Having proper security for your facility is essential. Any gaps can be exploited and have serious negative consequences. The right security solutions provider and integrator as a partner can help you get the security your facility needs to keep things running as smoothly as possible. Here are a few steps to choosing the right security systems integrator:
1. Think About Your Security Needs and Goals
There is a reason that you are starting the search for a security solutions provider. Having some clarification on those pain points, your security needs, and your goals for securing your facility will be helpful in finding the right security systems integrator for you. This will help you focus your search on the right partners that have experience in your industry and with addressing your needs.
You don’t necessarily need to know everything or identify all areas of improvement; that’s something the security solutions company can help you define during the process. But, it is still a good idea to be able to share your needs and goals with prospective security partners so they can better customize the approach, the building vulnerability assessment, and the mix of security products that will address them.
2. Prioritize Objectives
Security needs and goals will vary from facility to facility. Within those needs and goals, some may have a higher priority than others. Taking some time to prioritize the objectives for your facility can be helpful in organizing your facility’s needs, further defining goals, and is useful information for any security solutions provider you work with.
An experienced security solutions partner can help you with details and adjustments as needed as you get further into the process. They can also help identify and provide what you need for managing and maintaining security systems you have and those you will want to implement.
3. Make a List of Potential Providers
Based on your industry, type of facility, and security needs, start your research to make a list of potential security providers and integrators to consider. You can ask people you know in the industry for suggestions or recommendations for companies they have used. Additionally, an internet search can help you identify good options for further consideration.
4. Narrow Down the Options
Once you have a list of potential security systems integrators, then you need to do some research and outreach to narrow down the options. Based on information on their company’s website and other sources, you can rule out and narrow down your list to companies that could be a good fit for your needs.
You can also set up appointments with the top few potential partners to ask questions and get a feel for what it might be like to work with them. Do they have experience in the industry? How long have they been in business? Do they have the right certifications? Do they have proven experience with similar facilities and covering similar security needs?
What can they provide? Do they offer anything for after installation? Do they seem like a good fit when you talked to them or met them? Answering these questions can help you determine which security systems integrator would be a good partner for you.
5. Select the Right Security Systems Integrator for You
After you’ve narrowed down the list and gotten the information you need, the final step to choosing the right security systems integrator is to review everything and select the one that best suits your security needs.
You should already have an idea of what to expect from talking with or meeting with potential providers. Once you’ve made your selection, it’s just a matter of finalizing details and implementing the right mix of security products and solutions to meet your facility’s needs.
These are a few steps to choosing the right security systems integrator. Covering these basics can help you find the right security partner for your needs. Every facility’s needs will vary and it’s important to have someone on your side who can help. Contact NEPPS for a free site assessment to get started!