Security & Resilience
At Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), all systems, stakeholders and agencies are integrated into a common system
Winter 2011/12 Issue 14
Willing to engage
Common to securing all sectors effectively is a willingness to engage with all stakeholders in multi- dimensional and complex implementations. General Dynamics listens carefully to clients and all their stakeholders to deliver a system that is tailored to meet every need.
The client’s reputation is at the heart of the
contract and to ensure it is protected, the Company uses only high-integrity, accredited systems, which it delivers with minimum disruption. One of the ways it achieves this is by carrying out stringent acceptance testing to make sure the system is ‘right-first-time’.
In the defence world, protecting a nation’s critical
national infrastructure doesn’t just mean keeping it secure. It means ensuring it is resilient enough to continue operating through and after security events. And for the financial sector, returning to normal operations after an event or incident as quickly as possible is critical to an institution’s or national economy’s survival.
Operating in industries that have a lot of
technical and regulatory compliance demands, and a high safety and security consciousness, has led General Dynamics to develop an approach to partnerships that has been highly successful. It works with clients to combine client knowledge of their industry with General Dynamics’ knowledge of how to engineer solutions to achieve the system best fitted to customer needs.
This co-operative partner relationship maximises
skills on both sides. And General Dynamics will work with financial institutions to achieve bottom
Combined value of
our security programmes
line savings. A sophisticated open architecture PSIM implementation may begin by integrating access control systems, CCTV, intruder detection systems and communications systems. Initial efficiency savings come from economies of scale and prevention of costs arising from security events.
In the future, though, General Dynamics’ approach to integrating PSIMs could be to integrate systems including visitor management systems, ATMs, vehicle tracking and even HR systems, to name just a few, putting physical security systems at the heart of an enterprise’s operations and business intelligence provision.
The oil and gas and port sectors have seen the
potential of large-scale PSIM implementations. At Abu Dhabi’s futuristic Khalifa port the security system has been built as an integral part of the operating system so that the port may reap the benefits of the dual use of the technology for both security and business intelligence.
Systems integrators commonly describe
corporate PSIM system implementations as complex and large-scale. But the systems that banks and financial institutions now require are on a scale greater than ever seen before. Financial institutions that really want to address and leverage their security will be breaking new ground as no one has done anything on this scale before. And they will be looking to suppliers who demonstrate clear experience in coping with that scale.
Trusted to deliver
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