Mix Key Service: Physical Security

One of our key service offerings is designing and project managing Physical Security solutions for organisations.

Dean Tomlinson, who heads up our Physical Security team, gave us a few pointers or insights on what business leaders need to consider when developing the design for these solutions. 

Consultations with all stakeholders

The most critical stage in the process is to fully understand the key priorities and requirements for both the users in the organisation and the building itself. Gaining an in-depth understanding of the requirements, aspirations and budget will ensure the correct solution is designed efficiently within the confines of technology and budget.

GDPR

You will have no doubt heard the term. This new regulation came into force for all European States on the 25th of May 2018 and now governs the usage of individuals personal data. This impacts the Physical Security design with regards to the use of video surveillance systems in private and public areas. Businesses need to understand the implications of this new regulation when it comes to access control and video surveillance when thinking about Physical Security requirements. 

Privacy vs. Security

When designing a solution, the location and purpose of the specific equipment needs to be considered. For example, if it’s placed outside – it needs to be visible as the purpose is to act as a deterrent and to make people aware they are being monitored. Inside, the equipment should blend in seamlessly with the design so users aren’t constantly reminded of the surveillance equipment.

Location, environment and type of organisation

These factors have a huge impact on the design of a Physical Security solution. An organisation that occupies an entire building will naturally have different requirements to an organisation that only occupies one floor. The type of organisation also has a big impact. For example, large corporate organisations or embassies will typically deploy a higher level of security.

Ongoing operation and maintenance

This is not always the main consideration when designing a Physical Security system but it is an important element to bear in mind. Accessibility of equipment such as surveillance cameras is an example. Health and safety is always paramount and locations of equipment should never put engineers at risk when they are maintaining or replacing equipment.

When relocating to new premises or refurbishing an existing space, the design of the Physical Security solution needs to provide a safe environment for business users and it also needs to interface seamlessly with the IT infrastructure and architectural design.