Keeping your business safe with a security system is one of the best ways of ensuring that your property and non-electronic data does not fall into the wrong hands. Knowing how these systems function can help you make the best choice for your situation. The following is a brief overview of the most popular commercial security and monitoring systems available on the market.
Alarm or Sensor Systems
The door and window alarm system is the most common security system on the commercial market. It uses networked sensors to detect activity. When the system is armed, it transmits and receives streams of signals, and when a stream is physically interrupted, an alarm event is triggered. Sensor systems function in much the same way but use motion, heat, or other type of sensor to monitor an area. Motion detection systems are common inside office buildings and are included in many door alarm packages.
Depending on the type of system you use, the alarm may trigger an event locally (an audible alarm or light) or it may transmit information to a remote device or location. Many door alarm systems can even contact emergency services for you. Most systems are mobile device compatible and can send email or text messages on alarm or arm/disarm events. Some systems are also remotely accessible and can be programmed from a mobile device.
Video Security System
A video security system provides recorded evidence of the activities that take place in and around your property. Cameras are set up throughout the property and are connected to a DVR by either video cabling or by wireless signals. Some versions may also be capable of recording and storing audio. These systems are highly customizable as far as recording clarity, the number of cameras, and backup storage availability.
Cameras may individually be set to record all the time, on motion events, or on a schedule. Video systems are designed to complement other security systems, not replace them. Although some systems can send motion alerts to a remote device, they are generally used for monitoring purposes only.
Secure Access Systems
Like an alarm system, a secure access system protects your doors from unauthorized access. Unlike the alarm system, the secure access system is tied into the locking mechanism. To gain access, authorized individuals must present a keycard, fingerprint, or other uniquely identifying information to activate the lock.
These systems are highly customizable and may be used on any door in your building. User rules are defined separately for each door, allowing you to set security access based on users, groups, or date and time criteria.
Monitored vs. Unmonitored
Some security systems are designed to be monitored by an outside entity. How these systems are monitored is unique to each service provider. If your systems are not remotely monitored, they can be set up to alert designated personnel when they are triggered. Most camera systems, regardless of whether they are being monitored, can be accessed and reviewed remotely.
There is no one-size-fits-all security system for every commercial building. Finding the right type and level of protection for your property will depend on what type of property you have, what you need to protect, what you are protecting it from, and your budget. We carry a variety of customizable security options to fit most situations. Contact us for more information on protecting your investments and your property.
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