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When Should You Upgrade Your Physical Security System

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It can be difficult to know when it’s time to upgrade your legacy physical security system. While it may seem on the surface to be meeting your needs, there may be hidden risks to using older systems, especially when certain business conditions change.

Security threats are growing each year, and nothing has become more precious to potential thieves than sensitive data stored on-premises.

Let’s take a look at when you should consider upgrading your physical security system to stay ahead of the curve and protect your business.

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You Operate Obsolete Analog Systems

If you operate a system consisting of analog security cameras, you might want to consider upgrading to an IP system as soon as financially feasible.

Not only are analog systems reaching the end of their effective operational lifespans – with the accompanying hardware compatibility and manufacturer/vendor support issues – but they’re not scalable for a growing company’s needs.

As well, many no longer support compliance requirements for certain industries, as the image quality and data storage used are not in keeping with today’s standards. And finally, analog systems aren’t suitable for most disaster recovery programs since the data is usually stored onsite.

Your Staffing Levels Grow

upgrade physical security systemAs your company grows, so too will the number of people who work at your site. And the more people there are, the greater the need for a physical security system that can both protect their safety and monitor the premises.

A stunning 85% of employees admitted to removing strategy documents and presentations, which could easily end up in the hands of a competitor.

Upgrading to a facility access control system ensures that personnel are restricted to the areas they are authorized to enter, and allows you to easily scale your security measures as your workforce increases.

You Experience High Employee Turnover

You Operate Obsolete Analog SystemsHigh employee turnover rates can be challenging from a security perspective, especially when it comes to having to rekey manual locks. If a staff member departs and doesn’t return their key, it could result in a substantial cost to replace the vulnerable entry points.

A more advanced system such as a keycard or touchpad system eliminates this problem since individuals can be authorized or de-authorized from access with a few keystrokes.

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Sabotage, which can also cost millions, almost always involves disgruntled current or former employees and can take almost any form, from defacing company property to deleting or altering important company data.

Using access control cards for employees that can be easily deactivated makes it easier to keep ex-employees out of the workplace and track the activities of current employees.

Your facility will ultimately be more secure, and you won’t have to worry about taking excessive security measures whenever new hires join or current employees depart the organization.

You Have an Increase in Foot Traffic

Your Staffing Levels GrowMany companies aren’t used to having a growing number of people pass through the premises, especially those who are growing. Unfortunately, this can leave you vulnerable to increased security threats, especially if you’re not as aware of your target potential as you should be.

Your security system should be scaled up in accordance with the amount of foot traffic you have. Whether it’s a stepped-up access control system or a camera monitoring setup, you need to ensure that the people who come and go aren’t doing so without being accounted for. Especially if your data is at risk.

Many organizations require strict security measures to protect sensitive data, from PCI (Payment Card Industry) to ISO (International Standards Organization). As mentioned earlier, your security system has to be robust enough to keep you compliant with these standards in order to be able to do business.

“There’s no point in having thorough lockdown and hard passwords and encryption on your servers if people can just walk in and take laptops,” says Darren Wigfield, a senior cybersecurity engineer at Excentium (via hpe.com).

From intellectual property and data to personal goods, not to mention the safety of employees, if your security system isn’t robust enough to keep an eye on everyone, then it’s time to upgrade.

Conclusion

You Experience High Employee TurnoverMaintaining an up-to-date and current physical security system can help your business stay ahead of evolving security threats.

If any of these conditions have changed for your businesses, consider replacing your outdated legacy system with an advanced system that will grow with your organization and ensure the protection of your data, assets, and most importantly – your employees – for years to come.

Logixx Security is a leading provider of comprehensive commercial security systems, offering a range of solutions that will help your business maintain security compliances while protecting your premises from unauthorized access. Contact us to learn how we can assess your needs and recommend the right system for your business.

When Should You Upgrade Your Physical Security System

Benefits of Cloud Video Surveillance

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When it comes to commercial building security efforts, installing an around-the-clock video surveillance system is best practice. It deters, stops, and audits security breaches and gives law-enforcement a strong resource for their investigation work.

However, though video surveillance itself will never go away, it would be wrong to believe that it will not change in line with the flow of wider technology and industry changes.

One of those changes is the acceptance of cloud technology to drive business operations and, increasingly, government and healthcare activities.

As a disruptor, it’s to be expected that the cloud would shape the commercial security space, especially visual monitoring through the availability of cloud-based video surveillance. In this post we provide an overview of the benefits of cloud-based video surveillance systems.[CCTV Buyer’s Guide]

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Reduce the Cost of Maintaining Your Video Data

One of the main reasons for switching from on-premise to the cloud is to free your business from the sunk and increasingly expensive cost of maintaining server hardware.

