The use of cloud computing has increased tenfold in recent years, and this has led to an increase in security applications. With increased violence and following the pandemic, businesses have needed to re-evaluate physical security as challenges evolve. PSaaS is one solution to meet those challenges.
PSaaS stands for physical security-as-a-service. PSaaS is a security strategy that sends data to a data center that is outsourced. Businesses delegate the management of their data, hence business management and security teams can use a convenient, user-oriented system for managing security needs.
PSaaS hosts a variety of subscription-based applications. Individual companies can select the applications that best serve their security needs. Thanks to cloud computing, security personnel can access, manage or edit information and physical security online from viewing data to operating tools remotely from any place. Data is encrypted and proper authentication is necessary for accessing it, so third parties are not able to interfere with or access company info.
One advantage of using PSaaS is that security needs can be streamlined, and this permits scalability. Scalability allows you to downsize or upsize depending on business needs. If your company experiences growth, PSaaS can be adjusted to answer increased needs. If you experience seasonal downturns, your PSaaS needs can be reduced.
Numerous security elements can be included in a PSaaS program. One major advantage is that updates, patches, and servicing can be accomplished from the cloud, eliminating the need for manual intervention and security experts saving both money and time. Companies no longer will need to worry about forgetting or tardy updates.
Whether swipers, sensors, alarms, video monitoring, facial recognition, thermal controls, or smart locks, PSaaS can provide it all with management through a cloud-based server, and better yet, all of your security data is retrievable should the need arise.
Cloud-based video security systems help diminish the costs of a traditional video security set-up. Both hardware and wiring can be reduced. Video security data is stored in the cloud eliminating the need for storage on company premises and it can be accessed from any location thanks to cloud-based control centers or mobile applications.
Depending on a company’s needs, video monitoring can integrate CCTV or explosion proof IP cameras. Visible video cameras can act as deterrents to criminal activities on company premises. In the event of a crime will provide evidence to aid law enforcement and with insurance claims. Security team personnel have other tasks to perform and cannot spend all day monitoring the video feed. PSaaS programming, through the application of AI can perform threat detection. If a potential threat is noted, alerts can be sent in real-time to security teams or law enforcement facilitating rapid response.
PSaaS can manage property access through cloud-based programming that allows for entry, exit, locking, and unlocking doors remotely. Updates to your program can be performed online so there is no downtime in security procedures. Should a company want to use fobs, cards, or smartphone or tablet applications for entry and exit, these can be integrated.
Smoke detectors, gunshot detectors, or glass breakage detectors can all be integrated into a PSaaS plan to increase a company’s threat detection abilities. Security personnel, law enforcement, and first responders can receive alerts in real-time. This also permits security personnel to implement safety protocols and lockdown procedures.
It is not less secure than traditional security services and may even be more secure because all data and security operations are encrypted and protected in the cloud.
This new approach to physical security is considerably more agile, complete, and effective than traditional security methods, and here are the benefits to consider when evaluating whether to employ a PSaaS solution.
- Easy access and management from any location.
- Scalability due to wireless operation. Security teams can be connected from multiple locations and security needs can be upscaled or downscaled to meet business growth or seasonal reduction needs.
- Secure data storage is guaranteed through encryption and rigorous authentication procedures so that only authorized personnel can access it. Companies also eliminate the need for onsite hardware that can be violated and requires security.
- Unified security solutions. The unification of all security measures onto a single platform eliminates the need for various data storage silos and facilitates information being constantly and readily available.
Considering an increase in threats from the pandemic to violence, security measures must also increase. Traditional physical security when increased can require a significant chunk of a company’s operating budget.
To reduce these costs, PSaaS is a cost-competitive solution that reduces the burdens on company security with automatic firmware upgrades, the elimination of onsite storage, and the need for the company to procure and install any necessary hardware. Companies will also be freed from acting on compliance needs, as the PSaaS provider will manage compliance issues.