Integrating Access Control and Video Surveillance with Slack

Enterprise physical security has technology advances every year but it is most often only loosely connected, and often falling behind, the innovation coming out of Silicon Valley.

The lagging innovation coming out of the historically slow moving enterprise security and commercial life safety industries is increasingly making those companies vulnerable to the creativity and disruption coming from the Maker culture of new technology.

We deploy many newer products and services in the operations of Urban Alarm. Slack (www.slack.com) has become a primary platform for our internal communications around projects and operations. Between Slack for real-time communication and Asana (www.asana.com) for task based collaboration we have all but eliminated internal email.

One of the promises of new technologies like Slack and Asana is the open integration which is leveraged to an extreme with integration focused services like If This Then That (IFTTT) and Zapier.

This integration can be a quick and simple opportunity to integrate physical security technologies with a modern workflow. For our offices we have created a Slack channel where door access control and video security alerts feed in via email or direct IP integrations. Email based integration is quick and simple however the feed can be better customized with webhooks or a more direct API.

Other ways to leverage integration with Slack or other modern cloud based services:

  • Send video from off-hours access to Asana or another task management system so operations to "check" all accesses as valid.
  • Track all alarm system arming and disarming of the alarm system in a slack channel.
  • Send all video events (or some subset of video events) into Slack, Asana, and any other system that fits your organization's workflow.

The Zapier Integration Zapbook is a good place to start for ideas even if you don't end up using Zapier to accomplish the integration.

A sample of the quick and simple integration of Slack with physical access control and video surveillance (we have trimmed out some of the additional text that is a limit of the email integration)


Modern cloud based web services almost always have excellent options for integration using email, WebHooks, or other methods.

Modern cloud based web services almost always have excellent options for integration using email, WebHooks, or other methods.