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Advantages of Monitoring your Security Systems through the Cloud

Business of all sizes and in all geographies, are turning to cloud services. According to a survey by RightScale, both public and private cloud adoption continues to increase, year on year.

The survey shows; respondents now adopting public cloud is 92% , up from 89% in 2017, respondents now adopting private cloud is 75%, up from 72% in 2017. As a result, the overall portion of respondents using at least one public or private cloud is now 96%.

An organization operating on limited financial resources may also leverage cloud technologies to transition from a capital expense model to an operational expense pricing model. By sourcing IT services from the cloud, organizations can focus their investments on building HR capital, business growth, product development and improvements, marketing and customer support. . For a fast-growing organization, the cost component of IT infrastructure can grow exponentially. The expenses associated with deployment, management and security of a complex IT infrastructure can overwhelm and limit the agility of organizations in response to fast-changing market requirements.

The cloud is a great way to run a business since it offers many advantages.

What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing is a term used to describe the use of hardware and software delivered via a network (usually the Internet). The term comes from the use of cloud-shaped symbol that represents an abstraction of a rather complex infrastructure that enables the work of software, hardware, computation and remote services.

Simply put, cloud computing is computing based on the internet. In the past, applications or programs would run from software downloaded on a physical computer or server . Cloud computing allows access to the same kinds of applications through the internet.

Cloud computing is based on the premise that computing takes place on mulitple, often remote machines,. Data collected is stored and processed by remote servers (also called cloud servers). This means devices accessing the cloud don’t need to work as hard!
SPG Controls Cloud Services

By hosting the ARCO Solution remotely, cloud servers free up the memory and computing power of individual computers. Users can securely access cloud services using credentials received from the cloud computing provider.

The advantages include cost benefits, technology innovation and business process andsecurity improvements,. SPG believes in these five key benefits for your organization:

1. Enable productivity from anywhere

Provide a consistent work experience with desktops and apps—accessible from virtually anywhere.

Cloud computing allows mobile access to corporate data via smartphones and devices, which is a great way to ensure that no one is ever left out of the loop. Staff with busy schedules, or who live a long way away from the corporate office, can use the Manager App to keep instantly up-to-date with site status.

Resources in the cloud can be easily stored, retrieved, recovered, or processed with just a couple of clicks. Users can get access to their works on-the-go, 24/7, via any devices of their choice, in any corner of the world as long as they stay connected to the internet. On top of that, all the upgrades and updates are done automatically, off-site by service providers. This saves time and team effort in maintaining the systems, tremendously reducing the IT team workloads.

2. Maintain business continuity

Data loss is a significant concern for all organizations, along with data security. Storing your data in the cloud guarantees that data is always available, even if your equipment like laptops or PCs is damaged. Cloud-based services provide quick data recovery for all kinds of emergency scenarios — from natural disasters to power outages.

If you rely on traditional on-premises approach, all your data will be stored locally, on office computers. Despite your best efforts, computers can malfunction for various reasons — from malware and viruses to age-related hardware deterioration or as a result of user error.

SPG Controls’ Cloud Services can help you with loss prevention. The ARCO Platform is a Docker container-based system designed to be distributed, redundant and scalable The Platform can be run in a Docker Swarm container environment in a public or private cloud hosting environment, and support online or offline (air-gapped) installations.

3. Help secure Sites from cyberattacks

One of the major concerns of every business, regardless of size or industry, is the security of its data. Data breaches and other cybercrimes can devastate a company’s revenue, customer loyalty and brand positioning.

Tightly regulated industries face stringent compliance requirements associated with the security, availability and performance of datacenter technologies. Organizations handling sensitive financial, healthcare or other private information of customers are required to deploy robust mechanisms to protect customer data.

SPG Control offers many advanced security features that guarantee that data is securely stored and handled. The ARCO Platform communicates with each component using wolfSSL; the library is a lightweight SSL/TLS library targeted for embedded, RTOS, and resource-constrained environments – primarily because of its small size, speed, and feature set.

All communications to the S1000 Smart Controller use HTTP over TLS and are authenticated in both directions using certificates. Certificates are validated or revoked by the ARCO Platform Integrations Layer. All communications will occur with the S1000 device acting as the TCP/HTTP client on port 443 so that no site-side firewalls need to be configured.

4. Business Future-Proofing

Different companies have different IT needs — a large enterprise of 1000+ employees won’t have the same IT requirements as a start-up. Using the cloud is an excellent solution because it enables an enterprise to efficiently — and quickly — scale up/down their IT departments, according to business demands.

The technology industry is fast-moving, agile and is responsive to changing market situations. Pioneers and industry-leading organizations lead the competition from the front and respond to market changes proactively. This agility is more easily realized when the necessary technical resources are at their disposal. Traditional technology models such as on-premise datacenters tend to limit organizations who would otherwise need to deploy new infrastructure before scaling their business.

