Security in Hotels and other Hospitality Buildings
When it comes to the safety of your guests (and of course your staff), you want to be sure your building has the highest standards for security no matter if we are talking about a hotel, a bed and breakfast or a hostel. From well placed cameras, to proper locks for rooms and lockers for customer’s valuable items, to a highly trained personnel in case of hotels and B&B since they are the “eyes and ears of the hotel” as a security consultant said in an interview a few years ago.
Access control is very important as well, and while in some structures ID cards or RFID tags can be given to customers in order to enter the place (a very common system in hostels), in other places such as hotels and B&B, well placed security cameras will be the first line of defense of your security system.
Security in Hostels, Motels and Bed and Breakfast
About Security in Hostels
Hostels are normally chosen by the guests based on certain criteria, among which stand out the position of the structure with respect to the attractions of the city in which it is located, the cordiality of the staff, the cleanliness and the safety/security measures present in the place. This type of structure needs to provide the traveler with a space in which to feel that their belongings are under insurance despite being paying much less than the value of a hotel room. It’s essential that every hostel has a space in which to leave your luggage and that this space can only be accessed by a staff member. Usually an RFID tag dedicated to that specific space or a magnetic card is more than enough. As for the lockers, it’s important that every room has enough lockers for each guest. Nowadays it is advisable to provide a service of lockers that can only be accessed by the guest with a dedicated RFID card activated at the time of check-in and deactivated at the time of check-out.
In hostels, it’s usually enough to have a relatively inexpensive security camera system since, due to the dimensions and spaces, only the entrance, the recreational area and the main corridors need to be monitored. Standard indoor cameras (whether dome, bullet or other) are more than enough.
About Security in Motels and B&B
Security in Motels and B&B and Motels are quite similar to those that should be implemented in hostels, from RFID cards dedicated to open specifics areas. Main difference in this type of structures may be the amount of camera needed to monitor all the spaces as well as the need to have safes in the rooms so that guests can deposit their valuables and carefree.
While hostels are to be found mostly in large urban centers, they don’t always have outdoor security cameras; motels and bed and breakfast on the other hand often need this type of equipment because they are usually located in suburban or rural areas and are not surrounded by other structures that allow a relatively assiduous monitoring. In addition, when choosing an outdoor security camera for this type of structure, it’s important to consider the climatic factors and that is why it is convenient to invest in some type of bullet-resistant cameras such of “anti-vandalism” type (those are cameras surrounded by a solid structure that prevents the camera and the lens from being damaged) in such a way that, due to storms or strong climatic accidents, you will not have to worry about replacing the cameras every now and then.
Hotel security and hotel automation
Cameras in the hotel
Usually hotel lobbies are considered privately owned public spaces, this means that virtually anyone can access the lobby of an hotel and that’s why you want to be sure you can have your lobby properly monitored with multiple security camera system. Since aesthetics are important in a hotel, you want discretion and HD dome camera types may suit those spaces well. Of course the amount of cameras needed in an hotel is vast and you want to consider a good CCTV system so that you can have a complete monitoring and control over the different areas of the structure. What type of cameras will suit your hotel better? This depends on each structure, how it’s built, the aesthetics and of course how the integral security system works. If you want to have a look at the best cameras out there we strongly recommend to check out our article regarding business security system where you can take a look at some of the best cameras in the market right now. (please insert hyperlink here to segment “cameras” located in www.alarmadoo.com/en/business-security-systems)
Other security elements in the hotel
Another important aspect to consider when it comes to hotel security is to be technologically up-to-date when talking about smoke, fire and water detectors. This kind of detectors usually work by detecting a rise in the temperature (fire/heat sensors), by listening to a frequency that is transmitted by a leak and by detecting it (water sensors) or by detecting the amount of carbon monoxide particle in the air over time (CO detector).
This type of sensor are a must and you want to go for the most sophisticated ones as detecting a fire or a leak rapidly can make you save millions in damages. More information on this type of product can be found in our segment mentioned above regarding Security Systems for Business.
Of course when it comes to fire protection, you want your passive protection measures, “static measures that are designed to control the spread of fire and withstand the effects of fire” and your active protection measures, “automatic fire protection measures that warn occupants of the existence of fire and extinguish or control the fire”, to be at the top of the possibilities. Be sure to talk to your security provider about this things as not all security companies offer services of this kind but we are sure that they will be able to point to fire protection dedicated companies on which you can rely on.
Last but not least, hotel automation. If you are to invest in a new security system, you want to set for an automated security system. This type of systems make each single part of your security system interact with another. On top of this it helps energy consumption to be managed intelligently. From cameras that in certain spaces with little traffic are activated only when movement is detected, to sensors that when detecting something suspicious activate other security functions, to intelligent thermostats in the rooms to don’t waste unnecesary energy and TVs, audio or other electronic equipments that are switched on or off when a guest passes his/her RFID card in front of a certain detector, something that in the best hotels can be done even in bathrooms, where the lights and water will not be possible to activate unless the RFID card or a sensor activates the area. One of the best, if not the best, company to provide this kind of automation is NEST, a Google subsidiary that focuses on top of the edge technology. Other companies like Samsung also provide some equipment of this type as well as manufacturers like Honeywell, D-Link and Hikvision.