Beyond this, a security program needs to include a variety of solutions and, more important, a reliable staff presence. You must account for how your technology selections fit in with your existing manned guard force and the general security architecture already in place. After all, any system is only as good as the personnel interpreting and responding to the information the system provides.
Fred Zagurski, CPP, CSI, CDT has been in the security profession since 1971 and started his own consulting practice, Fred Zagurski Consultants, in 1988. He is primarily involved in the evaluation, planning and design of physical security in a campus environment. He is a board certified member of ASIS International and was formerly on the Standing Committee for Security at Educational Institutes. Mr. Zagurski is certified as a Construction Documents Technologist by the Construction Specifications Institute and has developed CSI-format specifications for several security manufacturers.