The Future of Access Control is Bright – As Long as it’s Proven

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Everyone, it seems, is quick to get out their crystal ball when it comes to access control. The race to predict the next big thing in sophisticated security tech is a common theme across the construction industry. There’s no doubt that access control represents one of the most exciting strands of our service offering – and the team here is constantly investing time and energy to identify the right innovations to empower our customers.

I use the term ‘empower’ advisedly, because there’s no doubt that the new generation of cloud-based functionality, accessed from your smart phone and able to unlock incredible workforce management and insight, is a huge step forward. But at Herongrange, we always balance the thrill of innovation with a good dose of pragmatism. For us to recommend something, it has to be proven. We refuse to use our customers as guinea pigs, and we’re always reluctant to specify functionality that is either overly expensive or unnecessary.

Quick to protest

We’re also savvy enough to know that just because something is available, it doesn’t mean that users will necessarily want to adopt it. We know from experience that some workers are quick to protest about having to install apps on their personal phones to gain access to sites. In the not-too-distant future, even more advanced forms of access control will be coming on stream. Microchips designed to be implanted into the fleshy part of the hand between thumb and forefinger are already commercially available.

In the grand scheme of things, it’s a relatively short leap to adding access control data to the chip, so that users can be given sophisticated, multi-level access to building sites, machinery operation and much more. But the big question, of course, is how this will play with the people on the receiving end of the chip. Hands up if you fancy it!

Compelling insight

The future promises even more functionality from the fast-developing world of CCTV. Features like intelligent tracking, facial recognition and people-counting will be augmented by Artificial Intelligence that will learn from, and respond to, suspicious activity by sounding alarms, notifying security personnel, or simply initiating site-lockdown.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss your access control and other security needs, and watch this space, because we’re soon to be announcing details of a new access control product that is proven in the field and in-keeping with our policy of delivering practical benefits. We’ll be ready to respond with a fast, competitive, no-hidden-extras free quotation. Contact the team on 01604 49 88 30.

Smile You’re on CCTV… and it Really Works

CCTV has come a long way since it first hit the streets of Britain back in 1960. Believe it or not, the fledgling technology was first put to use to keep an eye on the crowds in Trafalgar Square when the Thai Royal Family made a visit to London. The following year, the first permanent cameras were set up in the capital’s railway stations – and the journey to ubiquity had begun.

A study by the British Security Industry Authority
https://www.bsia.co.uk/ from a few years back reckoned there was one security camera for every 11 people in the UK. And it’s true of course – CCTV is everywhere. Some people are quick to associate the cameras with Big Brother from George Orwell’s novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, while issuing dire warnings of a ‘snooping state’ intent on prying into our personal lives.

While it’s accurate to say that CCTV can be open to misuse if used incorrectly or illegally, there is equally no doubt that is can be a powerful weapon in the fight against criminality on construction sites. It is a vital component in the Herongrange armoury, and we regularly specify robust CCTV solutions as part of our service to customers. The main reason? It really does work.

Number one deterrent

study https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/aug/18/former-burglars-barking-dogs-cctv-best-deterrent carried out on behalf of Co-op Insurance revealed that a panel of criminals ranked CCTV as their number one deterrent – above barking dogs in second place and strong, heavy doors in third. Recent years of course, have seen CCTV become even more powerful. Wi-Fi connectivity and cloud storage gives those interested in monitoring and surveillance more footage and insight that they ever dreamed possible.

This new, more sophisticated era for CCTV characterises our approach here at Herongrange. We call it ‘Intelligent Imaging Security’ because of the way our software turns a highly effective deterrent into a clever, hard-working and site-friendly monitoring system.

Here’s an overview of what our Camshield CCTV software delivers:

  • 24/7 camera operation for out of hours security and daytime recording for site management needs
  • Remote interaction for key staff members
  • Unique ‘double-imaging’ technology to highlight movement to our control staff
  • Clear intrusion visibility, even in challenging areas and conditions

More functionality

The future promises even more functionality from the fast-developing world of CCTV. Features like intelligent tracking, facial recognition and people-counting will be augmented by Artificial Intelligence that will learn from, and respond to, suspicious activity by sounding alarms, notifying security personnel, or simply initiating site-lockdown.

If you’d like to know more about our CCTV security options, or you’d like to discuss any aspect of the Herongrange service, get in touch today. We’ll listen to your needs, and we’re always happy to provide a fast, competitive, no-hidden-extras free quotation. Contact the team on 01604 49 88 30.