Instead, you could get all of your data hosting needs through a simple flat-rate fee without worrying about maintenance, security, and system expansion/upgrade costs.

You can extend that benefit to your video data as well, i.e., switch to the cloud and lower the cost of maintaining terabytes of video recordings.

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benefits cloud video surveillanceThe major cloud providers (e.g., Google, Microsoft, Amazon, etc) maintain multiple data centers, and that too across different regions of the world. If a disaster were to hit one, you could still get backups of your video data through the other data centers.

With on-premise hosting (or a private data center), you are basically putting all of your eggs (or video data) in one location. If this location gets compromised due to a breach or natural disaster, it could place your entire archive in jeopardy.

Integrate With New Technologies

The cloud is also home to a growing number of new technologies. In terms of video surveillance systems, you can leverage the cloud to integrate your system with video analytics (which draws on artificial intelligence and big data).

With video analytics, you can ‘train’ your video surveillance system to track the movement of people, license plate numbers, abnormally high activity in otherwise quiet areas (or periods of the day) to make your security efforts more effective.

In any case, adopting the cloud for security is still a major step. Yes, the benefits are clear, but to ensure that you leverage them, you should start by speaking to a professional security firm.

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New Technologies in Commercial Security Systems

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The reality of crime against businesses is that it’s always evolving, and as a result, established or best security practices are always at risk of becoming obsolete.

Thankfully, security system vendors have continuously followed these trends and, in turn, have developed solutions leveraging new or emerging technology to keep businesses such as yours safe. In this post, we examine four of these emerging commercial security technologies:

Biometric Access Control

Though key card and key code door access systems are a trusted standard in most cases, in a number of high-risk or high-sensitivity environments, more is required. For example, there is the risk of intruders using sophisticated cyber methods to spoof key codes, which could be a reality in industries where espionage and the like is a serious threat (e.g., aerospace and defence).

This is where biometric access control measures are key. Be it through fingerprints or retinal/eye scans, these measures are more difficult to hack. The risk is still there, but much less so relative to older and less complex access control measures.

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RFID Smart Tags

With RFID (radio frequency identification) smart tags, you can monitor the activity of inventory or items when they are in transit and/or when stored at your warehouses.

RFID tags deter theft by making it more difficult to pull-off (in light of the fact that you can track inventory in real-time). It also helps with minimizing the risk of loss/misplacement.

Video Verification System

These systems combine real-time video surveillance with alarm system monitoring. Basically, if there’s a break-in attempt at your facility, not only will your alarm go off, but the system will also send you real-time footage of the location directly to your phone or computer. You can then call law-enforcement to respond to the situation.

Video Analytics

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You can use video analytics to make reviewing video surveillance footage a much less difficult and time-consuming process. After all, you could have hundreds of hours of video footage to review in order to get to the issue you’re interested in.

With video analytics, you can configure your video surveillance system to pick-up on abnormal activities, such as suspicious movement by the main door at night. In turn, the system will alert you of the activity. Second, when you’re reviewing footage you can skip to relevant periods (e.g., when there’s a spike in activity at the cash register) without combing through lots of footage.

To see how you can leverage these technologies to full effect, you should speak to a security consulting and integration firm, such as Logixx. Doing so will help you identify your needs as well as select and configure the systems you need to deter and stop threats.

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How to Choose a Commercial Security System

Be it a home, business, or a marquee facility such as a museum, you want to protect it from intrusion, theft, and other threats. However, the question that often comes to mind is, “how.”

The security industry offers a diverse range of security solutions. From key access cards to video surveillance systems and alarm monitoring, you have a lot of options. However, with a limited budget, you can’t spend liberally on every solution available.

So, as a business, how do you choose a commercial security system that meets your needs?

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Know Your Industry Rules and Realities

Start by understanding your industry. For example, if you’re in the marijuana retail industry in Canada, you must follow specific regulations when it comes to securing your stores. Without adhering to these laws, you will be liable to government penalties.

However, these regulations also define what systems you should procure and how you should configure and arrange them. If you’re in the pharmaceutical, marijuana, or other industries that involve controlled substances and heavily regulated items, start with knowing your regulations.

The second part of this is understanding the unique attributes of your industry.

For example, in a large retail space (e.g., department stores or big box stores) you must monitor each aisle as well as track the flow of people as they enter and exit your store.

When it comes to securing a production plant or logistics warehouse, you will need to install a video surveillance system as well as a physical barrier around the perimeter. If you have a data center, you will want to implement access control systems to restrict unauthorized entry.

Identify Your Threats and Prioritize Systems

how to choose commercial securitySecond, you must identify your threats and, in turn, prioritize systems that will deter them.

