Commercial/Building Access Control System Integrator: Design, Sales, Installation & Service
Building Access Control System Services -Chicago-Ridge, IL 60415
Protect your organization from costs involving: Employees, Inventory, Theft, and more.
Andromeda sells, installs, services, and supports a host of recognized, top-quality access control systems in order to provide the best possible solution to your office and building security needs. We focus on Access Control installations for local, medium-sized businesses like yours in Chicago Ridge, IL.
By integrating an electronic building and office access system with security camera and burglar alarm systems through your computer data network, your business can reap many additional rewards beyond basic security/protection functions involving your employees, your inventory:
- Comprehensive intruder deflection & defense (including detection, restriction)
- Audit-trail and automated attendance reporting (to greatly improve and simplify other aspects of your daily, weekly, and annual tasks!)
No need to change locks, make or replace keys
All devices can be programmed by time-of-day and day-of-week on a "per entry-way" and "per employee" basis
Know who goes where and at what time - all the time!
Time and Attendance Reporting
Paperless time cards with break and lunch verification
Produce Email alerts and phone/camera system responses to entry breaches
Require two access methods for entry to sensitive areas
If someone does not enter legally, the same person is unable to exit.
Disable access entry at a moments notice.
Telephone System Control/Monitoring
Link 2-way intercom & door control to your phone handsets!
Andromeda Technology Solutions is a technical services provider offering 24/7 emergency response to areas like yours in Chicago-Ridge, IL 60415 with remote access converging voice, data, surveillance, and access control systems.
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We provide Building Access Control system design, installation, help, setup, repair, and tech support throughout Chicagoland and NE Illinois.
Besides the immediate Chicago metropolitan area, we are pleased to provide Access Control services to most of the surrounding suburbs.
AndroPedia Tech Library
As part of our service, it is important to keep our client-partners well informed on Access Control system developments, news, and best practices. Here is just a sampling of typical items from our AndroPediaSM library archive:
Last month we dove into three functions integrated security can offer your business: Enhanced Environment Regulations, Productivity Boosters and Visitor Management. (check out part 1 in case you missed it)
In this second part of our two part series on Integrated Security we will dive into a couple more features and introduce you to the Honeywell Pro-Watch Ecosystem.
Integrated Security – It Does A Whole Lot More Than You Thought Part 2
Employee Training & Certification Management – I know what you are thinking. How can a security system help me manage my employee certifications and training? Well, with applications and the right security suite, you are able to manage this information easily. On top of that, you can connect these pieces of information to key fobs and employee access protocols. For example, imagine your facility requires certain certifications and ongoing training for compliance reasons. You can monitor employee information. Fobs will automatically shut off access to controlled areas of your building if an employee does not have the proper documentation on file. This is only one piece of Compliance Report Management available to you with a professional integrated security suite. Never spend time worrying about compliance for NERC, Title 21 HIPAA, TSA etc. again.
Mass Notification – with integrated communications management you have the ability to automate notifications to assigned groups. The most common use for this is to send out information. Most notably to customers, employees and community members about closings, weather alerts and/or other urgent information. Get your message to the masses with a few clicks of a button!
Now, with all of these features in mind, it is important to point out that not EVERY integrated security suite provides these features. One of the most important things you need to be aware of when considering your solution is whether it is open or closed platform.
An open platform solution integrates easily with third-party systems. This means you can customize your solution to the needs unique to your business. As new technologies emerge and new software comest to market, an open platform system will grow with you. These same flexibilities are not easily attained with a close system product.
Ultimately, this is why Andromeda Technology Solutions partners with Honeywell to provide our customers a range of professional integrated security options via the Pro-Watch Ecosystem.
For more information on Pro-Watch and other Honeywell products, give us a call and speak with a representative today.
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Security cameras have many uses at your business. They can be used to deter crime, monitor employees and ensure safety on your premises. Cameras can also be used as a piece of a larger integrated security solution with software add-ons (i.e. facial recognition, temperature maintenance etc.) or equipment integration such as access control with visual intercom capabilities.
