Hospital & Healthcare Security Systems: A Healthy Approach to Security & Beyond

Medical Security Solutions

Healthcare security systems involve far more than basic security products. These systems, when integrated with logical, comprehensive solutions and technology, keep a hospital or facility’s people and assets safe. When everything is secure, a hospital can confidently move forward in achieving its real mission: providing patients the best possible care in the safest environment possible.

Security as a Means to Protect Patients and Staff

Unified Access Control

Unified access control allows you to assign levels of facility and area access based on staff function. Paired with video surveillance, it allows for active medical facility monitoring and recording activity, as well as global and departmental lockdown capabilities. Integrating access control and video provides centralized control for easy administration and management.

IP Video Surveillance

Take advantage of your existing network by connecting IP video surveillance to it. Strategic installation offers a clear view of patients and facilities. Surveillance signage can deter unsafe and would-be criminal acts. Captured images can be used as evidence and to identify individuals.

Staff Security & Protection

Staff’s badges can be equipped with wireless call functionality. Paired with wall-mounted devices, staff can discreetly summon help over your wireless network or current Wi-Fi. With an active-RFID, RTLS badge, staff members press or pull it when they need assistance or are facing a threatening situation. RFID technology detects their specific location, so responders can arrive quickly.

Intrusion Detection Systems

Your healthcare facility’s needs and layout determine recommendations for the latest options in intrusion detection. Many options, ranging from minimum to maximum solutions, are available to fit staff and patient needs.

Emergency Notification Devices

Quickly and concisely guide people out of harm’s way whether they’re inside your hospital or on the grounds or parking areas. Incidents are triggered via buttons, consoles, panels and inputs. Designate notification channels. Then, provide emergency directions through communication systems, such as media displays, phone, text, PA systems and more.

Wandering, Elopement and Fall Detection

Track patients or residents with technology features that give them a better quality of care, give families and staff peace of mind, and allow your operations to flow more smoothly. Once sensors and tags are in place and the detection system is deployed, users receive an alert and quickly respond if someone wanders, strays or falls to improve care and minimize risk.

Infant Protection

Protect your most vulnerable patients and give staff and new parents peace of mind. Through comfortable tags with tamper alarms and integration with infrastructure, such as access control systems, door locking systems and security cameras, staff can protect infants and focus on their care.

Security as a Means to Create the Safest Healthcare Environment Possible

Asset & Equipment Management

Mark mobile medical equipment with asset tags, which seamlessly communicate with existing systems to provide exact location and condition. In addition to controlling inventory, medical staff can quickly locate then access critical medical equipment, speeding up workflow and delivering better overall patient care.

Environmental Monitoring

Meet compliance standards and prevent product loss with environmental monitoring. Record and track temperature and condition data of mission-critical medicines, vaccines, blood and lab samples to ensure all are safe and ready for patient use. Save time and money by eliminating the need for manual reporting and recording data remotely.

Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI)

Prevent terrorists from obtaining materials that can be used in radiological attacks by implementing security requirements established in the GTRI framework of convert, remove and protect. Hospitals support the initiative with remote monitoring, access control systems, alerting local law enforcement of an event, disposing properly of unused radiological and nuclear materials, and protecting radiology and nuclear medicine equipment still in use.

When it comes to hospital security systems, there are many factors to consider – from the type and size of your facility and the type of medical inventory to the people who work and visit there every day. The goal is to secure people and assets from every imaginable internal and external threat. Yet, unless regulations, your equipment or your surrounding community dictates it, you want your hospital secure, yet a welcoming space where your staff can carry out your true mission, caring for patients in a safe environment.

Schedule your hospital security systems consultation by calling us at 816-842-3700.

The Most Effective Warehouse Security Solutions Today: Part High Tech, Part Low Tech Fundamentals

The most effective warehouse security plan combines high tech and low tech, foundational solutions. Working together, these solutions create a safe, secure environment no matter how tight or sprawled out your area. No matter how many people come in and out a day. No matter what type of inventory is warehoused.

