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Access control

Will my system update automatically and unlock at the appropriate time or will my system be an hour behind or ahead?

Most systems will update automatically though the computer on which the access control software runs.  Make sure that the computer is not shut down for the weekend. When the time changes on the computer correctly, access to the build will be accurate and on time, allowing employees to enter the building without a problem and the doors to lock at the scheduled time.

How does this work?

The server/PC communicates with a time server like Network Time Protocol NTP, which uses Coordinated Universal Time UTC, (the US civilian time standards), to synchronize computer clock times to a millisecond. 

The NTP updates the time on the server/PC, which in turn tells the software to update the time on the panel, which tells the doors to lock and unlock at the correct time. 

 The automatic time adjustment depends on what the time server tells the server/PC.  Almost all systems do this automatically; very few need a manual change.

What do I do if my computer was not on and the clocks did not adjust?

Turn the computer on, check the time, if it is incorrect, manually adjust it, then download or initialize the panels.  If you are still having issues consult your security provider. 

Security System

Will my system update to automatically arm and disarm my system at the programmed time?

Your system has an internal clock which should change the time in the panel.

If your system is over 20+ years old you may have an issue. It may even be time to update your panel.

Check batteries

Which devices should I check?

Daylight Savings Time is a great reminder to check the batteries in wireless window contacts, panel batteries, motion detectors, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

NOTE: If you are purchasing your batteries on line and the life of the battery seem short, they may have been sitting on the shelf too long. Purchase them at the store locally, or call us, we have most batteries in stock.

Testing your System

We recommend testing your system at least once a month to make sure it is communicating and working properly.

If you cannot remember when the last time was you tested your system, well, you need to do that now. It’s important it is working correctly to keep people and property safe and secure. Steps to test your system.

Call One Source Security today with any questions or a FREE assessment of your facility at 800-570-6478. 

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One of the most vulnerable parts of a building is the windows.  Installing security glass laminates adds a layer of security that can help protect people and property.  This state-of-the-art laminate is designed to withstand impacts from forced entry or natural disasters. 

Laminates are thin but incredibly strong layers of polyester material. Layers are sandwiched together on the window with a super strong adhesive. These laminates absorb the shock of a blunt object and disperse the energy from the impact.  The more the laminated glass is struck the stronger it becomes.

It is strong enough to deter and discourage an opportunistic smash-and-grab burglary.  When an intruder hits the window, the laminate holds the broken window together, creating a barrier, equiring, on the intruders part, more effort, time and noise to get through a window. 

Windows and doors can withstand repeated blows from bricks, bats, hammers and crowbars. Having to repeatedly hit the window or glass door will most likely cause the intruder to flee in search of an easier target. 

We know vandals just want to be malicious and mischievous; wreaking havoc for a business owner. If you could keep the vandal outside, you could prevent them from breaking, spray painting etc. property within the building, thus keeping damage as minimal as possible.  

During a natural disaster broken windows can be held together preventing flying glass from entering the building and preventing further damage to people and property.

Laminates can prevent a ball from penetrating a window if your home or building abuts a golf course or baseball field. 

Schools are installing laminates on their vestibule/entry doors and windows. Hotels are installing them on suites that hold VIPS, celebrities and political figures. Businesses are also installing them on conference rooms and windows of office buildings where it is likely a disgruntled worker could strike.

With each new product, we like to provide our customers with real choices and solutions. We desire to be their ‘One Source” for peace of mind by providing the most state of the art products to our customers so they can feel confident knowing we are providing the best security to protect their building as well as people.

 Call One Source Security today for a free security estimate of your building at 800-570-6478.

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Whether you need a little more security for your home or a way to see who is making a delivery at your small business, installing a video doorbell can be yet another layer of security at the entrance of your home or business.  

It’s a doorbell, video camera and a two-way communicator.

The WiFi video doorbell links to an app, typically on your smart device. When someone rings, or even approaches the doorbell you are alerted via the app. 

With the ability to communicate through the video doorbell, you can tell delivery people where to leave a package, or scare off an intruder by letting them know you can see them at the door. 

While the baby naps you can turn the indoor doorbell chimes off so there are no disturbances, and a nap will not be cut short. 

When a visitor arrives at your door you can see who it is before you choose to answer it. You can even answer the door from your office, the two-way communicator allows you to speak to the person at the door no matter your location. 

Seniors who may have difficulty getting to the door can answer from the comfort of their chair. Using the two-way communicator may startle your guest but this can be a better way to answer the door for those with difficulty moving around.

A small business with few employees may want to install a video doorbell at the delivery door.  You will be notified when there is motion in front of the camera, even before the delivery person can ring the bell. You will be alerted, pull up the video and see who is there quickly and easily. This is also a great way to communicate, for example if you are on the other side of the facility you can let them know you are on your way. 

Using a video doorbell can help reduce crime in your neighborhood, whether it is a residential neighborhood or business. Call One Source Security today at 800-570-6478 and would be happy provide you with a free assessment of your home or business. 

