Work-life balance is gaining importance every day and yet achieving it is becoming more and more difficult. Can you truly disconnect from work with smartphones? With your emails synced, clients, vendors, bosses, colleagues on WhatsApp and social media sucking up all the free time you have, how do you achieve a work-life balance?
Stress has become synonymous with work life and if you aren’t happy in one area of your life, chances of you being productive in another area are less. While it is impossible to be happy all the time, here are 5 tips you can follow to have a better work-life balance: Continue reading
Time management, an essential skill for any manager to possess, when effectively used can bring about increased productivity. As a manager, this is the hardest job: to prioritize if your team needs your presence today or you need to lock yourself in your office so you can work on a project. Continue reading Work smart, save time
Advancing technology has ensured improved ways to secure smaller assets like ATMs, boutiques, grocery stores, small retail outlets etc. But the sophistication of this technology has also ensured that the criminal too has become sophisticated.
Electronics surveillance & security systems that do not upscale with the changing requirements are not doing its job properly. En-route vehicles like school buses, cash vans, logistics vans etc. are challenged with a unique range of security issues, ranging from accidents, vandalism, misbehaviour, pilferage and assault of employees. Relying solely on GPS Tracking Systems is a very unreliable measure.
Vehicles are protected in the premises thanks to the surveillance there. But what about when they are on the move; how do you ensure safety en-route?
Five years since its inception, Securens has become a market leader in the e-surveillance industry, making daily strides to offer the most efficient and cost-effective solutions. But how did we change the game?
Securens’ game changer strategy
It is never one thing that results in change. It is the cumulative effect of many things coming together to reach a tipping point. Our “game changer” strategy was to replace security personnel as the first line of defence and substitute it with technology-based remote surveillance and active deterrence that offers: Continue reading The Secret Ingredient to Securens’ Success
Securens began with a vision, a vision to provide remote surveillance monitoring to banks by setting up a central monitoring unit for ATMs. Having worked extensively with banks, both the MD and the then CEO(the dynamic-duo) of the still-in-the-seed-stage Securens knew banker pain points and requirements. Continue reading Celebrating 5 years of Securens: How it all began
“A kind heart, fierce mind and brave spirit make a game changer. Be a game changer who stands out from the crowd with the power of five: innovation, adaptability, result orientation, reliability and vision. Be a game changer because the world has enough followers.”
Christmas and end-of-the-year is upon us and with it comes the challenge of finding and exchanging gifts. And what better way to end the year than to give back! As Maya Angelou says, “Charity means ‘I have more than I need, and you seem to have less than you need. Please accept some of my overflow.’”
By giving back, not only does the receiver gain something, but also you, as the giver receive something in return – the feeling of having made a difference. Continue reading The Art of Giving Back
The Indian retail industry has emerged as one of the most dynamic and fast-paced industries as a result of competition from several new players. It accounts for over 10% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and around 8% of employment. India is also the world’s fifth largest destination in the retail space.
While India’s retail market is expected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 10% to US$ 1.6 trillion by 2026, India’s Business to Business (B2B) e-commerce market is expected to reach US$ 700 billion by 2020. Continue reading The Emerging Indian Retail Industry
“Culture is how organizations do things.” – Robbie Katanga
What it is
Today organizations are vying to be rated as “a good place to work” and the most crucial elements are the brand value of the organisation and the remuneration paid to its employees. But they seem to ignore yet another important factor which plays a deciding role, which is the work culture of the organization.
Every organization has its way of functioning and carrying out day-to-day activities i.e. their work culture. It aids in retaining and creating a sense of belonging to the organisation. Right from the type of clothes employees wear to how approachable the top management is; everything forms a part of this culture. Continue reading Culture Building: why it matters?
ATMs were originally brought in to reduce the pressure on bank branches struggling to serve their many customers. Since its inception however, the role and services provided by ATMs have significantly evolved. It is no longer a simple cash-dispensing instrument but can be used for marketing, information dissemination, withdrawals and deposits, international remittances and the list is endless. Continue reading Securing the ATM: Part II – Solution: What can be done?
A recent global cyber-attack led to a lockdown of around 100 systems. The worrying part of the attack was the information system that proved to be a weak link is still being used by many ATMs in India.
As banks in India continue to add more ATMs to their expanding network, it will throw up many challenges, security being one of the major concerns. ATMs not only hold millions of rupees in cash, they can also be used to extract customer data and PIN.
To protect their ATMs, it is becoming increasingly important for banks to upgrade their security systems in order to stay on top of tech-savvy criminals who will stop at nothing to rob them.
When a company is established, the first thing it needs to define for itself is its vision and mission. Just like an organization has milestones and goals to accomplish, it’s important for its employees to have a personal vision; like what do you want to achieve and where do you see yourself going. Continue reading Yes We Can!
