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

ATS Integrated Security Systems What Else Can They Do

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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3 Add-On Functions Your Burglar Alarm System Can Provide That Have Nothing To Do With A Burglary

3 Add-On Features Your Burglar Alarm System Can Provide

A Burglary is something every business owner fears. Whether you are the owner of a retail location, restaurant, warehouse/manufacturing facility or even the owner of a B2B service based office, you are vulnerable to theft. It may be hard to imagine but it is the reality. The good news is there are protective measures available for your business and they protect you against multiple types of theft. Providing a reliable burglar alarm system, access control, camera systems, integrated security and proper IT procedures are just a few that we deal with every day.

For the purpose of this article, we want to focus on the traditional burglar system. When most people think of a burglar alarm system, they imagine a key pad at a main entrance, sensors throughout the building that detect movement, maybe a few glass break sensors etc. These are all traditional components that, when programmed by professionals who understand YOUR business, can assist you in preventing a break in.

However, where else can your professional burglar alarm system assist you? Can it do anything for the business besides catch a thief from breaking in during the middle of the night?

Of course it can!

3 Add-On Functions Your Burglar Alarm System Can Provide That Have Nothing To Do With A Burglary

Panic Button – You may install a panic button in multiple locations with many different functions:

  • A hidden switch for employees
  • Public switch for patron/employee use
  • Hand held device or lanyard for patron/employee use

This allows employees or customers in your facility to press the panic button and send a direct alert to police silently without allowing a troublemaker to know what is going on. Another use for a panic button is as an alert that someone is hurt and needs assistance.

Temperature Sensor – If you have a server room/closet, there is probably someone in charge of regulating the temperature. Equipment in those rooms is temperature sensitive. If it gets too hot or too cold, your important IT and Security hardware is easily in danger of malfunction. A good burglar alarm system has sensors for temperature that can be placed in rooms such as these. You can program the panel to monitor the room. This way, the moment the temperature leaves acceptable ranges the system will alert appropriate staff before a bigger problem occurs.  A similar concept applies also to coolers or devices which store anything perishable, even medical supplies.

Water Sensor — Obviously, your IT closet has water-sensitive equipment . . . but, what fun would that same example be here? Did you know that you could use your burglar alarm system to monitor areas that are prone to leaks or standing water? You know you are thinking about that annoying sump pump. With proper placement, a water sensor connected to your burglar alarm can help you rest easy during flood seasons, heavy storms and your run of the mill-plumbing problem.

How To Acquire A Burglar Alarm System with Andromeda

There are many ways your burglar alarm system can assist your business with day-to-day function and maintenance. Sharing your concerns, specific needs and desires with an experienced burglar representative at Andromeda can not only help you sleep better at night but be more productive throughout the day.

Check out more information on our Burglar Alarm Systems and Services.

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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.