Becoming increasingly renowned for our on-site security expertise, commercial magazine Tomorrow’s FM interviewed Ti’s managing director Mark Copley recently, on the subject of ‘outside the box’ technologies that can effectively protect clients’ sites. If you missed the write up, you can read it in full here…
It is perhaps no surprise that, following a deep recession, organisations continue to monitor budget spend. There are even companies that have experienced something of an upturn in recent months or years, who are yet to re-evaluate the funds they should set aside for a number of business services. In many instances this continued level of caution is understandable. But when it comes to protecting corporate premises, the assets contained within such sites and the valuable workforces that fuel organisations on a day to day basis, is it possible to put a price on security?
The answer is, unmistakably, no. FMs are therefore continuing to work hard to safeguard clients’ sites, however tight financial pressures have become. But it is those who have their ‘finger on the pulse’ when it comes to technology, that are naturally better equipped to protect the facilities they are responsible for.
Remaining abreast with technological innovation is no mean feat, especially in an evolving marketplace. But when the employment of dedicated security personnel or the support of an outsourced security specialist simply isn’t affordable, it is important to know what role technology can play. Yes there are standard door entry systems regulated by pin codes, swipe cards or fingerprints, to prevent unauthorised access to buildings. And ever-advancing CCTV cameras can capture quality surveillance footage in the event of a crime taking place. But another product that looks set to become an industry favourite in 2015, is a clever audio system – VoiceOff™.
Much more than a standard burglar alarm, VoiceOff™ is a programmable technology designed to welcome, inform, deter and warn. The facilities manager simply decides what message or sound they wish to communicate, and when a passive infra-red (PIR) sensor is triggered, the audio is automatically played.
On a very basic level, such a system could be used to greet people as they enter a building, which helps engage staff or create the right first impression upon a visitor’s arrival. Alternatively, in controlled zones where PPE is a must, the technology can prompt individuals to put on their hard hats and high visibility jackets, for necessary health and safety compliance.
But VoiceOff™ steps into a league of its own when used for security purposes. If CCTV detects trespassers on site, the system can alert them that they are being monitored, that they must leave immediately and/or that police are due to arrive in less than 60 seconds, for example. It is even possible to project the sound of a police siren – indistinguishable from the real thing – to act as an additional deterrent. There are thousands of pre-recorded sounds and computerised messages to choose from, or the facilities manager can opt to prepare a customised mp3 file. The relevant audio just needs to be saved onto an SD card and inserted into the single box system, so it can be played via the in-built amplifier and speaker.
VoiceOff™ also comes with an audio line input so that, if linked to a monitored CCTV system with DVR (digital video recorder), it can be used as an internal or external loudspeaker for live voice announcements as well. This provides FMs with greater technology flexibility; something which should be sought from any equipment investment in the modern business environment.
CCTV or alarm solutions cannot ensure that unlawful activity will never take place, but the more considered a FM’s security strategy is, the greater the likelihood that criminals will be deterred, caught and even prosecuted, should they illegally enter a client’s site.
Many organisations were left feeling commercially vulnerable as a result of the recession, so it is more important than ever for FMs to ensure clients are not physically exposed.
Think VoiceOff™ could be the security solution that you or your clients are looking for? Arrange a consultation or demonstration with one of Ti’s security specialists to find out more. Please call 01484 818180, email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete our short enquiry form.