IoT in Security: Protecting People, Assets and Places

 

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In order to ensure the safety of employees, and better protect assets and sites, businesses are adopting and investing in newer and more intelligent connected security solutions – enabled by the Internet of Things.

 

 

 

 

Security is increasingly becoming a vital element of an organisation’s business model and its capabilities are being enhanced today by leveraging M2M and IoT connectivity:

Analysys Mason estimates that by 2023 security will account for 12% of overall M2M connections, growing at a CAGR of 28%.

Vodafone’s annual IoT Barometer Report also highlighted that 46% of businesses are now deploying IoT strategies to improve the security of people and sites.

IoT in security is allowing the industry to deploy its latest connected technologies in a simple way, helping to drive down costs and create efficiencies for workforces. In order to connect these IoT applications though, a secure, scalable and cost effective solution is required, and this is where 4G LTE networking comes in.

 

CCTV

CCTV has always been a staple for improving site and building security, and although connecting security equipment isn’t a new idea, leveraging the IoT (and 4G LTE connectivity in particular) is improving the flexibility and scalability of CCTV solutions.

As enterprises increasingly expand their locations to new and more remote places, and even to the road for mobile operations, traditional connectivity solutions are no longer always an option, and a more flexible connectivity solution is required. A cellular IoT networking solution enables organisations to connect their CCTV system in a cost-effective way so that they can easily manage it remotely, as well as deploy it to a wider variety of locations – increasing coverage and improving security as a whole.

With the high speeds and bandwidth that 4G LTE offers, such a solution can even be used to remotely retrieve high quality footage data in real-time in mobile scenarios – ideal for critical situations where an incident has occurred on the road.

 

RFID and Asset Tracking

Organisations today need to better protect and monitor their assets both in fixed locations and on the road. Asset tracking solutions, such as RFID, are rapidly growing technologies which offer many security benefits. By automating data collection, they reduce human effort and error – enabling organisations to more quickly and accurately locate and account for their assets.

By connecting these applications so their data can be retrieved at any time, from any location, an IoT solution leveraging 4G LTE can enable companies to centrally monitor all of their assets in real-time, for improved security and efficiency.

 

Car Parking

Most public, residential and other private car parks require a connected security solution – both to manage entry and exit barrier systems, and payment in the case of charged-for public parking. By leveraging the IoT though, parking systems are becoming more intelligent and are able to operate new and advanced features, such as automatic number plate recognition and parking space monitoring sensors. This helps to improve security, reduce workflows, and ultimately improves the service to the consumer. By leveraging 4G LTE over a fixed line solution to connect the IoT, these systems can be located anywhere at a reduced cost in many scenarios, improving their scalability.

 

Although the above represents just 3 examples, similar connected systems can also be deployed for utilities management, tank monitoring and building management applications in the same way, all of which are commonly run alongside security applications – demonstrating how the IoT can also standardise and therefore simplify management practices across the board.

 

As adoption of the IoT in security increases, and more and more security data can be generated in both fixed locations and on-the-go, traditional networking infrastructures cannot deliver to its demands. Westbase Technology provide a variety of end-to-end networking solutions, enabling organisations to securely connect their Internet of Things applications. For more information on how 4G LTE and hybrid networking can connect IoT security applications, take a look at our Security Solutions Overview.