|Security has been influenced if not completely driven by a law-enforcement mindset, which tends to be prosecutorial in nature. However, prosecution doesn't have anything to do with right-now security. An organization needs to be able to address a security threat as it's unfolding, and ideally before an incident becomes a large-scale emergency in which lives and/or property are at risk. The best way to create more time to detect and respond to a threat is through automated situational awareness. Then staff are untethered and clear-eyed. They don't have to sit at a monitoring station waiting to "catch someone in the act" or succumb to error. The human attention span drops below acceptable levels after just 20 minutes, even among trained observers, according to research.
Other security challenges and trends include analog versus IP-based cameras, the convergence of physical and cyber security, and the emergence of such intelligent technologies as analytics, crowd-counting and facial recognition. There's more opportunity for proactive, holistic security than ever before.
With today's smarter networks and devices - and SARA to tie all of them together - it's easy and cost-effective to create a safety bubble over a single building or wide-area campus. However, we recommend that applications run on a dedicated, wireless mesh network instead of on Wi-Fi because of high traffic and numerous failure points.