Introducing Our New Suite of FMIS Products
The SpatialFacilities Suite
An integrated data management, analysis, viewing and reporting system for your building or campus
A Necessary Focus
With the increasing costs of energy and other operating expenses, there is increasing pressure to begin to monitor, manage, and reduce the use of energy in our automobiles, transit systems, buildings, and homes.
AN INTEGRATED AND SPATIALLY AWARE SECURITY SYSTEM
Facility security takes a number of forms—intrusion detection, theft detection, access control, fire detection, etc. A variety of technologies are utilized to provide this security in a typical facility—standard key locks, card access, motion detection/alarms, fire/smoke detection, video surveillance, and paid guards to name the most common. Key to providing adequate security is having a system in place to prevent unwanted access, to detect attempted unwanted access or intrusion, to be able to monitor the facility whether an event is occurring or not, to identify when and where an event is taking place, to be able to provide reaction by authorized security personnel in a timely manner to avoid loss of property or life, and to be able to document an event for the purpose of apprehension, crime solving, or prosecution.
Most Security Systems are Passive in Nature
Each of these systems is intended to provide security to a specific area or portion of an area. Sometimes the area is the parking lot or campus. Other times the area is a building, a suite within a building or an individual room within a suite. Each of these areas can be defined spatially with a computerized mapping system. The location of the security devices can also be depicted spatially, and the area that the device is intended to secure can be defined. When an event takes place that one or more of the sensors identifies, a spatially-aware security system can provide an operator with detailed information regarding where the sensor is that triggered the notification, the spatial extent of the area that sensor is designed to protect, and an indication of other sensors in the vicinity that security personnel may want to check to determine whether an actionable event is taking place. We call this integrated and spatially aware security approach Spatial Security.
Proactive Security Approach
Increasingly sophisticated devices and analytical tools are becoming available that can be integrated into an existing security system. Cameras that operate in low light or have pan/zoom functionality are examples. One relatively recent tool that is of particular value is video analytics. Video analytics increases the value of standard video camera and recording technology by the addition of continuous automated monitoring. Whether the intent is to:
or any similar analysis, video analytics combined with a spatially-aware security system provides the best possible active/passive approach to securing a campus, building, or suite. Once an event has been “discovered,” the video recording system can be used to provide additional information related to the event, including a video record of the intrusion, theft, or other occurrence.
As a spatially aware system, Spatial Security can also be used to assess vulnerabilities that are not currently covered by the existing security system:
Integrated Telephone Systems
911 call centers receive requests for assistance from police, fire and EMS all the time. A typical call forwarded to a 911 call center includes the address of the location from which the call originates. However in a campus environment that typically has thousands of telephones located in perhaps hundreds of buildings, what good is an address? Spatial Security has been integrated with the 911 call center in campus environments, depicting the location of each phone on the campus. When a call comes in, Spatial Security provides a map display to the operator showing not only the building but the floor and room from which the call is originating. Combined with available access control and video, the operator and responders can not only know where the call is coming from for response purposes, the operator and response personnel can view live camera feeds that cover the area to provide better situational awareness prior to arrival on-scene.
Additional Sensor Devices
Spatial Security has been integrated with additional sensor technology, access control, motion detection, alarm, body scanning, ground vibration sensors, and fire protection systems; all of which are spatially located in the system. When a sensor provides an alert to security, campus management or building management personnel; the individual has access to a map showing the location of the device that generated the alert along with other monitoring technology that may be protecting the same area. The operator can then select the devices that are most appropriate to view either in real time or historically to better understand what is happening or what happened at that location to generate the alert. From a response perspective, this gives responding personnel (police, fire or simply building management) a situational awareness that would otherwise not be available.