It's an all-too-familiar scene; operators jumping from one monitor to another, navigating through different video surveillance and access control applications to investigate an incident, or more importantly, handle an emergency and neutralize a threat. This common scenario of security operators trying desperately to piece together information to make objective decisions begs for greater operational efficiency, and becomes the main catalyst for security directors' ears to perk up when security system unification is brought to the table.
Beyond the ease of navigation and simplified operator workflows and training, there are numerous other benefits to unifying video surveillance and access control systems into a single platform. These include the ability to program alarms, generate reports, conduct maintenance, and streamline upgrades with built-in version compatibility for both video and access control, all from one workstation and interface.
Unifying video surveillance and access control is not always straightforward, nor is it the only strategy to consider when merging systems. Instead, many technical and business considerations need to made, and more often than not, questions emerge during the process. In this upcoming three-part blog series, we will answer the top three common questions asked when organizations are first seeking to merge video surveillance and access control systems. These include:
- How much will system integration or unification cost?
- Will I need to rip and replace my existing systems?
- Is there a right time to unify access control and video surveillance?
Look out for our next post when we jump right into the discussion.