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What are the latest hi-tech trends in security?

Technology has become an inescapable part of modern life, with the rapid evolution of mobile phones, the internet and digital services having a huge impact on how we work and spend our free time.

Every industry, including security, has felt the effects of the digital revolution, and those that don't want to fall behind the times must continue growing and adjusting to the latest innovations.

As far as security is concerned, many business decision-makers and office managers will be keen to ensure they are making the most of whatever hi-tech solutions are available to keep their people, property and assets protected.

Once you have your fundamental protective measures in place - a process that can be made easier through consultation with a professional security provider - you can look into the benefits offered by the latest technologies.

Some of the most exciting recent developments were highlighted by John Brussel, of Honeywell Building Solutions, in an article for Professional Security magazine.

One particularly fascinating field is biometrics, which is "no longer the domain of sci-fi movies and top-secret bunkers", Mr Brussel said.

These technologies, which verify people's identities by scanning personal features such as fingerprints, retinas or even the veins in their hand, are becoming increasingly common in mainstream security.

"It can help drive greater operational efficiencies, like getting people through facilities quicker, while enhancing security," Mr Brussel explained.

Another rapidly evolving area that could provide new tools to help security professionals do their job is mobile technology.

Seeing as smartphones and handheld devices have now become indispensable tools for many people and businesses, it follows that they will play an increasingly important role in security and facilities management.

Mr Brussel said: "Leveraging mobile technology allows security personnel to manage systems from any location, improving control and increasing response time.

"Similarly, mobility simplifies visitor management and way-finding, as it's easier to swipe your phone to get access to specific areas in a building, or use a smart app to book or find your way to a conference room."

Security professionals who spend a lot of their time monitoring cameras are also likely to see some technological improvements in the near future.

Where once devices such as cameras were reliant on a central server to function properly, manufacturers now the capability to incorporate storage and intelligence into the camera itself.

Mr Brussel said this concept is "coming to life" through video technology innovations allowing advanced analytics and high-resolution image capture.

"This speeds up the identification of potential issues and gives security personnel a crystal-clear view of the situation," he added.

These are among the many trends that could transform the way security professionals work and modern offices operate over the coming years.

While it's important for forward-looking businesses to keep up with the latest technologies, it's just as crucial to get the basics right, which means working with accredited security providers and keeping employees informed about their role in workplace safety.

Posted by Andrew Miller

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