Optimizing Physical Security through Automation

This article was contributed by Kisi, a Meraki technology partner.  

The security sector has seen several innovations over the years that have changed the scope of facility management and protection. One of these areas of advancement has been the automation of security processes and responses, which has provided efficiency on a new scale.  

From automated access control and smart surveillance systems, to streamlined incident response and integrated security operations, automation empowers organizations to proactively safeguard their physical assets.  

Read on to explore the benefits of physical security automation, including improved threat detection, real-time monitoring, streamlined workflows, reduced human error, and enhanced scalability.  

Improved threat detection 

Automation has allowed for advanced threat detection and responses that are more streamlined and pre-defined according to safety policies. The integration of more automation into threat detection systems means a quicker and more robust response to any potential breaches. 

For example, combining an access control system like Kisi, with IoT cameras from Meraki enables automated intrusion detection. Once a breach occurs, the camera records every action by the intruder, and the access control system sends notifications to the administrator or any applicable parties. This response is completely automated, and allows you to take quick action to mitigate the potential threat. 

Real-time monitoring and reporting 

Automatic functioning of access control and surveillance systems means eyes are always on the premises, even after hours, without dedicated personnel. This helps security managers and landlords have extra peace of mind, knowing that should a breach occur, the automated systems and the records they keep are easily accessible. 

Streamlined Workflows

Some access control solutions allow for automated provisioning, which means you don’t have to manually configure the permissions for each user you already have in your directory. This saves your admins and IT professionals the time they usually spend on setting up and onboarding users for access to spaces and services. This automation also means simplified onboarding and offboarding workflows, enhancing security and streamlining the process of granting and revoking access permissions. 

Reduced human error 

Legacy systems which require human input to detect threats and irregularities in the access flow are vulnerable to error. Security personnel cannot always have eyes on every sector of the premises, and breaches are bound to occur. Cameras and access control systems with automatic functionality can record actions in real time and lock doors on site. This automated process reduces risks associated with employees forgetting to lock the doors of sensitive areas. 

Enhanced scalability    

Companies are growing at an exponential rate, with new opportunities and hybrid work environments paving the way for more employees and bigger premises. Automation makes the process of scaling easier with remote and centralized access management. 

The hassle of distributing keys and managing different legacy access systems across locations is replaced by modern, cloud-based systems, empowering you to automatically manage access through mobile devices. Advanced solutions, like Kisi, can support your transition to the cloud by providing the benefits of automation without needing to upgrade your existing hardware. 

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