Will technology replace human guards? It’s certainly been attempted, in some circumstances, effectively. In this blog, we’ll be looking at the pros and cons of humans and technology solutions and how the two can combine effectively.
- Technology Can Only Perform a Specific Function
When technology works well with limited human interaction, ie human operators etc, it is usually when the location has a razor thin, specific requirement. For example, a location that is relatively low risk, but has a need to hold a visual catalogue of employee movements. As things become more complicated, and potential risks less predictable, the need for human guards or onsite operators quickly becomes important.
2. Technology Fills Human Gaps Better Than Humans Fill Technology Gaps
Any form of automated equipment performs a few, very important tasks better than any human. Security technology never gets tired or bored or distracted and can act as a failsafe for traditional guards. However, because machines don’t get distracted, they can’t use their intuition or make decisions outside of predetermined circumstances. This gap is perfectly filled by humans who can then be made aware of security shortcomings and make it their job to plug them.
3. The Perfect Melding of the Two
Drone technology has improved construction site security, but has a number of weak spots. Security sensors are powerful detection tools, unless the criminal isn’t predictable. As always, the answer lies in ongoing risk evaluations and reviews. Think like an intruder and find a way to stop yourself from committing a crime – whether that’s dog patrols, guards or a specific technology.
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