More and more organizations are beginning to realize the number of risks their physical facilities or information systems may face. System integration has a long history of being adapted, though it’s beginning to become much more encompassing of a term. Traditionally, security system integration involved linking an access control system, a CCTV system, and an alarm system—but these days, we are beginning to incorporate even more kinds of technologies. If you’ve heard of system integration, especially in the context of security technologies, it’s important to understand what the benefits and drawbacks may be.
More Comprehensive Security
Integrated approaches can create much-needed redundancies intended to increase the strength of an entire system in the event that one aspect of the system is bypassed. If someone were to duplicate an access control keycard, it may not be enough to get them into a secure parking lot if that lot is also protected via a driver camera system. Any isolated system is subject to being circumvented, but when combined together, it makes it much more difficult to bypass these security technologies.
Integrated systems also make spaces more functional and easier for those who actually should have access. The benefit of these technologies is that they’re often designed around usability—instead of creating a bunch of mechanisms that a person must be responsible for, like different keycards or passwords, they rely on credentials that are innate to a user, like their facial features, fingerprints, or knowledge of security questions. While a passcode or keycard may be utilized, developers of systems meant to be integrated are aware that carrying around multiple cards or remembering many passwords isn’t practical or efficient.
Difficulties and Drawbacks
Historically, many security systems have been proprietary—forcing you to purchase every element of your system from the same vendor. However, this is changing rapidly in recent years, as many of the vendors in the physical security sector understand the importance of open and standard systems.
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