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. Each of the solutions listed below are offered by Eversafe as a monitored alarm system, meaning you’ll receive follow up support and monitoring long after your alarm system is purchased. Below are some of the systems we best recommend for business security.
Motion Detectors – also known as PIRs, generally cover areas of 10-11ms. They are cost-effective and cover large areas.
Reed Switches – these magnetic contacts for doors and windows are used on the perimeter of a building. When the reed and magnet separate as an intruder tries to enter, the open circuit triggers an alarm.
Panic Buttons – hold up or panic buttons are ideal in the retail sector, they allow employees who feel threatened to press a discreet button that will result in immediate police action.
Seismic Sensors – are especially important if you have a safe. These sensors trigger an alarm if they detect heavy vibrations, such as those from a drill or jackhammer.
Smoke Detectors – a requirement for all businesses, retails spaces, and warehouses. Specialised business alarm smoke detectors connect to an alarm system that immediately alerts the fire brigade.
Alarm Communication Types
Modern business alarm systems can communicate events to you in a variety of ways. While in the past PSTN (landlines) were primarily used, these are being phased out in favour of the NBN. When you choose to invest in an Eversafe product,we ensure your technologies are up to date faster than other alarm system companies. You can expect the following communication types as the most commonly used in the industry:
GPRS (General Packet Radio Service)
At Eversafe, we are future proofing our customers by switching them over to GPRS. This is a packet oriented mobile data service that utilises the 3 or 4G network. This dual-sim set up is the highest level of security communication as it will switch networks should one fail. The unit will also send a polling signal to the control room at predetermined intervals. If the control room fails to receive the signal it raises an alarm in the control centre. And by using the mobile network, there’s no phone cable to tamper with.
This system is similar to GPRS however it uses the internet to send signals to the control room. It requires a modem connected to a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) to prevent communication failure in the event of a power failure. It is not as secure as GPRS as an intruder can cut your internet, causing a comms failure. However, combining GPRS and IP Monitoring you won’t have the call costs of dialler monitoring, which helps offset the extra costs of GPRS.
Similar to notifications from apps on your phone, push notifications send you a message via your device even if the phone is locked or the app is not open. If a zone has been breached or the system is armed/disarmed you will receive an alert in order to investigate.
Like smartphone alerts, email notifications can notify you about the status of your alarm system, via email. However, we don’t recommend this system for emergency cases. They are however good for monitoring employees and auxiliary staff. For example: 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 a notification once they had disarmed the alarm and then the system sent another once they re-armed the system.
Integration Options for Business Alarm Systems
If you require both a monitored 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, allowing you to program users for both systems all at once. You can generate reports for both systems simultaneously as well saving you time and money.
With a modest budget or a simple application, a basic solution may be all that is necessary:
- A monitored alarm system helping to keep your business protected from unwanted intruders and burglars.
- 24/7 protection, no matter where you are, you will have peace of mind that you are protected.
Alternatively, where there are more complex requirements, you may require additional services:
- CCTV to monitor your premises to encourage staff safety (OH&S), detect theft and deter intruders.
- Remote viewing that allows you to check in anytime from anywhere (via an internet connection).
- Manage access of personnel to your property or specific areas e.g. where chemicals are stored or keeping warehouse staff out of the office.