For example in retail, your primary threat is that of internal and external theft. As a result, your goal will be to deter it by monitoring every vulnerable area (e.g., product aisles, cash registers, etc) with video surveillance, prevent unauthorized access to stock rooms, and install an alarm- -based intrusion detection system to deter break-ins.

Besides knowing the reality (and rules) of your industry, you can identify your threats — and select the systems necessary to deter them — by getting an audit from a security consulting company, such as Logixx.

In fact, you should get an audit or assessment done prior to any design, procurement, and implementation work for securing your facility.

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Physical Security as Protection Against Ransomware

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Ransomware is now the number one cybersecurity concern, and attacks against businesses are on the rise. These pieces of malware infect computer systems, locking out the users until they agree to pay a ransom, usually via Bitcoin or other untraceable currencies. 

In many cases, the only way to resolve the issue is to either pay the ransom or purchase new equipment. 

Nearly 50 percent of organizations were hit by a ransomware attack in 2015-2016, according to Osterman Research. It’s a truly alarming statistic that shows that the ransomware business is booming. 

Even more concerning is a study by McAfee Labs showed that nearly 40% of data losses involved some sort of physical media, such as laptops or thumb drives that had been stolen or lost. 

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So it begs the question of how do you protect yourself against an attack? Is there an optimal way to ensure that you aren’t the victim of ransomware?

The best line of defense against any form of cyber attack is to have a robust physical security presence to deter would-be criminals from accessing your critical systems and potentially crippling your operations. 

In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the physical security steps you can take to help protect your business from a ransomware attack.

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CNN reports that $209 million in ransom was paid out in the first three months of 2016 alone. Once they gain access to your computer networks, it’s very easy for sophisticated hackers to infect your systems with ransomware.

It’s imperative organizations have a comprehensive security plan and regimen in place to protect their premises, employees, and vital data. You can ensure that only authorized personnel have access to your critical systems by taking the following steps. 

Control access to your facility. Controlling access to your premises by a keycard or biometric system will help to ensure that only trusted employees are allowed onsite. Keycard access keeps out unauthorized personnel who may find it all too easy to slip inside the building unnoticed and unchallenged. 

On-premise visual surveillance. Having a guard on duty in your building is an excellent way to ensure that unauthorized personnel doesn’t access sensitive areas. They are able to monitor CCTV feeds while simultaneously being able to challenge any suspicious activity. 

CCTV system. A closed-circuit TV system not only allows for remote monitoring of all areas of your facility but it serves as a visual deterrent for would-be criminals to attempt to gain access to sensitive areas. 

Lock server rooms and cabinets. By making sure that all of your server hardware is locked in secure enclosures you’ll restrict access to your critical systems to authorized IT personnel only. The rooms themselves should be configured with proper locking systems for a double dose of security. 

Attend to portable devices. Portables such as laptops, tablets, and mobile devices are easy vectors for ransomware if left unattended. Ensure that these devices are either kept on the person at all times or locked in a drawer.

Restrict access to sensitive areas. You can increase your overall level of security by creating sensitive information areas where only certain personnel are authorized to be. Clearly mark such areas with proper signage so that others will know when an unauthorized person enters. 

Implement Security Best Practices

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In addition to having proper physical surveillance and access control systems in place, it’s important that all personnel at your facility follow best practices when it comes to security. 

Some security best practices that should be followed by everyone include:

Proper password usage. For maximum security effectiveness passwords should have a mixture of upper- and lower-case letters numbers and special characters. Yet this crucial advice is rarely followed. 

Norton reports on a user password analysis after a recent hack, saying “42 percent of people used passwords that only had lowercase letters and another 16 percent only used numbers, according to the analysis penned by Imperva. Both dramatically reduce the security of the person’s login. The analysis found that the top five secret phrases were ‘123456’, ‘12345’, ‘password’ and ‘iloveyou'”.

Experts suggest the best way to design a strong password is to think of a phrase, keep the first letter of every word including punctuation, and add in numbers.

Disconnect/remove unused terminals. Unused computer terminals can be a goldmine for unauthorized users attempting to access your network. 

Even though they may not be unused for long, removing these terminals and securely storing them is a small step you can take to prevent security breaches. 

Challenge unbadged visitors. Visitors to a company’s premises should always wear a badge indicating they are authorized to enter the facility. Unescorted and unbadged visitors should have their presence challenged by employees. 

Conduct proper security training. Ensuring that employees understand that responsibility for physical security lies with everyone will help to increase vigilance and promote proper operating procedures that will help to prevent ransomware attacks. 

