Security systems are changing at an ever-increasing pace and are making more use of standard Information Technology (IT) products running over a Local Area Network (LAN) or Wide Area Network (WAN) e.g. across the Internet, where they can be remotely monitored and controlled. As a result of using Internet Protocol (IP), the opportunity has arisen for manufacturers to develop new generations of equipment from control panels, cameras, and door controllers, to fully integrated systems combining fire, access control, CCTV, intruder and building control systems. These “integrated” systems are often called security management systems as they bring together the management of all aspects of an organisation’s security.
This brief document will explain most of the security opportunities for LAN/WAN use from a simple IP-based system, to an integrated solution incorporating multiple systems. It is directed towards an end user at an entry level to provide guidance on the use of IP technology in the security industry. This guide forms part of a suite of documents on this issue.
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