Boyd & Associates Quarterly Employee Spotlight

Boyd & Associates is proud to introduce our Quarterly Employee Spotlight. We hope you enjoy this months feature on our Senior Tech/Project Manager, David Tijerina.

 

David Tijerina has been in the security industry since 1982. After finishing his education, he returned to attend Los Angeles Trade School / Skill Centers for an additional four-year training program being certified in electronic theory and AC/DC residential wiring. He has since then worked in most facets of the security industry. During this time, he decided to return to night school and received his teaching credential for the Los Angeles School District and taught at the same trade school he once attended. David assisted students with current and relevant learning, work programs and curriculum. In addition to that, he also assisted students with job marketing skills, critical thinking and job placements. In addition to this David enjoys reading about history, art and archery.

As Senior Tech/Project Manager for Boyd & Associates, his current position is to streamline team skill sets and efficiencies.

 

We asked David:


What is the best piece of advice that somebody ever gave to you?

Best advice ever received was “No one sees your intentions, they only see your actions.” I do my best in my personal life and at work to follow this with perseverance.


What’s a goal that you have for yourself that you want to accomplish in the next year?

The goal I would like to accomplish by year end is an on-going and continued shared cross training within our team at Boyd to provide continued quality service.


Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?

It was definitely Hawaii, my wife and I spent two weeks on the island of Maui for our honeymoon. We returned 10 years later for our anniversary with our two lovely daughters Natalie and Jacqueline.


What do you like most about working at Boyd & Associates?

The best thing about working with Boyd – operating as a family owned business which allows our team to offer a much more personal approach. We strive to give our best through teamwork, product knowledge and being proactive, while also giving back to local communities. Leaving a lasting footprint and impression for all, that is what I enjoy the most while working at Boyd & Associates.


Top three life highlights?

1. Finding my life partner, my wife.

2. Birth of my two daughters and being their father.

3. Receiving my teaching credential with LAUSD teaching an electronic curriculum and giving back to the community, along with loving the work I do.


What is on your bucket list?

Going to Italy with my wife.


What is the one thing, you can’t live without?

Family and friends.


What is one thing you have learned during this Covid-19 pandemic?

The one thing I have learned with the COVID-19 pandemic is how we really take our health for granted, without it we have nothing.

How Smart Security Systems Can Help Homeowners and Businesses To Deal With The COVID-19 Crisis


It seems like the world changed overnight with the Coronavirus disease outbreak. People are worried about the health concerns that come with the COVID-19 virus. Governments are issuing stay-at-home orders and businesses are closing their doors as we try to mitigate the damage that the outbreak can have.


Right here in California, we see considerable changes to everyday life, and people are doing their best to adjust. For many of us, the Coronavirus and the measures taken to fight it have given rise to issues that we never even considered.


How to Keep Homes and Businesses Safe During COVID-19 Pandemic?

 


While a smart home security system might not be an answer to all of your problems, we are starting to see some of the ways home alarm systems and automation technology can make it easier for people to deal with some of these problems caused by Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Being one of the leading alarm companies in California, the team from Boyd & Associates would like to take a moment to look at some of the ways smart security systems can make your life easier and help you to stay safe and protect yourself from Coronavirus outbreak.


1. Protecting Your Home When You Work Long Hours


While many people are staying home from work as a result of government restrictions, some people are finding that they are working more hours to help the country and local communities deal with the crisis. This includes healthcare workers and those who work in logistics, among others.


Working long hours under high-stress conditions is hard enough, but the problem is complicated when you have to worry about home security.  However, a smart home security system can protect your home while you are at work. With 24/7 monitoring, you know that someone is always there to watch the signals and dispatch emergency services if there is a problem. Many of these systems even have smartphone apps that can send you alerts if there are any troubles.


2. Keeping an Eye on Your Pets


One of the biggest worries for many of these healthcare workers is that they have pets, and they can’t be there to care for them and to watch out for them. With a smart home security system, you can integrate home security cameras that will allow you to watch your pets to make sure they are ok. All you have to do is open the smartphone app, and you can use the cameras to check on your pets whenever you need to.


Your home alarm system can also protect your pets in the event of a fire or a carbon monoxide leak. With integrated devices like smoke detectors and CO detectors, you can rest assured that the fire department will come in the event of a fire. If your CO detector goes off, you can contact a friend or neighbor to take care of your pets and make sure they are safe.


