Do We Sacrifice Security for Sustainability

In Abraham Maslow ‘Hierarchy of Needs’, he has described security as one of the five motivating factors that we require in order to have a ‘fulfilled’ life.

We -as humans- have an inherent need to feel safe. This is why we choose to live in secure complexes with control room design standards security instead of freestanding homes.

In the last few years, the global trend has shifted its focus away from environmentally damaging practices and began investing in greener technologies. However, does this mean we are sacrificing security for sustainability?

As an example: Sustainability is increasingly becoming an important goal when constructing buildings. However, particularly in the case of large, commercial buildings, the case sometimes is that the objective of sustainability conflicts with that of security. Clearly, both sustainability and security are imperatives, but their implementation needs to be planned for so as not to restrict one another. Both factors need to be held in mind early on in the designing process.
For instance, security generally needs artificial light for surveillance, whether for security cameras to pick up and record, for allowing visibility for security personal, or simply as a deterrent for would-be intruders. The principle of sustainability, however, requires minimum unnatural light, as this wastes energy and contributes to light pollution.

This example clearly shows that if we are to build a sustainable building and reduce energy consumption, we will sacrifice security for sustainability.
However, effective control room management systems can ensure that security remains a priority, while still being mindful of the environment. Video analytics software can be used to regulate ideal light intensity that suits the requirements of both sustainability and security. The common belief is that constant bright light is required good surveillance. However, this is a mistaken assumption in security. In fact, if the light is too bright it impairs night adaption vision for security guards. Also, lighting is then more often unevenly distributed, producing dark shadows that can be used as hiding spots. Therefore, using evenly distributed dimmer lighting promotes security better than bright and uneven lighting.

Furthermore, instead of making use of continuous and bright floodlights that use excessive energy, motion sensors can be used so that lights only go on when motion is detected. This not only saves energy, but security is more easily alerted to the possibility of intruders. When installing these motion sensors, pay special attention to the light sensitivity settings. More sensitive settings will turn lights on at the smallest hint of movement, such as when small animals walk by or shrubbery blows in the wind, and be bothersome for security personal.

In addition, effectiveness of LED lighting is widely known. New LED lighting technology allows you to target specific locations, without scattering light into unused areas. This saves energy, decreases light pollution, and if planned intelligently, can maximise surveillance.

Therefore, the answer to the question: ‘Do we compromise security for sustainability’ is no, not if we incorporate green measures in our security systems.