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Integrated Security – It Does A Whole Lot More Than You Thought Part 1 (2 Part Series)

Professional integrated security systems are important to every business. We’ve shared the different features burglar systems provide that have nothing to do with a break in , the top five reasons you should replace your traditional lock and key with an access control system, and other educational materials over the last few months. Many times, customers consider security systems as separate components:

With integrated security your solutions can work together to improve security, reduce risk and even improve productivity. That being said, we’ve decided to dedicate the next few Security Blogs to this topic.  Thru our next blog posts, we will be covering different scenarios/features that can be maximized with integrated security solutions.

Integrated Security – It Does A Whole Lot More Than You Thought

Environment Regulation – your burglar system can be equipped with special temperature sensors that will alert you if specific areas – a server room for example – exceed or dip below assigned parameters. This can save you from a great deal of hardware trouble and headache. Imagine though that with integrated security you can take this concept to an entire office building or warehouse. With integration, you can set up your facilities to monitor activity via security cameras and configure automatic lighting, heating or cooling settings for when people are present/absent. This can reduce your utility costs greatly and is an eco-friendly option for your business.

Improved Productivity – increased productivity is something everyone benefits from both personally and professionally. Traditionally, employers depended on security cameras or time clocks to monitor productivity. This was a start but hardly a way to collect data or truly motivate staff. These days software can be integrated that monitor’s user activity via the network. Keystroke logging software, web traffic logs, firewalls and other software applications can track productivity. On top of this, the data gathered show user/department trends, and any number of additional data points a company wants to gather. While some employees may grumble at the idea of close monitoring, this data can be a way for business owners to dole out promotions, bonuses and other rewards.

Visitor Management – with integrated security, visitor management for professional buildings and residential buildings is managed with software and closely monitored. No more sign in sheets, lost badges or calling up for an escort/permission (of course you can still do these things if desired). Integrated security reduces labor requirements and demands while also increasing security and protocol. A proper solution can automatically register visitors, print passes, give instructions on where to go and alert appropriate staff/persons of visitor arrival. There are even components that can be used to manage traffic flow within a facility to avoid wandering (both by foot and behind the wheel).

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Camera Cloud Storage & Backup: The Add-On Feature Your Security Cameras Need

Security cameras are an important addition to any business. You spend so much time building your business, protecting it from threats is a top priority and you get that. There are many features and decisions you must consider when choosing the right system for your unique needs. Whether you choose IP cameras or high quality digital, whether you go with fixed view, 360 degree or PTZ (pan tilt zoom); these are just a few of the many decisions you will weigh while picking out your solution.

We help businesses design, install and maintain these systems every day. The system itself is important but there is one feature you should really consider adding when you invest in your business-grade system – camera cloud storage & backup.

The cloud is everywhere in business these days. It can host your servers, improve productivity via software and applications, even our phones are now being hosted in the clouds. With all this movement towards cloud solutions, it is no surprise that cameras and the way we manage them are now moving to the cloud as well.

Camera Cloud Storage & Backup for your security footage/data is scalable – even unlimited.

You installed your camera system. You are recording video footage. All cameras are capturing proper angles and views. A year goes by, the system is functioning properly and you haven’t had any complaints or issues. One random weekday, an employee files a complaint that their car was damaged in your parking lot. You think, “We have cameras, this won’t be an issue”. Then the employee explains that this incident occurred over a month ago. You go to look through your camera footage and realize your system only retains data for up to 30 days.

No footage – Now we have a problem.

Your on premise recording device has a maximum capacity. There is no avoiding it. Sure you can add memory or change recording settings to try and squeeze more data in. However, the reality is your hardware has limits.

Enter security camera cloud storage for your camera system. With the cloud, you gain access to an unlimited amount of storage space. This means that you can save footage for days, months, years and beyond. No worries about recording over critical moments.

Camera Cloud Storage and Backup is the disaster recovery plan for your security cameras.

We spend a lot of time helping our clients prevent disaster . The same level of attention you give your network should be paid to the other technologies your business depends on. Disaster strikes in many forms: flood, fire, malware, theft etc.

Take theft for example. A clever criminal knows that it is important to either steal or destroy your recording equipment to avoid capture. If you are storing your data and footage offsite, even though the DVR or NVR is no longer functioning, you can still view the incident and maintain footage from the event in the cloud.

Problem Solved!

Camera Cloud Storage is a budget friendly option.

Recording devices are expensive. Depending on the type of recording equipment, number of cameras, desired backlog of footage . . . a recording device can easily cost you thousands of dollars. Some expenses are unavoidable. Nevertheless, if you want a hybrid system cameras or other special features, you are going to be investing a lot on the front end in hardware. BUT, there is an alternative to expensive hardware and add on features when it comes to extending the storage capabilities of your devices – the cloud.

Camera cloud storage is much more budget friendly than adding new equipment and hardware to the equation. You can purchase as much or as little as you need to get the job done and set a specific budget aside annually.

In summary, camera cloud storage and backups are a fantastic add on to your professional security system. The cloud allows for scalability, budgeting and disaster recovery.

This month we are offering a special on cloud storage – get 2 months FREE with a one year subscription to cloud storage for your security system.

Reach out to a representative or your account manager today to discuss how this solution may be easily implemented or fill out the form below to take advantage of this promotional offer: good thru July 31st 2017.

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Why Good Camera Systems Need Great IT Pros

Would you be OK with a criminal or competitor watching you and your office via your own CCTV security cameras . . . ?

Didn’t think so.