3. Make it Easy to Work With Pet Care Professionals


With so many hours on the job, there is a good chance that you may not be available to feed your pet or to take your dog for a walk when it is needed. Maybe you can get a family member to help you out and take care of your pets, but you might need to hire a pet sitter or a dog walker.


With a smart security system for home, it is easier to provide access to your home so the pet sitter or walker can take care of your pet. You can give this person a temporary code to disarm the system when they come over. If you have smart locks, you don’t even need to provide the person with a physical key. You can provide them with a temporary access code that allows access at the scheduled time of the walk or feeding.


4. Protecting Businesses When They are Closed


A lot of businesses have to shut down as a result of orders from state and local governments for the Coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately, your business location is still there and can even be subject to any number of crimes. This might lead some small business owners to want to go out every day to check on their businesses, but this could violate different restrictions, and it could increase your risk of Coronavirus infection.


If you have a business security camera systems installed, you can rest assured that your business is monitoring 24/7, and you can even keep an eye on things without having to leave the house. Just go to your laptop or open your phone, and you can check the wireless outdoor security cameras to see what is going on at your business location. You can even set up notifications to alert you to different types of alarm activity at your business.


5. Safer Home Deliveries


Many of us are staying home to avoid infection and to do our part to help flatten the COVID-19 infection rate curve. However, we still need food and other necessities. Going to the store is one option, but many of us are taking advantage of delivery services to get the things we need. While this does reduce our exposure to other people and public spaces, you do still have to deal with the delivery person.


This is another way your home security system can improve your safety. With a doorbell video camera, you can talk to the delivery person without having to open the door.


If you have already paid with your credit card, you can tell the delivery person to leave your goods by the door, and you will get them after they leave. If you have smart locks or a smart garage door opener, you could even provide the person with access that will allow them to drop the delivery off inside without you having to be at the door.


6. Helping Your Loved Ones


Many of us have loved ones who are in high-risk groups. With the continued spread of the Coronavirus in California, we worry about these people, and we want to go to see if they are ok. However, we know that it would increase the risk for you and for the person you are trying to protect.


If your loved one were to have a smart security system, you could get peace of mind knowing they are safe. As long as they allow you access to the system, you could check on them with the indoor home security cameras. You could also provide them with a wireless health emergency button. If they start to feel ill and need help, they need to push the button, and emergency medical services will dispatch.


Following CDC COVID-19 Recommendations and Guidelines


This is a difficult time for us all, but it is something we will get through. If you are concerned about the safety of your homes or businesses, contact Boyd & Associates today.


We are open and still providing alarm monitoring and security services to our Southern California homeowners and business clients, and we are following the recommendations of the CDC to maintain safe working practices for our staff and our clients. We look forward to continuing to support our communities in the safest way possible.

Helpful Tips For Protecting Your Small Business During A Mandated Shutdown


We’re facing an unprecedented situation that’s evolving hour by hour. To say the least, it’s a difficult time to own a business. Small or local business owners may be encountering particularly stressful and unique challenges.  We provide security to many small business owners, including those who are required by the government to shut down during this emergency. Investing in small business security is always the smart choice for many reasons, but we recognize that taking the necessary steps to protect your livelihood has never been more important.
As you continue to respond and adapt, we want to help you discover new and manageable ways to keep your business safe while the doors are closed.


Take action to help secure your small business


Our security experts at Boyd & Associates offer these 10 tips for securing your small business during this challenging time.


1. Secure valuable items and equipment out of sight or in an alternate location creating less temptation for a burglar.

2. If you have a company vehicle, park it in your store’s lot. Move it around daily to give the appearance that people are coming and going.

3. Suspend or forward mail, newspaper or package deliveries so they don’t pile up at your location.

4. Check in daily at your physical site (at different times) to ensure everything is secure.

5. Leave a few lights on in the building and remove anything that obstructs the view of your location from the street. This gives intruders fewer places to hide in the dark.

6. Team up with neighboring businesses to look out for each other. Start a Facebook group, a text chain, or a regularly scheduled Skype session to stay in touch and report any suspicious activity.

7. Keep up with your business’s social media and website presence. Continue to post information, updates, promotions, etc. to show you are still active and conducting business to the best of your ability.

8. If you have a security system, prominently display the signs and window decals to communicate that your business is professionally monitored.

9. Introduce yourself to local law enforcement and first responders who serve your area and provide your contact information.

10. Update your contact list and information with your security provider, landlord and neighboring businesses who may need to get in touch with you or another employee if something arises.


Do you already have Boyd & Associates Security?


