Data is being generated and collected like never before. For example, more data has been created in the past two years than in the history of the entire human race*. This influx of data doesn’t stop at the security industry. On the contrary, security professionals rely more on devices that generate data in real time, from cameras and sensors to mobile devices. However, generating data is only the beginning—how the data is analyzed and applied is the real game changer.
What is Real-Time Data?
Real-time data is information that is delivered and processed immediately after collection primarily through internet-connected devices. The data can then be analyzed to detect deviations in leading indicators, which are often precursors to incidents and unfolding security threats.
Real-Time Data vs. Offline Data
Before the ability to collect data in real time, data was collected manually by either using paper-based methods or via disconnected devices. In fact, many security companies still rely on offline data to collect guard tour information, activity reports and to report incidents. The problem is that using these antiquated methods are more time-consuming, error-prone and there is a delay between the data collected and being processed.
Let’s look at guard tours as an example; you have your officer going from checkpoint to checkpoint, scanning each location using an antiquated device, like a wand, that stores information offline. The device then gets handed off to the operations managers. The device can sit on a desk for a while until it is plugged into a computer to download the data. The information is then analyzed, and a report with KPIs is sent to the client.
Do you see the problem? The time lag and the potential of human error makes the data less beneficial and likely to be inaccurate. By the time the report reaches the end user, days or weeks can pass. With real-time data, security situations can be assessed and optimized on the fly, possibly making the difference between a security threat escalating or having peace of mind. It also ensures that all stakeholders have full insight into their security at all times.
Putting Real-Time Data to Work
As data continues to be collected and processed in real time, security professionals are discovering the benefits that are following, like improved security officer productivity and increased accountability. Time is significantly reduced as there is no reason to go back and forth to download the information on a computer since everything is done automatically. Trackforce uses technology like GPS and NFC to track, monitor, and record guard tours. Guard tours and activities are validated in real time, and the operations manager is always aware of the officer’s location and the security situation. All the information is stored and processed in our easy-to-use platform and accessible through a fully customizable dashboard.
Having real-time and reliable data is a significant advantage for any security provider. Trackforce puts security professionals ahead of the game by implementing automatic processes and making data easily accessible. With Trackforce, security companies and corporate security teams can easily track, monitor and analyze security officer operations in real time. Contact us to learn more or request a demo.
*Barnard Marr, Forbes