Senior Living Centers Standardize and Modernizes Physical Security Across its Enterprise
Genetec Inc., a provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions, announced that Erickson Senior Living has modernized and standardized its physical security systems across 16 of its communities with Genetec Security Center. The new platform enables the company to better protect residents, visitors and communities, and deliver a modern, streamlined resident experience, as threats and technologies evolve.
Erickson Senior Living has been a trusted leader in senior living since 1983, today helping more than 28,000 residents live better lives in 21 communities across the U.S. Over the years, the various communities deployed a mix of video surveillance and access control systems from different providers, making it difficult for corporate teams to get a global view of operations and security, and hard for them to maintain. Also, as these proprietary, isolated systems aged, they were not able to support newer technologies that enhanced safety and simplified processes for residents.
To modernize their approach, Erickson Senior Living developed a standardized model for security deployments across all communities, basing it on Genetec Security Center. The unified platform enables them to manage video, access control, license plate recognition across communities with a single user interface. Its open architecture also enables them to continue using existing cameras and other equipment as well as add future innovations as they emerge. The 16 communities they have converted include 350 cameras, 600 door readers and more than 1,500 wireless locks with the remaining five planned to be completed in 2023 adding to these numbers.
“Since investing in Genetec Security Center, we’re now building a more consistent approach to security across all our sites, which has made such a huge difference to our operations,” said Alex Seymour, Sr. Business Analyst at Erickson Senior Living. “The unified platform gives us the flexibility to keep evolving and growing as we explore new, innovative applications and launch more communities. It’s much easier to customize our deployment to meet our growing security needs.”
Using Security Center, teams across the communities can now easily monitor alarms and quickly pull up video recordings during investigations. They also retrieve access control reports showing all door activity, cardholder activity, and in some cases, activity is linked to a camera view as well, so they can immediately understand what happened. Standardizing on a single platform also makes it easier for corporate security team members to review incidents or investigate operational snags without leaving their offices.