Top Five (5) Ways Security Teams Use Smartphones.
The codeREADr app and Web service empowers security teams to capture, track, monitor and report in ways that were either impossible or impractical before. Why? Because of the ready-availability of low-cost, feature-rich smartphones and tablets along with enterprise apps – like codeREADr.
While codeREADr is used at fixed locations, such as the entrances of buildings, parking garages and any secure area, it’s the ability to take security anywhere on campus that helps enable best-in-class security operations – we call it ‘intelligent mobility’.
Security teams can use their own devices, or provisioned devices, to generate actionable data for real-time monitoring along with detailed, time and location stamped reports for management’s review. Not only does this increase the security team’s value in the eyes of management but, most importantly, it can significantly improve facility and campus security.
Based on feedback from our clients, here are the top five (5) ways they use codeREADr. [Also see how one of the world’s largest security services, AlliedBarton Security, is using codeREADr.]
Businesses, factories, housing developments and schools use codeREADr to monitor the status and condition of equipment and infrastructure. Reports are generated to confirm maintenance has been performed on schedule; for meeting government regulations and building codes; or simply for enforcing good safety procedures.
Facilities with parking management & control systems integrate codeREADr within their application to add intelligent mobility and reporting; facilities without such systems use codeREADr as a stand-alone tool.
In managed lots, a typical deployment would include the creation of a database of vehicle license plates associated to a specific employee, resident or member. A QR code sticker could be issued to the vehicle owner for scanning with codeREADr or the app user could simply use the app’s look-up feature to search for the vehicle by its license plate.
Facilities that already have access control systems in place instruct their current service providers to integrate with codeREADr using our extensive APIs. In that way they get the best of both worlds – their provider’s purpose-built application plus codeREADr for mobility.
Facilities without such systems use codeREADr as a simple employee and visitor tracking tool – basically a check-in and check-out function, whether for fixed or mobile use, in a very similar way that codeREADr is used for attendance tracking.
4. Map and Monitor Patrol Coverage and Efficiency
Tracking security patrol performance based on time and location gives management the data to more effectively route and schedule coverage – leading to better security.
Guards scan a barcode tag at every door, gate and lock to report the status in real-time. In this way there are records for highlighting problem areas and for reporting purposes.
Case Study: JC Chaudhry, AlliedBarton Security, West Coast Client Area Manager / Johnson & Johnson
“We placed QR codes all over our campus that officers scan as they do their patrols. When they scan the QR codes we are able to track their movements and do monthly reports showing where they have been, what they have missed and where they are spending way too much time – we then try to balance their patrols.
We put QR codes on our freezers and other highly important areas. After they scan them, the app shows them what the freezer temp should be, which helps in a major way because if the freezer is too high or low they can call it in right away. We can also give them directions to perform certain tasks at various points during their patrol, which is really helpful to them for doing their job.
We even use codeREADr to look up employee’s license plate numbers. This comes in handy for officers when they are doing parking lot patrols. For example, if they see a car with their lights on or a door or window open, they are able call it in to the control center and have them contact the employee.”
[Note: AlliedBarton is one of the largest security service companies in the world with 120 regional and district offices located across the United States. JC Chaudhry is one of the early adopters of our technology and, in my opinion, one of the most innovative. – Rich Sr.]