An Alarm System For Your Business
So you want to protect your business with an alarm system?
You are aware of the need. A visible alarm system is a deterrent for many intruders and that is a start.
However, to be truly effective, your alarm system needs to be well designed.
That is where Eversafe can help you.
When considering an alarm system for your business there are a number of practical issues to address:
- How to control the system. Security alarms are generally easy to control these days. To activate the system, you will be required to type in your security code on a keypad or touchscreen, which is usually a combination of numbers. Some systems can also be connected to the internet allowing them to be controlled via a smartphone app which is quite handy if someone forgets to arm system at closing time, it saves having to drive back to work at 3AM in the morning. Most systems can have remote controls these days, although for business use we don’t recommend them due to the fact, if you lose one, it’s like giving someone keys to your business or workplace.
- Communication Type. These days there are many ways an alarm system can communicate alarm events to you. Traditionally alarm systems have used dialler monitoring over PSTN (Landlines) to communicate to a security control room or call your smartphone device. This is slowly being phased out as NBN (National Broadband Network) is being rolled out around Australia.
- In most cases at Eversafe we are future proofing our customers by switching them over to GPRS (General Packet Radio Service). GPRS is a packet oriented mobile data service which uses the 3 or 4G mobile network. This is the highest level of security communication that we have due to the fact that the GPRS units are dual sim ie. If the Telstra network fails it will automatically use the Optus network. The GPRS unit also sends a polling signal to the control room (like a heartbeat) at predetermined intervals. If the control room fails to receive the polling signal, then the control room will contact you to alert you to the poll failure. Because the GPRS unit uses the Mobile network there is no phone cable to tamper with making your system even more secure.
- IP Monitoring: IP Monitoring is similar to GPRS except that it uses the internet to send signals to the control room. It is not as secure for the following reasons. Firstly, you must ensure you have your modem connected to a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply like a backup battery) this is to prevent communication failure in the event of a power failure. Secondly, an intruder can cut the cable to your internet causing a comms failure. With both GPRS and IP Monitoring you won’t have the call costs associated with Dialler Monitoring which helps offset the extra cost of GPRS or IP Monitoring.
- Push Notifications: Some systems will send you a Push notification. A push notification is a message that can be received by your mobile device even if the phone is locked or the App that it is associated with it is not open. Some alarm systems can send you messages if a zone has been breached or if someone has armed or disarmed your system. Each mobile platform supports push notifications. Push notifications only make a “Ding” sound once received which may not be loud enough for you to hear even in the dead of night.
- Email notifications are another form of communication that we only recommend in certain circumstances, although we don’t recommend them as your main communication format unless you really have to. However, email notifications can be handy if you need to know whether your system has been armed or disarmed and by whom. We have seen cases where some of customers have used this in the case of their cleaners accessing the premises with a valid user code. The cleaner has only been onsite for 30 minutes and has charged our customer for a 3 hour clean. Our customer knew this because the cleaners code was setup to send an email once they had disarmed the alarm and then the system sent another code once they re-armed the system.
- Zones and Device Types. When installing an alarm system, you need to consider what areas you need to cover and what devices you will require to cover each zone.
- Motion detectors (or trade name PIRs) will generally cover areas of up to 10-11mts. This what we recommend in most cases because they are cost effective and cover large areas.
- Reed Switches are a magnetic contact used for doors, windows or even roller doors. In other words, they are mainly used on the perimeter of a building. They are in 2 pieces 1 part being the reed itself and the other being the magnet. When separated they cause the circuit to open which in turn triggers the alarm system. The 2 main advantages of this type of device are firstly if installed on the perimeter, it will allow you to protect these areas even if you are inside. Secondly, by having reed switches on a door or window will trigger the alarm before an intruder even makes it inside.
- Other devices you may need to consider are hold up or panic buttons for areas where cash is handled or where you are dealing with the public. In the event you are threatened, you can push a button which is under the desk or counter alerting the control room to your situation, resulting in an immediate Police response.
- Seismic sensors are used if you have a safe. They trigger the alarm when they detect heavy vibrations from a drill or jackhammer.
- You should also think about smoke detectors too. Conventional smoke detectors can’t connect to an alarm system. Smoke detectors are able to trigger the alarm in the event of a fire alerting the control room to call the fire brigade. Some businesses must have proper fire panels because of the Australia Building Code. This is may be due to the type of premises you may have.
- Integration Options: If you require both an alarm system and access control system then you may choose to install Integriti or Inception as they are both integrated products. This gives you better control over your system in that you are able to program users for both systems all at once. You will able to generate reports for both systems simultaneously as well saving you time and money.Brands: Eversafe sells and installs Inner Range access control and intrusion detection products. Inner Range is an Australian based company and world leader in the design and manufacture of state of the art access control and security products. Since their inception in 1988, over 100,000 systems have been installed in more than 30 countries around the world. Inner Range has offices here and in the UK.