SMS - Vistor screening

Keytech and the smart security revolution spreading from the UAE

UAE – Digital systems are now at the forefront of the industry, with consumers expecting to see high-tech solutions to everyday security issues as a matter of course.

A security venture, SMS by Keytech, could help realise the expectation that manually signing into a location will become increasingly rare, with card scanning and finger print recognition technology taking its place.

SMS (which stands for Security Management Solution) by Keytech, is a multi-platform solution which supports a number of modules.

The software, which was launched in 2016, offers capabilities for visitor screening, lost and found registration and automated car parking entry and exit, using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR), as well as person of interest notifications. Specific features include technology that can locate those with special needs, for example minors or those with disabilities, in order to evacuate them quickly in case of emergency.

CEO and founder of Keytech Security International, Firas Sinno, said the technology was launched first in the UAE, with ambitions to expand throughout Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman.

“The initial idea of developing a smart security system started in 2008. Throughout the years, we tried and tested different methods to develop this software and to enhance the system. By 2011 we created a single platform with one language for internal use and exclusively for our clients. From there we started approaching businesses, especially the commercial sector.”

With SMS by Keytech Second Generation in development for launch next year, Sinno explained the benefits of the system, which allows people to sign into a secure location by having their national ID card scanned and have their information automatically logged on a system, saving time and leading to a more efficient system, storing information digitally rather than manually.

“One of the main difficulties of manual security management is the lack of consistency in security procedures especially when individuals walk in and out of buildings,” he said. “For example, security guards change shifts and visitor information is logged differently by each user, who have various different handwriting patterns and admin skills, therefore losing valuable information that is hard to read and trace”

Verifying the number of people within a building also presents a challenge, said Sinno, when individuals walk into buildings without signing in, making it hard to track people.

“With SMS by KeyTech, signing in takes only 15 seconds with your national ID, making it easy for our clients to implement a quick sign-in system that has to be used by every person entering a building.”

Sticking to the manual method, and having out-dated security measures is likely to have an impact on businesses, according to Sinno, and in uncertain times, endanger life. “Having a digitalised system which only takes 15 seconds to capture visitor data shows the public that a certain organisation is secure and has a high-level crime deterrent that in turn attracts individuals to invest or buy in a residential or commercial building.”

Individuals are far less likely to carry out criminal activity if they have had their fingerprint or identity card scanned on arrival, he points out, with a key example of this is in the hospitality industry.

“The first impression is a lasting impression, therefore using an out-dated or poor security system can affect the reputation of a hotel. Poor security can result in visitor numbers and sales declining, as guests will feel unfavourable towards staying in or visiting an establishment that cannot monitor people coming in and out. A strong example is the attacks that took place in Egypt, targeting western tourists in hotels, resulting in a drop of tourism for a very long time that also affected the economy,” said Sinno.