Thinking Security Design, 3 Modern Architects Perspectives
Security breaches have already impacted over 104 million people in 2023. When designing your commercial property, it’s essential to prioritize secure design to protect your valuable data, assets, and people. How are modern architects designing for security? Here, we’ll look at how the top architectural innovations are helping modern architects to create secure and intrusion-proof properties.
Minimizing Entry Points
Your vulnerability is increased if you have many entry points in your commercial property. Not only are there more entry points for intruders, but you’ll need to spend more securing these entry points.
Modern architects are reducing unnecessary entry points without compromising design aesthetics or natural light to provide a more secure design. They are reducing unnecessary window placement, doors, and entryways that could pose a security risk.
Limiting entry points is easier in some properties than others. For example, multi-tenant housing developments like co-op units and condos will require a larger number of access points to meet building regulations. However, any reductions made will likely help to improve property security.
One of the biggest considerations for commercial property security is video surveillance. However, some building designs can make it impossible to gain full visibility of your property using surveillance cameras.
Many modern architects are designing more open-plan spaces to maximize visibility. Reducing corners can reduce the number of blind spots in your property and enhance the efficacy of your security hardware investments.
Implementing Innovative Security Infrastructure
No commercial property is complete without a security hardware infrastructure. Here are some of the security hardware essentials modern architects are using.
Cloud-Based Access Control
Cloud-based and mobile-first access control allows modern architects to enforce stringent security without compromising convenience and hygiene for daily building operations. A cloud-based access control system allows you to implement mobile access credentials instead of keycards and fobs. This means that users don’t need to push a button or swipe a keycard to unlock doors in your facility – improving the hygiene of everyday building use (particularly important in the wake of the recent pandemic). Instead, users download access credentials to their mobile devices, like digital keycards.
Then, they only need to wave their hand over the access reader to enter. The motion of their hands will trigger remote communication with their mobile devices. The reader uses a three-fold communication method with WiFi, Bluetooth, and cellular to unlock the door and permit entry on the first attempt.
In addition to making traffic flow more smoothly into the building, cloud-based access control provides remote management features. System administrators and security staff can quickly check access logs from anywhere using an app or cloud-based control center. They can also unlock and lock doors using this application, promoting faster response times for entry requests.
By implementing this innovative technology, modern architects create a more fluid, cohesive, and accessible security infrastructure to improve everyday building use.
Cloud-Based Security Cameras
Analog security camera systems present the following obstacles for your security strategy:
- They mainly serve to document crimes, not prevent them.
- The security camera feed is only accessible from the control room.
Cloud-based security cameras resolve these issues. They provide security staff with consistent visibility of security occurrences from anywhere using a mobile application. They also offer open API integrations that allow you to expand the function of your security hardware to accommodate more extensive security needs.
For instance, you might apply AI threat detection to automate video security monitoring.
The software will use behavior and object recognition to detect potential security threats on the premises, triggering an alert. This alert will give your security staff time to inspect the threat and take preventative measures. By choosing cloud-based security cameras, modern architects are building more agile security processes for commercial properties.
Many architects are going above and beyond the required alarm systems for commercial properties. As well as installing smoke, fire, and carbon monoxide detectors, they are installing more advanced alarm technologies. These advanced commercial alarm system technologies include gunshot detectors, motion sensors, and glass break sensors. These security design systems allow architects to ensure fast emergency response procedures for various emergencies, enforcing more safety for commercial properties.
Architecture and security design hardware play an important role in building safety. Using the tools, technologies, and design elements listed above, modern architects are making commercial properties safer for occupants. Consider your own commercial property in line with these innovations to identify any need for security enhancement.
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