The adoption and integration of technology into operational spaces has influenced many aspects of capital planning. Once perceived to be a simple connectivity and productivity tool, the telecommunications infrastructure now serves as a utility providing connectivity for building electronic security systems, syncing legacy stand-alone systems, instant relay of enterprise-wide communications, and the backbone for electronic security.

Supporting all these critical functions translates into a higher level of technical competency to properly plan and capitalize on the benefits and reduction in overall total cost of ownership within the operating environment. A qualified consultant needs to understand the interoperability and implications of the physical infrastructure and logical electronic network architecture in order to optimize systems, meet immediate utilization goals and poise for future enhancements.

When defining an integrated approach and whether to adopt an IP-based system, it is also important to assess the criticality of the system’s performance to serve as a part of the electronic security solution. Identifying the operation’s vulnerability to an event will aid in defining each system’s priority, an enterprise standard and subsequent localized adaptations in deployment.