Security and camera systems, like many other technologies, are becoming more and more integrated within IT networks and infrastructure. This is great for ease of use, capabilities and increased protections. However, it can also open up additional avenues and risks for your company if managed incorrectly.

Imagine all the information someone could snag with limited access to your CCTV system.

You wouldn’t trust your IT to “some guy” (at least we hope not).  You should give the same respect to your security systems. It may be a good idea to buy a system from Costco or Amazon. But those off brand systems are easily hacked and they may carry pre-installed malware. Just last year a slew of security camera systems purchased on Amazon were found to be infected and could be hijacked by hackers to access data and camera footage illegally.

In almost all cases, some part of your security camera system needs an IT professional involved to finish the job and configured correctly. You can either trust the camera guy as he fumbles his way around your network, potentially leaving easily accessed holes in your protection, or try to get the camera guy and your IT guy to coordinate and work together (what we call a scheduling nightmare). Or, you can hire a professional technology services firm that does both.

Why Chose Andromeda’s Security Cameras?

Andromeda understands the intricate relationships security technologies have with your IT. We have specialized technicians in each area. They work together with a vast understanding of the security that both your CCTV system and your network need.  Also, because we sell only professional grade hardware and software (Honeywell) the chance of a hack on these pieces is much less than the cheaper no-name brands.

Security threats are everywhere these days. You don’t need to make yourself more vulnerable. Do not create a gaping hole in your enterprise via the very thing that is there to help protect you. Reach out to our team today if you are considering any security projects. We ensure that the solution you choose is right for your business needs, but most importantly, we make sure it is installed correctly and you are protected.

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5 reasons You Should Consider Replacing Keys With An Access Control System

Physical keys and door locks have been around for a long time. They do have some positive attributes . . . like keeping people we don’t like out of our space. They are easy to use and it’s safe to say everyone knows how to use them. However, with smart devices and the benefits of technology, even the traditional lock and key can stand an upgrade. How? Access Control.

Below are the top 5 reasons you should consider replacing the keys to your business with a professional Access Control system.

5 Reasons To Get An Access Control System

  1. You have absolute control over your office

If someone quits unexpectedly or just fails to show up, you can quickly remove their access to your building. Therefore, no waiting for a returned key. With Access Control Systems, simple programming changes remove the ex-employee’s access and save yourself sleepless nights wondering if a disgruntled employee is ransacking the office.

  1. Tracking

Programming of these systems allows for some very useful tracking. With multiple entrances, you can set up zones that specify who can enter a location as well as what times they can enter. For example, maybe you have a storage area or server room on site that should only be accessed during business hours. With access control, you can program doors to remove access at any time you desire. Furthermore, you can also program your system to send alerts if someone is accessing a door inside or outside of a given time range.

  1. Integration

You can integrate the system with both your Burglar and Camera system for some helpful features.  Doors can be set to disable alarms upon entering. Cameras integrate with door systems. For instance, a key fob opens your front door in the middle of the night. You can set your cameras to tilt and zoom in on this action and you can capture who is entering, whom they might have with them and even what they are carrying in/out of your facility.

  1. Protection from forgetfulness or “accidents”

Ever wake up in the middle of the night wondering if you forgot to lock the back door? With access control, this is not an issue. If a door accidentally remains propped open, you can be notified. If a door held open for an extended period, you’re notified. Try that with just a key!

  1. Remote Access/Control

Need to provide some special access outside of normal business hours?  No problem, with remote access to the system, one quick click and you can unlock that door and let them in . . . without ever leaving your house.

This is just a short list and by no means exhaustive. Access Control Systems literally contain hundreds of features and all kinds of customized and creative solutions to make the system work for you and your needs.  Give us a call or complete the form to request a consultation to have us show you how a system could enhance your business and remove stress.

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What To Consider When Buying That Security Camera System (Hint, It Isn’t Price)

If you are looking to add a security camera system to your technology mix, here is a simple and overriding factor that you shouldn’t ignore.  Like many things in life, you get what you pay for and CCTV cameras are no exception.

There is a vast difference in a $59 security camera purchased from Costco or Amazon, and a professional grade, $300 camera.  The differences show up in picture quality, reliability, and longevity.

How To Tell If A Security Camera System is Right Choice?

Picture Quality

Imagine the unimaginable. A break-in occurs at our business. You did everything you could to prevent this (i.e. a functional burglar system, cameras and even access control at specific entrances). Now, you go to look at footage the security camera caught so you can catch the culprit and the image shows a grainy blob. Now, imagine poor quality mixed with weather or poor lighting . . . you get the picture (or lack thereof).

Reliability ­

Fast forward a few months after you install your system. Two employees get into a fender bender in the parking lot. When the police/employees request footage of the incident you don’t sweat it. You head directly to your DVR and prepare to play back footage . . . but wait . . . looks like your system is malfunctioning and a quarter of your cameras within your security camera system haven’t been recording like you thought they were. Bummer!

Longevity

When spending money on technology, it is important to see it as an investment. Sure, things come and go but investing in a quality system from a reputable vendor ensures that your system will last. Systems installed by professionals typically last years with proper maintenance and system care. That system on sale at Costco is lucky to last you a few months over warranty without some sort of failure.

The one constant with cameras – they need to work. They need to capture what you need; whether that be a parking lot, office space, warehouse or any other number of critical areas in your facility.

If you cut corners here, you’ll get cut corner results.

We’d suggest instead, invest that money into a quality system that will perform when you need it and for years to come.