• White Paper-The 4 Most Critical Considerations for Physical Security Systems: #4

    Consideration #4: Complexity of Control Function

    What is perhaps the most critical point of any security system is the functional operation. When the general public thinks of security they generally imagine a lonesome soldier, sitting in a guardhouse with a walkie-talkie and a radio blaring a local sportscast. There is also the image of a man in a white jacket waiting next to a carefully placed emergency red button. As prolific as these images are they are not the reality of security systems.

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    As we know, every year the “desired” security system for that year is more complex and often much more costly than a system designed the year before. Importantly, this more complex system can very well appear to be the same. How?

    The difference lies in the complexity of the controls and their functions.

    With the systems that KTC provides, our clients manage a command center with a wide variety of control functions depending on the type of system involved. While, typically, each security system, be it only a complex of cameras or series of electronic door locks, is managed by a different control. And the control room is the “head” of each of these (all these) subsystems.

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    That is not our way, however. We merge the various subsystem outputs into one cohesive management system. What the guard/operator/officer sees is the ongoing, real time, TOTAL PICTURE of the combined system. The security system we design for a client is specific to that client, and therefore each control system is different looking, even if the system has a structure similar to some other client’s system. Our technology stitches the images and data together into one unified picture of the site for the client. In this manner our clients are able to have a complete view of the site being protected, from all angles in all circumstances where human senses can fail.

    Case Study: A Case in Fire

    Fire control systems are a classic example of controlling security in different situations, because different doors lock while others are left open based on what triggered the alarm. A less urgent, Stage 1 response may occur when a smoke alarm sets off a fire alarm, whereas a more urgent, Stage 2 response – for locking off areas with explosives, spent radiation units, or prisoners – may be called for.

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    The Complete System

    The final factor in looking at a security system is ultimately the complexity of the controls. The client may need the most advanced image integration package featuring covert and overt systems as well as extensive training for a workforce that exceeds 500, however there are other clients that will need cameras and an integrated package that will secure their smaller site with locks and visuals on one system. We ensure that either of these systems can be run with as much ease as possible. KTC works from inception to integration to full implementation in order to assure that the complete system our clients receive is the system they want and need.

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