Part One: Our findings on 4000+ CCTV cameras – What have we learnt?

Tuesday May 24th, 2016 in CCTV Surveillance, Physical & Electronic Security

Last week Matryx reached a milestone.

Following a CCTV review of three major shopping centres in Sydney, the total number of cameras we have now evaluated passed the 4000 mark – 4023 to be exact!

In this article we will share what we have learnt from the data we have collected in the last four years – how does your building stack up?

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Integrated security systems and their vulnerabilities

Thursday April 28th, 2016 in CCTV Surveillance

Technology is having an enormous impact on our lives. It is changing how we work, how we socialise and how we communicate, and the commercial building space is no different.

As security professionals, never before have we had this level of intelligence and information available to us and it’s not slowing down.

In some instances, technology that was leading edge a few short years ago is already ‘old school’. While we have seen ongoing improvements in individual product suites, the biggest advancements have come in our ability to integrate disparate control systems.

Yet what impact is integration having on our building operations?

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Is your landscape making you vulnerable to crime?

Thursday April 14th, 2016 in Environmental Design

When you think of security and crime prevention, what are the first things that come to mind?

Security guards? Alarm systems? CCTV cameras? German Shepherds?

Would you be surprised if I said that perhaps one of the first things you should be looking at is trees and plants, and the role they play in either encouraging or deterring crime?

In this article we are going to explain why you should take another look at the greenery around the workplace and we share a visual example of one of our latest projects which may provide some useful learnings!

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Our guide to security best practices in 2016

Tuesday March 8th, 2016 in Physical & Electronic Security, Security Risk Assessments

When it comes to security for bigger business and how to best manage building security in 2016, the question we most often get asked is – What are the best practices in security?

It’s not an easy question to answer off the cuff because security best practices relate to security that appropriately addresses the risk profile of the property.

Here are some tips to help your security profile stay in top shape.

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Considering 4K CCTV? Our findings will surprise you …

Wednesday February 24th, 2016 in CCTV Surveillance

Twelve months ago, I wrote an article on CCTV called “Don’t Buy The Hype”. The article talked about some of the often and outrageous claims by CCTV vendors and the emergence of 4K cameras.

In this article, we assess 3 different camera manufacturers, show you some real-world results and highlight the differences in camera performance.

We also outline the 3 most important questions you need to ask before even considering 4K CCTV, particularly for external applications.

The findings will interest you.

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The two biggest security threats of 2016

Sunday February 7th, 2016 in Counter-Terrorism, Cybercrime

In 2016, companies on a global scale will be more exposed to security risks than ever before.

While 2015 was a high-risk year, we somehow managed to get through it unscathed, either by good management or simply good luck.

However, in 2016 businesses of all sizes will face two single security threats that have the potential to financially cripple businesses if the proper risk management strategies are not in place.

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How is your duress system performing? Take this quick test

Tuesday November 10th, 2015 in Physical & Electronic Security

Duress systems have featured heavily in each of the risk assessments we have completed recently. The most common factor with all of them has been how poorly they have been considered being implemented. And this is a real concern.

We have developed a quick checklist to help identify what you need to do for your system to perform better.

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Latest App allows Security Guards to be more mobile

Tuesday November 10th, 2015 in Latest Security Technologies

Security guards are an expensive resource.

Here in Australia, it costs well over $300,000 a year to have a 24/7 security presence and much more for larger sites where multiple guards may be required.

The latest App by Gallagher which is specifically designed for the Apple iPhone, immediately allows security guards to be more mobile and spend more time on patrol performing security functions.

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CCTV Monitoring – The elephant in the room

Tuesday November 10th, 2015 in CCTV Surveillance

Watching CCTV may sound like good fun for some, but soon enough it becomes quite mundane.

The challenge with actively monitored CCTV systems is ensuring that operators remain focused at all times.

Research indicates that after 12 minutes of continuous video monitoring an operator will often miss up to 45% of screen activity.

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Mobile duress devices – Safety watch

Wednesday October 7th, 2015 in Latest Security Technologies

The next generation of these devices are now coming to market with a much higher level of intelligence.

What the manufacturers are doing now is adopting the principle first explored by Dick Tracy in 1946 and more recently by Apple, by making 2-way communications wearable in the form of a duress smart watch.

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