If your small business has Boyd & Associates security, here are few additional steps we recommend taking as soon as possible:

1. Update your emergency contacts by calling (805) 650-3267.

2. Give us your updated schedule. Many businesses provide us with their regular operating schedules so we know when they are supposed to be open or closed. If Boyd & Associates monitors your schedule (open/close) call us with any changes to your hours. We can make adjustments right over the phone.

Learn more about what Boyd & Associates can do for you

Security isn’t something you have to tackle alone, and you don’t need a huge budget to help protect your investment. Whether you’re running a family owned shop, a restaurant or a professional office, we can tailor a system to meet your specific needs.

Learn more by visiting our website or calling us at (805) 650-3267 to find the right solution for you.

Stay safe!

We Are Here For You

We are here for you.

 

At Boyd & Associates, the safety of your home and business is the highest priority.

 

The uncertainty of this virus will not change our goal of continuing to serve any new and existing clients and support our staff and the community.

 

We are open and available, offering over-the-phone consultations, FaceTime surveys, and other security options.

 

We are here for you and our community.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or if you need anything.

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Do Home Surveillance Cameras Really Deter Crime?

Home surveillance cameras can deter crime, but no system is 100% failproof. A thief may still steal from your home if they don’t notice the camera or see it there but take the risk anyway. But home security cameras represent a multi-billion-dollar industry and the stats show why.

An estimated 1,401,840 home burglaries occurred in 2017, based on data in the 2017 FBI Uniform Crime Report.

There is a great deal of evidence that security cameras deter burglars. Some of the reports that indicate they do include:

  • University of North Carolina’s Department of Justice and Criminology: Of a pool of convicted burglars, 60% said they would start by looking for surveillance cameras; 40% said they’d find another target if cameras were present.

 

  • Electronic Security Association: Data collected from burglars suggest they’d abandon a break-in attempt if there were outdoor cameras, alarms, signs for alarms, or dogs inside a home, among other signs of security at a target property.

 

  • American Management Association: Its Workplace Monitoring and Surveillance report revealed that 82% of managers use some form of electronic monitoring, including security cameras, to protect the workplace against external and internal threats.

How to Boost the Effectiveness of Home Surveillance Cameras

To increase its effectiveness, a security camera must be properly set up. There are things you can do to decrease security risks or if you had a break-in and a surveillance camera was already installed in your home. First, enable push notifications, so you’ll receive instant alerts of any security issue. Also, check if your security system has motion detection recording and make sure this feature is working. Adjusting the sensitivity of motion sensing systems can boost your security as well.

Check the locations of your home surveillance cameras. There should be cameras at every main entrance and near windows or back doors a burglar might use to enter.

Home Surveillance Cameras Work

Law enforcement professionals agree that security cameras are a great way to deter crime. They can provide direct evidence of burglaries, vandalism, and armed robberies as well as employee theft, not to mention more serious offenses like murder. Cameras can deter both external and internal crime, so are effective whether installed outside a building or, for example, inside offices and building common areas.

Modern security camera systems can be connected to a network. If someone breaks into your home and you are away, you can receive an alert on your smartphone from the connected camera. You’ll also have footage of the event, which provides direct evidence of the incident that police can use.

In addition to crime deterrence and the evidence they provide, home surveillance cameras have other benefits. You may get a discount from an insurance company or homeowner’s association by installing one. A camera can also help prevent the theft of packages delivered to your front door. If you can prove theft occurred, you can be more likely to receive a refund or replacement for the stolen item.

Improve Home Security with Boyd & Associates

Video surveillance and other security solutions are available from Boyd & Associates. Our advanced systems include video analytics software that provides automatic alerts. Records of video footage can be searched, while live video can be seen and managed remotely from a smartphone, tablet, or web browser. For improved home security, we also provide advanced burglar alarm systems, alarm monitoring, and patrol and security services. To learn more about our solutions, call us at 805-321-6664.

Does Your Business Need Access Control?

In a world where cybersecurity has taken center stage. Businesses still need access control. An access control system manages entry into buildings and specific areas within them. It increases security and allows you to control who is entering and exiting the building.

Like cybersecurity, access control systems can integrate different forms of authentication. These include physical credentials such as a card or key fob, or even a pin or password. Biometric systems can use retinal scanners or fingerprint readers. Access control can provide multiple layers of security that incorporate video cameras and automation systems.

Some indicators that your business needs to improve access control include:

  • Keys need to be duplicated any time an individual is given access to the building. Changing the locks every time is cost-prohibitive, but if a disgruntled employee can get in your building with the same key, there’s no telling what kind of damage they can do when inside.

