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The Key to Keeping Healthcare
Facilities Safe and Secure
Campuses are adding more cameras, access control and other key protocols
Corporate Campuses
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Changes are coming to corporate campuses as own- ers and managers look to increase efficiencies in the way facilities are secured and building opera- tions are managed. Today's security managers already have their hands full keeping pace with pandemic and other related changes. As security takes on increased importance, campuses are adding more surveillance cameras, access control, intrusion, fire alarms, visitor management, emergency noti- fication systems and intercoms.
Add to that the security team’s growing responsibilities for over- seeing a campus' interior spaces, including offices, conference rooms and other shared areas. These spaces require an entire set of building systems to monitor and control heating, ventilation and air- condi-
tioning (HVAC), control lighting, water conservation and other effi- ciency systems.
A typical corporate campus may have dozens of disparate security and building control systems operating simultaneously. Until recent- ly, both functions—security and building automation—were likely to work on separate networks. But there is a growing trend to merge these systems on one enterprise campus-wide network to provide better control and increased efficiencies that result in lower costs.
However, integrating multiple campus systems that typically run on different operating systems and competing database structures is challenging. Many systems have proprietary hardware making it dif- ficult to unite and gain visibility from other product vendors. Unify- ing a variety of mechanical and electrical systems into one more

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