Managing security for one site is challenging enough, but this is amplified when more locations need consideration. Typical multi-site security management applications include:

  • Managing uncrewed or skeleton staff sites
  • Escalating control to a central team if certain threats are detected.
  • Implementing multi-level security protocols, such as dual access authorisation
  • Centralising threat management and coordination

Here are four strategies to help empower those tasked with safeguarding multi-site estates.

Centralise control, amplify security

Unify data and centralise control to streamline security management across your locations. By integrating security and safety systems and leveraging a central command centre like an Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC), you gain unprecedented oversight and the ability to respond to threats swiftly. From managing unmanned sites to implementing multi-level security protocols, centralisation ensures comprehensive protection.

Empower field operatives, enhance safety

Equip field operatives with the tools they need for enhanced safety and efficiency. Integrating data from mobile devices' GPS, body-worn camera footage, radio feeds, or man-down sensors means local and central teams can monitor the safety and status of field operatives. Whether it's a security guard or a manager accessing critical data remotely, empowering your team ensures a proactive and informed response, regardless of physical location.

Harness AI for surveillance

Leverage AI-driven video analytics to detect threats with precision and efficiency. AI can scan vast amounts of footage in real-time, identifying anomalies and suspicious behaviour to mitigate risks. It can be trained to spot occurrences like changing scenes, movement, and suspicious behaviour and applied to complex data sets from multiple sources to determine threat levels. Crucially, it can also help prevent false positives and alarm fatigue, for example, by recognising the difference between animal and human intrusion – only alerting surveillance operators to the latter.

By automating threat detection and reducing false alarms, AI ensures optimal surveillance performance, particularly in unmanned sites where remote vigilance is essential.

Multi-site management in action

Imagine a contractor approaching a highly secure location.

Once they press the intercom, the system prompts local teams and central operators to approve the new arrival’s credentials before allowing access. Credentials include:

  • ID
  • Job ticket reference
  • On-site point of contact
  • Vehicle registration

Access is not permitted unless both sites authorise entry.

Automate responses, streamline operations

Automate security protocols and responses to optimise operational efficiency. When specific alert criteria are met, such as area lockdowns or maintenance dispatch, workflows can trigger predefined actions. Empowering teams through on-screen protocol-based instructions will streamline operations, improve overall security readiness and ensure a consistent and appropriate response.

By implementing these strategies, security professionals can simplify the complexities of multi-site security management while ensuring robust protection across all locations.


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