Just about every commercial security system is a little different. Building layouts, company budgets, hours of operation, and other factors change what a business needs from its security and where things like cameras, sensors, and locks need to go. However, every security system has a few basic elements in common, at least if a professional security company installed it. These elements are alarm systems, surveillance cameras, and access control.
An alarm system uses electronic sensors to keep track of certain things like whether a door opens, whether a window shatters, or whether a person crosses a beam of infrared light. If one of these triggers happens, the alarm either goes off right away or gives you a short grace period to disable it at a security panel. The alarm can be loud or silent, but it usually alerts the security company that installed the alarm so they can check up on the owner and call the authorities if needed.
Alarms systems can also detect more than just burglars. Smoke detectors are a kind of alarm system that every building needs to have, and a comprehensive security system can include fire detection and prevention systems like sprinklers. A fire alarm can also disable electronic locks to make it easier for everyone inside to get out and alert the security company so they can send the fire department right away. Other alarm systems can react to disasters like earthquakes, flooding, and other issues that might affect your business or your area.
Security cameras allow you to be in several places at once. Their presence can discourage customers and employees from stealing, they can record incidents and show you objectively what happened, and they give you a chance to see whether your employees are meeting the standards you set or whether they need better tools or more training. Surveillance cameras come in all shapes, sizes, and brands, and they can have all kinds of useful features like low-light compensation, remote manipulation, motion detection, and so much more.
Access control means any kind of lock or latch that prevents just anyone from walking in. However, any access control that’s part of a comprehensive security system will use electronic locks. These locks offer a way to use sophisticated systems like encrypted keycards or biometric scanners to make sure only authorized people can walk through a door, and you can use the security system to change who has access to which areas on the fly. You can also lock or unlock a particular door remotely.
Access control, surveillance cameras, and alarm systems are all necessary parts of a comprehensive business security plan. However, since each business has different needs it’s also important to spend your budget on the right tools for the right jobs and get the best protection where it needs to be. That’s why many companies come to Net Security Solutions and consult with us to choose the right brands, the right features, and the right systems for their security.