping the security industry. Below are five ways you can prepare for 2021 and beyond. (more…)
For many organizations, processes can be both a boon to productivity and the bane of efficiency. They are the key to success for any team of even moderate size and complexity. However, bad procedures can sap efficiency, cause frustration, and increase risk. For a security service provider, this can create an unacceptable situation. (more…)
Picture the following scenario: you’re monitoring a university campus and you receive an alarm signal for an intrusion alert in a building that houses science labs. While you are checking camera footage, another signal comes in for an access control breach – a door left ajar at an adjacent building. What you don’t know is in another area of campus, security is also getting a blue box call from a student who saw someone leave a suspicious-looking backpack next to the library windows.
Are these incidents related? Is your campus about to undergo an attack? Or, are these just random events that happen to be occurring around the same time? It’s difficult to tell because you don’t have all the information. (more…)