Your Guide To Types Of Patrol Guard Tour Systems and How To Choose One

Patrol Guard Tour Systems

Your Guide To Types Of Patrol Guard Tour Systems and How To Choose One

If you are a private patrol firm looking to upgrade to a patrol guard tour system, you may find a plenty of different kinds clocking system for security guards available in the market. To choose the best real-time guard tour system, you need to know the types and how each one works and can be useful to your business.

Here we have compiled the major types of patrol guard tour systems to help you narrow down your search:

Watchman’s Clock System

A watchclock is a mechanical clock based patrol guard tour system used by private security firms. It is the oldest type of guard tour system and has been in use since the mid 19th Century.
The the mechanical clock systems was most commonly used and required a key to manually punch a number to a strip of paper with the time pre-printed on it. During the patrol, the security officer was supposed to stop at each key station to print the key number on the paper dial located within the watchclock. The paper dials were used to examine by the security manager to determine if patrols were completed on time. The paper dials could be filed away for future records.

Advantages of Watchman’s Clock System

  • Least expensive type of system and simple to use.

Disadvantages of Watchman’s Clock System

  • Only 30 or less key stations can be used.
  • Security patrol devices are fairly large and bulky making them difficult to carry
  • Paper dial have to be changed every 24 hours
  • Automatic reports can’t be created, no incident codes to indicate abnormal conditions
  • No real-time reporting of officer’s activity

Electronic Guard Tour System

Electronic guard tour systems are similar previous patrol guard tour systems except they use electronic components rather than mechanical. Electronic security patrol devices , called a “wands”, are used that is carried by the security officer when on patrol. Sometimes a card may also be used.

“Checkpoint stations” with some type of device that can be read electronically are used on-site. On patrol, the security officer scans the wand at each checkpoint station to record the location of the station and the current time. Most electronic systems also allowed the security officer to record any abnormal conditions found at the checkpoint station but it is a complicated process. At the end of the tour or shift, the security officer places the wand into a “docking station” to download information from the wand.This database can be displayed on the computer screen and/or printed.

Advantages of Electronic Guard Tour Systems

  • Wand is smaller and easier to carry than watchman’s clock
  • Incident codes can be entered to record abnormal conditions on the patrol tour
  • Missed stops and abnormal patrol activity can be identified.
  • System can store activity for longer periods than a watchman clock.

Disadvantages of Electronic Guard Tour Systems

  • More expensive than watchman’s clock system
  • More complicated to use
  • Does not provide real-time reporting of officer’s activity

Advanced Patrol Guard Tour System

It is a major improvement over the previous types and is presently used by most of the security companies for monitoring on-site movement of security guards.
Rather than depending on on-site keystations and punching mechanism, it uses GPS tracking technology to monitor the movement of guards in and out of the sites.

The security guards are not required to carry any special equipment. Instead they can use the mobile app on their smartphones. The reports are submitted in real time through the mobile app and can be supported by images and videos. Details reports are stored in secure cloud databases cutting down the need for paper reports and documentation. Also, when needed the reports can be exported.

For internal management and client communication, it provides dashboard and client portal respectively. One of the major advantage of advanced patrol guard tour system is that it streamlines and strengthens the communication flow among all stakeholders.

Advantages of Advanced Patrol Guard Tour System

  • No special equipment required, smartphones act as security patrol devices.
  • Gives the guards the convenience to update on-site reports using the mobile app in real-time
  • Complete and advanced reports can be created in real-time that are easy to analyse and export.
  • Detailed incident reports to identify activities on site and their frequency.
  • GPS enabled patrol tour system provides real-time tracking of officer activity, the supervisor is notified of missed sites and delays.

Disadvantages of Advanced Patrol Guard Tour System

  • If the system is not real-time, delayed reporting may be an  issue.

The Latest Technology

As per the user feedback and utility offered, an advanced patrol tour guard system is the best option for investment. It enhances the capabilities of the security team and guarantees superior level of on-site performance. Guardso is designed to cater to the needs of all stakeholders- the on-field security team, security firm’s management and the clients.
Here is what it includes:

  • Ability to use standard smartphone as security patrol devices. The mobile app can be downloaded from the app store and supports all iOS and Android devices.
  • Intuitive PPO Dashboard for effortless supervision from the security monitoring center.
  • Client Portal to manage profiles, communication, and report-sharing with the clients.

Guardso is a patrol tour guard system used by over 500+ companies worldwide. It is a one stop solution to tackle accountability and communication issues. It combines utility with simplicity.

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Comments (10)

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    James Johnson Reply

    Thank you for the comprehensive list Cameron.

    April 4, 2018 at 11:54 am
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    Maria Hernandez Reply

    Do all advanced patrol guard tour systems have real-time tracking?

    April 4, 2018 at 11:57 am
    • Cameron N.
      Cameron N. Reply

      Hi Maria. All advanced patrol guard tour systems do not provide real-time tracking. You must check before you invest in one. Guardso has recently updated and added the GPS tracking details.

      April 5, 2018 at 5:44 pm
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    Mary Smith Reply

    Are watchman clock’s still in use?

    April 4, 2018 at 11:59 am
    • Cameron N.
      Cameron N. Reply

      Hi Mary. Watchman clock are used by some private patrol firms but it is not recommended as there are advanced methods available to serve the same purpose. Also, they are bulky and it gets difficult for the security guard to carry multiple devices on patrols.

      April 5, 2018 at 5:36 pm
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    Maria Garcia Reply

    Nice article Cameron. But in spite of the availability of advanced patrol guard tour systems some security firms still choose to use older systems only because they are cheaper. When the fact is that there should be no compromise on the quality of system a firm is using for saving a few pennies.

    April 4, 2018 at 12:01 pm
    • Cameron N.
      Cameron N. Reply

      I agree with you, Maria. Management, especially in case of a private patrol firm, should not be compromised. A few pennies saved could cost the firm its credibility.

      April 5, 2018 at 5:13 pm
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    Alfred Wegener Reply

    To add to what Cameron has said, I would suggest the security managers go for advanced patrol guard tour systems. They are more powerful when it comes to managing security operations and the guards. They may appear to be more expensive but this is not the case, you won’t need to use other devices so that cost can be totally avoided.

    April 11, 2018 at 10:48 am
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    Robert Brett Reply

    If I say I am a small private patrol company with only 10-20 guards, should I go for an electronic guard tour system as an alternative to expensive advanced system?

    April 13, 2018 at 6:35 am
    • Cameron N.
      Cameron N. Reply

      Hi Robert. The pricing of the advanced patrol guard tour system is customized to the size of your private patrol firm so it is suitable for small companies as well. I would not recommend going for the electronic ones, they lack many useful features. They are not value for money even if they are cheaper.

      April 17, 2018 at 4:20 am

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