Another option for building administrators looking for cost-effective systems that provide the most comprehensive protection is the integration between life safety and security systems that are already in place within a workplace. For example, with a properly designed integration, existing fire alarms can be integrated with security systems to send alerts about inclement weather, criminal activity, power outages, and other non-emergencies that require wide disbursement of information. There are also additional systems beyond fire alarms that should be considered for integration including intrusion detection, CCTV, access control, gunshot detection, and other mass alerting systems, either audible, visual or both.
When it comes to boosting safety and security in workplaces, it’s important to start with checking for potential vulnerabilities and evaluating technology on-site to maximize protection—and working with system integrators who have the right expertise can help streamline the process. Their main focus is on technology, and they can help enhance existing technology or implement new systems to deny opportunity, mitigate the magnitude of potential events, and increase emergency response to provide better protection.