You may have a manufacturing facility, a warehouse, a restaurant or restaurant chain, a health care facility, or any number of dozens of others on-going commercial or governmental operations. You may be looking to install your first security system, or to upgrade/revamp what you already have. One thing is for certain: you know that technological advances have revolutionized security systems in the last few years. They are now smarter, more efficient, and make your facility safer than thought possible just a few years ago. The future in security systems is here. Now all you have to do is take a look at the various components available, and determine which ones fit best with your needs. The First Step It goes without saying that this is not a do-it-yourself project. Whether you’re modernizing your current security system, or planning your first one, you need expert advice. That means you need a professional security systems company, and preferably one that knows and understands your business. Take your time and select the firm that you feel has the experience to get the job done. Chances are, it will be a long-term relationship. Now let’s take a look at the various components of a good security system. CCTV Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) has been implemented by varying businesses as a form of surveillance in areas that require strict monitoring. Digital CCTV Cameras involve the use of multiple video cameras to transmit signals via a set of monitors. The signals are not publically distributed and the cameras are used to provide thorough surveillance of the area. This security system element will protect your business 24/7. IP Surveillance IP surveillance is a modern system that uses unique security cameras (also referred to as Network Cameras and Wireless Security Cameras) and Internet Protocol to transmit image data and audio signals. The specialized IP Wireless Camera can send and receive data via a computer network and the Internet, allowing business owners to view their cameras through any Internet connection. This should be an integral part of your security system. Video Analytics Video analytics is the practice of using computers to automatically identify things of interest without an operator watching the playback of the video. The revolutionary aspect of this system is that it can identify issues in the required area and notify administrators at first instance. It’s used for people counting, face recognition, license plat recognition, traffic flows, object detection, fire detection and more. Access Control Access control systems enable authorities to control the movement of authorized personnel and material into and out of a facility. Our security systems also detect and delay the movement of unauthorized personnel via predefined targets. Combined with the latest video analytics technology, these security systems can perform facial recognition, people-counting, object detection and more to ensure unwanted intruders are kept at bay. Alarm Systems Alarms systems are electronic devices designed to alert the user to a specific danger and detect intrusions, fire or theft. The customized solutions use video analytics such as facial recognition, number plate recognition, object detection and fire detection to alert personnel of potential dangers. Alarm Monitoring As part of integrated surveillance and security system, businesses will often require monitoring of the chosen alarm system. This monitoring ensures that once an alert has been sent, the appropriate actions take place. Alarm monitoring will give you the peace of mind knowing that your business is protected 24/7. Finally! Do you need all of the various elements mentioned for a good, reliable, intuitive security system? The answer is – yes and no. Some firms just require several of these elements, while others require all. It depends on the type of business you operate, the size of that business, and the number of locations. This is where the payoff for hiring a reputable security service firm comes in. The firm you select will be able to tell you exactly what you need, where it needs to be placed, and what type of maintenance will be required. That’s the bottom line you’re looking for, and the one they’ll provide. It’s a fact that Australian businesses lost to fire alone, account for billions of dollars each year. It’s a fact that many of these losses could have been prevented by having reliable, security systems and equipment functioning. Now, that’s something to think about! Images: ”The image of surveillance camera/ Shutterstock.com“ __________________________________________________________________________________ Connect with Tweak Your Biz: Would you like to write for Tweak Your Biz? 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