Integrated security in highly attended public and private spaces such as stadiums, shopping centres and urban recreation areas has become an increasingly topical issue in international discussions.
The real estate sector needs to avoid treating the question of security from a technical point of view only, and to consider the underlying mechanisms that for some time have been changing the dynamics of buying and selling real estate and creating value.
We are accustomed to regarding security from a purely coercive perspective, as something that restricts personal freedom. But by turning this attitude on its head in the world of Real Estate, we can seize the implicit opportunities that lie hidden in the phases preceding a construction project, namely urban planning and design. Creating living spaces that are aesthetically pleasing and safe is key to developing projects that are profitable and economically sound. It has been calculated that investing in Integrated Urban Security can increase the economic value of a Real Estate project by as much as 30%.
Came Spa was a technology partner for Expo Milano 2015, to which it successfully delivered a visitor and user experience that maximised not only the security, but also and above all, the comfort of the spaces.
Just a few months after the Charlie Hebdo Paris attacks, more than 21 million people visited the Expo, and so voted with their feet against the climate of fear.
Four tips for increasing the security of access points
Perimeter entry points lie along the first line of defence for a site. Unfortunately, it is all too easy to allow them become the weakest link in the security chain rather than the strongest, and once this happens, safety can be gravely compromised and severe economic loss may follow. But by following four simple tips, it is possible to avoid this risk.
1. Carry out a thorough assessment of the current situation
Before embarking on an effort to make changes to the entrance points, a careful evaluation needs to be made of the existing situation. The purpose of a preliminary inspection of this sort is:
- To determine the nature and the seriousness of the risk to which the space in question is exposed, both of which need to be ascertained with as much precision as Came Project Department possible;
- To predict the sort of traffic expected to pass through the gates or entry points, which entails distinguishing between, for instance, pedestrians, vehicles (e.g. for cleaning, supplies or other authorized purposes) and law enforcement personnel;
- To catalogue all security devices, any installations erected to protect existing facilities, and identify which control and inspection duties have been assigned to which trusted persons and specialized staff;
- To map out the bends and straight lines on the routes in the immediate vicinity of the access gates, which will make an appreciable difference to the speed of approach of vehicles;
- To ascertain the extent of the changes and updates that can be made to existing security systems and decide whether they need to be redesigned from scratch.
2. Pinpoint the weaknesses of the existing security system
Ninety percent of the security systems protecting the outer ring of defence of a sitecontain one or more flaws that make them vulnerable. Mostly the flaws are attributable to planning mistakes caused by inadequate experience, yet they are enough to compromise entirely the safety of the space or site.
3. Correctly sequencing the operations of barriers, gates and antechambers
To ensure complete security, every device and mechanism installed at an access point has Came Project Department to form part of a joined-up system that, in turn, must be based on a rational design. If this is not the case, the system will be vulnerable at several points, nullifying the considerable economic investment made in protecting the site.
4. Oversee the installation of the system from start to finish
To comply with safety standards, a site must have a robust security system installed. A superficial attitude to security can lead to easily avoidable errors during this delicate phase of the process. Even so, early-stage mistakes are frequent, and negligence can prejudice the performance of the security installation by up to 50 percent. Some key considerations to keep in mind are:
- The type of concrete must be selected with the utmost care, and must be compatible with the specifications of each device installed;
- The foundation cages of constructions must be designed with reference to a series of different factors.
- Most importantly, the volume has to be just right and the proportion of iron to cement needs to be accurately calibrated;
- The conduit for the data cable must be carefully positioned so that the general safety of the system is guaranteed and the cable remains safe from “sniffing” attacks.
Original article by Nicola Pane here: http://www.globalrealestateexperts.com/2016/03/integrated-security-and-real-estate-safety-a-new-growth-driver/