Consider the breadth and depth of experience that an integrator brings to the table: years in business, across a range of market segments and applications, involving dozens if not hundreds of installed and serviced products. Before making the decision to take the entire security procurement, installation, service and monitoring process in house, consider the full value of using professional services for your security needs.
One of the biggest threats to wireless security devices is radio jamming, which occurs when a malicious actor illegally purchases a radio frequency jammer tool and uses it to block alarm devices’ connections to their affiliated security company. If alarms can’t properly communicate through their network—which is typically cellular—then they cannot notify security providers when there’s a crisis.
In March 2017, drivers on a Montreal highway were stuck for more than 12 hours in 15 inches of snow. Because of a lack of coordination and an inability to share information between first responders, various highway authority groups, and the city, more than 300 motorists were stranded in their cars overnight.
Security industry professionals seem to hold differing opinions on whether video surveillance or access control is the predominant platform when implementing an integrated security solution. Truth of the matter is that access control systems are more prevalent in terms of the sheer number of systems deployed, the size and scale of deployments and actual daily engagement by users. And for good reason! When a potentially threatening event unfolds, an access control system can instantly shut down a facility, or specific areas within it, potentially saving lives.
An engaged leadership team already understands the greater domain awareness provided by converged surveillance systems, but how about the next step toward robust risk management: cybersecurity and cyberspecific insurance?
Having smoke and fire detectors without fire suppression technology is like having video surveillance without alarm response.
November 5, 2013
A fire in 2013 that began in the attic of a Colorado sorority house burned for hours before anyone detected it, resulting in a million-dollar loss. Why? The three-story, wood-frame house had no fire detection system, and a sprinkler system covered the living spaces but not the attic.