Hospitals have a vital need for effective security. NGSC has a team of security specialists who supply both the equipment and the extensive knowledge needed to execute the design, installation, and distribution of widespread security management systems for these medical facilities.
With a high volume of people on-site, hospitals and long-term care facilities must adopt the strictest of security measures. In these facilities, the importance of security systems can’t be overestimated. Access control, alarm detection, and video surveillance systems can be used on these premises to ensure that only authorized personnel can access specific areas of the building.
In today’s society, a hospital’s security is a high priority. All staff members need to be vigilant in identifying and reacting quickly to suspect behavior. More and more serious incidents and attacks are taking place within healthcare environments, and administrators and officials are leading efforts to prevent further incidents and to protect their staff as well as the hospital premises.
Access control systems can provide a control center that includes a wide range of applications:
- Controlling a single entrance door with an electronic lock
- A large integrated security network consisting of card readers, biometric readers, electronic locks
- Parking gates
- Physical barriers to restrict access into a building
- Electromagnetic locks or other electronic locking devices
- Turnstiles and speed gates, designed to limit access to one person
- Parking barrier arms or gates can be added for larger areas.
Additional identification devices can be utilized to identify users of an access control system before granting access. These include a variety of different devices such as:
- Card readers (including proximity, smart card, magnetic swipe, barcode readers, PIN pads, or biometric readers which use typically fingerprint, hand geometry, or iris scanning). This equipment can be used throughout a hospital or home care site, granting access to authorized users while reducing the risk of intruders.
- Door controllers and software communicate with the readers to either grant or deny access. Depending on the facility such door control options are:
- A standalone door controller linked to a single door with no software
- Multiple door controllers that are all linked together by a single managed system that is controlling it all from one site
- Multiple sites all interlinked together over a wide network area.
Security Concerns hospitals and residential care homes must take into consideration:
The high-value equipment kept on-site including: computers, laptops and projectors, drugs, and lab and testing equipment.
The personal possessions of staff, patients, and visitors are also of high priority.
There is an abundance of confidential documents such as patients’ records that will be stored on the premises of the hospital or residential care home. Consequently, electronic access control system advantages are increasingly enhancing the safety and security of hospitals and similar facilities while ensuring only those authorized personnel have access to designated areas.
Access Control Technology
Video surveillance is a popular choice when combining access control with other technology as it greatly assists on-site efforts.
Should an unauthorized person attempt to access a specific secured area, this will be recorded and the video footage will be available for any subsequent investigations.
Furthermore, video can be a warning system to would-be intruders as the individual knows they may be watched as they try to enter the secured area. This technology is particularly useful to hospitals and residential care homes in areas where medication, patients’ records or expensive equipment is stored.
The integration of access control can also be combined with intrusion alarm technology. If unauthorized personnel attempt to access a secure area, an alarm can be triggered, thus drawing attention and deterring them from continuing to break through the barrier. It can notify security staff so they can respond to the alarm’s location.
NGSC specializes in combining access control technology along with modern CCTV surveillance, intrusion detection, or other systems into integrated, comprehensive systems for its customers.
Every property is different, and each has its very own requirements.
Hospitals, Healthcare settings, and senior living facilities: In these locations, patient care and access control cannot be at odds. That’s why an access control security company with systems allowing for easy and unified access for authorized personnel is required. At the same time, being aware and having a system designed to prevent someone seeking valuable equipment or restricted information from gaining access is equally vital.
Equipment & Installation
The combination of multiple manufacturers’ products must meet the demanding applications our clients desire. Fortunately, industry standards in security equipment allow diverse makes and models of access control cameras and others products to all be integrated and work together cohesively.
Since NGSC solves these problems on a daily basis, our team is well-versed in cutting-edge solutions to solve a client’s security needs while staying within a project’s budget.