Reactive vs. Planning
You don’t have to wait very long between news cycles to hear a news story mentioning somewhere in the world that a horrific event has occurred. In the same week I listened to a story on the attack on the Reina Night Club in Istanbul which I had been to only a few years ago while at an EO event, followed by a horrific shooting at the Fort Lauderdale Airport baggage claim, a place that any of us could have found ourselves in. However, developing good plans takes long-range thinking rather than knee jerk reactions to tragic events. Good policy and plans are not developed in response to an individual’s horrific action, though far too often that is the catalyst to initially doing something.
It is nearly impossible to stop the first act of violence. Please don’t misunderstand me. I am not saying that we don’t work on better mental health policies and continue to explore the balance of liberty versus need for intelligence, but as long as we are going to live in a free nation we will never stop every evil act. The question is: can we create in our building design and system design safe havens, rapid situational awareness, and rapid response? Can we empower emergency responders to quickly identify who are the bad-actors and effectively track their movements within a facility and the immediate vicinity?
Some solutions such as access control, site lock down, and partitioning of facility access in emergency situations can create the very types of safe havens that are needed in emergency response. One of the latest tools in the arsenal for rapid response that Avigilon has developed is video analytics that provide rapid identification and tracking of movements of an individual across all of their Networked Video Recorders through a facility. This particular tool has a plethora of potential uses from tracking asset movement, to locating missing children, to tracking suspected pickpockets and other criminal activity. It is up to all of us to accept that our world is not entirely safe while living life to the fullest. We shouldn’t live life in fear, but we should be vigilant and wise in the ways we design our facilities and the systems that operate them.
Make it a great day!