An All Hazards Approach to Visitor Management
Reducing a Facility’s Vulnerabilities through Visitor Management
Many organizations, including enterprises, multi-tenant office buildings, schools and hospitals utilize surveillance cameras as their primary security measure. While a security guard often watches security cameras closely, there is a growing trend among facilities that utilizes an “all hazards” approach to their visitor management.
Manned cameras are typically among the first security measures that safety personnel establish. Cameras have proven to be effective in a variety of settings over a long period of time, as long as the cameras are pointed in optimal locations, the lighting is sufficient, and the cameras aren’t tampered with.
However, one of the biggest problems with manned cameras is the occurrence of failures due to human error or vandalism, which prevents security staff from being able to view an incident. If manned cameras are being used as the only visitor management measure in place at your facility, you may want to consider an all hazards approach.
The all hazards approach to visitor management includes surveillance cameras, but it also entails the use of an electronic visitor check-in system, visitor ID badges and a system to direct visitors within the building while restricting sensitive access points. Transitioning from a manned camera method to an all hazards approach for visitor management can save money in the long run by decreasing the costs involved in resolving issues often associated with manned cameras.
The all hazards approach includes integrating a variety of systems that work together, but can also be used exclusively if something were to happen to one of the systems. A visitor management system streamlines visitor check-in, and keeps unwelcome visitors out of the building. It can also keep approved visitors out of areas that are prohibited. Visitor ID badges, which are printed within seconds during the check-in process, can be easily identified by staff and security personnel at your facility, making it easy to track visitors at any given moment and restrict access points, decreasing your facility’s vulnerability during non-peak hours.
Cameras are a proven security measure that should be utilized in all facilities; but relying on surveillance cameras alone to manage visitors in enterprise buildings, multi-tenant office buildings, hospitals or university campuses leaves a large margin for error and a less secure facility for your stakeholders.
Is one tool better than the other? Although it is useful, manned surveillance cameras should not be the only tools in your visitor management security plan. An all hazards approach to visitor management can certainly decrease your facility’s vulnerability to incidents involving visitors. Consider the significant advantages that utilizing an all hazards approach to visitor management can deliver.