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In this article, we’ll peel back the buzzwords and marketing hand-waving to explain what smart systems actually are, how they work, and what smart security systems can do for your business.
What is Smart Technology?
Today, the ‘smart’ in smart technology refers to home and business devices using integrated computer and sensor systems to monitor performance. They can also self-analyze and modify their performance. The ‘smartness’ of technology can be thought of as how automated its independent decision-making is.
‘Smart’ originated as an acronym for Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology, coined by IBM for a computer failure monitoring tool they developed a few decades ago. IBM added the S.M.A.R.T. tool to hard drives—the computer part where all the data is stored—to monitor for impending failures. If the S.M.A.R.T. tool detected any warning signs of mechanical failure, it could notify the user or IT administrator to have the computer checked before it lost data.
S.M.A.R.T monitors were so successful that they spawned a wave of development in self-monitoring technology in other sectors, which led to the latest generation of smart systems we know today.
Core Components of Smart Security Systems
Now let us consider two real-world smart security systems: AssetTracer smart lockers and KeyTracer smart key management systems. Here are the core components of these products that make them tick.
AssetTracer and KeyTracer systems use secure storage lockers as a platform to generate business intelligence. For asset storage, different-sized compartments are available, from personal smartphones and stacks of sensitive documentation to firearms and oversized equipment kits. When it comes to key storage, different panels allow you to hold everything from individual keys to large keyrings.
This is the first component that makes a locker smart. Staff authenticate themselves at a locker system and specify which keys or equipment they want to sign out. The access panel only unlocks the specific assets they’re authorized to take while everything else remains securely in place.
Multiple authentication methods are available in AssetTracer and KeyTracer systems. The most basic option is PIN codes. For higher security environments, other options are available, including swipe cards, smartphone apps, or biometrics, like fingerprint or iris eye scans.
A locker system gets even smarter when you add content surveillance, where you monitor stored keys and assets right in the locker system. This is typically done using RFID tags attached to key rings or equipment. In addition, RFID signals can scan through plastic and cloth so that you can monitor all items in a kit.
Using content surveillance, you can verify that a user took the specific device they requested and verify it is actually placed in the storage system when they log a return. In other words, you get built-in automated accountability for how each important asset is used, even when equipment managers aren’t present.
All the data you collect from these smart tools—the access panel and content surveillance sensors—comes together in your locker systems smart management dashboard. There you can customize and view user and transaction reports, identify usage patterns, and configure alerts so the smart locker system can help you by managing itself.
Tell it to send you an email when master keys aren’t returned at the end of a shift. Ask for an alert if a first aid kit is returned with medication vials missing. Automatically send tech support an alert when a user reports through the access panel that a laptop malfunctioned.
What Can Smart Security Systems Do for You?
Smart systems offer a few key benefits.
Learn how AssetTracer Smart Security Lockers protect your most valuable assets
About the Author
Vice President of Marketing
Jay oversees marketing and strategic partnerships at Real Time Networks and has over three decades of experience in leadership roles in the financial services and technology industries.