Commercial Security Components Series: Wrap-up
Commercial security systems are integral to protecting your employees, products, and your premises from hazards like fires or break-ins. They can also assist with quality control and loss prevention, protect you against false injury claims, and help you monitor employee attendance and behavior in the workplace.
These systems may be simple or complex, depending on the needs of the organization they are serving, but they typically incorporate the same core components.
We recently created a blog post series that takes a close look at each of these components, the technology they use, and their role in the system at large. If you missed it, we’ve included a summary below:
Commercial fire alarm systems protect employees, customers, merchandise, and property in the event of a fire. These systems detect the presence of fire (heat and/or smoke) and notify the occupants of the building so they can evacuate safely.
These systems may use various sensors, including glass break detectors, motion detectors, and system interruption sensors, in combination with cameras and an access control system to detect and alert you to intruders.
Monitored alarm systems are routed through a Central Station, a highly secure alarm monitoring command station staffed by a team of operators. Operators are trained to rapidly evaluate the situation and communicate to the appropriate response team(s), including fire departments, ambulances, paramedics, police stations, and the customer.
Access Control Systems
By assigning each member of your organization a unique ID, you can use access control software to track employee movement through your building, restrict access to specific zones, expediently change permissions, and quickly verify employee attendance.
IP Video Networks
Internet protocol video networks use surveillance cameras hardwired to a network video recorder to capture and store images and footage. Because the footage is stored remotely, you can still access it even if the cameras are damaged.
These systems use technology like dual-path monitoring, cellular backup, and battery backup to ensure your alarm signals can always reach Central Station, even if the main power supply is cut.
Commercial security systems can be tailored to meet the needs of any type of business, from government offices to healthcare facilities, retail shops, and everything in between. They can also be designed to fit every budget.
Whether you need a simple or robust system, working with an experienced alarm service provider will ensure your system suits your needs and budget and is fully compliant with state and industry-specific regulations.
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