managers, therefore, need to be sensitized on the ways of preventing false alarms, which have cost some pharmacies large amounts of money. However, false alarms can be countered by intelligent dispatching technological inputs, which can aid the security in determining the nature of alarms (Finefrock, 2008). Surveillance systems In completion, a surveillance system will contain devices such as recorders and cameras, including any other essential equipment. There are diverse types of cameras on the market, this range from the wide-dynamic range cameras to the convert models. In the case of pharmacies, the installers, with orders from the security officer, should strategically install cameras. The installation should be designed in a manner that will achieve retrieval of best images possible. Best images are gotten by purchasing appropriate camera models, which have the right lenses and mounts. The camera resolution should be set well for better assessment of the premises all the time (Finefrock, 2008). Digital Video Recorders (DVR’s) These devices have the capability of recording sounds and images simultaneously, making them most appropriate for the pharmaceutical drug storage area. After the alarms are triggered, for instance, the security guards can easily access the recorders and capture the movement of intruders, hence denying them exit. These images can also be stored for future reference purposes. The devices contain large volumes of storage space, allowing for numerous
recordings storage. Switching devices could also assist the security personnel when they need to toggle between differently located cameras (Finefrock, 2008). Remote Video Monitoring Regardless of the location of the pharmacy building, monitoring can be enabled to enhance on security by examining and protecting assets and the human resource within the premises. The pharmacy’s size, number of employees and different parameters could be used to determine the type of remote video monitoring required. The devices can be set to ensure they respond immediately in case of intrusion or access to prohibited locations within the pharmacy. Apart from offering security, it is necessary to note that videos can be used in other productive ways such as assisting in marketing and merchandizing of drugs and other products found in the pharmacy (Finefrock, 2008). Use of Biometrics Thieves have been known to steal key cards and photo identifications to access unauthorized sections of pharmacies. This prompted the development of biometric models of identification. To prevent intruder’s access to private data of patients and other sensitive issues, biometrics could be adopted. This is a technologically advanced model where identifying and authenticating staff and managers has been enhanced, and users are expected to perform certain functions that are sensitive in nature, which will assist in access to private locations within the pharmacy.
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