New Solutions and Innovations in Security and Safety Technology
Connectivity and digitalization are trending
The awareness for security requirements has increased both in domestic and non-domestic markets within the past few years. One indicator for this is the current turnover of the ZVEI’s safety, security, and defense division. In 2014, the demand for electronic security technology has increased a lot more than expected. Turnover increased by 7.4 percent compared to 2013 reaching a total of 3.3 billion euro. All of the division’s segments grew: Video surveillance, access control, intruder alarm systems, fire alarm systems and voice alarms have all become more popular. Connecting these types of systems will soon become the norm in the electronic safety and security technology business.
Despite all of these positive developments, the sector is still facing a challenge. Investing in security technology is often seen exclusively as a cost factor. Since its economic value can often only be calculated in the event of damage, both private households and companies often hesitate to invest in safety and security technology. Especially for business, a comprehensive and reliable security and safety solution pays off. The nature of threats varies strongly depending on the type of building: Retail typically concentrates on protection against theft and forced entry. Fire alarm and access control systems play a more important role for administrative buildings, offices, doctors offices, and law firms. The most dramatic threats to industrial facilities are fire, sabotage and vandalism. These various requirements of different sectors call for flexible, user-adjusted systems. The different focuses also need to be taken into consideration in the planning process.
Identifying risks: security and safety technology in building planning and modernization
The most simple scenario, of course, is planning security and safety technology right from the beginning before a building is constructed. The first step is analyzing the potential risks and dangers. Then the technological and architectural requirements need to be examined. Especially for commercial applications, it ALSO needs to be considered who will service and maintain the system. And, of course, the entire system has to comply with legal standards and insurance requirements. Another thing should also not be neglected: The building’s function, people’s living or working conditions, needs to remain unaffected.
For modernizations of existing buildings, especially buildings which are listed for preservation, radio-controlled security and safety technology is advisable. Wireless technology is an optimal way to ensure safety and security for people and physical assets without the need of substantial structural alterations and without causing dirt. In order to extend the range of the radio signal especially in large buildings, a repeater can be utilized. In case of relocation, all components are easy to demount and can be reinstalled in the new commercial or domestic building.
Interconnectable security and safety systems hold an enormous market potential. At the moment, video surveillance is playing a lead role within the sector. The IP protocol provides businesses with the required flexibility and offers reduced operating costs. One advantage is that existing infrastructure can be used. In addition, the unified communication protocol makes it possible to connect different systems, such as access control, burglar alarm, fire alarm, video surveillance, voice alarm or evacuation systems, in order to monitor and control them via a common interface. The user can also quickly access data and pictures collected by the video surveillance system: with the help of modern technologies, they can be transmitted to mobile devices. This way false alarms can be easily identified by the service staff without requiring them to be physically present. Furthermore, e-mail and text message notifications or video live streams provide comprehensive information for the responsible technician. In short: Centralized surveillance means less required work force and allows quicker coordination of emergency responses. Companies grow and change. Expansions, such as additional cameras, are easy to implement with the help of IP-based security technology. Using IP as a platform for security and safety technology also facilitates integration into building management systems.
Digitally connecting all building subsystems makes it possible to combine different security, safety and building management systems into one application. For example, information collected by the access control system can be used for lighting control. Or all lights in the house and garden could be switched on in case of a break-in. The combination of fire protection, heating, air conditioning, and ventilation control is a possible scenario – temperature values collected by the fire detector could be used to control the room climate.
Source: Light + Building Frankfurt 2016