Does your surveillance department make this mistake?

The London 2012 Olympics has been a great success and it’s been a huge privilege to experience some of the many exciting moments. An all time highlight for me was watching Mohamed Farah achieve the double for Great Britain and experiencing the sound of thousands of British fans cheering their wonder boy down the final straight. Truly exhilarating! We all love to achieve and as I reflect on these Games, I realize that these athletes have achieved because they’ve been focused for years towards the London Olympics.

The importance of staying focused on the core of your business has never been more important than now as we get bombarded with more and more distractions. I know it’s easier said than done but if you want to be the best you have to learn from the best and look no further than the Olympics. A friend and mentor of mine who is the founder of a successful multi-million dollar business openly admits that he is useless at multi-tasking. In fact, a British study showed that a distracted staff member suffers a greater loss of IQ than a person smoking marijuana!

Casino surveillance staff can potentially be very distracted. I’ve been in surveillance rooms where the phone never stops ringing! Surveillance are tasked by casino owners to focus on protecting their assets and when they lose that focus, casinos become vulnerable. As more casinos look to implement dataveillance processes to assist with protection efforts, it’s important not to lose focus on the task at hand. Make sure your software provider handles all things technical so that you can focus on protecting.

The Olympic flame may have been extinguished and the athletes heading home. However, there’s a new bunch of future world beaters who will be focusing their efforts towards the next Olympics in Rio (1452 days to go). There’s also a bunch of surveillance professionals doing dataveillance the right way. Keep up the great work, stay focused and you will be rewarded!