Access Control: GARDiS in the Cloud

Using the Cloud for physical security began with Video-as-a-Service solutions. That showed the benefits of transmitting and storing secure feeds which can only be viewed and saved on an authorised device. For some years, this was hampered by the amount of data to be transmitted. However, modern Internet (and mobile Internet) speeds mean that these issues have been overcome.

Improved flexibility is one of the key benefits of Cloud technology. Using wireless connections to online services dramatically simplifies installation and servicing times. It also cuts down on the issues and disruption that may arise for anyone working in the vicinity of the installation.

Online storage is also cheap and easy to use, as well as removing data from local storage which could be compromised by an intrusion or an attack episode. At the same time, authorised control of these systems can easily be granted or changed as required from any location.

This could be particularly useful for a multinational organisation, for example. Security teams may operate in different time zones at completely different locations, but centralised operators still need a broad visibility of each site in order to ensure that security is maintained on a 24/7 basis.

Benefits for all

The Cloud brings a broad range of benefits for end users, installers and manufacturers alike. It transforms how end users buy and run their security systems from a capital purchase to a rented solution with a fixed and regular predictable ongoing fee. The provider supplies a service delivery agreement and a guaranteed level of security technology investment.

For installers, Cloud systems make it much easier to administer and service systems remotely. It’s also a perfect recurring revenue model, ensuring that sales are not just composed of monthly targets to ‘shift boxes’.

Cloud technology allows manufacturers to change their business model. Much like installers, the business will benefit from not having to reach lofty hardware sales targets each month to ensure revenue generation.

By allocating the costs and revenues from security systems across a much broader timespan, both customers and suppliers have a far more balanced relationship. In many ways, Cloud technology ensures that both sides interact as more equal partners.

Having a much more balanced revenue stream through service provision means that security providers can also ensure they make more regular investments in technology. This leads to benefits for everyone.

Embracing the Cloud

TDSi has openly embraced the Cloud approach with its new and user-friendly GARDiS access management software. It improves accessibility with ease of installation and features an end user interface that has been developed specifically to accommodate various users, from installers right through to IT managers.

John Davies

John Davies

The design and development of GARDiS has been innovated thanks to customer feedback that specified an interest in a simple and straightforward platform. This empowers installers and end users to solve issues themselves, in turn saving on time.

The user interface embodies simplicity itself to minimise confusion and allow users to start employing it on a swift footing. By using intuitive yet minimalistic design, and by being a browser-hosted application, switching tabs is a smooth process with minimal load times on virtually any Internet-enabled device.

GARDiS is supported by an intuitive help system that holds short video demos highlighting how to perform tasks from an end user’s point of view in order to minimise time spent contacting Customer Support.

GARDiS embodies the benefits of Cloud-based security. Installation is quick and simple via an online download. Registration is also simple, while updates are delivered automatically via an IP connection. Full support and troubleshooting is available online.

John Davies is Managing Director at TDSi

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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