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Inside the Industry: Security in Sensitive Areas

Inside the Industry: Each month CDS addresses the latest in the world of security.

Security sensitive areas are generally defined as areas occupied by vulnerable individuals such as children, or areas that store sensitive information such as medical records or other personal data. Schools, medical centres and government buildings are just some of the examples of buildings and areas that are deemed sensitive due to their use or the information they hold but, whatever the reason for its definition, the objective of any sensitive area is ultimately the same – to protect the people, property and information within it.
In order to do this, security sensitive areas require security solutions – measures and systems that have been designed specifically to meet their needs, often comprising of access control, CCTV and intruder alarms and other components that work together to provide a robust system of protection.
That said, these buildings and sensitive areas are rarely built with security in mind, and some have been known to present great difficulties when attempts are made to ensure their security.
Securing areas with multiple sites, multiple entrances, isolated buildings within larger grounds, temporary structures, easily accessible roofs and public access spaces can be particularly challenging – especially when you consider budget restrictions, short deadlines and the gap between the expectations of a security system and the reality of what it can actually deliver.
Take intruder alarms for instance, these will detect an intruder when they have infringed the perimeters of specific areas and CCTV will capture images of this intruder which can later help in their identification. Neither, however, will prevent the intruder from gaining access in the first place.
It’s extremely important then, that individuals charged with overseeing the security of these sensitive buildings choose a security systems provider with the right skills, knowledge and experience to provide a solution that is able to meet the necessary requirements, budget and deadlines – even when faced with some of the challenges mentioned.
Fortunately, CDS Integrated Systems is that security systems provider. With over 25 years experience in providing integrated security solutions to a number of clients, CDS is able to design and install entirely bespoke systems to meet any requirement. CDS is also highly skilled in the integration of new technologies with legacy equipment to help its customers cut costs not corners when it comes to the integrity of their system.