The need for physical security integration is estimated to record significant growth through the end of 2025, thanks to a recovering US economy and the emergence of technologies that address new health & security needs. In an industry with seemingly endless options – selecting a physical security integrator, can be downright exhausting. Business leaders are already faced with decision fatigue, an actual affliction resulting in poor decision-making as brain functions are overwhelmed by continuous choices. Taking a meaningful approach to selecting an integrator, such as the TEAMS methodology (Transparency, Expertise, Agnostic, Management & Scalability),is a great first step to relieve the burden of choice by narrowing the field of potential suiters. But what sets them apart?

To answer this question, let us turn to Abraham Maslow. In his 1943 paper, “A theory of Human Motivation”, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs describe the actions people take to achieve humanity’s most fundamental needs. Effective business leaders will always prioritize their organization’s needs for decisions of high importance and visibility, but oftentimes, underestimate the need to fulfill their most basic requirements:

Physiological needs

Physiological needs are the lowest level of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. They are the most essential things a person needs to survive. They include the need for shelter, water, food, warmth, rest, and health. A person’s motivation at this level derives from their instinct to survive.1

At this level, physical security integrators must fulfil their most basic obligations to the business:

  • Transparency
  • Expertise
  • Agnostic
  • Management
  • Scalability

The TEAMS approach ensures that your organization will secure a fast, focused, and flexible partner for all its physical security needs. 2

Safety needs

The second level of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs consists of safety needs. Safety, or security needs, relate to a person’s need to feel safe and secure in their life and surroundings. Motivation comes from the need for law, order, and protection from unpredictable and dangerous conditions. 1

There are many examples of safety needs in the physical security space. To find stability and secu