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Real-time data critical to modern protection and compliance

06 September 2022

Real-time data critical to modern protection and compliance

Security was previously perceived only as the presence of physical guards patrolling a premise and who were somewhat responsible for ensuring good behaviour, authorised access, compliance and more. Their role was entirely manual and not augmented by technology because then, technology  simply didn’t exist. In the transport and logistics sector, all it takes is for a tired or inattentive guard toward the end of his/her shift to unwittingly allow unauthorised entry to a restricted area and potentially undermine supply chain security.

Fast forward to today and while a physical presence may still be evident and important, it is much more subtle than what it once was. In recent years, we’ve seen a huge shift across the security industry—particularly in transport and logistics—with the integration of technology including motion detection, CCTV, automated access control and more.

While this shift towards the increased use of technology has undoubtedly come a long way, the industry should continue to innovate in order to protect Australia’s transport and logistics sector. However, this innovation must not occur in isolation.

When innovating and implementing new technologies, it is imperative that organisations ensure they fit into the wider technology suite that already exists and complement existing infrastructure.

Organisations can (and should) do this is by investing in real-time data analytics. By implementing the right systems, organisations can use the information collected from existing infrastructure to obtain more intel about how a site operates, which will allow them to identify trends in security vulnerabilities and thereafter develop proactive solutions. For example, by utilising analytics, a site may determine the time of the day and location of premises that get breached. With this information, parameters can be put in place to better safeguard the site, such as increase of barriers or deployment of static guards to ensure incidents don’t continue to occur.

In addition to protecting a site, real-time data is critical in organisational compliance as governments are increasingly placing legislation (e.g. Section 77G of the Customs Act) on security measures, ensuring the detail and accuracy of records, particularly in the transport and logistics sector. It is vital for organisations to possess real-time documentation of who is on the premises, including what areas they have access to and whether they need to be accompanied by authorised personnel.

In some instances, the government may audit organisations and request that they provide this information. Failure to provide the required information can result in harsh penalties, and hence, the importance of accessible records.

Innovation is not a choice but an absolute necessity for the transport and logistics security industry. As government legislation increases and more pressure is placed on the industry to ensure it is securing sites as well as keeping records of real-time information, the industry must continue to innovate and keep pace.

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