 

  • You don’t know who is entering or exiting the premises. A modern access control system includes badges with embedded codes or wireless transmitters that enable wearers to access a building. Everyone in the building is therefore authorized to be there, so all employees will be protected.

 

  • At some point, it’s likely an employee has forgotten to lock a door. Even though it wasn’t intended, this can leave your company vulnerable to break-ins, putting valuable business assets at risk. Access control systems lessen the burden on your employees and reduce the risk of negligence.

 

  • Employees get locked out of the building. It doesn’t help productivity if someone can’t get inside and access their work area. Preventing such a scenario means employees won’t be stranded outside if they leave for a brief time. Nor do they have to wait for someone to open the door for them.

 

  • Your company could benefit from better employee tracking. If employee lateness or theft is a problem, an access control system can help managers determine who’s to blame. For example, if something was stolen over the weekend, you can check to see who was there at what time.

 

  • Workers can get into the server or supply rooms at will. You might not want your entire workforce to have access to all areas. Access control can keep certain locations off-limits, so this problem is avoided.

 

  • Building automation is limited, which makes heating/cooling systems and lighting equipment less efficient. Automation systems connected to access control systems can turn on lights or adjust temperatures based on where employees are, which is energy and cost-saving.

 

  • There’s little or no means to control who accesses the company database. A simple key card can allow or deny employees access to parts of the company network, even certain computers. Confidential information and sensitive data can, therefore, remain protected.

What Is the Best Access Control System for Your Business?

The best system is one that accommodates the size and security requirements of your company. Access control systems offer varying degrees of automation. Some are even cloud-based and can be controlled and monitored from anywhere. Integrated reporting allows those with credentials to manage the system to analyze information and act quickly on anything suspicious.

Improve Access Control with Boyd & Associates

We offer complete security solutions, including advanced access control systems that provide authorized building occupants with digital credentials. Our solutions eliminate the need for locks and keys, provide administrators with user management tools, and include detailed reports based on card data. For more information, contact Boyd & Associates at 805-321-6664.

5 Tips for Planning Your Security Budget

Businesses face all kinds of security risks. Still, security planning can strain an already strapped budget, leading many companies to cut costs starting with their security infrastructure. Planning your security budget appropriately can avoid this; regardless of the percentage of your budget that goes towards security, it is how you allocate your resources that matter most.

 

  1. Perform a Risk Assessment

Evaluate the risks to your business, its data, and facilities. Whether you’re looking at technology assets or the physical security of your office, it’s important to realize just what types of security threats you need to protect your business from. Also, look at the resources you have available. Is your office or facility in a vulnerable location? Are your entrances properly guarded? What types of incidents have occurred in the past, and is your company located in an area prone to specific threats?

 

  1. Choose the Right Security System for Your Business

Once you identify how your business needs to be protected, you can determine the type of security system required and allocate the budget for it. But you need to consider factors such as who has access to your building, whether there are more effective ways to monitor your staff, and if indoor or outdoor security (or both) are needed. Whether your business has one location or is distributed across multiple sites can determine the best security solution as well. You can also enlist a reputable security systems provider to perform an on-site assessment and make suitable recommendations.

 

  1. Encourage a Culture that Embraces Security

Getting everyone involved can improve security from within. This means providing awareness training to employees and rewarding those who comply with your company’s security program, such as reporting incidents in a timely manner. A study by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) found investing in a security culture helps improve company reputation and trust among customers. Increased revenue was another effect observed, so you can see how planning your security budget can go a long way for your business.

 

  1. Hire and Train Security Professionals

Finding, hiring, and training the right people can help you get more out of your security budget. It also helps to train people in your organization. Recruiting your existing employees saves time; plus, they’re already knowledgeable about your business and likely its security needs. You might find someone who didn’t consider a security career before, but who has the right skills.

 

  1. Invest in Business Security Services

If your building’s security needs improvement, an outside security provider may be the best place to look. They can provide an on-site assessment and make recommendations for securing your facility. Building security assets such as video surveillance, alarms, patrols, and even remote monitoring can be provided at a cost that fits your budget.

Video surveillance is the leading trend in security because it now includes high-definition video, audio, and playback that can be accessed remotely. However, there are many types of security cameras and working with a provider can help select one that meets your business’s needs.