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While physical security measures go a long way toward protecting a facility’s integrity, making sure that everyone is aware of these best practices and regularly follows them can help to ensure the safety and security of everyone. 

There are many steps a company can take to protect themselves from a dreaded ransomware attack, and it begins with having a proper physical security system in place. 

Controlling access to your premises, having proper surveillance including CCTV systems, and locking servers away from public access can pay enormous dividends down the road.

You’ll not only help to prevent unwanted access to your networks, you’ll also ensure the physical safety of your employees and the integrity of your premises. 

Logixx is a leading provider of security services to businesses across a wide variety of sectors. From financial, healthcare and institutions through to transportation and property management industries, we have the security solutions to fit your needs.

Contact us to learn how we can help bring you peace of mind. 

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5 Considerations That Will Help Guarantee Clearer CCTV footage

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In the Toronto Transit Commission alone, there are 13,000 existing CCTV cameras. Putting cameras out there is only the first step of the battle when it comes to security. However  these cameras must provide clear, and sharp footage to be effective. When it comes to security systems in Toronto and across Canada, it’s understandable that you’d expect that they provide you with the best picture possible, but how can you accomplish that with your CCTV systems

Unless a business has decent quality CCTV footage (most don’t),  it can’t be used by the prosecution in case of a break-in. Meaning for the majority of cases, there isn’t good picture quality with CCTV footage.

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Picture quality is dependant on multiple factors. Depending on where the camera is located, lighting, how much area the camera is intended to cover, optics, and camera specs all contribute to what your footage results will look like. 

CCTV systems can range anywhere from 420 lines up to HD 1080p and costs vary depending on what you go with.  Below are five things to consider when trying to maximize the potential of your CCTV systems.

1. What Is the Camera Resolution?

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Be sure and check your camera resolution and determine whether the camera will be used indoors or outdoors. CCTV camera footage resolution is measured in lines. For clear, sharp footage, you want higher lines. The higher the lines, the sharper the footage.

If you’re looking at mounting a camera indoors and covering only a 50 feet radius, cameras with lower resolutions will do the trick and ensure decent picture quality. However, if you’re mounting a security camera outside your home or business, you’ll need a higher resolution camera: at least 700 lines or better. This will get you greater facial recognition and higher image quality, obviously depending on certain other factors.

2. How Is the Camera Being Mounted?

5 Considerations That Will Help Guarantee Clearer CCTV footage

While this may seem basic, it’s important to consider whether your camera is being placed inside or outside and what materials you’re going to be using to mount it. Common mounting solutions include ceiling mounts, wall mounts, corner mounts, pole mounts and parapet mounts.

If you’re mounting a camera indoors, it makes more sense to use a ceiling mount, while if you’re placing a camera outdoors, parapet mounts or pole mounts may be more practical. The mounting tools are important because they help determine what the camera will be able to see, how it may rotate, and it’s exact positioning. 

3. How Much Natural or Street Light Is Near the Camera and Where Is the Light Coming From?

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Regardless of what CCTV camera you’ve got or where it’s mounted, lighting is a serious consideration to ensure you’re getting the best possible picture quality. If you’re putting the camera outside, street lighting will not be enough for clear, sharp footage at night. 

During the day, you want to make sure that the camera is positioned in a way that it is not directly hit by natural light. Glare could seriously impede your image quality and result in blind spots in your security coverage.

Installing an LED light illuminator with your outdoor camera is always advisable. Be sure and mount the illuminator at a distance from the camera to avoid a reflection or a glare. 

Even for indoor cameras, it’s important to note where the lighting is coming from to avoid any glare from other windows or glass. It’s extremely important, both indoor and outdoors, to have the right angle with lighting for both the illumination angle and the camera’s field of view. 

It’s key to ensure that your lighting covers as much of the area your camera hits. This way, you’re always getting the best picture quality possible and the image or person in the shot is recognizable with the help of lighting. Angles and how the light hits is very important so make sure you keep angles in mind.

4. What Is the Bandwidth and How Is This Affecting Overall Image Quality?

Another fairly important consideration when trying to get the best results with picture quality is bandwidth and how many cameras you have on your network. 

If your business has multiple security cameras on site, it’s important to ensure that you have enough bandwidth to handle the load. While some cameras can perform with limited bandwidth, the more cameras you have, the lower the video footage quality will be.

Be sure to consider your network capabilities and upgrade them if your security system requires a greater load. Make sure your cabling is also good quality so that nothing gets lost in translation. 

If you have too many resources depending on the same network, you’re going to get lag times with the video and poor picture quality. Forget facial recognition or clear images, if your bandwidth doesn’t match your requirements, security footage won’t be of much help.