High Tech Warehouse Security Solutions

Warehouse Security SolutionsSmart Building Technology

Meet compliance standards and prevent product loss with environmental monitoring that records and tracks temperature and condition. Smart building technology replaces manual recording and reporting, which saves time and money. This technology can deliver real-time notifications of any environmental changes that could put your inventory or machinery in danger. This can include monitoring for fire and flood.

RFID Tracking & Systems Integrations

Placing RFID tags on products manages and tracks inventory, which eases administrative duties by monitoring inventory at any stage from packaging, assembly and storage to point-of-sale, etc. With RFID tracking, you can store and back up data to the cloud in real time.

Unified Video Surveillance & Access Control

Allow entrance to certain warehouse areas based on security clearance and job function with an access control system. When used in conjunction with commercial video surveillance, it’s possible to actively monitor your facility and record suspicious activity. When integrated, these two systems can centralize control for simple administration and management.

 IP Video Surveillance

Most warehouses have a network already in place. Take better advantage by connecting IP video surveillance to it. Strategic camera placement can give a clear view of people and grounds. Plus, the footage captured can be used later as evidence or to identify areas for workflow improvement.

Intrusion Detection Systems

Protecting against intrusion can be a matter of barricading doors and windows from the inside. Intruder defense devices are constantly improving, so our team carefully evaluates the newest options in context of your warehouse’s needs to recommend specific products for your facility’s size and layout.

Metal Detectors

They’re a deterrent, plain and simple. Hand-held or walk-through metal detectors add a level of contemporary security technology to warehouses. And, just knowing they’re there is a symbolic component of any warehouse security system.

Fundamental Warehouse Security Solutions

Warehouse Security SolutionsDoor Frames & Locking Hardware

Perhaps the oldest, but still effective means of warehouse security are commercial-grade cylindrical and mortise door locks, closers, panic bars and keying systems that can be used with frames crafted from metals and woods.

Turnstiles

When crowd control and queuing are required either indoors or out, Mechanical and electronic waist high turnstiles regulate traffic flow. Electronic turnstiles can be integrated with an electronic access control system work seamlessly together for stronger security.

Perimeter Fencing

Fencing is another physical barrier that is so low tech that many warehouses forget about it. Fencing around the vicinity keeps people out of areas they shouldn’t access. It also creates an aura of protection, especially when used with lighting and security cameras. Fencing could be enough of a deterrent for criminals to find another target. If not, your security camera could catch criminals trying to go through, under or over fencing, then alert you in enough time to call the authorities before any harm is done.

Install Security Signage

Signage is so effective that people who don’t own a dog hang “Beware of Dog” signs for security reasons. Surveillance signage can deter criminal acts, as criminals move along looking for an easier target than your warehouse. Security cameras are prevalent today, and criminals know this.

Employee Communication

Communicate with employees to find out where some of the biggest holes in your warehouse security are. Perhaps no one knows your facility better than those who are on the floor 40+ hours per week. Employee communication also makes your team feel like their voice matters, which could improve morale and reduce theft.

When it comes to warehouse security, there are so many factors to take into account – from the size of the facility and the type of inventory to the people who work and visit there every day. The goal is to secure the area, stock and people from every imaginable internal and external threat. Yet, unless regulations or your inventory dictates it, you want your warehouse as secure as Fort Knox without necessarily “feeling” locked down like Fort Knox.

Commercial IP Video Surveillance – 2019 Technology Update [VIDEO]

Avigilon CameraBy David Strickland, Vice President of Kenton Brothers

Avigilon – Pushing the Envelope!

Avigilon has started 2019 with a bang! They announced several new offerings including the new H4 multisensor camera. Also, they’ve announced the expansion of the Appearance Search™ analytic offering and their continued refinement of their Artificial Intelligence appliance.

This video runs through several of the newest features of Avigilon hardware and software. (Look inside for the surprise introduction of Motorola products to the line!)

Kenton Brothers Inc. is proud to represent Avigilon and it’s cutting edge, always evolving technology. For a demonstration in our state-of-the-art multimedia showroom please contact us today!

