Your Office May Be Beautiful, But Is It Safe?
Organizations have an innate responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of anyone who enters their offices. Though security-related workplace incidents, such as violent crime and theft, are very rare, they do happen and are often widely under-reported. According to OSHA, about 2 million people each year report some type of workplace violence and, out of all mass shootings since 1966, 27% occurred at workplaces. In addition, these days, a single office can house millions of dollars worth of computers, office equipment, data, intellectual property and other highly valuable, even priceless, company assets that all need to be protected as well. In fact, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners estimates that businesses lose 5% of their annual revenue to employee fraud/abuse and, in 2015 alone, over $52.4 billion worth of office equipment was stolen.
With that in mind, it’s no surprise that companies are investing more than ever before in next gen physical security solutions. In fact, physical security related VC investments in 2018 amounted to around $561 million, a 75% increase from the previous year.
In this new era of security management, workplace and CRE leaders can no longer treat security as an after-thought. So, whether you are starting from scratch or looking to upgrade your existing security capabilities, scroll down to learn more about the 5 of the hottest, most talked about physical security solutions on the horizon.
1. AI based Facial and Behavioral Recognition technology
From “Smart” elevators to finger print scanners, AI based facial, biometrics and behavioral recognition technology is rapidly becoming the norm. In a nutshell, there are 2 types of AI biometric identification solutions currently being deployed in the workplace. Physical biometric solutions use distinctive and measurable characteristics of particular parts of the human body, such as a person’s face, iris, DNA, vein, fingerprints, etc. to identify and verify the user. Behavioral biometrics recognize individuals based on physical characteristics such as voice, typing patterns, device usage, etc. Both types leverage sensors, video cameras and AI to capture and synthesize identification data. According to a study by Spiceworks, 57% of organizations currently use fingerprint scanning access control solutions, making it the most common type of biometric authentication.
In addition to protecting valuable digital assets and physical spaces, next gen access technology can also be used to track employee movements around the office, space usage and productivity. Once processed, the data these systems collect can be used to make better office design and real estate strategy decisions.
2. Smart Sensors
Smart sensors do more than just collect data, they use built-in processors to perform more advanced functions such as:
- analyzing sounds, such as breaking glass, to determine if a break-in or some other security incident is occurring
- send out mobile alerts to security personnel if unusual motion or activity is detected
- automatically lock or unlock doors if an emergency, such as a fire or active shooter, is detected.
Though video surveillance is still a core feature of any world-class building security strategy, VSSs can be incredible costly to deploy and, due to the sheer volume of data produced by these systems, pose numerous challenges when it comes to data management. Smart sensors have emerged as a more cost-effective alternative. Instead of running video surveillance 24/7, smart sensors can automatically activate these systems if and when suspicious motion or activity occurs.