5. How Do I Improve Night Vision and Movement?

Considerations That Will Help Guarantee Clearer CCTV footage

We’ve discussed the importance of lighting and what you should consider for capturing clearer CCTV night footage. Most CCTV cameras have motion detectors to detect movement and the resolution capabilities can handle motion. But if you’re noticing that the results of your footage are slower or blurred as a result of movement, it may be time to upgrade your camera or network.

As far as night vision is concerned, monochrome CCTV cameras, coupled with integral infrared illumination, are extremely effective in capturing clearer images in low light. Here again, lighting plays a key role in ensuring that the best possible picture is captured with your camera.

No one understands the need for clearer footage better than police officers and video analysts. Both parties stress the importance of ensuring that there is enough space or your bandwidth can handle the cameras you’ve got onsite at your business. 

In the case of a break-in, video analyst Michael Plaxton in conversation with CBC concludes that 80% of the time, clear video footage results in a plea from the culprit. While sharp, unobstructed images or video are important specifically to protect your business, it’s also important in catching the culprit if something does go wrong.

Apart from these considerations, it’s highly beneficial for your business if you select the right security system camera to start with. 

If you’re currently looking for a surveillance system or looking to upgrade your existing system, contact Logixx to learn more about the best solutions tailored to suit your business requirements. Our experts offer a free consultation about the features of security systems across Canada that can be customized to suit your business needs.

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Proactive Ways to Keep Your Workplace Safe

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Be it an office, the sales floor, or warehouse, your workplace is home to many high-value assets. From your employees to computers, merchandise, and in some cases, intellectual property (IP) and confidential information, these assets drive your business’ revenue.

However, for those very same reasons, your assets are also targets for theft and damage.

Your workplace environment could be at risk of insider theft, intrusion, external theft, or even a combination of multiple threats. Even in lower-risk industries, security procedures and systems are vital in terms of protecting your revenue from costly theft and damage.

In this piece, we’ll cover the essential steps you need to build practical security awareness and, above all, ensure workplace safety in your company.

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1. Install a Video Surveillance System

Today, video surveillance systems are an essential part of any effective security system.

You cannot be on-site (or even in every area of the workplace) 24/7 to monitor the situation. A video surveillance system enables you to visually monitor your workplace around-the-clock.

These systems offer multiple benefits: 

First, they deter threats by establishing presence — would-be perpetrators will know that your system is watching them. They’ll know that they may be caught, if not right away, then at least after committing the crime.

Second, in the case of a breach, you can use the footage to audit the event to identify those responsible. You can also use the footage to find and close gaps in your security system.

Third, with video analytics technology, security managers can also quickly pick up events from hundreds of hours of video footage without manually viewing all of it. You can even integrate the system with facial and license plate recognition. 

2. Use Access Control

You can protect critical assets — such as merchandise, IP, server rooms, filing cabinets with sensitive information, etc — by restricting access to sensitive areas.

You can do this with access control processes and systems. 

First, as an organization, you must restrict access to sensitive areas to only employees who have gone through sufficient background security checks.

Second, you must physically restrict access to sensitive areas using key codes, key cards, ID badges and other authentication systems.

Finally, no workplace stays the same. You’ll have employees leaving, so it’s vital that you have the ability to quickly revoke their access. Today’s access control systems can let you delete or change their key codes remotely.

3. ‎Get Alarm System Monitoring Services

You should also secure your entry points — such as doors, windows, etc — with alarm system monitoring services. 

Should someone tamper or break-in through those entry points, the alarm system will go-off and alert your on-site security team. With managed services, your provider will also notify you about the incident and give you the option to immediately alert law-enforcement.

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4. Train Employees

Take the time to train your employees in the best practices of workplace security and impart the importance of security in your workplace. 

Train all employees to keep their personal belongings either nearby, or in a secure room. Teach your employees not to share their key codes or access cards with anyone, even their friends at the workplace or family.

5. Invest in Additional Measures

There are always additional measures you can take to protect your workplace, which will vary depending on factors including the size of your business, industry, and so on. 

Don’t forget the human touch: install a front desk with an employee who will register and keep track of guests, and consider investing in a security guard. 

If you’re designing your business from the ground up, including the location, you can design your workplace to allow as much visibility as possible. 

Supplement security measures like cameras with well-thought-out space: if a floor plan for your store involves spaces that aren’t easily visible, then consider revising it.

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Beyond the building, remember that you can secure your business from the inside out with perimeter security measures. 

These measures can include physical, such as gates and fencing, to more complex, such as 24/7 security monitors. Often, the right system will involve a blend of measures. 

Workplace crime costs businesses in the United States $50 billion annually, with average losses going as high as $1.13 million per year. As a business owner, investing in security is both a way to protect your investment and ensure revenue growth.

