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Businesses can get started with a mobile app development platform easily by signing up for Mobilengine, but what are the tangible benefits of adopting an enterprise mobility strategy in the security and guarding services industry?

Why is the security services industry going mobile?

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With a worldwide focus on improving cybersecurity strategies and solutions, it should come as no surprise that the manned security services industry is similarly expanding rapidly. A report from Daedal Research found that on a global scale, business is booming, while an industry forecast about this sector in the U.K, – conducted by Apex Insight – discovered similar data indicating an increasing reliance on private protection. New technologies make security and guarding easier than before, but rapid expansion isn’t necessarily a good thing for some security firms.

The immense increase in security services spending is leading to competition. Apex Insights’ report noted that market consolidation of smaller security firms caused larger enterprises in this sector to steal a big portion of customers. Security service providers need to set themselves apart from the competition. This calls for more productive employees, error elimination, enhanced security measures and cost reduction.

In fact, many businesses in the security services industry are turning to mobility in order to improve their company at the foundation, as indicated in a Group 4 Securicor case study. After all, employees are the organizations, and if they have the ability to perform their jobs and tasks more efficiently with less errors and at a lower cost, customers will be more satisfied and better protected.

“Enterprise mobility has the potential to reinvent the way guards work.”

Enterprise mobility in the security services sector has the potential to reinvent the way employees work, and it all starts with creating mobile workflow applications based on existing daily tasks and jobs. Businesses can get started with a mobile app development platform easily by signing up for Mobilengine, but what are the tangible benefits of adopting an enterprise mobility strategy in the security and guarding services industry? And furthermore, why would a security firm need mobile apps?

Improving productivity in real time
In the security services and cash management industry, employees are often out and about and away from computers and other technologies. So, when they return back to the office or headquarters, they need to manually enter information and tasks into their respective applications and systems. Administrative duties, therefore, make up a large portion of the work completed every day.

Obviously, with a mobile device and workflow app, those staff members can enter data from their current location. With a platform like Mobilengine, security and guarding service providers can empower their employees to even work offline. These capabilities alone will reduce field administration by up to 60 percent while mitigating the need to perform as much as 40 percent of back-office jobs.

The key is the real-time communication capabilities of mobile workflow apps hosted by Mobilengine such as security tour planning apps and cash management apps. As soon as employees in the field submit data, that information makes its way back to headquarters, mission-critical databases and applications. This saves employees from having to manually enter data and allows administrators to work in real time and stay in-sync with guards and security personnel who are on the job.

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Eliminating errors
Without mobile devices, security professionals and guards rely on manual, handwritten data collection; long, task-filled checklists and obtuse sets of rules. Those aspects of working without mobility can lead to errors in information, employees could complete jobs incorrectly, and some staff members can forget certain steps when securing locations and equipment.

The Mobilengine platform eliminates the chance of making an error on-site. For example, a security tour planning app provides employees with their tasks for the day as well as areas to input specific data, ensuring that the appropriate information is collected at every ATM stop. In fact, with Mobilengine, security and guarding professionals reduced errors by up to 70 percent.

Enhancing security
In the security and cash management services, employees must protect assets at all costs. It is quite clear that paper documents provide a minimal amount of security compared to digital solutions, as all it takes is simply misplacing a piece of paper and a company can become compromised.

Cash in transit monitoring apps grant an extra layer of security to already secure practices, as administrators can track activities in real time. ATM visit apps are equally secure.Take G4S​, for instance. If a guard must assess ATMs, Mobilengine allows businesses to implement unique PINs for each unit or worker. With this solution, organizations can ensure collected data matches internal records in real time, as well as keep unwanted eyes from accessing certain workflows or forms.

“Data transmits over secure channels to the Mobilengine cloud.”

Furthermore, Computing, U.K.’s leading business technology publication, explained that mobile backend-as-a-service models – such as the one provided with Mobilengine – employees can securely connect to backend systems without any additional coding or infrastructure. Data transmits over secure channels to the Mobilengine cloud, then travels to business applications. The source noted that this singular entry point is the key to being secure.

Cutting costs
Cost is perhaps the most important aspect of mobility in the eyes of business leaders. After all, going mobile shouldn’t put a drain on IT budgets, but rather improve productivity, reduce overall spending and therefore boost revenue.

With mobile workflow apps that allow these companies to track assets and employees, security and guarding service providers were able to lower the cost of their insurance plans by as much as 40 percent. Furthermore, with employees working harder, getting more done and saving time in the process, earnings will improve, and security worksheet apps ensure that no one works overtime.

However, businesses also need to reduce costs related to mobile app development in order to see a good return. Mobilengine can enable security firms to lower their total spending by between 10 percent and 30 percent.

Security professionals need mobile devices to improve the way they work. With Mobilengine, these organizations can take mobility to the next level with a complete platform-as-a-service solution that covers everything from development, backend infrastructure and management.

