Intruder Alert: 5 Types of Alarm Systems for Your Business

  • Michael Grant
  • November 2, 2017

A business takes a lot of effort to run, and there are a lot of pieces that go into making sure it is done smoothly. But all of that can get thrown out the window if someone decides they want to damage or steal from your business. Implementing an industrial security service, or multiple different ones, can help to reinforce the security of your business and save you from the stress and worry of having unwanted visitors.

Industrial security systems come in a variety of different forms. They can be manual – people, or run by people – or electronic – machines. Ultimately, your choice of service will be based on your specific business needs, the nature of your business, the hours you run, and who you want to keep out and how.

Luckily, there are a ton of options to choose from, so you can choose one that will best fit with your business, but there are a ton of decisions to make before you can finalize your choice. You’ll have to decide on how you want your security system to communicate with its monitors. There are three options: landline, cellular, or broadband.

1. Landline security systems

Landline security systems are hardwired together and all parts are connected to the main phone line as a monitoring centre. This is your cheapest option, and your signal can’t be dropped because it’s wired right into the system, so it’s reliable. However, if someone were to want to disable it, a simple wire cut would do the trick. This technology is also older and although it’s not yet obsolete, it is not compatible with newer technologies that are available.

2. Cellular security systems

In cellular security systems, all parts of the system are connected wirelessly. These systems connect to the monitoring centre by GSM or CDMA networks. These systems can be accessed from anywhere, as they are not connected to a main landline or hardwired into the building. These systems are generally faster, cannot be disconnected as easily as the landline can, are easily to install and have a larger radius of coverage. On the other hand, they are more expensive than their landline counterparts, and the signal can easily be lost if the network goes down or is unstable.

3. Broadband security systems

Broadband monitoring uses an internet connection to connect to the monitoring centre. Broadband connections are generally very fast, however as the connection is solely based on the internet, if the internet is slower for any reason, your security service will reflect that.

Another decision you will have to make is whether you want to get your system professionally installed or if you think it’s something you can tackle on your own. An advantage to a do-it-yourself system is that they are generally quick and easy to install, are wireless, and the equipment will be yours to keep instead of being essentially rented from a third-party company.

4. Fire alarm systems

There are many types of industrial security systems. That includes fire alarm systems, which aren’t preventing people from breaking in or even preventing the fire, but they can ensure that emergency services are on the scene as soon as possible when problems arise. They can also help ensure a fire doesn’t spread by activating sprinkler systems in the building.

5. Video surveillance systems

Another example of industrial security services includes video surveillance which can capture footage of whoever is trying to gain access to your business without your knowledge. Modern surveillance cameras can capture clear, detailed images of anything suspicious going on around your business so that you can see exactly what is going on.

No matter what method of industrial security service you choose, it will help to ensure that your business is kept safe and secure at all times.

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Hello, my name is Michael and I'm a cancer survivor. I'm also a home entrepreneur and stay-at-home grandfather. In the past thirty years, I've dabbled in the the financial sector, the technology industry, as well as a little business consulting. I guess you can call me a jack of all trades!

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