Don’t let crime eat into your revenue growth. Contact Logixx Security today to get a security system that protects your employees and assets from theft and damage.

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3 Reasons To Upgrade Your Retail Security Systems

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When business owners think of retail security systems, the first concept that comes to mind is protecting your business from a security breach. While most business owners understand the importance of installing video-based security systems, it’s time to take your business to the next level by ensuring that the footage captured is benefiting your business in every way possible. 

In 2013 alone, the amount of retail losses suffered by businesses amounted to $128 billion, according to the Global Retail Theft Barometer. Primarily, it is important to protect your business from loss prevention. 

That’s why having security footage of an employee committing a crime or a customer stealing from your business is the main reason businesses install security systems, but video solutions now allow you extensive customer insights over and above just identifying or catching a thief.

It’s time to take your retail business to the next level with the help of video analytics that will help leverage your IP video solutions for more than just security. These systems don’t just monitor your business but provide you with real time analytics to help you put the recorded video to good use and to help you grow your business

What is Video-Based Retail Analytics?

Video content analysis is the computerized processing and analysis of video streams captured by surveillance systems. According to Dan Cremins, the head of the product management team at March Networks, video-based business intelligence solutions is a product that takes the video surveillance you’ve already captured and pushes it a step further by adding video analytics.

Just some of the analytics that are measurable with retail video analytics includes people counting, dwell time, and queue length monitoring. Not only can these insights help you track your business, but also help in other ways. 

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The product provides you with reports and connects the video footage to the point of sales transaction. These analytics provide your business an opportunity to grow by using this information to make the necessary changes that may be holding you back. 

For example, queue length monitoring can help reduce customer wait times and ensure that your staff is providing the best customer service. 

The solution combines all the data in a simple, comprehensive reporting platform that retailers can then use to analyze and compare performance metrics. The tool can also monitor promotional effectiveness and conversation rates across multiple locations, which is beneficial for businesses that have multiple branches.

An example scenario where this tool is beneficial is in the case of a business manager who is responsible for supervising more than one location. They can look at the daily feed and reports to track each store’s conversion rate on this business analytics report. 

How Video-Based Retail Analytics Can Benefit Your Business

March Networks, an intelligent IP video solutions provider, is committed to providing retail businesses with analytics that will set them apart from competitors. 

The system aims to provide businesses with the necessary tools to enhance security, mitigate risk and reduce losses from both theft and fraud but they do more than just protect your business; the analytic reports can ensure that your business is utilizing every opportunity out there to be more profitable. Here’s how: 

1. Customer Behaviour Insight 

Retail businesses can utilize the reports crafted by March Network systems to benefit their business and gain greater insight into customer’s purchasing habits. A great aspect of IP video solutions are the people counting-analytic reports which is a powerful tool, especially when you integrate it with your POS data. 

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By comparing how many people come into your store versus how many people are actually making purchases, these reports provide you with clear conversion rates for your retail business. 

This information can be more helpful if you run more than one store. With the help of A/B testing, you can compare reports across your multiple locations to see which branch is yielding the best results. 

Learning from the success of one store and applying what you know about consumer habits from each location can help ensure that you’re doing what you can to encourage buyers. 

Even if you don’t have the answers yet, having this valuable piece of information gets you one step closer to knowing what’s going on so that you can start to address issues that may arise at a specific location. Therefore, for March Networks’ CCTV systems, it’s no longer just about retail security but also utilizing the right tools to give you an edge with business intelligence.

2. Reach More Customers

Since 65% of consumers still prefer brick-and-mortar shopping as opposed to online shopping, it’s important that you continue to cater to the majority of buyers. Based on the insights video analytics provide you into customer’s buying habits, you can then use this information to strategize your advertisements and in-store marketing campaigns. 

Breakthroughs in new facial recognition technology combined with real-time analytics are now enabling brick-and-mortar retail storefronts to provide greater levels of personalization. Furthermore, with the help of dwell time analytics, you’ve got the opportunity to measure the effectiveness of your marketing investments with both advertisement and product placement. 

Dwell-time analytics combined with product and advertisement placement record how long a customer pays attention to a particular area of the store. From there, you’re able to see how well your marketing tactics are being received by customers not just at one location, but across all of your retail stores. 

This information can then be compared to the total number of people coming into your stores and you can use this to strategically place advertisements and displays for the maximum benefit of your marketing dollars.

3. Watch Your Business Remotely

Every retail business manager wants to ensure that they are successfully managing their business, and video analytics get you one step closer to doing so. When you’re managing multiple locations, it’s difficult to have eyes everywhere, but with the help of IP video solutions, you can. 

