Trickle Down Effect

Innovation moves from data centers to central stations

   Loss of vital company data…not having a proper backup system…unexpected server and software application failures. No business looks forward to dealing with problems with data storage, but it happens sooner or later to everyone.

   For the central station and monitoring center, keeping systems up and running and as efficient as possible is critical. With large-scale data centers, the processes and technologies used to manage information, data and overall space must continue to improve to keep pace with storage demands. For central stations, consistent operation and the ability to get signals, alerts and supervisory alarms in all kinds of conditions relies heavily on processing power and storage requirements, software functions and capabilities and integration with different alarm protocols. Central stations have become mini data centers and have seen many technological advances, from alert messaging and remote monitoring on handheld devices to video verification and other new technologies that speed information from alarm to user.


Remote control

   Remote monitoring and credential verification continues to emerge strong as end-users look for ways to bridge accountability data with tracking and entrance/egress functions of access control. These robust and rugged devices run on software and coupled with encryption and credential verification programs integrate with access control to help eliminate false identification and unauthorized access.

   “In the event of an emergency, such as a fire at a port, emergency responders need to be validated,” said Todd Freyman, vice president and general manager of Physical Access Products, CoreStreet, Cambridge, Mass. “The central station or central command could view these responders being scanned while the information is being relayed back from a head-end system. Integrating with access control, the software system gets the privileges that have been enrolled into the system. It also gets privileged information on card holders from agencies like the TSA and FEMA.”

   An obvious goal of the central station is to ensure assistance to the safety of their clients and customers.

   “Co-location equipment centers whereby the central station need not worry about maintenance and repairs by having to house its electronics has come about from lower cost bandwidth,” said Jim McMullen, president, C.O.P.S. Monitoring, Williamstown, N.J.

   In addition, McMullen said he sees the tie in between IT and security becoming stronger. For central stations and data centers, the involvement of IT may be necessary, whether implementing IT skills in the everyday applications of data management or hiring IT professionals to be a part of the team.

   “I see our IT department growing as everything we use in our day-to-day lives has a connection to the IT department via IP networks,” said McMullen. “Over the past few years, our IT department has doubled in size and we see it continuing to grow in the future.”

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