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Security starts in the construction phase.

Strong security includes good integrated systems – video, indoor gunshot detection, alerts – backed up by well-thought out policies.

Those are great and crucial elements, but have you considered your physical space?

Good security planning starts in the construction of design phase. Some elements to consider:

Getting in, getting out. Are primary entrances and exits for each building located where employees have easy access to secure from the inside? In an emergency, employees should be able to quickly access doors and secure them from the inside.

What about secondary entrances and exits? Employees should also have access to secondary exits that lead into more secure interior spaces in the event of an emergency.

Safe rooms. Does your facility have one secure room large enough to accommodate several staff and guests in an emergency? Walls should be reinforced so bullets can’t pass through. Door frames and doors should be strong enough to take a battering and not cave in or break open.

Reliable communications. Safe rooms and other key areas should be equipped with landline phones that can be used for emergency calls. While mobile phones are ubiquitous, they might not be able to get a strong enough signal in some places to reach out in the event of an emergency.

Keeping an eye on things. Video camera placement is key. For all facilities, cameras should be trained on entrances and exits, high traffic areas and parking areas. For retail facilities, cameras might be positioned to keep an eye on merchandise and cash registers. Manufacturers and warehouses might need to keep an eye on loading docks. All camera placement should be well-thought out and well-documented in facility schematics.

Make space for the home team, and a traveling team, too. If on-site monitoring and security is in your plans, make sure the team is placed appropriately within the space. But don’t forget to include provisions for off-site, remote monitoring, too.

Need help designing and documenting your new build’s security features? We can help. Call us at (800) 567-1180 to discuss your goals.

Design from the ground up

Maybe you’re getting ready to dive into a new build, and you want to make sure all you are designing, installing and documenting the best building control systems for your new facility.

Maybe you’ve just moved in to a new-to-you location, and you’re not quite sure what/when/where/why/how all of the building systems were installed or how they work together.

Maybe you’ve been in your current facility for a long time, and you’ve added building systems over the years, but you are not sure you’ve got what you need in place, and you’re not sure everything is working together at peak efficiency.
Whatever your reason, it’s always a good idea to approach your facility’s HVAC, security and safety systems as a design project, and not simply discrete equipment purchases. Unlike other elements of your facility – like floors and walls – these are “living” systems that grow and change over time.

Innovation brings new changes every year, and each new piece of equipment you introduce to any of these systems has the potential to bring both benefits and risks. For instance, a new badge system might bring additional capabilities, but your current IT infrastructure may not be able to fully integrate with it and take advantage of all its features.

ECT Services offers complete end to end design services for all types of building systems. What are the benefits of using design services? Here are a few:
You’ll get a fresh, complete set of plans that tells you exactly what you have. A complete set of plans will help you make adjustments to the system later, and help you upgrade or add on to systems with confidence.

You’ll know why you’ve got what you’ve got, and how it all works together. We can translate your requirements into systems that meet your needs while maximizing efficiency.

Stronger security. End-to-end system design helps identify security gaps and risks, reducing vulnerabilities and system failures.

Take full advantage of the latest IoT opportunities. Internet of Things innovation means more opportunity than ever before to monitor and analyze systems for business benefit. But all that opportunity goes to waste if systems aren’t designed to support devices and collect and manage the data. Well-designed systems maximize opportunities to get the most out of the data offered up by IoT devices.
Want to learn more about system design services? Call (800) 567-1180.

We can help you get the picture when it comes to system design

Are you retrofitting an existing building with a new security system? Or perhaps you are embarking on a new construction project, which will include integrated building controls?
Maybe you’ve already put a great deal of thought into your system needs, and perhaps you’ve even done some research into the products and features you want, and discussed your vision with your architect.
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Those are great first steps. Being an informed consumer is always an excellent idea, and working with a knowledgeable professional is well worth the investment of time and other resources.

But when it comes to specialized systems such as access control, temperature control, security and building integration, and additional level of expertise is necessary, too. With the introduction if the Internet of Things, system complexity is increasing exponentially. Having these types of systems designed by someone who specializes in them will ensure quality and performance, and reduce the risk that systems won’t perform up to full potential due to design flaws.

ECT Services will partner with your architect to design and draw a plan for your temperature control, building integration, security and other systems. We don’t compete with your architect; we complement their services for maximum value.

Our design engineers track every element of the systems they design – down to the last plug and screw – and deliver clear, precise, detailed drawings. If design elements are changed during the building process, we update the plans accordingly, so changes can be tracked later.

What does that mean for you? It means updating, expanding and troubleshooting systems will be a much easier process later on, even years after installation. It means you’ll know exactly what elements are included in your system, and you’ll have a complete picture of how they all work together.

Interested in learning more? Call us at (800) 567-1180 to discuss your needs.