Trust Boyd & Associates for Your Security Needs

We are leading experts in video surveillance, intrusion detection, and access control systems. Patrol services are available and provided by experienced security officers. Trusted for business and home security and automation, Boyd & Associates can work with you to choose the right security assets and plan your security budget. Our specialty is total security, enabled by industry-leading expertise and the latest technologies. To learn more, call 888-919-3326.

How to Secure Your Remote Access Security Camera System

Remote access security cameras have many benefits but are vulnerable to cyber-attacks. An attacker can access the surveillance camera directly or through a firewall part, video recorder, or a Windows or Linux operating system. Even cloud-based recording systems aren’t immune to attacks.

Hackers have done everything from monitoring remote cameras through home wireless networks to controlling voice systems, to obtaining passwords used for websites. Professional installation can reduce the risks, but cyber-criminals can gain remote access in many ways. Below are steps you can take to protect your security system and home.

Create Strong Passwords

The benefits of strong, unique passwords cannot be understated. However, while many users enjoy accessing video footage from across the globe, they fail to create a suitable password that can prevent intrusion. If a hacker can guess a password to your security camera or wireless home network, it is useless. For example, SplashData reported that, in 2019, some of the top passwords were “123456” and “Password”.

There’s no sense in having a password anyone can guess. Default usernames and passwords that come with surveillance cameras are useless as well. Your wireless password should be at least 20 characters long, including letters, numbers, and symbols. Also, consider changing the Service Set Identifier (SSID) of your Wi-Fi network and encrypting video data whether it’s in transit or stored on a disk.

Secure the Network

Accessing a security system through the company’s main network enables hackers to step right through. They can access a wealth of data, including your account information. To protect your system, connect it to a separate network. A VLAN, or Virtual Local Area Network, can be used if your security camera and the company’s server can’t be separated.

Network encryption is another important security measure. Consider standards such as WPA2 that replaces less secure protocols such as WEP or WPA. Another standard security system is WPA2 AES, while WPA3 has already been introduced to further protect your wireless home network.

Update Your Operating System

This should be done regularly. Every security system relies on an OS, and Windows and Linux come with inherent vulnerabilities; to maximize protection, install each security update as it becomes available. Also update every component of your home security system, including cameras, NVRs, DVRs, and VMS’s.

Change Your Wireless Router’s Default IP Address

Changing the default IP address makes it harder for hackers to track your home network. You’ll need access to the router as an administrator and have the right username and password to log in. The IP address can be changed from the LAN section of the network menu.

You can change the DNS server this way too; it filters internet traffic, which can protect the system from suspicious activity. Disable remote access so hackers can’t access privacy settings, and turn off Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) functionality on the router to improve security.

Add a Firewall

A hardware-based firewall adds an extra layer of security. Higher-end wireless routers have built-in firewalls that can protect home networks and security cameras. If your router doesn’t have one, you can install a firewall device.

Boyd & Associates Helps Secure Your Security System

As you can see here, there are many variables to consider. That’s why you should have a professional install your home security system. Boyd & Associates installs security cameras, burglar alarm systems, and fire/life safety equipment. We also offer 24/7 alarm monitoring services. To learn more about how we can install and secure your remote access security camera system, call 888-248-6617 today.

Business Fire Safety Tips

Fire safety in the workplace should not be taken lightly. To ensure your office and employees are protected, focus on prevention, response protocols, and training. Even a small fire can cause enough damage to shut down your business for good. These tips can help you prevent such an occurrence, starting with prevention.

Preventing an Office Fire

According to the National Fire Prevention Association, cooking equipment causes more than a quarter of all office property fires. Other leading causes include electrical distribution and lighting equipment, heating equipment, smoking materials, and electronic, office, or entertainment equipment. The following preventative measures can improve fire safety in your office:

  • Install fire extinguishers in kitchenettes, cafeterias, and other at-risk locations and train all workers in using them.

 

  • Avoid overloading your electrical outlets and make sure the number of prongs between the plug and outlets match.

 

  • Make sure all electrical equipment has been rated by Underwriters Laboratories or another nationally recognized laboratory.

 

  • Avoid cluttering your workspace, which can add fire to fuel and block access to emergency exits and electrical control panels.

 

  • Maintain machinery to prevent it from overheating and generating friction sparks, which can ignite fires.

 

  • Store flammable chemicals only in well-ventilated areas and use extreme precautions in potentially explosive environments (and pay attention to labels and Material Safety Data Sheets).

 

  • If space heaters are permitted, use only devices with thermostat controls and store them away from flammable materials.

