A strong and solid security strategy typically encompasses the integration of several systems spanning video surveillance and analytics, access control, intrusion detection, license plate recognition, and communications. Even so, many users are still working with disparate, siloed systems with limited communication and interoperability among them.
Unifying these disparate systems into one security platform delivers a more comprehensive security solution.
It’s important for users to understand the differences between an integrated security system and a truly unified one. An integrated system encompasses separate hardware and software components from varying sources and/or manufacturers that are connected using a third-party plug-in to affect change in system components. A unified system is different in that it represents one platform that includes all video surveillance and access control functionality.
Technical difficulties with an integrated system can arise when one piece of the system has been updated but other components are not ready for updated technology. This is often the case with an integrated video and access control platform from separate manufacturers.
A unified security platform, on the other hand, enables end users of the system to control multiple systems from one common graphical user interface (GUI). True unification takes the stand-alone components of a security environment and plug-ins beyond simply being connected. A unified system provides one platform that allows them to work together seamlessly. And, because there is only one interface for operators to learn, a unified system significantly simplifies training. It also makes upgrades seamless, and presents unified threat level management. Troubleshooting, support and maintenance are also made more efficient.
Particularly attractive for end users is the fact that a unified system is flexible and can be expanded to accommodate their changing future needs. Advances in analytics and add-ons can also be incorporated into unified security platforms, and deliver business intelligence that can improve operational efficiencies.
A unified endpoint management and security solution also makes it easier for IT managers to gain visibility into suspicious activity across all endpoints, analyze that activity, and take immediately corrective action.
End users looking for greater simplicity and system functionality can turn to AC Technical to implement a unified security solution.