“A good life is a collection of happy moments” and why should these happy moments be restricted to just friends and family? Celebrating moments of achievement, festivals and birthdays in the office are just as fun! Not only do you gain recognition among your peers, you also get to participate in someone else’s victory. Continue reading #CelebrationsatWork
A child spends about six to seven hours of his waking time in school. A student expects he or she will be safe in the school premises. Parents expect their child will come to no harm while he/she is in school. Teachers expect that they will only need to worry about teaching and learning – not the safety of their pupils.
Safety is a concept, a perception that people associate with a place. It dictates how freely and to what extent they will use this space. And the physical and mental well-being of a community is dependent on the perceptions of its people.
For centuries, gold has been associated with money – as an exchange system for trade and commerce. It was only after the Second World War that our current exchange system was created. Even so, gold hasn’t lost its charm or hold on people.
The gold market is rich and diverse: gold is mined on almost every continent, shipped around the world and sold to a variety of consumers – banks and financial institutes, retail investors and jewellers. Gold is constantly on the move, being designed and redesigned as per the needs of the end user.
Live Monitoring is the continuous observation of premises to detect change. It is impractical to have personnel stare at computer screens 24/7 in order to detect incidents. The margin of human error would be too great for it to be viable.
A more useful approach would be to setup an alert-based monitoring system that could sound an alarm when a sensor picked up unusual activity, alerting the personnel to look in the appropriate direction. This would not only improve the effectiveness of a surveillance system but also improve response time. Continue reading Hello…We are watching you!
From analogue to digital, HD resolution to wireless systems the surveillance technology has grown in leaps and bounds and continues to grow every day. As a result of the evolving needs, flexible and smart systems are being designed to cater to a site’s unique needs. With the help of this smart technology, one is able to communicate the needs, thus improving how businesses operate. Continue reading Get Smart!
Safety has become the most important buzzword in today’s time. Everything we do, right from selecting a place to travel to, to being at the workplace, mall or a restaurant revolves around safety. Whether at home, school or a retail outlet, we are surrounded by safety measures that ensure no untoward incident or harm occurs. Continue reading Smile, You’re on Camera
Cloud computing has seen unprecedented adoption by global businesses as they move towards the new internet paradigm to become better connected. As a result, much innovation has been observed in the Internet of Things (IoT) space like smartphones, self-driving cars, e-surveillance, unmanned drones, etc. As time will progress, more “things” will get connected, largely by wireless technology, which leads us to one of the biggest challenges facing IoT i.e. bandwidth. Continue reading Demystifying Fog Computing and its role in E-surveillance (PART 1)
Software as a service or SaaS is a way of delivering applications over the internet. Think of all the web-based software you use – Hotmail, Office 365, Gmail, etc. – and you will have a decent idea of what SaaS looks like.
The biggest pay-off of using a SaaS-based application is that you don’t need to buy, install or maintain clunky software. All the middleware, infrastructure, app software and data are located in the service provider’s centralized database. You just need an internet connection, web browser and subscription to the application. Continue reading SaaS it up!
With many companies following a more horizontal hierarchical structure, no employee can work in isolation. At any given moment you will need to know how to communicate effectively, whether with your own team or with members of another team. Besides, collaboration and teamwork lead to bigger organizational goals of quality improvement, product development and customer service. Continue reading How to better your teamwork and collaboration skills
Guards are by definition not only inefficient and unreliable but also extremely expensive. Organisations have large number of guards securing the perimeter that puts undue and unnecessary financial stress on the profit of the Business Unit.
Motivation drives people to success. You may have the best people on board but if they do not have the drive, they are unlikely to reach or utilize their true potential. As a leader it is not only your duty but also your responsibility to motivate your people.
Work will flow smoothly when your workforce is motivated since motivated people are positive, rearing to go and enjoy their jobs. Productivity and efficiency improves and you are able to achieve your organisational goals as well as employee goals. Continue reading Motivation – the what and the how
Many retailers may be missing out on opportunities by underutilizing one of the most critical numbers: conversion rate of visitors to buyers. As a retailer, you may already know what is working and what isn’t for your store but by using people counting metrics, you can amplify that into actionable results.
People counting or counting the foot traffic in any store can be used for smarter business decisions that can lead to profitability and operational efficiency. People counting technology includes retail analytics, queue management and security. Continue reading People Counting – a key metric for retailers
The worlds of IT and surveillance are ever converging as technology continues to evolve. Modern organizations are seeking solutions to ensure their persons and premises are ‘safe and secure’ with infrastructure that is:
‘Surveillance’ comes from a French phrase for ‘watching over.’ Its purpose is to monitor activities, actions, or behaviour for the purpose of influencing, managing, directing or protecting your premises, human life and brand value.
Observation from a distance by the means of electronic equipment such as CCTV cameras, MIC, Siren & Speaker or
Interception of electronically transmitted information
While we know the importance of e-Surveillance systems, it is also necessary and prudent to know if your CCTV cameras are working or not.
If you are setting up a retail outlet, commercial establishment or a restaurant, you require a clear understanding of an integrated surveillance solutions. Finalising the placement of cameras and mapping the key areas in a store/outlet is very important as it play a vital role in day-today running of businesses. Continue reading Why the health check-up of e-Surveillance is important?