Not one of us could ever have anticipated a global pandemic, or the way it has totally changed the environments we work and live in. COVID-19 and its effects have been totally unpredictable, and the fact is, our world will continue to be unpredictable moving forward.
One of the major learnings I take away from this unpredictability, is seeing how abandoned and dysfunctional buildings are without technology. Having a building that relies upon human operation to be functional, paralyzed commercial companies. Operations had to change very quickly – from shifting to work-from-home models to even shutting down activity completely.
Because of that change, people have realized just how unpredictable and inefficient our working environments are. The problem is, without predictability and efficiency moving forward, we’ll walk into buildings that we may feel uncomfortable and unsafe in – and for businesses, that means unproductive environments.
The good news is that security technology can help to create predictive and efficient business environments. How? Well, when security devices aren’t on security watch, they are collecting vast amounts of real-time data. Data that provides insights on what’s happening in your building and how people are interacting with it. With that data, you’re able to create active, intelligent buildings – buildings that are reacting and predictive towards what’s happening within them. That results in safer, healthier and more efficient environments for all humans – for those working in a particular building, and also for those who traverse through them.
As a professional in the security industry, COVID-19 taught me one thing very quickly. The ability to collect data within buildings that makes them more predictive and efficient always existed. Think to the way security solutions manage visitors, how they come into a building, monitoring their duration in a building, and controlling the way they move through it. Security companies just have to unlock that data and apply it to reconfigure buildings. Doing so allows businesses to confidently open their buildings knowing that they have taken proactive steps for the safety and security of their employees and guests. All by using the very same data that they’ve collected and had inside their buildings for years.
As we navigate into the future, we can expect yet more unpredictability – which heightens the importance of having a smart building with a predictable and efficient environment. We certainly don’t want to be in a position of complete shut-down again, and data is what will help us to avoid that. Data will tell us what’s happening and empower us to reconfigure our environments to protect our people and operations, and security devices are at the very heart of that.