Physical security technology has always played a pivotal role in the protection of all asset categories. Unlike the old siloed approach, technology innovation has made it possible for physical security managers to identify and potentially link people, property, and other types of assets together. Convergint, partnered with Axis Communications, can provide more effective means of managing and protecting assets for a variety of new innovative uses that can add value.

Innovation in IP video technology is opening the door to new potential use cases that may not have been considered in the past when it was much harder to fully integrate disparate systems. In today’s business environment, where investments are shrinking and security managers are being asked to do more with less staff, it is important to deliver on safety, security, and customer experience. Using video analytics and the IoT (Internet of Things) to join up devices creates a consistent delivery of necessary tasks. Considering the overall ROI (Return on Investment) can help with evaluating short and long-term gains and ultimately help with making the best possible technology decisions across multiple stakeholders.

At the planning stage, physical security managers should consider how new technology can be fully leveraged based on several important factors, which can be the focus of an effective migration strategy. These questions include: 

  • Current needs – What’s needed today?

  • Existing infrastructure – What available resources can be utilized?

  • Future scalability – How to lay a foundation for future functionality or feature expansion?

  • Important key stakeholders – What potential use cases could add value?

Consider what technology solutions will best serve the long-term vision of the organization. This approach can help solve a broader range of needs.

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