If we had to look at our history of how we’ve protected ourselves, our loved ones and our property, we could also trace a history of ourselves as a species. Where once it was simply crude fences, dotted around an enclosure is now sophisticated high tech.
For example, in America, security firms are offering security equivalent to some banks. TechHive reports:
“IControl Networks announced the Icontrol One, a plug-in module and service package that will enable these smaller service providers to not only upgrade their existing control panels to work with 3G cellular networks, but also add Z-Wave and Wi-Fi capabilities so they can offer their customers connected-home and video-camera features in addition to straightforward home security.
…Customers will now have the option of expanding their alarm systems into full-blown connected home setups.”
In South Africa, local tech wizards are using easy-to-use mobile apps to make neighbourhoods safer, by trying to keep residents informed about activities. The Cape Town-based startup, OurHood, for example, is making an impact. “650 suburbs are using [OurHood],” says htxt, “to send out updates from residents associations and local security teams, and to make life easier for all involved.”
The importance for the developers is the realisation of cross-generation interaction: that is, older people might not feel as comfortable using the internet to use OurHood. Thus, they designed an easy-to-use app. Bruce Good told htxt:
“We are ultimately trying to use tech to make stronger, safer and better neighbourhoods… A frustration is that users rely on apps like Whatsapp or Facebook for neighbourhood communication when they have such limited functionality and aren’t designed for their needs. When we talk them through the pain of the invasive Whatsapp alerts and how they can benefit from having an app with all of the features that Facebook and WhatsApp have, with bespoke notification settings and a range of other features, we always see that ever-satisfying lightbulb moment.”
In countries like South Africa, and continents like Africa, mobile apps can work wonders – security doesn’t need to be rich countries with high-tech abilities around your home. It can be an alert and notification of current activities, too.
Security is a broad category, from man traps to security apps on mobile phones; what matters is that we are using technology to improve the lives and safety of other people. So far that seems to be what’s occurring.
But we should care about things like man traps, which are ideal in high value or critical security areas, like cash handling depots, sensitive data processing areas, security control rooms, critical research labs, jewelry stores and vaults. Companies like Turnstar are available for site visits to assess your unique situation and requirements, as well as to ensure your man traps are installed correctly.
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