Keeping links in the security chain strong.To address tenant concerns and demands surrounding sur·round
tr.v. sur·round·ed, sur·round·ing, sur·rounds
1. To extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle.
2. To enclose or confine on all sides so as to bar escape or outside communication.
n. security during the past few years, many building owners hired experts to recommend access control and security systems, invested in the latest systems and components, and augmented their security staffs.
Over time, however, tenant priorities evolved, security and administrative personnel turned over, and new operational challenges arose.
Unfortunately, seven years later, the buildings" static security systems are inflexible and impractical im·prac·ti·cal
1. Unwise to implement or maintain in practice: Refloating the sunken ship proved impractical because of the great expense.
2. for tenant use.
In making the initial investment, owners and property managers relied solely upon great technology to deliver a total security solution. unaware they also needed to plan for ongoing system management (programming, operations, administration, changes/upgrades, and monitoring). The "technology solution" did not address the ongoing management of the system and lacked the necessary functionality, flexibility and continuity to be effective over time.
Confronted by the looming looming: see mirage. possibility they will be forced to abandon their investment, owners and property managers are experiencing a gap in their expectations between technology and functionality. This gap can be bridged by professional ongoing system management.
Electronic access control and security may be compared to a chain that is only as strong as the weakest link. The security "chain" includes initial system integration, ongoing system management, and maintenance. The initial system integration segment of the chain includes design and installation, and consists of a customized needs assessment, threat analysis, and evaluation of security system options. The installation then delivers functionality through highly efficient off-the-shelf components tailored to unique building needs. However, purchasing only the first segment of the chain--initial design and installation--yields neither a comprehensive nor effective solution.
The middle link of the security chain encompasses ongoing system management: ongoing programming, operations, administration, changes/ upgrades, and monitoring. This second link incorporates responsibilities such as administering TO ADMINISTER, ADMINISTERING. The stat. 9 G. IV. c. 31, S. 11, enacts "that if any person unlawfully and maliciously shall administer, or attempt to administer to any person, or shall cause to be taken by any person any poison or other destructive things," &c. every such offender, &c. access cards, ensuring building system performance, managing redundant telephones, software, and manpower, coordinating multiple vendors, creating tailored response procedures, and specifying exception events. It also encompasses human resources The fancy word for "people." The human resources department within an organization, years ago known as the "personnel department," manages the administrative aspects of the employees. responsibilities, such as covering for vacationing personnel, training operators, and establishing tenant protocols. To be effective, a system must be continuously and proactively monitored 24/7/365 with protocols in place to address any situation or emergency that may arise. Conditions such as temperature, flood, smoke, and equipment failure must be monitored, as well as building perimeter The boundary of a system or network, which defines the inside and outside. It is typically determined by firewalls and addresses. See DMZ. and interior doors. Programming, backing-up the system, delivering preventive maintenance The routine checking of hardware that is performed by a field engineer on a regularly scheduled basis. See remedial maintenance.
preventive maintenance - (PM) To bring down a machine for inspection or test purposes.
See provocative maintenance, scratch monkey. , and updating hardware/ software round out the operational aspects of this vital, but often neglected ,middle segment of the security chain.
Preventive maintenance and service of hardware comprise the third and final link in the security chain. Warranties are imperative, but there is no substitute for having a knowledgeable professional on call.
All three segments of the security chain must be continuously provided to make the system function in a meaningful way. Building owners typically outsource the first and third links in the security chain to professionals, but generally perform in-house In-house
In the context of general equities, keeping an activity within the firm. For example, rather than go to the marketplace and sell a security for a client to anyone, an attempt is made to find a buyer to complete the transaction with the firm. the most critical link--ongoing system management--leaving themselves vulnerable to the risk of the ever-widening gap between the technology they bought and the functionality they sought to achieve.
Owners who have been successful bridging that gap have outsourced ongoing system management to professionals. Owners have a choice regarding the ongoing operation and management of their system. They can assume the responsibility and liability' by' managing it in-house, or they can out-source the responsibility and liability of system management to professionals. With basic evaluation, it is evident that staffing these ongoing functions in-house is not practical or cost-effective cost-effective,
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Owners most likely will hire an expert for the design, a sub-contractor for the installation and a vendor to perform the initial programming of the system.
Ongoing system management is even more essential, but it is often overlooked when a system is designed and deployed.
Building engineers will be needed to tackle operations, administrative personnel in the building manager's office will be tasked with the task of card administration, and security guards will respond to emergencies and monitor alarms.
Because of the special nature of the equipment revolved re·volve
v. re·volved, re·volv·ing, re·volves
1. To orbit a central point.
2. To turn on an axis; rotate. See Synonyms at turn.
3. , service and maintenance of the electronic access and security system will most likely be handed off to yet another subcontractor One who takes a portion of a contract from the principal contractor or from another subcontractor.
When an individual or a company is involved in a large-scale project, a contractor is often hired to see that the work is done. .
And what happens when tenants request changes to the system or equipment needs to be upgraded? Most likely another consultant is summoned, and the process begins again.
Outsourcing (1) Contracting with outside consultants, software houses or service bureaus to perform systems analysis, programming and datacenter operations. Contrast with insourcing. See netsourcing, ASP, SSP and facilities management. ongoing system management requires fewer in-house personnel and is significantly less expensive than creating a self-managed system.
Over the life of a security system, owners experience dramatic savings in operating costs operating costs npl → gastos mpl operacionales and achieve additional savings through the more efficient use of staff.
Outsourcing also reduces the risk of potential legal liability: hiring an expert to ensure the system is current and functional mitigates such risks. Relying on outside security professionals provides the experience, infrastructure, expertise and technical capabilities to secure a building: experts do a better job because security is their core business, thus permitting a building owner's focus to shift from managing resources and issues to managing results. Outsourcing not only the first and last links of the chain (initial system integration and maintenance), but also the critical middle link--ongoing system management--ensures a reduction in costs and establishes a team of experts with the ability to adjust quickly to new developments and constantly changing technology, devices and threats. Professional ongoing system management eliminates the gap in expectations between technology and functionality. It ensures all owner receives the functionality, flexibility, and continuity of an effective, cost-efficient Adj. 1. cost-efficient - productive relative to the cost
efficient - being effective without wasting time or effort or expense; "an efficient production manager"; "efficient engines save gas" , long-term Long-term
Three or more years. In the context of accounting, more than 1 year.
1. Of or relating to a gain or loss in the value of a security that has been held over a specific length of time. Compare short-term. security solution.
n. 1. Voice; speech; language.
Ye have as merry a steven
As any angel hath that is in heaven.
2. An outcry; a loud call; a clamor.
To set steven
to make an appointment. E. Rindner
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