Overseeing the security for a commercial building, housing many different tenants, brings with it a wide array of challenges for even the most seasoned security professional.  How you develop a security plan for a high-rise building may be slightly different in your plan for a mid-size building.

A major challenge for any size commercial building is the ability to adequately control a public space, like a lobby or garage. Having on-site personnel may be cost-prohibitive for many property managers.  But this does not mean that there are no solutions available.  With current technology, protecting a commercial property has gotten easier and more cost-effective.

Let’s dive into this challenge– and a few others that you may be experiencing when protecting your commercial property and its tenants.

Property managers often like to cultivate an open, welcoming feeling in their lobby, so this space is likely to be large, with lots of windows. Because this may create areas of very intense lighting, contrasted against darker areas, lighting may be a challenge.  In a high-rise setting, there may even be some high value items, like artwork or furniture, in a commercial lobby, that could require large investments if replacement were needed.  If your cameras are working 24/7, the changing light may also present problems. You might require cameras with options in low-light, to make sure that they record nighttime data as well as daytime, or anti-bloom technology, to keep your video glare-free, in areas with lots of natural lighting.

You might feel as though you don’t have enough of a budget to offer the level of protection that your property requires.  It’s important to realize that there might be support available from other locations. Perhaps you can only put one or two officers on the property at a given time.  If there is a central property management office in your building, you may be able to augment your on-site security personnel.  How is this possible?  In many cases your VMS can be accessible remotely. By leveraging the remote access ability of a VMS, you can augment your on site security personnel with additional security personnel that are centrally located. A partitioned VMS allows each group of tenants at your property to access the parts of the system that contain their assets, while security personnel at the managing agent can maintain centralized, system-wide monitoring. Centrally located personnel could monitor video from several locations at once, and in each case, they have the ability of alerting security officers on site if needed.

Let’s say that’s not a possibility. How else might you mitigate risk?  Consider the earlier example involving high value items in a commercial lobby. There are a variety of technological options to protect property. A fixed CCTV camera gives you a constant view of high value property, such as a painting. Analytics implemented on fixed cameras can generate an alarm if the painting is removed.  This alarm is then easily disseminated to the local security force or to a centrally managed security command center, so that action can be taken.

These are just a few possible solutions for some surveillance challenges in a commercial space, but of course, there are many more. Tune in to our August 9th Webcast to learn about additional challenges, and how we can mitigate them.