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Physical Security and AV Communications: Keystones To Success

Digital technology is not all about ones and zeros in the cloud. It’s important that the IT infrastructure you rely on to meet your business objectives — from the routers and repeaters in your wireless network to the cabling connecting everything — is sound and up-to-date. And these days, the audio visual equipment in your teleconference rooms and your physical security equipment are more important than ever. 

I believe you’ll agree that your top priority is keeping your properties secure and your people safe. Thanks to the digital transformation that began decades ago and now seems to be peaking, you can be fairly certain you are achieving that objective. The security industry has almost fully transitioned from analog technology (such as closed-circuit cameras) to integrated and comprehensive security systems connected to the cloud.

Networked video surveillance providing perimeter security and internal security, advances in networked access control, intrusion detection, biometrics, and other security measures offer true protection. The key in the move from analog to digital is that your devices are all networked — that’s what’s meant by security systems integration. This can be done by wiring from switches to cameras and from switches to door access points, or it can be done wirelessly using wireless access points and related infrastructure.

Integrating your security system via Wi-Fi comes with hefty storage requirements — you have to have tieback to your data centers or data closets that can house, for example, footage from 4K cameras. That storage will also allow you to retain data for a long period of time.

“Information technology hardware has evolved rapidly. You need first-rate equipment more than ever—and it is readily available.”

It has to be said that some of the crucial issues and pro-tips described above are relatively foreign to some legacy security providers, who cut their teeth in the analog world and invested heavily developing those technologies and expertise. But digital-native companies with broad technology expertise can provide physical security as part of an infrastructure services agreement.

Good Audio Visual (AV) Tools Power Communication

The right audio visual equipment can turn virtual meeting rooms, which have become essential to many organizations, into collaborative and productive spaces. Here, the key is flexibility and customization. Conference and training rooms, huddle rooms, boardrooms, and classrooms present different challenges and require different AV solutions.

To be blunt, one of the big problems with AV systems is that they’re used commonly by people that don’t necessarily have technology backgrounds. Everyone within a company will probably need to use the conference room at some point, and there are many opportunities for things to go sideways.

That said, it is quite possible to build a system that can be used fairly easily by people of different levels of technological expertise. You can integrate all of the physical devices — the cameras, the monitors, the projectors, the phone systems, etc. — and create a fully customized audio visual solution that can span a whole gamut of use cases.

Information technology hardware has evolved rapidly. You need first-rate equipment more than ever — and it is readily available.

I hope you found this information helpful. As always, contact us any time about your technology needs.

Meet the Author
Tim Burke is the President and CEO of Quest. He has been at the helm for over 30 years.
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