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Security and beyond security

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A professional security presence with 24/7 staffed access is a given, but sometimes a developer needs to add an extra loss prevention and safety component to its security plan.

This could include a video surveillance system, restricted access control measures with reduced technology costs, online technology, and increased regulations. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider investing in such a system in the 21st century.

  • At JNCS Beyond Security we offer our development clientele a full, experienced project management team to ensure that their safety and security plans are implemented to the highest of standards, and we ensure that all installations are future proof.
  • JNCS Beyond Security operates using one point of contact. We will appoint a seasoned project manager to handle and liaise with the entire project team to ensure that the correct specs are being installed in terms of essential services, e.g. perimeter sleeving, electrical requirements, lighting requirements, etc.
  • Video surveillance systems are great for monitoring access points and unstaffed areas, which is important in providing a safe environment for your employees, for residents and for visitors. Additionally, video surveillance systems have been shown to reduce violence and harassment, creating healthier workplaces.
  • With current technology, it’s possible for all cameras to be viewed live 24/7 from virtually anywhere via the internet on a smartphone. Additionally, using a remote joystick, cameras can be remotely adjusted to zoom, tilt or pan. This has the added benefit of ‘watching’ your development grow, and the footage can be used for marketing – showing how the project has developed.
  • Video surveillance systems are good for your bottom line. They not only limit inventory shrinkage and property damage – they are also deterrents to crime, and can help to lower liability and insurance costs. Effective video surveillance programmes can also improve overall productivity and customer service. All of these items contribute to your bottom line, making this the icing on the video surveillance cake.
  • For developers, video surveillance can also play a critical role in regulatory compliance and management of contractors, subcontractors and staff at all entrance and exit points, by ensuring that no criminal elements sneak onto site during or after working hours.

 

JNCS Beyond Security’s typical service-level agreement (SLA)

JNCS Beyond Security offers a variety of service-level agreements, depending on the specified product. For example, a preferred integrated security solution from JNCS Beyond Security will have a higher capex outlay in the beginning, but will often prove to have a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) in the long run, and a higher return on investment (ROI). This is because the products carry a three-year on-site swopout warranty, are specifically designed and manufactured for the outdoor environment, and offer superior quality images with analytical parameters and reporting.

The preferred integrated security solution will also include:

  • weekly on-site scheduled preventive maintenance
  • 24-hour remote assistance via our call centre
  • system and software integrity check
  • free software and firmware updates
  • monthly training

The difference between price and cost

Whenever we are in the market for something new, one of the first things we want to know is the price. We check the tag on the shirt in the department store, the sticker on the new car at the dealership, browse online to find the best price on the latest gadget we crave. But does price tell the whole story, especially with more sophisticated products? Are we really getting the best deal by buying for the lowest price?

In the integrated security world in general, study after study demonstrates that the answer is – definitely not.

Lowest purchase price does not mean best value long term, or best overall ROI. While we may not think in these terms when buying a shirt or a gadget, when considering a significant business investment, calculating the TCO becomes much more important than just evaluating vendors and solutions on the initial purchase price.

Indeed, studies have shown that, for various enterprise-level investments, purchasers underestimate the ongoing costs of operations by anywhere from 30% to more than 100%, failing to take into account important aspects such as product quality, operational features that save time and money over the long term, indirect and intangible costs, and the cost of repairs, maintenance and downtime. The old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ is particularly true when you look only at price.

 

Security TCO: A sample case study

We recently completed a study to evaluate the TCO in a typical enterprise level security system implementation. Our TCO study was based on a hypothetical city surveillance project that requires a robust, high-quality surveillance system with 1,500 cameras. It includes a professional video management and storage solution. Of course, we know every project is different, and different industries have specific needs and evaluation criteria – all of which contribute to determining overall costs. But certain factors are consistent across most enterprise situations, and we drew from our experience with hundreds of large installations worldwide to help guide the research.

Some costs are obvious – hardware, software, installation and integration – but our study showed that there are 40 cost factors in total that impact the TCO in the long run.

Not surprisingly, acquisition costs (typically year-one costs) account for the bulk of the total – 67% in our example. Also notable, the costs for the project were divided equally between product-related costs and ‘other’ costs such as labour that are not related to the specific price of the products purchased.

Equally important, we noted, is that ongoing operating costs – often overlooked by purchasers who focus just on upfront costs – account for 31% of the long-term costs. Decommissioning costs, while a small fraction of the total, can still be significant when considered across a multimillion total investment.

With this study, we are not claiming that this TCO model is applicable to all projects. The TCO will of course vary considerably depending on project size, industry application and system requirements such as number of cameras and other unforeseen attributes. But a better understanding of how to evaluate the TCO can help you make better decisions by accounting for the full range of hidden and direct costs from delivery to disposal.

 

The handover process to HOAs

The HOA turnover, also known as the developer turnover process, consists of many phases. The turnover process is a momentous occasion, if not the most important in a community’s history. It is during this process that home owners, through the homeowners association (HOA), are given control of their community.

We at JNCS Beyond Security make this transition an easy one because we work closely with the developers towards a common goal for the HOA.

All contracts, handover documents and training schedules are neatly presented to the HOA for review.

 

Rental offers for developers

At JNCS Beyond Security we pride ourselves on our 12-, 24- and 36-month rental and finance options, which are available for developers through our unique developer partner programme.

This programme enables you, as the developer, to rent the integrated security solution for a predetermined time, and then transfer it over to the HOA for continued support and upgrades.

We work closely with our development partners to offer unique, tailormade packages and to ensure the minimum capex outlay.

 

JNCS BEYOND SECURITY AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Integrated IP security solutions and project management.
  • Thermal perimeter CCTV systems.
  • Complete risk assessments and effective community safety plans.
  • VMS (video management systems).
  • Biometric access control.
  • Licence plate recognition entry and exit (linked to suspicious vehicle database for early warning detection).
  • Integrated visitor management systems.
  • IP intercom systems.

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