When taken individually, a delayed flight, lost package or long line could be regarded as relatively minor inconveniences in a busy day. But, if it is your busy day, missing a connection or arriving late to a meeting can have significant implications. And, when you multiply this by the number of other people who might also be impacted, it’s not hard to see how a bump in the road can turn into a major hassle or even a full-blown problem.
Whether we're talking about a single business or an entire city, the healthy flow of people, products, and ideas through your space is crucial. When we reduce or eliminate impediments to this flow, we can help everyone move smoothly through their daily lives.
Security departments already provide smooth and often unseen-safe transitions in our everyday lives. What if they could also help ease that all important flow? From major exhibition centers and stadiums to municipal governments, organizations everywhere are using their physical security systems to do just that.
How organizations are helping the flow of people
The National Exhibition Center (NEC) just outside Birmingham in the UK is using its automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) system to quickly move visitors from the parking lots to the main buildings. In addition to tracking scofflaw and unwanted vehicles, their system allows them to monitor shuttle bus frequency and grant access to pre-booked express parking areas.
For any large venue that hosts a capacity-filled event, their security has to be tight. At the same time, they also don't want to interfere with their fans' enjoyment of the concert or football game.
To ensure that everything runs smoothly, the stadium’s security personnel collaborate with local law enforcement. This includes granting them access to the stadium’s network of security cameras and doors. By allowing on-site law enforcement to identify and monitor suspicious behavior in the stadium, they can ensure safety without interfering with anyone’s enjoyment of the event.
Cities balance access and security
In the UK, the Manchester City Council uses its access control system to increase public access to their buildings while maintaining the necessary levels of security for restricted areas. They do this by issuing ID cards with pre-established access set according to a variety of factors, including both a visitor's needs and their level of authorization. This means that, while the City Council controls access to their buildings, they are also giving visitors a sense of direct access to their representatives: a sense of access that makes people and ideas flow more easily.
To see more about how we help the healthy flow of information, commerce, transportation, and people, check out this video.