For businesses, security is a top priority. However, hiring and managing physical security guards can be expensive and time-consuming. Fortunately, there’s a solution: VirtuGuard™ virtual guarding. Virtual guard services are a cost-effective alternative or supplement to physical security officers, and they can enhance the security of your business. In this article, we’ll discuss what virtual security guards are, the benefits of using them, the difference between virtual officers and physical guards, and how to find and hire a virtual guard company.
What are Virtual Guards?
Virtual security guards, also known at BOS Security as VirtuGuard™ Command Center Agents, are an effective way to protect your business without being physically present at a property. They provide a type of virtual security service that uses advanced technology to monitor activities on your property and alert you of any potential threats. Virtual guarding services use a suite of sophisticated technology, such as surveillance cameras and microphones, artificial intelligence (AI) and other video analytics, virtual alerts, alarms, and more to detect intruders and alert you or your security team.
Unlike physical security officers, virtual security officers don’t require a physical presence on your premises. Instead, they monitor your property remotely, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This allows you to save money on wages while still ensuring that your business is secure. Additionally, if you already have onsite guards guarding your business, VirtuGuard™ Agents can act as virtual supervisors, ensuring they are following site procedures and policies, which will increase the value and efficiency of your existing security solutions.
Benefits of VirtuGuard™ to Physical Security Services
One of the main benefits of implementing virtual security guard service is that they can provide an additional layer of security to your existing onsite security services. By using Command Center Agents in tandem with physical security guards, you can have greater assurance that your business is properly protected. This might include ensuring that your physical officers are wearing proper uniforms, remaining on task during their shift, responding to incidents efficiently and effectively, and more.
VirtuGuard™ Agents can also provide an efficient way to monitor your business without having to hire additional physical security guards. With VirtuGuard™ Agents, you can monitor more areas of your property at once, giving you better coverage than foot patrols conducted by physical security officers. Additionally, by adding Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other video analytic software to your surveillance cameras and monitoring systems, virtual security guards can be alerted to an incident or event as it occurs. When an event has been detected, the virtual security guard will receive an alert which will direct them to relevant cameras covering the situation. The virtual guard can then dispatch the physical guard to the location of an event, where they can respond quickly and more efficiently.
Furthermore, virtual security guards are more cost-effective than onsite officers. They require more affordable wages, and they can be used as an additional layer of security without the need for additional personnel.
How VirtuGuard™ Can Improve Security Coverage
Virtual security officers can help improve your security coverage by monitoring areas of your property that may be difficult to monitor with traditional physical security officers. For example, virtual security guards can be used to monitor large areas of property, such as parking lots, warehouses, and grounds. Rather than a physical guard conducting regularly scheduled foot patrols seeking suspicious or illegal behavior, VirtuGuard™ will find suspicious behavior for them at any time.
Additionally, VirtuGuard™ can provide a layer of protection for physical security officers themselves. By monitoring a property from a wide range of perspectives, virtual officers can alert physical officers to concerning activity or behavior that may pose a risk to their safety. If an event is suspected to be too risky or dangerous to dispatch the physical officer to by themselves, VirtuGuard™ Agents can also dispatch local law enforcement to respond to the event.
VirtuGuard™ can also provide 24/7 surveillance of your property. This is especially useful for businesses that operate after-hours or on weekends. By using virtual guards, you can ensure that your property is protected, even when you’re not there.
The Difference Between Virtual Guards and Physical Security Officers
VirtuGuard™ Agents and physical security officers are both effective ways to protect your property, but there are some important differences between the two.
The most significant difference is that physical security officers require a physical presence on your premises, whereas Command Center Agents do not. This means that onsite officers need to be hired and managed, whereas virtual guards do not. Whereas a physical guard can be posted to your property without direct supervision, VirtuGuard™ Agents work from our Command Center, where they are being supervised and directed 24/7. However, VirtuGuard™ can act as a remote supervisor for sites that employ physical officers.
Another difference is that virtual security officers tend to be more cost-effective than physical officers. The cost of hiring, training, and managing a physical officer for one specific site is much higher than assigning an existing virtual guard to your site.
