Physical Security: Beyond Guns, Guards and GatesBy Lawrence Walsh | Posted 2009-11-04 Email Print
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While evangelists have long predicted the convergence of digital and logical security technology, market forces and innovations are pushing solution providers together partnerships from these domains to make convergence happen.
The warehouses of broad-line IT distributor Ingram Micro will soon stock fire control systems, automated door locks and products along since servers, switches and storage arrays that make up the core of its portfolio.
Ingram Micro announced yesterday that it will now stock physical security technologies, providing solution providers with the products and support to build and implement systems that safeguard both the virtual and brick-and-mortar domains.
"The launch of this security division is another example of our continuing efforts to expand our reach and bring value and focus to new and adjacent markets," said Keith Bradley, president of Ingram Micro North America in a statement on the launch.
Physical security is no longer the distant cousin of logical security. Security evangelists have long prognosticated that the logical and physical security worlds would converge into one big tent. Physical security systems—closed-circuit televisions, window and door alarms, turnstiles and other physical security devices—typically ran over dedicated lines and had siloed management systems. As more of these devices became IP-enabled, enterprises would migrate physical security to the data network and, eventually, be implemented and supported by solution providers and IT admins.