15 December 2021
Managing a building’s security can be tricky, both in terms
of monitoring access and ensuring CCTV cameras are operating as required. It
can be challenging and complicated with employees, visitors and external
contractors all needing access to the building and surrounding premises at
Understandably, building security programmes differ by
sector and location, so few systems are likely to be configured the same for
everyone. Therefore, designing a system that works for your business and
building is crucial to ensure security at all times.
To design such a programme, a number of steps need
to be taken to ensure it covers everything needed by looking at all security
Steps to designing a building security programme
When designing a building security programme, it's important
to try and get it right the first time so as not to leave a building exposed
for potential security breaches. There are 4 main steps to take when building a
programme: establishing objectives, determining the approach, developing the
programme and reviewing & revising.
Part of setting objectives of the new security programme is
to first understand the business goals and align with them. This ensures that
any costs can be covered and efficiencies can be made where possible.
The other part of setting objectives is to analyse any
existing security in place, how it’s being used and who it's being used by. A
comprehensive picture of the current situation will enable a business to see
where security is working and where any changes could reap the greatest
benefit. Furthermore, ensuring that there is one eye on future requirements
will allow for the development of a scalable solution that can grow with the
Determine the approach
Following the objectives, there are generally two approaches
to building a security programme; offering better access control and security than
the current system, or reducing the number of current security protocols so it's
easier to manage.
Start by comparing how the future approach would look
against the current situation and make notes of everything the business would
need to achieve this; tools, processes, roles, and required training. Only by
having the full view will the business be able to agree on an approach and move
forward onto the next stage of developing the programme.
It is important to look at how the changes will be rolled
out and the impact on the business, it may be that any updates to the programme
would need to be implemented in stages to minimise disruption both commercial
Develop a programme
A key element of an effective building security programme is
to make it efficient and repeatable on other buildings or premises, whether
that’s the whole system or selected elements. This will help in the future with
the implementation of updates and other processes, including mapping changes,
operating standards, roles and responsibilities. Also, when developing the
programme, ensure the business employs version control in the event of
rollbacks, or if a new part of the programme clashes with existing systems or
Review and revise
Once the building security programme is set up, the job is
not yet done. It’s important for the business to compare performance metrics to
the objectives originally set, in order to show the effectiveness of the
programme. As well as solving any potential blind spots with the new system, it
will also guide the business in future security programmes.
Considerations of a building security programme
When designing a building security programme, including
access control, there are several considerations to ensure it performs
effectively and efficiently.
Roles in access control
Roles within an access control based building security
programme means that every employee or visitor is assigned a role within the
system that determines the permissions that the system grants them. For
example, an employee could have access to all parts of the building whereas a
visitor might only have access to the main corridors, meeting rooms and toilets.
Building security is key and visitor management can help
maintain this. By integrating visitor management with access control, it
ensures all visitor movements are tracked and restricted areas stay off-limits.
This is especially necessary when external contractors or visitors are not
escorted around the building by a host.
Visitor management could be achieved through access cards,
such as a visitor badge, and can even be programmed to ensure that any visitors
overstaying their allotted time will not have access to restricted areas.
Parking controls and security work with building access
control to prevent unauthorised individuals or vehicles from gaining access to
the car park. There are many different types of parking security but two common
components are a gate or barrier, and an access control point.
By including parking security into building security
programmes, it ensures access is controlled throughout a building's premises
and that everything is consistent. If a visitor doesn’t have access to the
building without a host, they will have to be given special permission to use
any parking facilities as well. Starting security from the site perimeter and
working inwards can prove to be a cost-effective route forward. By controlling
larger volumes of people from the perimeter, you are able to easily manage the
smaller numbers from within the premises.
Find out more
At TouchStar ATC, our experts work to provide bespoke access
control and CCTV solutions to ensure any building security programme works at
the highest level.
We’ve been supplying bespoke security solutions
to businesses across a variety of sectors for more than 30 years. Our experts
are on hand and more than happy to assist you in choosing the right system to
suit your organisation. Contact us today to find out how we can help.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR – LYNDEN JONES
Lynden joined Touchstar ATC (formally Feedback Data) in a sales role for Access Control in 2010. Prior to joining the company, Lynden held both Production and Account Manager roles, gaining wide technical and commercial experience within the electronics market.
In 2013 Lynden was promoted to Sales Director and in 2017 he took overall responsibility of the business as Managing Director.As well as running Touchstar ATC, Lynden still remains extremely active in the sales and key account management aspects of the business. When not involved in the business, Lynden is a keen performance car enthusiast.