Establish Workplace Protocols

Your company should have a fire plan in place. It should outline the steps employees should take in case of a fire, including calling 911, appointing a fire prevention officer familiar with all escape routes and meeting points, and conducting regular fire drills. A fire evacuation plan should be posted in multiple locations (and include elevators). Evacuation protocols for disabled employees should be available.

In addition, your business should:

  • Install a sprinkler system: The National Fire Protection Association has said when properly installed and maintained, sprinklers can be 95% effective. Sprinklers are the best way to stop a fire from spreading.

 

  • Replace old wiring: Frayed wires, broken connectors, or cables with damaged insulation should be replaced right away. Also, avoid cluttering wires and plugs around a single outlet and don’t install more than one extension cord per outlet.

 

  • Leave room for appliances: For devices like computers, coffee machines, and others that heat up, leave enough room for them, and let them cool down. Make sure they’re kept away from paper, cloth, and other combustibles and unplug them at the end of the day.

First aid kits should be available where hazards are most likely to occur. Also, all employees should be made aware of where each first aid kit is.

Employee training should involve all workers knowing how many doors, machines, or desks are between their work area and the closest exit. The locations of alternative exits and fire alarms (and how to use them) should be known as well.

Smoke and Fire Alarms

Smoke detectors are required by law, which also identifies how they should be installed, placed, and monitored. The most effective alarms also detect carbon monoxide. For even more protection, use a 24/7 monitoring service that dispatches emergency personnel when necessary. Boyd & Associates can provide complete security that includes hardwired or wireless fire protection systems and 24/7 alarm monitoring. Our UL Listed Monitoring Station can send help whenever an alarm is triggered.

For more information, contact our sales team at 888-343-2852, or reach out to our business support department online.

Top 6 Security Trends to Watch in 2020

Cybersecurity issues now threaten personal and corporate data. And, there is no sign of hacking attacks slowing down. With more devices being connected and more information available through digital channels and devices, digital security is of utmost importance. New trends to fight security risks are emerging and here are the top ones to watch in 2020.

1. Expansion of Video Security

Traditionally one of the most useful security assets, video provides real-time coverage of incidents and emerging threats. There are really no limits here. For example, food processing plants and other manufacturing facilities will continue to use video for training, regulatory compliance, and to prevent food recalls and other issues. Video coverage of harsh environments, such as oil and gas facilities, helps reduce the need for personnel in hazardous areas.

With video data, information can be used for everything from real-time situational awareness to providing forensic coverage. Nonetheless, the increasing use of video in smart homes has given rise to privacy concerns. Security companies must have internal controls over who can access feeds. Organizations must adhere to privacy laws such as those that have been introduced by the EU, which govern the use of applications that involve the collection of video and other data on people and assets.

2. Cloud-Based Security

Developing cybersecurity protocols is critical, especially for servers, digital video recorders, IP cameras, smart sensors, and other network-connected devices connected to the cloud. This applies to organizations reliant on CRM systems such as Salesforce and home users who leverage Dropbox and other storage services.

The cloud-security platform industry is already predicted to top $460 million, as it can scale to various requirements, provide greater intelligence and protection, and reduce costs.

3. Artificial Intelligence

Taking video and data analytics to the next level, software manufacturers are beginning to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to improve analytical capabilities. Facial recognition is one example of a technology being used to more efficiently detect potential threats. Given the vast amounts of data and growth in devices such as intelligent sensors, using AI to analyze video and other data makes sense.

4. Passwordless Authentication

Consumers have been familiar with password protection since the first Internet services became available. But new authentication methods have emerged. These include hardware tokens, biometric authentication such as fingerprint readers, and knowledge-based authentication such as security questions based on personal details.

5. Mobile Access to Security Devices

Physical security has become more dependent on mobility and this trend is expected to continue. It includes access to security devices from browsers and smartphones. There are now many mobile apps for managing video cameras and receiving automatic alerts. Permitted users can even grant or restrict access to facilities and individual access points.

6. Convergence of Physical and Digital Security

This has been discussed for decades. But tracking users throughout a building had been difficult without the technologies that exist today. The Internet of Things, modern data analytics, and cloud technologies are bringing physical and digital security closer together. Edge computing is also helping make this convergence a reality.

Let Boyd & Associates Bolster Your Security

Our business specializes in improving home and business security using the latest technologies on the market. From burglar alarm systems to alarm monitoring services, to intrusion detection, access control, and video surveillance for commercial clients, we help manage all your security needs. Boyd & Associates serves clients throughout Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, and Riverside Counties. Request service online or call us at 888-248-6617 for assistance choosing security systems and services today.