Finally, remote guards are able to provide 24/7 surveillance of your property, whereas physical guards may not be able to do so.
What Technologies Are Used In Virtual Guard Services?
VirtuGuard™ remote guarding services use advanced technologies to monitor your property and alert you of any potential threats. These technologies include surveillance cameras and microphones, artificial intelligence (AI) and other video analytics, motion detection, facial recognition, remote access control, audio speakers, and more. By using a suite of advanced surveillance technologies, VirtuGuard™ Agents are able to react to events as they occur in areas that may not be seen or detected by onsite physical officers.
AI allows remote security officers to detect any suspicious activity on your property and alert you, your security team, or local law enforcement. Video analytics can be used to identify and track individuals, vehicles, and objects on your property. Motion detection is used to detect any movement on your property. And facial recognition is used to identify and authenticate people on your property.
Virtual Security Guard Services: Features and Capabilities
VirtuGuard™ offers a variety of features and capabilities that can enhance the security of your business. These include:
- Real-time monitoring: VirtuGuard™ Command Center Agents can monitor your property in real-time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This gives you greater assurance that your property is secure, even when you aren’t present.
- AI-powered analytics: VirtuGuard™ uses AI-powered analytics to detect any suspicious activity on your property and alert you or your security team.
- Automated alerts: Virtual officers can send automated alerts to you or your security team if any suspicious activity is detected on your property.
- Remote access: VirtuGuard™ can be accessed remotely, giving you greater flexibility when it comes to monitoring your property.
- Automated reporting: VirtuGuard™ Agents can generate detailed reports that can help you better manage your security.
How to Find and Hire a Virtual Guard Service
Finding and hiring a virtual guard service is easy. The first step is to research different remote guarding services and compare their features and capabilities.
After you have found a virtual guard service that meets your needs, you should contact them and discuss your security needs. Make sure to ask questions about their features and capabilities, their pricing, and how their solutions can be customized to your property and your needs.
Once you have agreed on the terms and conditions, you can sign a contract and begin using their services.
How Virtual Security Guards Can Help Businesses Save Money
One of the main benefits of implementing remote security officers is that they can help businesses save money. Since virtual guards don’t require specific training and supervising, they are more cost-effective than physical guards. Furthermore, virtual guards can monitor more areas of your property at once, giving you better coverage than traditional physical guards.
In addition, virtual guards can help reduce the number of false alarms, which can lead to cost savings. By using virtual guards, you can ensure that any alarms that are triggered are accurate and require a response. When a VirtuGuard™ Agent receives an AI-triggered alert, they can view the cameras covering the area surrounding the event and verify that the event is abnormal or concerning before taking action.
Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Virtual Guard Services
If you are using virtual guards to protect your business, there are a few tips you can follow to ensure that you get the most out of your services.
First, make sure to use the latest technology to ensure that your virtual guards are up-to-date. This will ensure that your software, and your virtual guards, are able to detect any potential threats.
Second, make sure to use multiple monitoring systems. This will ensure that all areas of your property are covered, and it will give you greater assurance that your business is secure.
Third, make sure to regularly review and update your security protocols. This will ensure that your virtual guards are able to respond quickly and efficiently to any potential threats.
Virtual guards are an effective way to protect your business without the need for an onsite security guard. They are a cost-effective alternative to physical security guards, and they can provide an additional layer of security to your existing physical security guard services. They use advanced technology, such as AI and video analytics, to detect intruders or inappropriate behaviors and alert you, your security team, or local law enforcement based on the level of need.
By using virtual guards, businesses can save money and improve their security coverage. They can also provide an efficient way to monitor your business without having to hire additional physical security guards.
If you are considering using virtual guards to protect your business, make sure to research different remote guarding solutions and compare their features and capabilities. You should also ask questions about their pricing and read customer reviews to get an idea of what their services are like.
Add VirtuGuard™ virtual guarding to your security plan to support onsite security officers and increase security, safety, and compliance. With virtual guards, you can ensure that your business is properly protected and that you are getting the most out of your security budget.