SPG Controls Cloud Services is ideal for businesses with growing or fluctuating bandwidth demands. If your business demands increase, you can quickly increase your cloud capacity without having to invest in physical infrastructure. This agility can provide a competitive advantage

5. Continuously optimize the cost of your workloads

Many organizations rely on datacenter systems to operate at scale and are challenged with the ongoing management and security needs of complex IT infrastructure. Executives are forced to invest resources in areas focused on keeping the systems running instead of scaling business operations in broader markets or in research and development toward innovative solutions.

By using cloud infrastructure, organizations do not have to spend huge amounts of money on purchasing and maintaining equipment or in hardware, utilities, or building out a large data centre to grow their business. In addition, IT teams can be minimised as cloud providers’ staff handle cloud data centre operations.,. IDG’s 2020 Cloud Computing Survey puts some fresh data behind this paradigm shift.

SPG Controls is committed to fulfilling the SLA agreements that limit the total annual downtime, service performance levels and security measures.

Is migrating to SPG Controls Cloud Services best for you?

Not every company will migrate to the cloud, at least not yet. However, many organizations have already benefitted through positive impacts on their business.

Cloud adoption increases every year since companies realize that it offers them access to world-class enterprise technology. And, if you implement a cloud solution now, you’ll be ahead of your competitors!

If you have any questions about how to effectively adopt the cloud for your business, or how to optimize your cloud performance and reduce costs, contact us today to help you out with your performance and security needs.

Links:
https://www.flexera.com/blog/industry-trends/trend-of-cloud-computing-2020/
https://spgcontrols.com/software/
https://www.docker.com/resources/what-container
https://www.wolfssl.com/about/
https://www.idg.com/tools-for-marketers/2020-cloud-computing-study/

Monitoring Your System Anytime Anywhere

24/7 Monitoring for Security Systems

Your Corporation’s security system should be something that can be easily monitored anytime and anywhere. Thanks to a lot of improvements in technology, it finally can!

What Are Security Systems?

Security systems help protect your place of business. They permit access, preserving privacy and establishing audit trails, they provide video recording and transmission of events, provide out of hours intruder detection and can be extended to include any number of environmental sensors enabled to control light, heat, humidity, flood, fire, power consumption and lone working. Depending on budget or demand for security, the system can be configured to suit all business types, from a single premise to a multi-location, multinational business.

Deciding what security system and security devices to purchase can be an intimidating responsibility. However, there are several sources of information from third party consultants, local expert providers and recommendations from Police Crime Prevention Units. SPG Controls would advocate the appointment of experienced and accredited companies as an installation and support partner, In addition, the enablement of remote control of your security solution is essential in today’s unique environment, where individual and remote working is an everyday occurrence.

There are some factors to consider when selecting a security system. For instance, what would best serve your Company, controlling access through the use of locking devices and readers, providing intruder detection during overnight and weekend closures, protecting remote and lone workers, protecting valuable assets from flood, fire, heat and humidity or misuse? Monitoring and recording CCTV or audio to enable verification of any event? Typically, an intruder alarm is connected to a third-party monitoring company who follow your instructions depending on the type and time of an alarm event. In today’s market, SPG Controls would recommend taking a further step forwards by enabling the control of your Company’s security systems through a mobile application, providing immediate data on your premise’s security system. Having the ability to check, verify and manage all aspects of your security solution as an authenticated user from your mobile device is essential.

Advantages of Security Systems

Security systems today have many benefits, thanks to advancements in technology. Many are now connected to IoT devices (Internet of Things) which makes them ideal for automating aspects of your Company’s security. For instance, by permitting both local and remote locking and unlocking of doors and gates.

Permitting the monitoring of your Company’s security system anytime and from anywhere. Additionally providing CCTV and audio content to enable remote verification. It’s much easier to decide on a course of action if management can see and hear what’s happening.

SPG Controls’ ARCO Enterprise Platform allows users to monitor data from thousands of remote sites. It is built with the latest web technologies for a faster and more secure experience. Support for unlimited connections also means that there is a huge potential for horizontal scalability. Every function supported is also accessible thanks to an open API. A dynamic server environment also ensures that there are unlimited redundancy and scalability

Product Specifics

SPG Controls’ S1000 Smart Controller manages access control, intruder alarms and any other applicable building management functions that can be remotely accessed by authorized users. It allows the monitoring and access of your security system whilst maintaining a secure remote connection. As an option, it can be equipped with a 4G connection as well as with Bluetooth Low Energy for setup and control. Other S1000 controllers can also be connected as slaves to expand the network in a building, compound, campus or over globally dispersed locations.

The SPG Sensor Remote Expansion Device provides analogue sensing information. These can be connected to the  S1000 controller, which processes information in real-time in order to decide the course of action based on the pre-programmed rules. The interface also has sensors for humidity and temperature, which can also be useful for facilities that have intensive cooling or warming systems.

SPG Sensor Remote Expansion Device

Contact us today to find out how an SPG Controls security system can help you protect your assets.