The Future Of Security May Be Location Based

September 6th, 2019



Right now, the common guiding concept for security is that systems are in place to monitor when something new disrupts an established system. Surveillance cameras are on the lookout for suspicious activity. Access control systems respond quietly and reliably as long as the expected codes of biometric information are given. What these systems don’t do is look for something unusual within a familiar system or setting, but this may be changing.

Thanks to the increased versatility and computational power of digital systems, security is now looking to take things to the next level, and 3D location is becoming an important consideration in enterprise security.

Knowing Where Everything Is

3D location technology is a single mechanism, or combination of different technologies, designed to give security staff and/or management a complete report on the location of relevant assets. Depending on the type of enterprise being run, assets can be anything from important equipment, to employees that are on the go, servicing clients in different parts of the building, city, or even world.

3D location is about always having access to knowing where these assets are, and, if required, getting a notification or sending notification, should these locations change from what is expected. This can be essential in conducting investigations quickly in incidences of criminal theft, but can also be helpful for emergencies, or even internal theft.

Different Methods

3D location technology can work in several different ways, depending on the locating required. For individuals, for example, the location technology can be device-based, with the individual OS of an Apple/Android device providing location specifics of the people that require tracking.

In other cases, location can be more elaborate, such as Bluetooth low energy beacons transmitting signals in a wireless network environment. There can even be software solutions, such as algorithms in security cameras taught to monitor for specific activities, such as the early efforts we see today, of security cameras being taught to “recognize” shoplifting movement.

How It Helps

3D location-based security can improve a business in some significant ways. In an emergency, for example, taking a headcount, and finding out who is present and, more importantly, who is missing, and where, is made much faster and simpler with 3D location-based security.

It can also help with administrative errors, especially when it comes to the placement of devices and objects. If equipment or other assets aren’t where they are supposed to be, but archive or record systems report them as having been deposited in their appropriate place, 3D location-based security can be critical in tracking down where these assets are, so they can be found and properly restored to their appointed location. Depending on the system you have in place, this may be a more reliable, early warning system for lost objects—or even internal theft—than an outside security system waiting for a break-in.

The possibilities for 3D location security are on the rise, but there’s still more research and experimentation to be done. If you’d like to know more about your enterprise security and how 3D location might be a part of it, contact Alt Security Solutions. We’d be happy to help.