Security is top of mind for people looking for estate living, so cutting-edge security systems such as CCTV surveillance, intercom systems and 24-hour security guards are the norm – much as they are on many existing residential estates.
But, according to Edward van der Linde of JNCS Beyond Security, the best-of-breed security goes beyond these standard measures. ‘Developments are most often fully secured communities, with generic security measures such as staffed 24-hour security control room, guards patrolling the perimeter and the entrance, infra-red CCTV surveillance, intercom systems, and some form of access control. But state-of-the-art security also means optimal effectiveness in preventing a crime,’ says Van der Linde. And that’s what JNCS Beyond Security supplies.
- Unbreachable perimeter security: The Thermal Perimeter Defender option from Axis Communications (JNCS Beyond Security (Pty) Ltd) is regarded as the world’s best in perimeter detection. Potential intruders are picked up on the perimeter using thermal imagery that can see even in adverse weather conditions, requiring no lighting whatsoever. The audio and visual alerts are then relayed to the on-site security officers, reaction officers and estate management for quick and precise action.
- Effective response teams rather than scheduled patrols: Scheduled perimeter patrols are predictable in that they are done hourly. The criminal element in South Africa is smart and precise. It’s not too difficult to work out when the perimeter patrols are being conducted, and to calculate the interval between patrols. On-site response teams, on the other hand, only respond to verified alarms in that specific sector and have a much higher success rate in deterring or capturing unwanted intruders before any actual breach or damage is done.
- Access control at gated entrance: Visitor management, biometric access control and licence disc scanners are necessary security measures at the main gates of any retirement village or estate, but security personnel should be alerted to any potential threats before the vehicle stops at the gate. Our licence plate recognition solution captures number plates as the vehicle approaches the main gate, instantly checking them against a national database for hot-listed vehicles, our partners’ national suspicious vehicle database, and the SAPS database. This is tied in with facial recognition, as each visitor’s face is scanned, and captured along with the registration number. All these technological advancements in IP CCTV mean that JNCS Beyond Security can prevent crime in a proactive rather than a reactive manner. And preventative security is the best kind there is.
Homeowners associations (HOAs) that are not looking to make a heavy investment into infrastructure can consider rental-based solutions, which offer the option to make security and surveillance an operational expenditure (OpEx) item.
To this end, JNCS Beyond Security, together with its partner Merchant West, has designed tailor-made, tax-efficient and cost-effective financial solutions for HOAs.
‘Our specialist asset finance, credit and legal teams combine experience, expertise and a solid understanding of operational, financial and transactional complexities to offer HOAs a range of asset finance products and solutions to enable them to upgrade from a reactive system to a proactive system, and stay within their existing security budget,’ says Van der Linde.
At a more advanced level, the security-as-a-service solution gives the HOA access to solutions that may otherwise be too expensive to deploy, for example, access to a platform integrating Thermal Perimeter Defender with analytics, upgrading the security control room, monitoring facility performance and systems, and alerting the right people if equipment fails or other anomalies occur.
‘We, as a specialist provider, will get to know your business, assisting it to identify risk and address it, applying the most suitable technologies that will add considerable value to your retirement village or estate,’ says Van der Linde.