Benchmark – driving innovation in the security sector
At Benchmark, we passionately believe that the future growth and development of the security sector depends upon the creation of flexible, scalable and effective solutions. As technology delivers ever increasing levels of functionality, so the ability to integrate elements such as business intelligence and smart management create a more valued proposition for all concerned. This brings together enhanced security with truly beneficial solutions.
We believe that by embracing the new and emerging technologies, and by adopting a more holistic approach to encompass the inherent flexibility they offer, credible solutions that deliver enhanced protection, security and business benefits can be realised.
Any solution which includes a degree of compromise, no matter how small, will always be flawed. Given the depth of options now available, the use of limited or outdated technologies, or formulaic design which does not specifically address the needs of a customer, is unacceptable.
Through independent testing, system and technology assessments, field-based analysis, educational articles and informed debate, Benchmark provides vital information to those seeking to create best-in-class solutions. The editorial materials included in the magazine and its on-line initiatives ensure that those who offer bespoke advanced solutions have access to honest, independent and relevant reporting that aids and supports them in their work.
Benchmark delivers its content via a monthly print-based publication, as well as a number of interactive electronic initiatives.
Benchmark carries out both comparative and solus testing of products and systems. This is an essential part of delivering real-world information about certain product groupings. These tests select product based upon specific criteria, and then pit various devices against others that could be specified for the same task, or examine the actual benefits of a product or system. These tests deliver an independent and genuine experience of using the products.
Benchmark ensures that users are aware of the potential options and benefits available from today’s high technology systems. By considering the technologies, and how they can be employed in the real world, this allows readers to understand not only what can be achieved, but also how benefits can be accessed, and why certain considerations should be made. This delivers a higher level of understanding, and ensures that solutions meet all expectations once they are in everyday use.
There are times when applications could benefit from a number of differing approaches. Deciding which way to go is sometimes a difficult task. With this in mind, Benchmark undertakes challenges designed to illustrate the pros and cons of certain working practices. This will ensure that you can assess the varying routes to providing a credible level of protection for any application.
Sometimes specific problems require innovative solutions, and trying to address them with a ‘formulaic’ approach can lead to wasted investment in terms of both time and money. Benchmark helps by addressing the various considerations associated with specific challenges, and by highlighting ways in which a high degree of protection can be realised.
INFORMED TECHNICAL ARTICLES
Benchmark has an unrivaled level of experience and expertise with regard to the technical aspects of modern security solutions, and can therefore offer independent and authoritative comment on new and emerging technologies. Benchmark applies real-world sense when considering these developments, rather than hyperbole and marketing speak!
BENCHMARK STATUS AWARDS
Benchmark Recommended Status is awarded to products that undergo the independent testing process and receive an overall rating of 80% or higher. Recommended products have no obvious flaws or performance issues, do not lack credibility and have been designed for simple installation and operation. However, they may have areas which could be improved upon, but not to the extent of jeopardising overall security. These products have strengths and weaknesses, and as a result might not be ideal for all conditions. As such, Recommended status is pertinent to test criteria and the aspects of performance as highlighted in the test.
Benchmark Outstanding Status is awarded to products that undergo independent testing and receive an overall rating of 90% or higher. Products which receive this status are then permitted to use the Outstanding logo, which illustrates they have passed application-specific testing and have reached the very highest standards. Outstanding products are expected to perform to the highest levels, offer credible security functionality, deliver high performance in a diverse range of applications, and have an installation and operational procedure that is not overtly complex.
Because products and systems in the electronic security industry are varied, there are inevitable price differences between products designed to do the same job. It may be that one device offers a credible level of performance equivalent to its peers, but has more competitive price. Alternatively, the device may have a similar price to its peers, but delivers additional features and functions. In such cases, these products are recognised by the award of Benchmark Best Buy status. The Best Buy status is only awarded to products that have achieved Recommended or Outstanding status.