Kenton Brothers Guide to Cannabis Security – Part 1

Cannabis SecuritySince the passage of medical marijuana by Missouri voters in November 2018, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has begun work to develop rules and regulations for the industry. Looking to other states, such as California and Colorado, will help policy makers in developing regulatory and safety standards. Even with these guides in place, medical marijuana may not be available for purchase until January 2020.

Timeline

While the timeline for rollout seems lengthy, this timeline can be advantageous to business owners preparing to engage in the industry. As with any business, there will be a lot of decisions to make and red tape to navigate. One significant component that should be well thought through, especially for medical marijuana and cannabis-related businesses, is security.

From cultivation to manufacturing, testing, transportation and dispensing companies, security will not only be a fundamental component to business success, it will also serve as required factor in facilitating efficient operations that help comply with regulations.

In this three-part blog series, Kenton Brothers will provide you with our layered approach to cannabis security. First, we’ll introduce you to the concept of Seed-to-Sale tracking. In following posts, we’ll help you understand how integrated systems like commercial video surveillance and access control can help you monitor interactions with product.

Seed-to-Sale Tracking: Enhancing Cannabis Security and Operational Efficiency

Following the example of other states who have already implemented medical marijuana will likely result in the implementation of “Seed to Sale” tracking regulations.

States will require growers to track plants with a unique RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tag. With this tag, growers will be able to quickly inventory each plant. However, the RFID tag is not only relevant to growers. This tag will create data as the plant moves through the supply chain.

Why are these RFID tags good for businesses? It creates efficiency in inventory and sales. It’s also more efficient to help you meet compliance standards. RFID tags create real-time data that can be securely backed up and stored in the cloud. It’s also extremely powerful for point-of-sale purchases. Using RFID tags can integrate with sales software to help manage inventory – making it a valuable cannabis security tool from seed to sale.

In addition to securely implementing business operations, RFID tags provide data to regulators. This helps state departments monitor things like the outputs between growers or identify food safety issues in products like infused oils and edibles.

Coming Soon

Part II – How security systems integrators like Kenton Brothers can help businesses implement unified video surveillance and access control

Part III – Security Must-Haves for Cannabis Security – vaults, parking gates, intrusion detection, ID scanning, visitor mgmt

Evergy substation project: 10,742 miles… 221 sites… in 8 weeks? Sure, we can do that.

By Neal Bellamy, IT Director at Kenton Brothers

Last September, evergy approached us about a project that would add access control to 221 of their remote locations. The remote locations have been built over a period of more than fifty years with various locking hardware at each location. So, the mission was to go loaded for bear and make sure the technicians had every possible combination of lock, cylinder, and other hardware they might need as they went on their routes each week.

Adding access control to remote locations can be challenging.

Starting Before DawnMost, if not all, of their sites don’t have a network connection back to the evergy headquarters. Some don’t even have cellphone coverage. That’s where Abloy Cliq comes in. Cliq is a technology where every lock has circuitry built in. Every key for the lock has additional technology and a battery. When a key is presented to the physical lock, it powers up the lock, exchanges information, and either allows or denies entry.

Both the key and the lock store the transaction, so there’s never a concern about lost data. Every week, the key has to be “refreshed” at a networked location. While being refreshed, the key sends every lock it has touched back to the system and the system updates the allowed locks back to the key. This provides evergy an audit trail of every lock and what was accessed for the week.

If a key is broken or damaged, evergy personnel can get the audit log directly from the locks at their remote locations. The system requires no internet, network or power at the access control location, making it versatile.

Abloy Cliq bridges the gap between offline and online access control systems.

After safety and Cliq training, four of our technicians were sent out on a mission.

We weren’t sure of the locking hardware at each site. Every site was a potentially new situation. Sometimes we would get onsite and discover that a padlock needed to be replaced. Other times, we needed to spend 6-8 hours worth of work doing discovery. Sometimes our team started before dawn.

State PoliceThankfully, mother nature held off on snowstorms until after the project was completed. And apparently, if you drive a white van around substations in the middle of a farmer’s field, the state police might be called.

Even though the project was fast and furious, our technicians did an excellent job. They kept a great attitude in spite of the long hours and changing requirements. They adapted to each new challenge and secured all 221 sites for evergy within 8 weeks.