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SMART SECURITY: IN-BUILDING PROTECTION FOR NIGERIAN BUSINESSES

Posted on: 15 Aug 2017

Security concepts have been around for as long as businesses have existed. In the past, security measures were relatively straightforward, using security guards or physical barriers such as fences. The main goal has always been the same: effective protection of people and assets.

Every year, businesses are victim of crimes, such as theft, that erode profitability. For instance, theft costs worldwide retail industry $128 billion in 2013.

Mr. Lanre Kolade, Managing Director, Vodacom Business Nigeria while speaking on the topic Smart Security: In-building Protection for Nigerian Businesses acknowledged that thefts occur despite the investment many companies have made in security infrastructure. Talk about CCTV systems for monitoring, Intrusion alarms, access, access control and physical security guards for perimeter protection, for instance, however, technology has evolved rapidly.

Today, almost every organization uses CCTV, alarm systems and sophisticated guards to protect its people, property and building. Too often, the systems are installed in the hope that they will deter would-be thieves or appease insurance providers. However, existing systems are currently not set-up to be proactive to address security issues, they can be insecure, inaccessible and expensive to maintain. The problems with existing systems include:

(i) Accessibility of CCTV footage: One of the major weaknesses of conventional video surveillance lies in the footage it collects. Typically, this has to be stored locally, usually on a digital video recorder (DVR). In the worst cases, agents only discover that there was a problem with the equipment when they arrive onsite and the footage cannot be recovered. Additionally, remote CCTV systems can and do fail without warning and critical events may not be recorded at all.

(ii) Cost: Currently, systems can be connected to a central screen where agents can continually monitor movements. However, this is time-consuming and costly. And adding new cameras to legacy systems lead to further software solutions or a re-fit of the entire system.

Kolade said that risks are everywhere: Branch office- Anti-social behavior, Production Site, Warehouse and Retail Store.

  • And these failing are a real issue because you have mounting risks rights across your operations
  • Both employees and the public can be a source of problems, whether they are making claims for accidents on your sites, causing damage or stealing stocks
  • The data your cameras gather should be stored in the cloud to be accessible (for police callout and also protected in order to resist cyber attacks.

He added that with increasing security concerns, limited capabilities and the rising demand for operational efficiency-businesses need to adapt to survive in the connected world. It’s time to take building security to the next level.

IOT Security is connected security: where each camera, alarm or monitored asset is constantly connected to central systems. Often, that connection is wireless – there’s a SIM in the asset, but the connection can be different forms – wired, or even using satellite. Site security devices like alarms and cameras need to be tamper-resistant and functional even at remote sites. Rather than just being passive observers, devices need to be active, intelligent participants: alerting guards or the emergency services where there’s a security breach. And coverage should extend beyond the perimeter, covering assets and goods in transit.

IOT connected security is a secure, efficient managed solution that remotely monitors your site-anytime and anywhere.

A smart and connected security offer significant advantages in protecting property, people and places today and in the future. Using IOT connectivity, your devices will be connected wherever they are sited; alerting you should any device fail.

(i) Accessible: Ensure footage is available and accessible anywhere, anytime.

(ii) Secure: Secure footage through encrypted data transfer. Verifiable evidence where visual data is cryptographically marked, time-stamped and dated, with verification by network time protocol servers.

(iii) Responsive: Prioritize surveillance. Real-time alerts in case of hardware or connectivity failure and intrusion. Real-time monitoring of security system, alerting you, the police, fire and rescue services if the need arises.

(iv) Business Continuity- Smart security analytics that establishes when an event is significant through pre-set filters. It is also cost effective and scalable.

According to Kolade, IOT is everywhere, so having this technology applied in Business Security Solutions is no longer an idea, with 19 Million IOT security solutions predicted to ship globally in 2018.

The future – NBIOT/IOT themes/New products-For Nigeria. Vodacom SA is already building NBIOT networks. He also said that network system is built into body cameras, lone worker protection, dashcam, push to talk technology and automated emergency alerts. All integrated with building access. The possibilities are endless.