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Physical Security Systems

Technology experts to help you get the most value
from your video surveillance design and card access

Organizations, businesses, and public institutions that are installing physical security systems to help protect their assets as well as their employees and customers are finding there are many complicated decisions to make that can affect the effectiveness of the surveillance systems and they are turning to experts for help. 

Help designing physical security systems

If you need help planning or deciding on a new surveillance system, or you are not getting the results you had hoped for from your current physical security systems, Plante Moran’s technology consultants have the experience and expertise to help. They can help you find more value in your current system or navigate the intricacies of designing, purchasing, and implementing a new physical security system that offers you the right mix of reactive and proactive protection.

Using a physical security system that utilizes video cameras to record and deter undesirable behaviors is a reactive tool because video cameras are typically used to reconstruct a situation. For example, certain video surveillance designs can notify you by e-mail if there is activity during a time when a building is closed or it can flag you if there is a change in scenery in a particular room (theft). Based on the time stamp on the event, the system administrator can review the incident. 

The quality and placement of cameras is important

A video surveillance design's effectiveness in terms of security depends heavily on the quality and placement of the cameras. For example, the systems administrator may not be able to retrieve essential license plate information on a moving or parked vehicle if the cameras are not placed correctly and the resolution of the image is not strong enough to zoom in for detail. 

Integrate surveillance system designs for best results

Card access, on the other hand, is a more proactive surveillance system tool. Card access is designed to restrict and track access to buildings. While these video surveillance cameras and card access systems work independently and can be purchased separately, for the best results, they should be integrated.

We can help you define requirements for your physical security system, create an effective surveillance system design, manage the request for proposal process (RFP), and coordinate implementation. You will benefit from our knowledge and our experience helping other clients find the physical security system and video surveillance design that helps them attain a safe environment for their staff and protect their assets.

"If someone were to call me and ask what Plante Moran's technology specialists meant to the success of our video surveillance project, I'd begin by pointing out that they saved us more than 50 percent in vendor costs. Beyond that they gave us a sense of confidence that we were selecting the best new products to fit the needs of our district. They began working with us when we only had six buildings under surveillance, now we have all 29 of our buildings covered, utilizing the old equipment and supplementing it with new. I would say the Plante & Moran specialists I worked with are worth their weight in gold."

Kevin Galbraith, Executive Director of Technology
Wayne-Westland Community School District