In many situations, the telecom rooms must be expanded to accommodate additional network equipment, and conduits and/or cable trays may need to be installed to manage the additional wiring. The evaluation of adequate electrical power and environmental control (temperature and humidity) for these locations is also necessary.
Security command centers may face similar challenges to those experienced by the telecom rooms. No longer just a desk and a few monitors, today’s media-rich digital command-and-control communication hubs now monitor and archive data from a vast array of electronic security systems.
Many of these systems reach beyond electronic security systems and incorporate other technology monitoring, such as lighting, mechanical systems, digital signage and fire systems. By having the capability to monitor and manage multiple systems in one location, campuses can leverage the situational awareness and forensic data to deter, respond and recover more effectively and efficiently.
Qualify the Manufacturers Involved
Once the evaluation of the institution’s electronic security requirements is complete and the existing systems/infrastructure on campus is quantified, potential electronic security systems manufacturers for the new installation and migration can then be qualified.
There are many electronic security manufacturers that offer digital electronic security solutions, and the current manufacture utilized on the campus may not be the best option for the plan. Therefore, it is important to research the types of electronic security systems and manufacturer offerings.
Do their solutions integrate with other manufacturer’s products? What are the software features and communication protocols? How much will it cost to service the new system? Will a resident technician or third-party technician be used? These are just some of the issues that should be addressed. To learn more about selecting the right manufacturer, click here.