As technology advances and companies look to integrate different devices cameras will be able to do even more.
All of this in mind, your professional camera system is an investment in the security of your business and you want to get your money’s worth out of it.
On average, a professional system has a life cycle of approximately 5 years. This life cycle can be significantly shorter due to extreme weather conditions (if the cameras are outside) but new technologies are improving exposure thresholds every year.
There are many things you can do as the equipment owner to ensure that you get a long and dependable life out of your security cameras.
Here are our Top 5 Tips to Prolong the Life of Your CCTV Professional Camera System:
1. System Updates/Patches
Unless you’ve opted for a cloud based solution, your cameras connect back to a physical recording device at your facility. Professional recording devices are now more like a PC or a server. They require regular updates/patches to help improve functionality, decrease bugs and resolve issues.
2. Dust Your Recording Equipment
Your recording equipment will most likely be mounted on some kind of rack in an area where you keep the rest of your IT equipment (like your server, router, phone equipment and other hardware).
3. Regular Testing of Recording Functions
It might sound a bit foolish to say you should regularly be checking your footage or regularly confirm that your cameras are working but when there aren’t regular incidents or needs to check footage, it can be easy to forget you even have the cameras at all (maybe you won’t completely forget but you get the idea). Obviously, they last thing you want is for an incident to occur and realize too late that your cameras are malfunctioning or your recorder isn’t working properly. We would suggest adding regular testing of your equipment to your maintenance schedule.
4. Clean Camera Lenses
Just like regular testing, it is important that you check and clean your camera lenses regularly. You never know what might get on them. Additionally, make sure to clean up foliage around your cameras to avoid blocked views. It is smart to clean camera lenses at least once a quarter if not more.
5. Semi-Annual Professional Service/Checkup
There are many small things that can happen to a professional camera system that are best left for professional technicians.
- Wiring issues
- Faulty Equipment
- Port Forwarding
- System Audits (verification of views, users, permissions, updates)
We would recommend that you have a professional technician come on site at least twice a year to perform maintenance and checkups – hopefully from the same company who installed your equipment. At this time they can handle all of the above and possibly even more.
A quality professional camera system is an investment. They aren’t cheap but the protection and security they give you are well worth the expense. If you take proper care of your system, it will service your needs for years. Additionally, it makes sense to look into service packages your vendor offers to maintain a system before you even install it. Many companies include all of these services for a reasonable monthly fee.
Give us a call and let’s see what we can do to prolong the life of your system today!
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If you own a Macbook or a Macbook Pro and your keyboard has "butterfly switches," you may have noticed some strange things with the way it operates.
Users have been talking about the issue on forums scattered around the internet, but until recently, no one had a definitive answer for why the problem was occurring or how to fix it.
In particular, users have observed:
- Characters don't appear when you press a key
- Characters tend to repeat unexpectedly
- Keys stick and their level of responsiveness varies wildly as you type
- Keyboards fail
As the number of complaints have continued to grow, many users are reporting that the keyboards tend to fail entirely when exposed to even small amounts of dust.
Apple has now made an official announcement acknowledging that there is a problem and is now offering an extended keyboard service program.� The service covers individual keys or the entire keyboard, depending on the nature and severity of the problem you're experiencing, and extends protection to four years from the date of purchase.
That's a warranty of unprecedented length, being even longer than the warranty available via Apple's "Apple Plus" program.� While the company was slow to get involved initially, this is clearly a sign that they take the issue seriously and mean to do all they can to correct it.
Note that the extended warranty only extends to the keyboard, and only to the two products mentioned above, with "butterfly switches."� If you've recently purchased one, keep a close eye on the functionality of your keyboard. If you notice any of the behaviors outlined above, don't let your frustrations mount and simply put up with it.� Apple may have been a little slow on the draw in this instance, but they've got you covered.