If you are an apartment building owner or a property manager, there are exciting new building security trends that not only will keep your tenants safer but will significantly improve the value of your property and your investment.

Digital technology, CCTV, integrated software, cloud-based management, and artificial intelligence are all on track to provide exciting new tools to manage properties more efficiently and provide increased security. The marriage of cyber technology with physical property security will increase tenants’ safety and sense of security at home and reduce worries when away from home.

Here are some of the top new trends that are contributing to rendering properties and their tenants more secure.

Access Control and Security Doors

Many managers know the difficulties faced with dated systems that regularly require manual updating. With technological access control, especially when cloud-based, this changes.

Tenants and residents can use keyless entry via mobile apps on mobile devices like a smartphone for access authentication. As soon as they arrive in the programmed range, smart locks on doors automatically unlock and file the access on a cloud-based log for eventual future audits. Residents can also remotely open doors for house cleaners, dog sitters, or whomever they choose to allow entry to.

The adoption of contactless technology also provides a hygiene-based option that in consideration of the Covid-19 pandemic, adds an extra layer of security and can eventually also provide temperature and health checks.

The installation of business grade security doors will not only contrast unauthorized entry but can provide a barrier from smoke, fire, and storms. And these doors don’t stop there. They can offer ballistic protection against shootings, blast protection against explosions or flying debris, and protection against extreme weather phenomena like hurricanes.

Another advantage connected with technological access management is the cost of maintaining this kind of system. Cloud-based systems are subscription services and cost less to maintain than a traditional on-site security setup. You won’t be calling tech support or locksmiths weekly. Remote management also eliminates the risks of physical damage to and the disabling of an on-site system and facilitates updates and program maintenance.

Video Management

Video cameras are already a major tool in security management, but now video equipment is being integrated with artificial intelligence and analytical capabilities. The use of artificial intelligence will increase the camera capabilities allowing them to analyze both live and recorded feed in larger volumes and more rapidly.

These capabilities include the use of facial and license plate recognition which will improve access control in both buildings and parking areas. This technology identifies not only legitimate entry to property, but more importantly unwanted people and vehicles. In the event of an emergency, they also aid emergency workers and law enforcement in dealing with potential security problems.

The technological capabilities allow for traffic flow control and people counting in the event of a natural disaster or emergency. They also permit management to analyze the actual trends in communal area usage which can contribute to the eventual lowering of operational costs.

Security imaging quality is improving to the point that it offers clarity day or night, in any weather conditions, and in any situation. With the integration of artificial intelligence and machine learning, any video captured by CCTV can operate using frame-by-frame authentication so that images cannot be digitally manipulated.

IoT Connectivity

IoT Connectivity allows for more security video equipment and security devices to remain connected to a single network. Energy, logistics, and security all stand to benefit from this interconnectivity on a single management platform. Security devices will not be limited to unauthorized access control but will include temperature measuring, gas leak detections, fire and smoke detection, and humidity sensing. New systems allow for multiple security tasks being managed by fewer devices, on a single platform, and remotely.

Wireless IoT devices enable smart locks, smart lighting, and two-way communication. They can be used for monitoring and sending alerts and connecting with other building management tools. Most importantly, they can be connected directly to emergency personnel and law enforcement and send requests for assistance rapidly and efficiently.

Smart Lighting

Lighting can be controlled remotely to illuminate communal and peripheral property areas.

Zero Trust Cybersecurity

The Zero-trust accepts nothing at face value and verifies all devices and users. A Zero trust network will check every device or app that connects to the network and will be reevaluated with every connection. Signed firmware, encrypted data, secure boot, rapid software updates and secure identity are all integral to a Zero trust network.

Green Security

When selecting security products, many companies offer low-power-consumption products including solar powered products like security cameras. Many local area policies push toward the adoption of environmentally friendly materials in hardware and manufacturing methods along with smart building technologies to lower the carbon output of a building.

All Things Considered

The creation of a “smart” building by introducing and integrating physical access control, visitor management, building systems, external security and the installation of business grade security doors will not only improve security and emergency response, but help your tenants feel safer and happier to be renting in your building.

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