Security is a sticky subject.

We all want to be safe while at the same time we want to have our privacy and rights protected.

Balancing these has been an issue since guards have been watching people … a long time.

The digital age has introduced ways in which security and surveillance can be done as never before.

Analog and digital devices — in particular, cameras — can be easily placed in locations that have been difficult to place before. This leads to a proliferation of cameras.

The ability for cameras to automatically search images for faces, license plates and more have meant that law-enforcement agencies have far more capabilities to locate people than ever before.

How this connects to us is that the company A+ Technology & Security (www.theaplusgroup.com) is in the process of opening up a new facility in Bridgeport. It will provide command center operations, education technology, manufacturing and sales. It’s a 7,000-square-foot commercial building in the center of Bridgeport’s high-tech community.

A+ is based in Long Island and provides surveillance in areas as diverse as commercial and industrial, education, government and municipalities, health care and transportation.

I spoke with David Antar, president of A+ who indicated that his firm has been integrating disparate (analog and digital) systems from different providers for years, giving organizations the ability to provide better security using both existing and new technologies.

Antar also added that with the new digital systems, they can control who has access to what surveillance materials and can log what was viewed, when and by whom, a major advance over earlier analog systems that offered no such controls.

These controls go a long way to balancing the needs and capabilities for enhanced security while providing transparency regarding who has access to the information and, thus, protecting individual rights and privacy.

Along with A+’s offerings, it has more traditional information technology offerings. This new center in Bridgeport will add A+’s first Connecticut location and create new jobs in Connecticut.

It’s great to see companies coming to Connecticut that can utilize our workforce and bring products and services that support a broad spectrum of industries.

Mark Mathias, a 35-year information technology executive, is a resident of Westport. His columns can be read http://blog.mathias.org online. He can be contacted at livingwithtechnology@mathias.org.