Burglaries in Canada totaled 445 per 100,000 population in 2013, and nearly 40 per cent of all robberies occur in an institutional or commercial location. While the total number of incidents is declining overall (in 2003, the burglary rate was 901 per 100,000 population), it is absolutely essential that businesses protect their premises with the best, most advanced systems available to them, including IP CCTV security systems.
Keeping up with new technology can feel like a daunting, if not impossible task, for all but the most savvy technophiles. Ray Bernard, an expert in facility security, claims security technology practices in many cases are a full decade behind IT departments. That said, security professionals have a very real need to be aware of everything that technology can do for them.
Case in point: Enter the S2 Mobile Security Officer (MSO), an app that can do everything from unlock doors to taking real-time video snapshots. The app works in tandem with S2’s Card Access Control components and their IP CCTV systems, specifically the NetVR system to allow security professionals to access the system from virtually anywhere. This high-tech, forward-thinking app took home theSecurity Products Magazine 2014 New Product of the Year award in the mobile app category.
Why Choose S2?
S2’s products can provide comprehensive facility security integrating card access, security systems and CCTV systems, as well as other physical security products, building on a belief in IP networking and an open architecture. All of its products deliver unparalleled reliability, fused with the benefits of a completely browser-based security system.
S2’s video management systems simplify monitoring for locations of all sizes, even adapting to multi-location global setups. Its NetVR system combines the IP video server, net video recorder (NVR), and video forensics. In addition the web interface is highly customizable, allowing you to lay out video feeds in a way that works for you. It’s compatible with most IP cameras and even some analog cameras.
The access control systems combine the benefits of intrusion detection, video management, and credential-based access control. It also has customized reporting for events, temperature monitoring, automated system management, and identity management.
Together, S2s product lines deliver comprehensive physical security for small offices as easily as it does for multi-office global companies.
The S2 Mobile Security Officer is based on the concept of “battlefield awareness,” an idea with its roots in military operations. MSO gives you and your team a comprehensive and integrated way to control all of your security options, increasing the organization’s efficiency.
So what can the S2 MSO do for you? Let’s take a look at 5 major advantages the S2 MSO provides, from better decision making to improved response times.
1. Easily Integrate Your Entire System
The MSO app unites the entirety of your S2 system, tying together the access control and video management systems for an integrated, functional system. At any moment, live video feeds, video archives, access logs and more are available to your team, even off-site staff.
2. Centralize or Decentralize Control as Needed
MSO is a tablet app that accesses the entire security system. That means that your security team can get information on the go — no need to be in the control center, which translates to more informed field decisions. The MSO app sends information about the actions your security officers take directly back to your security headquarters. That makes it easier to monitor your team and ensure protocols are followed.
Likewise, authorized users can still access the system from off site, including live video feeds from the IP CCTV cameras. Combined with MSO’s ability to access both live and archived footage, this decentralization facilitates better decision making as events unfold. It also reduces response time, because sharing information is much easier.
3. Identify and Track People in a Variety of Circumstances
With live video feed access, the ability to snap ID photos, and more, MSO makes it easy to identify people in the facility and track their movements. The app can capture snapshots and then distribute them via both email and text message (MMS), allowing your team to identify persons of interest. The app can also take ID photos, which can be used to print badges with the appropriate system setup.
An additional feature not only identifies someone on site put pulls up their access log history. In evacuation circumstances, the CCTV systems can track people and ensure that everyone arrives at muster points, displaying both name and photo of every person assigned that location. The system also tracks the number of people at each muster point simultaneously, giving you accurate occupancy counts.
4. Control Access to Restricted Areas
Organizations need to worry about crime, especially theft, committed on the inside. According to Business News Network, a 2014 survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers found that 36 per cent of Canadian businesses were hit by white collar crime, with theft of assets making up the bulk of that (58 per cent of reported crimes).
MSO enables you to lock or unlock doors as needed, so that you can provide or restrict access to specific area of the facility. Combined with the video archives, easy identification and access log histories, you know who is in the most secure areas of your facility and at what times. You can also eliminate unauthorized presences in these high-security sectors or control access to supply rooms.
5. Integrated Threat Response
For high-risk facilities, including hospitals, schools, and industrial plants, MSO serves as a perfect complement to the S2 Threat Level Escalator, a separate app that enables authorized security staff to automatically adjust perceived threat levels. When triggered, the app initiates a pre-programmed lockdown sequence. The S2 access control system can then assign specific system user credentials and location access based on threat levels.
What You Need to Implement the Mobile Security Officer
MSO requires iPads running iOS 7.1 and later, though the app itself is free to download from the iTunes store. Beyond that, the setup requires an S2 controller, either the S2 NetBox or Enterprise Controller, an S2 NetVR server for your CCTV system, and the S2 Network Node.
Technology is a powerful tool in the security field, making it necessary that any organization or professional keep up to date with the latest features and trends. Future-proofing should also be a top priority, which can prevent unnecessary expenditures and high replacement costs later down the line. Whether you are considering adding MSO to your existing S2 security setup or looking to install an entirely new system, the benefits of understanding how to use these features to your advantage cannot be understated.
If you are ready to bring your security system into the 21st century, it’s time to contact Veridin directly. We offer detailed consultations where we assess your security needs and recommend the best products for your requirements and your budget. We’ll show you how the S2 Mobile Security Officer and other products can become part of your physical security setup, safeguarding your institution against a variety of potential threats.