IP-enabled physical security brings a number of benefits, particularly in multi-site organisations, allowing centralised access management as well as health and safety and environmental benefits (knowing who is in a building, automatic lighting etc).
From a security viewpoint there are key benefits such as:
The difficulty with implementing these systems is in the understanding and agreeing of all the requirements from a diverse set of interests (business, facilities, physical security, IT, audit, HR etc.).
One way we simplified the process to develop the requirements for our client was to develop a stakeholder plan identifying the stakeholders, their interests, their requirements, and what decisions required their approval.
I don't think it really matters who takes the lead in a project such as this. The important thing is to get the right people involved and to get their buy-in.
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