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Using Smart Clients for Smarter Security

The term Smart Client or Rich Internet Application (RIA) is a term used today to describe the benefits of a cloud-based platform that functions on par (feature-for-feature) with a locally installed client

For years, developers have struggled over the advantages between desktop-based and web clients.  Web clients (sometimes called cloud applications) had the flexibility to be run virtually from anywhere without having to worry about installing a plethora of new software on every new machine.  An example might be your banking website, whereby you can view your accounts from anywhere while not being required to install a spreadsheet program such as Quicken or Microsoft Money, whereas a desktop program (also known as a  thick/fat client) allowed much greater functionality, such as graphic reports, infinite archive history, etc.  The trade-off was, in a sense, form over function.

Around 2005, the tide began turning for web clients.  The biggest asset was the ability to update the user experience remotely.  A web client’s code could be changed from the cloud, which allowed coders to rapidly adapt and reform software in a truly dynamic fashion as new features or fixes were available.  Most of the first web clients, however, still suffered from a lack of features that their desktop counterparts held.  More recent advancements in Adobe’s Flash and Microsoft’s Silverlight/WPF platforms, along with enhanced development of HTML5 or AJAX coding, have basically allowed cloud computing and web clients to catch up with installed applications bridging the gap of functionality while still offering flexibility in deployment.

In the security industry, that marriage of flexibility and functionality is essential, especially when talking about real-time video surveillance or remote situational awareness.  Knowing that first responders from multiple agencies can access crucial information and even real-time video and electronic door access on the fly and from any computer or web browser is critical when developing advanced contingency plans.

At LENSEC we have developed new Rich Internet Applications specifically to be part of the security solution.  Whether that need is for college campus security, K-12 security environments, citywide deployments, or even advanced commercial security, thin clients with smart feature sets allow full functionality, future-proof operations, and adaptive deployment protocols for the next generation of response and assessment tools.

Critical Response to Situational Awareness

Situational awareness is often paraphrased as the understanding of elements (persons, threats, etc.) within an environment.  Most security consultants and experts agree that during a critical event or crisis, it is often the ability to define surroundings and become “situationally aware” that can save lives or diffuse an incident.

A significant component when responding to a crisis or event is how human behavior (nerves and fears) of the responders can affect the outcome.  Training background varies as does contextual familiarity with an event site.  Adrenaline and alien surroundings can often alter a responder’s ability to think and act logically.  This is especially true when the responder (i.e., a principal or school administrator) is unaccustomed to an active-shooter situation or other elevated security crisis. It is vital then that the tools put in place for countering a serious event not only provide relevance but also are designed to be intuitive in very sensitive situations.

As a developer of solution sets designed for the specific purpose of surveillance and physical security operations, LenSec is keenly aware of the responsibilities of our solutions.

ISC Marks the Start of the Season

With the close of the International Security Conference (ISC-West) this week in Las Vegas, the security industry officially moves into the tradeshow season.  During this year LenSec representatives will be available at a wide variety of locations and conventions across the country.  From industry-specific seminars to market-oriented expositions, LenSec will be expanding not only our customer base but also enhancing our security solutions.

In 2010, LenSec will be focused on further advancing software and hardware integrations with new camera technologies, web-based access control components, and cutting-edge surveillance devices and sensors.

Welcome to the LenSec blog

LenSec is pleased to launch this blog as an exciting new platform for communicating directly with customers and industry experts in the areas of physical security and surveillance strategies.  Feel free to comment on any of our postings and let us know how we are doing.  LenSec can also be found on the web and through other forms of social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

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