By Bob Carter
Bob Carter is the Commercial Head of State and Local Government Practice for the United States at Genetec. He is dedicated to working with the nation’s growing population centers to address public safety, security and operational challenges using the Genetec portfolio for government, law enforcement, traffic management, campus, school, and digital evidence management solutions.
From managing video surveillance and visitor access to responding to threats and alarms, keeping state & local organizations safe can be a big job. In the past, integrating multiple vendors, servers, and training programs was costly and time-consuming. But now, Convergint, in partnership with Genetec, provides a better and more efficient approach to managing video and access control systems from one interface.
How can this be accomplished?
Security Center from Genetec is a unified security platform that blends IP security systems within a single intuitive interface to simplify operations. From access control, video surveillance, and automatic license plate recognition, to communications, intrusion detection, and analytics, Security Center empowers organizations through enhanced situational awareness, unified command and control, and connectivity to the cloud.
How to know when it’s the right time to unify?
Certain guidelines can help determine if now is a good time to start thinking about unification. Here are three scenarios that might help you consider unification sooner rather than later.
The application is mission-critical: If you’re working within a mission-critical security environment, where receiving data from multiple systems is vital to ensuring quick response to neutralize a threat, unification can empower your operators to make informed decisions within moments.
You’re getting ready to replace an older system: If you’re getting ready to replace an existing video surveillance or access control system, this would be a good time to think through the unification strategy. Investing in the right platform from the onset is the most important aspect in unifying multiple systems. Instead of being forced to incur development costs of a PSIM or inefficiencies from basic system integration, considering an off-the-shelf unified security platform such as Security Center is a good option.
You want to enhance operations over the long-term: If you have outlined objectives to either reduce operational costs or increase operational efficiency, you might want to consider a phased approach to unification. Security Center offers deeply unified functionalities between video, access control, and ALPR and the ability to evolve the platform over time.