The apartment complex recently completed an upgrade of its security system that saved it hundreds of thousands of dollars in installation costs. The retrofit, by New York-area security integrator Nortronics Corp., added new capabilities and reliability, and made full use of the tens of thousands of linear feet of existing wiring that had been installed with an original system.
Replacing obsolescenceThe original existing alarm system was almost 25 years old. Known as an intrusion alarm, it was managed by a keypad in each apartment and was similar to systems commonly found in single-family homes.
“The problem with this type of system is that parts aren’t available when it needs to be repaired and the system becomes unusable,” said Maria Gonzalez, vice president of Nortronics. “But we use the existing wiring to make them work again, and with more capabilities than before.”
In the retrofit, the company brought the existing wiring in each building down to a central point in the package room and connected it into a computer-based alarm system. The old six-sq. foot panel at each concierge station was replaced. The new model incorporated LCD screens small enough for two to fit in a shoebox. Yet despite their diminutive size, the screens could control the entire system for each building.