Ideally, managers want to trust their employees but it’s important to stop shrinkage before it happens in order to reduce your losses. Retail shrinkage refers to the portion of your inventory that gets lost or stolen and employee theft accounts for nearly 45% of shrinkage in retail environments.

While most businesses have an average shrinkage rate of anywhere between 1 to 3 percent, business managers are tasked to keep the rate as low as possible. With the help of video analytics, you can do just that, while also monitoring the quality of your employee’s customer service. 

By allowing you to keep an eye on your business and employees, video analytic solutions provided by March Networks allow you the opportunity to not only know where issues lie, but gives you the necessary information to work toward resolving these issues. The power of video footage is only amplified with the help of video analytic systems for your business. 

If you’re interested in consulting with security experts that can leverage your existing video surveillance systems with video content analysis, contact Logixx Security. Our security specialists have the tools and knowledge to help you ensure that your retail security systems are upgraded with the latest technologies to help your business grow.

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How Security Alarms Protect Your Business

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Your business has a number of important assets. These include employees, physical assets such as office space, equipment, and inventory; as well as digital assets such as proprietary information, customer data, and intellectual property. What measures are you taking to safeguard these assets?

In a recent study, the following information about Canadian businesses came to light:

  • 78% of businesses use physical measures like access control, locks on filing cabinets, and security alarms to protect physical assets.

While the vast majority of businesses are taking precautions and protecting their physical assets, many have not taken advantage of services like security alarm monitoring to ensure their assets and employees are safe.

Having security alarms in place is an important first step in deterring and catching individuals who are trying to cause harm to your business. 

However, if your alarm system is not connected to a monitoring system, criminals may still be able to get away with stealing substantial assets, ultimately costing your business hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Alarm system monitoring in Toronto is essential. Read further to learn more about how it works and why it is a good investment

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How Alarm System Monitoring Works

Alarm monitoring works through communication between the security system’s main control panel and the central monitoring station. 

If any of the sensors on the security system, such as motion and smoke detectors, door or alarm sensors are triggered, an electronic signal is sent via a telephone line or back-up cellular signal to the central station. 

If the triggered alarm cannot be verified by the appropriate individual as a false or test alarm, the central station will dispatch the proper agency, depending on the alarm signal — police, fire, and/or ambulance.

Security systems send detailed information to the central/monitoring station. That information includes account identification including address and contact details and details about the sensor that has been activated. 

This account information allows the central station to contact the correct authorities with specific details that allow them to respond in the appropriate way.

The Importance of Monitoring vs. a Basic Alarm

Full Service Security Alarm System Monitoring

Unmonitored alarms can be somewhat effective as the noise triggered by the security alarms may scare off a would-be intruder, however, premises that DO NOT have a security system with alarm system monitoring are about 2 to 3 times more likely to be burglarized than those that do. 

Furthermore, 60% of attempted burglaries fail upon the discovery of an installed security system, either due to authorities catching the perpetrators or due to burglars deciding to give up and flee when the system is activated. 

That said, alarm monitoring in Toronto is still essential as a surprising 73% of convicted burglars have indicated they may continue with a robbery, even if it had an alarm. 

This is due to a large number of unmonitored alarms that these criminals likely encounter on a regular basis — alarms that are not tied to any kind of monitoring service but simply give off sound in hopes of intimidating would-be criminals into leaving.

Alarm Monitoring Fees

Security Alarm Monitoring services come on a monthly service fee payment plan. They can also tie into any other security systems that you want active, including network and computer monitoring, CCTV, temperature/environmental controls and other access control systems. 

A fully integrated system gives you an affordable and effective way to enjoy a full suite of security services right at your fingertips.

Logixx Security specializes in helping businesses of all sizes achieve peace of mind and security for both assets and employees. We can set businesses up with full- or part-time monitoring services, with both simple and complex setups to ensure that your business is protected from the inside out. 

We have over two decades of experience in designing and installing exceptional security services, and we are the ideal partner for developing an alarm system monitoring program that works for you and your business. 

We begin with a basic consultation, evaluating your current security needs and answering questions about the products and solutions available.

Logixx can then provide a comprehensive security plan and quote, giving you an idea of what it will take to give your business adequate security protection. 

This will be custom-tailored to your specifications and requirements, and coming in at an affordable price that may surprise you. We invite you to contact us directly to learn more and start developing the security plan that works for you. Contact us today for the best security professionals available in the Toronto area.

How Security Alarms Protect Your Business

Strike the Perfect Balance Between Legacy Systems and Technological Updates

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The security of your business is no joke. That’s why it’s important to revisit the technology and network security systems that make it all possible and evaluate how well they are working for you.

