Integrating security systems such as CCTV and access control over IP networks provides the end user with major benefits.
What is Integration?
The term integration is widely used within the industry to cover all manner of situations where different security devices are connected together. For example, is connecting different manufacturer’s cameras to a CCTV system integration? Does an intruder alarm sy stem that interf aces to third-party sensors constitute integration? The answer to both of these is y es, but only at the component level – not what most people would consider a true integrated solution. True integration is the ability to seamlessly interface systems from different security disciplines to create a total solution that produces greater benefits to the end user than would be possible from the individual systems.
The flexibility and scalability of IP-networked security is well documented providing the end user with significant benefits over and above traditional wired systems. The benefits of integrating systems together over an IP-network are even more significant, allowing the user to trigger operations in one system from events generated in another. To successfully implement this level of integration requires all systems concerned to be designed with integration in mind.
If they could start from scratch, most IT leaders would probably do many things differently. Because as their businesses build new capabilities, adopt new technologies and take on new challenges, the resulting tangle of solutions often leaves much to be desired. Systems don’t work well with one another. It’s harder to support important business goals. Manual processes persist where automation should reign. But executives can’t fight every battle with limited resources, and starting from scratch is typically not an option. So when is it really time to make a change – and what’s a smart way to go about it?
Despite its name, systems integration is not solely about the technology. It’s also about the people and business process that are required to deliver the full value of the technology. And that’s where we excel. We bring a deep understanding of the underlying business issues that must be addressed for an architecture-level initiative to be effective