Adam Groom

Five Business Units that SHOULD benefit from Physical Security Data: And why Physical Security can become a Data Service Provider

Aug 24, 2023

In today's data-driven world, the role of a Data Service Provider (DSP) is becoming increasingly vital for organizations across various industries. A DSP is a business unit that shares the data it generates to help other units optimize their processes and achieve their objectives. While this concept may seem new to some, it holds tremendous potential for every department within a company, including Physical Security. Let's explore why becoming a DSP is crucial for the Physical Security business unit and identify five other business units that can benefit immensely from it.

What is a Data Service Provider (DSP)?

Before diving into the significance of becoming a DSP in the context of Physical Security, let's clarify what a DSP is. A Data Service Provider is a unit within an organization responsible for sharing data it produces with other departments or units. This sharing of data helps these units improve their efficiency, make informed decisions, and ultimately contribute to the overall success of the organization.

The Transformation of Physical Security

Historically, Physical Security has often been perceived as a cost center, primarily focused on safeguarding assets and personnel. However, by embracing the role of a DSP, Physical Security can undergo a significant transformation and become a contributor to the organization's success. This transformation is achieved by leveraging data to manage costs, mitigate risks, and optimize operations.

The 5 Business Units That Should Benefit from Physical Security as a DSP

  1. Facilities
  2. Potential Areas of Business Impact:
  3. Preventative Maintenance through historical service data: By sharing data on maintenance and service records, Physical Security can help Facilities proactively schedule maintenance, reducing equipment downtime and repair costs.
  4. HVAC and Lighting usage optimization through historical access and video management data: Access and video data can reveal patterns of facility usage, aiding in optimizing HVAC and lighting systems for energy efficiency.
  5. Information Technology
  6. Potential Areas of Business Impact:
  7. Notifications of access attempt anomalies at IT locations: Physical Security can provide IT with real-time data on access attempts, helping detect and respond to security breaches promptly.
  8. Human Resources
  9. Potential Areas of Business Impact:
  10. Historical user de-provisioning data upon termination: Sharing data on access control and user de-provisioning can assist HR in streamlining the offboarding process and ensuring data security.
  11. Legal
  12. Potential Areas of Business Impact:
  13. Compliance through access control credential holder data: By sharing access control data, Physical Security can aid legal departments in ensuring compliance with regulations related to access and security.
  14. Real Estate
  15. Potential Areas of Business Impact:
  16. Space utilization/optimization from access control, video management, and visitor management data: Physical Security can provide valuable insights into space utilization, helping Real Estate optimize office layouts and reduce overhead costs.

In conclusion, the transformation of the Physical Security business unit into a Data Service Provider can have a profound impact on the organization. By sharing data and collaborating with other business units, Physical Security can contribute to cost savings, risk management, and operational efficiency. This shift from being a cost center to a strategic contributor demonstrates the potential of data to drive positive change within an organization. Embracing the role of a DSP is not only important for Physical Security but also for the overall success and competitiveness of the entire organization in today's data-driven landscape.

Increase efficiency, optimize process, add value

StratorSoft's objectives are twofold. First, it seeks to increase the efficiency of physical security operations by easily identifying areas that can be optimized and streamlining work processes. This allows teams to work smarter without having to dig deep or use guesswork to find areas of improvement. Second, provide these teams with tools and insights to clearly illustrate their tangible value to the broader organization.