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Why Good Camera Systems Need Great IT Pros

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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

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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)

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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.