Articles by Rob Hile
The role of today’s security leader continues to evolve as they are faced with an ever-expanding risk environment that includes active shooters, crime, natural disasters, liabilities and cyber threats. Most recently, the terrorist attacks in Paris and the active shooter violence in California once again served as reminders of the threats organisations face on a daily basis. Intelligent technologies for proactive security management Over the past year, the increased focus on security and the growing alignment of security, IT and risk management within an organisation has driven an interest in intelligent technologies that can help business leaders, first responders and operators be more efficient to maximise response. Specifically, large metropolitan areas and enterprise-class organisations are looking for techniques and solutions that enable a proactive approach to managing security. This effort includes not only implementing new technologies, but by also developing robust training initiatives to streamline preparedness and response. A typical organisation has a wealth of processes, devices, and platforms in place to protect its employees, customers, and facilities. In the event of an incident, leaders need to bring this information together to form a comprehensive picture of the situation. An ideal solution collates information from each individual system, and centrally monitors and manages incidents for improved response times and better overall protection. Command centre platforms allow for proactive security management of an organisation; they can anticipate risks and efficiently respond to incidents Enterprise command centres: Optimising communications & data analysis Enterprise command software solutions are designed to correlate information from multiple different subsystems to optimise communications and coordinate actions between multiple departments and first responders. With more data pouring in from various sensors, systems and agencies, today’s command centres need a way to identify what information is of critical importance quickly and efficiently. Enterprise command centre software is proven to help users extract critical data efficiently while gaining a comprehensive view of an organisation’s entire security, business and risk profile. Today, command centre software platforms are capable of providing incredible enhancements and efficiencies to security operations, IT departments and risk management. A solution that can consolidate disparate systems into a single, user-friendly platform allows users to meet stringent security goals and adhere to industry regulations. It streamlines compliance with standard operating procedures, and facilitates trend development through regular reporting on critical tasks. The security market is expanding its capabilities to enhance security like never before, and by integrating critical data into one common platform leaders are receiving the most relevant risk information to help keep citizens and organisations safe. With the right technology, enhanced awareness and centralised system management, organisations can build a responsive and proactive approach to security that drives enhanced response now and into the future. See the full coverage of 2015/2016 Review and Forecast articles here
VuTeur, an innovator in emergency management and business intelligence platforms, along with control room solutions provider Vistacom, will host a breakfast panel roundtable discussion, “Using Critical Data to Enhance Situational Awareness” during ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits in Dallas, at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 26. The event will feature insight from Kyle Berger, Chief Technology Officer for Grapevine-Coley Independent School District, and Chris Mashburn, CEO of Capitol Security Solutions and Vice President of Law Enforcement and Government Affairs for VuTeur. They will join moderator Rob Hile, General Manager, Securadyne Systems, for a discussion on best practices for emergency and incident management, using critical data to establish overall situational awareness, and how schools and other organisations are utilising technology to boost response. Incident management event summary Managing an incident has changed over the years; and we have come a long way from handheld radios that relay information back and forth to incorporating numerous data points that enhance situational awareness for all stakeholders. During an emergency, real-time information is crucial to bringing the needs of those affected in line with the ability of first responders to gain a full picture of events that are unfolding. With more information, first responders and organisational leaders can make better decisions with a more effective response, using camera feeds, maps providing real-time situational awareness and communication mechanisms from those being directly affected by an incident. During this event, panelists will discuss how today's incident management and response is growing and changing to include numerous stakeholders at every given point, and best practices for handling critical information and how that data is gathered to help create a full picture of unfolding events. Breakfast will be provided. Limited space is available and RSVP is required.
Under this new partnership, Access Security customers will have the opportunity to utilise Immix software SureView Systems, a global provider of commercial central station and enterprise command center software, announced recently it has partnered with Access Security Corporation, a full-service security integration firm, to provide the Immix® command center software platform to their current and future customers. Immix software for Access customers Under this new partnership, Access Security customers will have the opportunity to utilise SureView’s Immix software to bring multiple disparate security systems together – such as video, access control, IP audio and GPS, among others – into a single, unified platform. SureView Systems’ Immix platform has one of the largest integration libraries in the industry, and is built on proven, secure, scalable technology. “We have been looking for a solid PSIM partner for about a year now, and we wanted a quality product that’s stable, going to work and at a price point that fits a more general market,” said Daniel Cogan, President, Access Security Corp. “The Immix platform is established and is a system we can stand behind and sell to our customers. SureView Systems understands the importance of being able to receive and respond to alarms appropriately, and of having an easy-to-use and intuitive interface. We are more interested in selling a system that will work rather than a system with a lot of flash.” Building long-term relations Access Security Corporation is a boutique security integration firm that designs, installs and supports custom integrated security solutions. Their primary markets are the education, health care and corporate markets. Access Security provides turnkey solutions, proven in real-world applications, as well as by the company’s own rigorous pre-assembly, testing and quality control standards. The company specialises in integrated access control, IP surveillance systems, intrusion alarm and fire alarm systems. “Our partnership with Access Security allows their company to build a long-term solution for their customers from start to finish,” said Rob Hile, Director of Enterprise Command Centers, SureView Systems. “I realised early on in my discussions with Mr. Cogan that his organisation had the right skill set and customer focus to be a great strategic partner for our newly established Certified Channel Partnership program. Additionally, every system they install is done without the use of outside sub-contractors, so they have very tight control over the quality of the products they install and service. This translates to long-term relationships for all parties, including SureView Systems. Our Immix software is a great fit for their business model, offering flexible deployment options, quick installations and the largest integration library on the market today, all of which translates to the best possible margin for them and immediate ROI for their customers.”