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Tip of the week: Evaluate new technology before purchasing

Hospital Safety Insider, June 16, 2011

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Almost every security department is on a tight budget. Hospitals are no different. Since upgrade projects do not happen very often, hospital security departments need to determine what the best equipment is to fit their application, budget, and growth plans. They need to consider purchasing the most cutting-edge technology on the market because if they do not, their equipment will basically be outdated in less than two to three years. This may mean taking a slight risk on equipment that has not been on the market very long.

Select products from established and proven manufacturers to mitigate some of that risk. A move toward IP-based technology for cameras and video management systems is recommended. Video management systems should be open platform so the hospital is not locked into proprietary equipment.

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