At some point, every business owner needs to upgrade their security system in order to stay on top of the game with the latest technology. In 2015, 63% of security professionals felt more pressure to secure their organizations.

One of the ways to do so is to avoid falling behind or using outdated control systems that are difficult to maneuver or are simply too outdated for your tech-savvy employees; it’s key to balance the old with the new.

You Don’t Have to Spend Thousands Modernizing Security

Implement intelligent, streamlined security solutions with LogixxOutdated technology or platforms in security systems for business usually only survive because of the risk or cost associated with replacing them. However, in order to ensure that your security systems aren’t obsolete, it’s important to update your technology.

It’s not only important to update your technology, but to also ensure that older equipment can handle the updates and or upgrades you’re trying to make. For example, updating systems might mean you have to upgrade your cabling, control boards and or data devices.

While technological updates are predominantly beneficial for your business and it’s overall security, certain legacy systems make it difficult to move forward. On this list are proprietary systems; systems where manufacturers restrict compatibility with other hardware and software, making it difficult to switch systems or upgrade to different technology.

This means that in the world of technology systems it can be difficult to update third-party systems such as video, intercom, CCTV and intrusion detection. Legacy operating systems and proprietary systems may still have a place in security systems and networks but it’s important to make sure that your security requirements are being met to protect your business.

How to Make Proprietary Systems More Open to Technological Advancement

Strike the Perfect Balance Between Legacy Systems and Technological UpdatesWhile security experts believe that IP security systems will replace legacy installations after their decade long life cycle, this does not mean that you don’t make the most of your existing legacy systems.

In order for network security systems to balance between the technological shift to cloud computing and prevent costly equipment and software changes they must look for solutions that are compatible with existing systems.

One of the cloud-based solutions Logixx offers customers is an upgrade to a new security web portal that is still capable of accommodating their existing digital and analog cameras. This solution is a DVR appliance that allows you to access and manage your CCTV and security system from anywhere, at any time, from just a smartphone or tablet.

This web portal is managed by Honeywell and is known as the MaxPro Cloud System.

We’ve established that it’s important to update your security systems  in Toronto to make them easy-to-use and accessible for all parties involved and this web portal does just that. For a business owner who might not always be in the security control room or may travel for work, this security system upgrade is a great solution.

Cabling is yet another department where updates may be required depending on the your network and or security system upgrades. A fibre-optic cable might be your best bet to ensure that your cables can handle the load in both indoor, outdoor, or harsher environments.

What Are the Benefits of Upgrading Your Equipment and Technology?

What Are the Benefits of Upgrading Your Equipment and TechnologyThe solutions offered at Logixx for security system upgrades or equipment changes are ideal for companies who are gradually phasing in technological advancement. The hesitation to go from zero to a hundred and make a full upgrade can sometimes be a little daunting. We offer solutions that allow you to make upgrades that won’t slow your business down with reasonable cost.

Financial Benefits

If there are no existing issues with your technology, why make changes?

While this may be true, legacy systems or old cabling for example may  cause some serious damage when it does breakdown thus potentially creating costly repairs and or equipment replacement. If transitioning to an entirely new system is not an option, one may implement a gradual solution, an example being the  replacement of old cabling with fibre optic cables. Having a system that allows both analog and digital cameras is a transition towards technical advancement that may not require you to break the bank.

Gradual changes over time may provide you a more cost-effective progression. Rather than waiting out the 10 year lifecycle of legacy systems and equipment, making gradual changes may be more financially beneficial for your business rather than waiting for equipment failure.

User Efficiency

How to Make Proprietary Systems More Open to Technological AdvancementWhile older legacy systems may be not quite as user efficient, improved technological advancement with systems like Honeywell MaxwellPro can operate as the foundation for the overall storage and data management needs from a remote location, or stand-alone business.

These network security systems are aimed at making your life, as the user, easier. This single web portal allows you to manage all your data in one place and is just a few clicks away.

Furthermore, upgrades to control boards and systems utilized by your security team are meant to make their tasks more efficient with improved capabilities to increase overall business efficiency.

Staying on Top of Your Technology Game

Video surveillance features for security systems are continuously expanding. Enabled by the cloud, remote video apps, and analytics, are solutions that provide greater efficiencies for you and your workforce, while remaining cost-effective for your business.

In order to prevent your systems from becoming outdated and causing issues for your workforce, take a look at some of the upgrade solutions provided by Logixx. Our services focus on protecting your business and personal assets.

Contact us for a free consultation to evaluate your requirements and learn about the products and services we provide to simplify security systems for businesses.

Strike the Perfect Balance Between Legacy Systems and Technological Updates