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Adam Dalnoki, Mobilengine’s CEO, brings IT and telecommunications expertise as an ex BCG consultant. He made a previous exit in a mobile payment start up and has held sales executive positions at Provimi and Kraft Foods.

Security and guarding services can bring their forces into the 21st century by outfitting them with the perfect tool for multiple jobs: a mobile device with workflow apps installed.

Gearing up for security service demands

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At a time when every organization is restructuring their cybersecurity systems and data protection teams, private security and guarding headlines are often overshadowed by reports of data breaches and network intrusions. However, that doesn’t mean that this industry is doing poorly by any means. In fact, the U.S. private security market is on the rise, as more enterprises realize that physical assets are just as mission-critical as their digital counterparts.

In a recent study titled “Private Security Services,” researchers found that the demand for private security and guarding services in the U.S. will expand 5 percent in the next four years. Reasons for this market growth include concerns about crimes, as expected, but more enterprises are seeking outsourced security guard teams in order to monitor technological equipment in government buildings, schools and hospitals, the source noted.

“Equipment has an ‘enormous impact’ on how security officers work.”

Simply put, private security services need to improve the quality of their services if they want to compete in the U.S. market, as enterprises are certain to be picky when it comes to protecting their brands, employees and equipment. The good news is that these guarding and security firms can optimize their forces with new tools. After all, as Security Magazine reported, what equipment security officers are armed with has “an enormous impact” on how they work and how they are perceived by internal staff members and corporate outsiders.

Security and guarding services can bring their forces into the 21st century by outfitting them with the perfect tool for multiple jobs: a mobile device with workflow apps installed. So, let’s take a look at what equipment is popular in this sector, since many of those solutions can simply be replaced by a smartphone and access to Mobilengine apps.

Alarm monitoring
According to the report on private security, digital video surveillance systems and alarmed smart homes are increasing the demand for guarding and security squads that can protect and monitor this equipment. Alarms themselves will account for almost one third of all security service spending once 2019 rolls around, meaning that security guards need ways to keep track of their employers’ different alarms and surveillance systems. Furthermore, employees must be able to securely access alarm codes, so as to ensure that no one gains unauthorized access to data centers, offices and homes.

This is why arming security guards with mobile devices and mobile workflow apps is so important. Alarm access code apps, for example, make protecting corporate and personal assets easy while keeping data safe and secure from employees and staff members as soon as their shift ends. Security guards can use that app to receive alarm codes for a short period of time, allowing them to connect back to headquarters and verify their identities before being displayed.

Bring security forces into the 21st century with mobile devices and apps.
Bring security forces into the 21st century with mobile devices and apps.

Equipment check-ins
As the importance of cybersecurity grows, more and more executives feel the need to physically protect data centers around the clock and secure end user computers overnight. The private security services report highlighted importance of using “highly trained guards” to do so, but maybe it’s more about the tools these employees have.

With security tour planning and security task management apps, however, security service providers can make anyone an elite task force capable of securing a variety of assets. These mobility solutions allow security guards to track their routes and report to headquarters when certain pieces of equipment or rooms are secured, ensuring that no stone is left unturned. Additionally, with RFID and NFC capabilities enabled in these mobile apps, administrators can monitor the progress of employees.

With a growing market comes competition, and as that’s current the case in the security and guarding services industry, these firms need to ensure that their guards and team members are prepared and armed with the latest gadgets and mobile workflow apps to successfully and satisfactorily complete their jobs.

Adam Dalnoki, Mobilengine’s CEO, brings IT and telecommunications expertise as an ex BCG consultant. He made a previous exit in a mobile payment start up and has held sales executive positions at Provimi and Kraft Foods.

Security services: 2 Sides to the mobile productivity coin [Video]

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Mobility and productivity go hand in hand, but did you know that the benefits of going mobile in security and cash management impact more than just employees in the field?

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With more businesses opting for private security and guarding services in recent years, these firms are busier than ever.

To improve the productivity of employees and therefore do more in less time, the world’s largest security company G4S gave their staff members Android tablets and workflow apps for cash management, ATM audit processes and cash-in-transit monitoring.

The days of performing manual data entry are over, and inefficient processes are put to rest. Thanks to Mobilengine’s 100 percent offline capabilities and backend integration, security firms can reduce field administration by up to 60 percent, as employees collect data, take photos and check tourplans on their mobile devices.

But that isn’t the only benefit of mobile workflow apps. When employees can send data directly into corporate apps and databases, businesses can cut 40 percent of back-office administration duties.

With mobile app platform-as-a-service solutions such as Mobilengine, cash management firms save time and improve operational efficiency while in the office or out in the field.

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Adam Dalnoki, Mobilengine’s CEO, brings IT and telecommunications expertise as an ex BCG consultant. He made a previous exit in a mobile payment start up and has held sales executive positions at Provimi and Kraft Foods.

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