When Exits Become Entry Points: Why Smarterlite Environmental Exit Signs are the Secure Choice

In today’s ever-connected world, businesses are increasingly concerned about the security risks posed by electronic devices, particularly those manufactured overseas. This concern extends beyond traditional security systems and cameras to encompass seemingly innocuous equipment like networked exit signs.

The primary function of an exit sign is to guide occupants to safety during an emergency. But the popularity of networked systems introduces potential vulnerabilities. Let’s delve into the growing apprehension surrounding electronic devices with a focus on networked exit signs, and explore how Smarterlite’s innovative Environmental Exit Signs offer a secure and reliable alternative.

The Looming Threat: Why Businesses are Wary of Networked Devices

The heightened scrutiny of electronic devices stems from growing cybersecurity concerns. Businesses hold sensitive information, from intellectual property (IP) to financial data, that malicious actors constantly seek to exploit.

Networked devices, by their very nature, create potential entry points for unauthorised access. Vulnerabilities are introduced at the manufacturing stage or a software update stage, potentially compromising entire networks, perhaps even without the knowledge of the wholesaler or supplier of the system.

In the context of networked exit signs, the concern lies in the potential for these devices to be exploited as backdoors into a building’s internal network. Hackers could gain access to sensitive information or even disrupt critical systems. This risk becomes particularly acute in industries that handle highly confidential data, such as defense, finance, and healthcare.

Networked Exit Signs: Convenience vs. Control

Networked exit signs offer a range of functionalities that can be appealing to building managers. However, the convenience of these features comes at a cost. As specified by AS/NZS 2293.2:2019 Appendix F, their computer networked monitoring systems require additional maintenance and IT security checks every 6 months, before the connected exit signs have their six monthly test. Those same networked systems introduce additional points of vulnerability that require robust cybersecurity measures. Implementing and maintaining these measures can be a significant financial burden for businesses, especially for smaller organisations.

Furthermore, the reliance on a centralised control system creates a single point of failure. If the network is compromised or malfunctions, the exit signs could become inoperable during a critical moment.

Smarterlite: The Secure and Sustainable Choice

Smarterlite’s Environmental Exit Signs offer a compelling alternative to networked systems. Our signs are available in two primary configurations:

  • Pure Photoluminescent: These signs absorb light and re-emit it as visible light during power outages or low-light conditions. They require no electrical wiring, batteries, or network connection, eliminating any potential cybersecurity risks.
  • Hybrid Photoluminescent: These signs combine photoluminescent technology with energy-efficient LED lights. The LEDs provide continuous illumination under normal conditions, while the photoluminescent material offers backup illumination during emergencies. Like the pure photoluminescent option, these signs are completely self-contained and require no network connection.

Both configurations offer several advantages for businesses concerned about security:

  • No Network Connectivity: By eliminating the need for network connections, Smarterlite Environmental Exit Sign remove a potential entry point for cybercriminals.
  • Minimal Electronics: The pure photoluminescent Smarterlite Environmental Exit Signs have no electronic components, eliminating any point of entry, and Smarterlite’s Hybrid Photoluminescent Exit Signs only have sufficient electronics to power the LED’s.
  • Long-lasting Reliability: Our signs are designed for a long lifespan, either 16+ year or 30+ years, depending on the model, eliminating the need for frequent maintenance or replacement, which can introduce security risks.
  • Sustainable Solution: Smarterlite signs are environmentally friendly, reducing emissions, eWaste, plastic waste and of course, your costs.

Conclusion: Prioritising Security Without Compromising Safety

In today’s digital age, businesses have a responsibility to take proactive measures to safeguard their people, assets and intellectual property. While networked exit signs are marketed as having certain conveniences for facility managers, the potential security risks they introduce are simply too great for many organisations and they add to the workload of the IT and cyber security teams.

Smarterlite’s Environmental Exit Signs provide a secure and reliable solution for businesses of all sizes. Our signs offer superior safety functionality without compromising on security or sustainability.

For businesses seeking to prioritise both safety and security, Smarterlite is the clear choice. Contact us today to learn more about how our innovative Environmental Exit Signs can help you create a safer and more secure environment for your employees and assets.

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