Key management, integration solutions, access control software
Round table contributions
How do you stand out in a world of commoditisation? We live in a world of commoditised consumer goods. You probably own at least one item which would be considered "commoditised" by the majority of the population today, but you can probably also remember the days when it would have been described as "new" and "unique". Think about smart phones: most people you know are likely to own a smart phone. But remember when not everyone had a regular mobile phone? Now they're not only virtually ubiquitous but most mobile phones owned by people are smart phones. Commoditisation is so prevalent in our everyday lives that consumers become inundated with options and manufacturers continuously endeavour to innovate and distinguish themselves from their competitors. We asked our panellists to give us their thoughts on what impact commoditisation has on the security market and how people can differentiate themselves in a commoditised market.
Just like many things, security systems have their own life cycles. Most end users would say that a "good" system should last a certain amount of time. Each system or device has a generally established and expected life span, and anything that falls short of its life expectancy is generally deemed as "poor quality." We asked some of our panellists to reflect on the life cycles of security systems. We wanted to get their insights on trends they have observed in the frequency of system replacements as well as what variables impact the life cycle of physical security systems.
The general public often has misconceptions about security systems. How should security industry experts educate the general public to better understand security systems and their capabilities? As security industry professionals, our panellists are more than used to explaining security systems to customers and other members of the general public. As experts in the field, it is their prerogative to help set the records straight when it comes to what people understand about security systems. Sometimes people expect security systems to be able to do more than they actually can, or think that they infringe on our privacy when they don't in reality. Having a better and clearer understanding of security systems is important not only on an organisational level from an end-user's perspective, but also for the general public - everyone has the right to know what measures are in place to ensure their safety and that these particular measures are not infringing on their privacy. We asked our panellists how security systems are misunderstood by the public in their experience, what unrealistic expectations they find that people have, and what they think security industry professionals can do to educate the public.
Information overload. That's how tradeshows can seem. You're being fed lots of information by several different people in a short amount of time. It can all be very overwhelming. So what do you do? It's relatively easy to create a plan for smaller shows. But with larger events such as Security Essen, IFSEC and ASIS, it's far easier to become overwhelmed by the amount of choices and options. With Essen and ASIS just behind us, we asked some of our panellists to reflect on these and previous tradeshows and share their tips and advice on how to get the most out of such large-scale events.
You can expect to pass through tight security checks in environments, such as airports and government buildings, which are greater targets for terrorist attacks or other forms of violence. You don't expect to pass through the same level of security checks in neighbourhood shops and schools. It's a simple rule that there will be more security systems in places where there's a greater need for them. Generally speaking, there isn't such a high need for very high end security systems in schools...or so most people seem to think. However, when you consider all the recent school-related crimes around the world, you're almost forced to think: has the need for better security systems in educational institutions been underestimated? We've asked some of our panellists to comment on how technology could have made a difference in some of the recent school crimes.