A security operations console is a key part of security management in any given organization. In a perfect world, an organization’s security operations console would:
- be housed in an interior room
- have access control on the door
- have camera coverage of the door
- have integration of systems (e.g., cameras, access control, gates) inside the room
- have video analytics
- have dynamic presentation of alarms
- be manned by security personnel
- have the ability to remotely control gates, doors, etc.
- have the ability to relay information to responding agencies
- put the campus/building on lockdown
- initiate mass notification
Because a proper security operations console could be a large undertaking for an organization that doesn’t already have most (or some) of the above points in place, decision makers sometimes shy away from deciding to install one. With that said, new technology means that a physical room with equipment and personnel isn’t strictly necessary anymore.
With a cellphone and a web-based login, it’s possible these days to hit most of the salient points of a security operations console without the physical location of one. Systems integration, video analytics, dynamic presentation of alarms, remote control of gates and other entrances, contact with responding agencies, and initiation of lockdown and mass notification can all be achieved with a mobile operations center.
Don’t let the price tag overwhelm you when it comes to a security operations console. There are multiple options on the market for all types of organizations and their needs.