Security Technology Executive

SEP-OCT 2018

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8 SECURIT Y TECHNOLOGY E XECUTIVE • September/October 2018 • www. CONVERGENCE Q&A By Ray Bernard P SP, CH S -III • Email: ConvergenceQA@go-rbc Our company is considering building a new HQ facility that will be a smart building. How will that change what we do with our security system technology? It should change your system design thinking dramatically because you will need to establish an evolvable security technology infrastructure so that – like the building, it will be part of – it can keep up with the rapid advancement of technologies. You will also need to work in very close collaboration with your IT function and with building engineering staff, due to the extremely high level of integration that will be involved between the electronic security systems and other building systems. To give you an idea of some of the security integrations that will be involved, view the five smart building videos on this page: For example, the building design should include luminous carpeting (, a four-year-old technology that has already proven its value. The carpeting should be integrated with the security system for providing building evacuation directions that are based on the evacuation condi- tions and route people away from building areas they should avoid. That's something that the required wall exit signage can't do. Consider that in a fire situation, smoke may be inhibiting visibility of signage and building features at eye level, while the floor remains visible and lumi- nous carpeting messages can be seen even by someone crawling along the floor. Of course, the carpeting can also display visitor-specific welcome signage and other messaging appropriate for the day or season. The Building Experience One key concept for smart buildings is that the think- ing of planners and designers has ventured beyond building architecture and building appearance to S m a r t b uil din g s a r e n o w a r e a lit y a n d b r in g n e w c o n c e p t s t o t h e t a b l e f o r t h in k in g a b o ut s e c ur it y t e c h n o l o g y in a s m a r t b uil din g e n v ir o n m e n t . Smart Buildings and Security Technology consider the entire building experience. Building occupants no longer just "visit" or "use" a building – they interact with it, and the building responds to their presence and, if desired, can remember their preferences from previous visits. Smart Building Security System Integrations Indoor locating is a key technology, and a well- designed smart building will utilize multi-tech- nology locating for accuracy and reliability. Indoor locating underlies building way-finding systems, whereby the occupant's or visitor's smartphone app provides visual directions updated per the individ- ual's actual location. It's typically accurate within three feet or less. Indoor locating can also be used to extend the capabilities of a physical access control system to provide presence control, a term introduced by Ticto ( to describe the function of their product. Ticto has a physical access control innovation that is very appropriate for the high- security areas of a headquarters facility. The Ticto system includes badge holders that are near-field communications (NFC) devices into which you place an access card to wear it. The badge holder reads the card and, via wireless communication and the Ticto system's inte- gration with an access control system, displays a con- tinually changing unique color sequence on the LED color bar of badge holders who have been granted access into the area. It is a unique color sequence for each authorized area. This dramatically improves a common access control weak point, which is the challenge-response policy often implemented for high-security areas. If an authorized individual doesn't recognize someone in their area, policy requires them to challenge the person they don't recognize. This is often contrary to the business culture or an individual's cultural orien- tation towards being non-confrontational. Now, with the badge holder's color bar flashing red for unau- thorized individuals, or remaining unlit for tailgating individuals, it's easy just to point to the badge and say, "Your badge is not working." There are other conve- nience features of the Ticto system that contribute to an enhanced building experience. Indoor locating can be coupled with an HR system and an indoor locating system, in an injury emer- gency, it's a snap to locate the closest individual with Q: A: Ray Bernard PSP, CHS-III Ray Bernard Consulting Ser v ices (RBCS; w w w. go-rbcs; 9 4 9-83 1-6788), a firm that prov ides securit y consulting ser v ices for public and private facilities. Member of the Content E xpert Facult y of the Securit y E xecutive Council (w w w.Securit y- E Follow Ray on Twitter: @RayBernardRBCS

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