The automation of buildings is much more than just remotely turning a light bulb on and off, or controlling the temperature of your room with your smartphone. Building automation and security go hand in hand as automation is also immensely helpful for surveillance and security, both within and outside buildings.
Incorporating security into automated buildings
When starting, even if you only have a home security system in mind, it is necessary to ensure that you choose a system that will allow you to integrate it with a building automation system seamlessly if you later decide to have one.
To incorporate security into automated buildings, consider the following:
- Remote access or local access?
The kind of building being automated can be used to determine the kind of access that should be implemented. For single buildings, local access to the building automation system should be just fine, while for multiple buildings with staff that cater to the maintenance needs of more than one building, remote access to your automated building system is preferred.
2. Network monitoring
You will require network monitoring software to monitor your network and there are different ways to do this. The kind of network monitoring software to use can be any of the following;
- Paid software or freeware: With these, you have protocols like simple network management protocol (SNMP) that let you retrieve data from devices. An example is Wireshark.
- Networking Software: This could be used for network monitoring, or as an intrusion detection and protection software.
- Server Software: With a basic server monitoring software, you can track user access and group access, service utilization, and device utilization.
- Access Lists
These allow you to determine the devices that are denied or given access to the system at a particular time. In buildings that require high levels of security, the use of dynamic and time-sensitive access lists as an additional security layer would be beneficial.
Security cameras are one of the most essential parts of any automated building and security system, and so require a great deal of attention. To be assured of the best services and a quality surveillance system, get in touch with us at Trivest Technologies today and we’ll be glad to help you out.