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As the old adage goes ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’. Your security equipment can provide years of service and top performance by implementing an ounce of prevention along the way.

Preventive maintenance is the process of maintaining equipment in order to prevent a reactive situation and having an annual Preventive Maintenance Inspection (PMI), helps keep equipment in optimum condition and running smoothly. Your security system safeguards your business and a PMI ensures your system is running properly. 

What happens if you do not have a PMI and there is a problem with your system that could have been prevented with a yearly inspection?

This is what we call a ‘reactive maintenance program’?  When a system or equipment has broken down or is not working correctly, repairs are done at that time this is expensive and it is unpredictable when the issues may occur. It is especially inconvenient if it happens when the business is closed. Reactive maintenance does not look after equipment; therefore the lifespan of the equipment may be reduced. 

The yearly program applies to any of your existing systems which may consist of a security, video or access control system. Once a year, a technician will come out and thoroughly inspect your system and perform routine maintenance.

For example:

  • Check card readers, locks and motion detectors.
  • We check backup batteries to ensure they are ready in the event of a power outage. 
  • We also check window and door contacts for rust, to help prevent false alarms.  
  • Physically inspect your system and verify communication and programming, at a minimal cost to you. 

With regular testing and inspecting, potential problems can be identified in advance. When a problem is preempted, businesses will have fewer frantic days if a system goes down, thus saving time, money and energy. 

When you are managing a budget, it’s important to know your expenses in advance. It is easier to budget in a PMI and avoid any potential problems found during the yearly inspection. 

It’s important to maintain your security, video and access control system to bring peace of mind to you, your employees and your customers.

Call One Source Security today to set up you Preventative Maintenance Inspection Program at 800-570-6478.  

 

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We at One Source Security believe that installing panic notification buttons are yet another line of defense for creating a safer environment for employees, customers, students and patients. 

By not only using video surveillance with analytics and access control, installing panic notification buttons in locations where employees can quickly and easily notify emergency personnel or police can help minimize an incident.

Today, employees expect employers to promote workplace safety. A key element can be the addition of panic notification buttons to help lower the possibility of injury. There may not be an opportunity to pick up the phone to call for help, picking up the phone could escalate a situation.  

A panic notification button is a simple, cost-effective addition to an overall security system which will strengthen the response when there is a threat. When pressed, emergency personnel will be notified, initiating emergency protocols.  

This single button device can be hidden at:

  • The receptionist desk 
  • A cashier’s counter 
  • The delivery entrance
  • The security station
  • The customer service counter
  • Rooms were cash and valuables are stored
  • Any highly utilized employee spaces
  • Any place where a confrontation can occur

Panic buttons are an important security measure in a wide range of businesses and organizations. Violence committed by irate customers, clients and random strangers as well as disgruntled employees warrant the use of panic notification buttons today. 

  • More schools are installing them as an extra precaution with the increase in school shootings over the past few years. 
  • Convenient stores and gas stations where there are high incidences of robberies are installing them under the counter or in the back office area where safes are located.
  • Large companies are installing them in the HR department where employees are let go, in case the employee becomes violent. 
  • Hospitals are also installing them in emergency room areas.  
  • oEmergency personnel may be needed when a patient who is high or incoherent lashes out at the doctor or nurse with the intent to cause physical harm. Also, relatives and friends of patients have been known to overreact when the patient is being treated thinking the doctor is causing more pain.
  • Panic notification buttons can also be used to help with lockdown procedures, issue alerts to staff, initiate emergency protocols, as well as contact emergency responders.

Call One Source Security at 800-570-6478 today for a FREE assessment of your business, school or hospital. One source will help assess your risks, needs and possible security weaknesses before we design your system. We are an advisor and will offer preventive advice, so you can avoid many potential problems altogether. We customize each system to suit the end-user’s specific needs.

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Started in 1961, Continental Access helped form the access control category, and they are still helping to shape that technology today by meeting the evermore demanding security and threat-management requirements.  They are a pioneer, innovator and a leading integrator of today’s technology.

Continental’s brand new CA4K® software (see video) is an all new integrated security management platform which exemplifies this  by, taking the ease-of- use the existing CardAccess CA3000 was well-known for, and making it even better, with a new look, new fast architecture, new intuitively-designed easy-icon user interface, multiview-windows, decision trees, etc; plus, more integration options & partners than ever. They now feature not only their own Continental Conventional Access Control Panels, but also POE controllers, and wireless locks that act as multi-functioning, self-powered lock, intelligent edge reader, REX and controller, all-in-one.

Continental works extremely well with others, for easy, dependable integration, and featuring more CA4K integration partners than ever– Besides direct in-house integration with sister divisions, Napco Security Systems, Alarm Lock & Marks Networx & ArchiTech Wireless Locks Series, they've partnered with leading lines for video, VMS, NVR/DVR, badging, biometrics and building management. Additionally, it features an enhanced API for other third party integration; as well as configurable custom menus to launch external applications, and customizable-menus, -links and -queries. With the exception of custom utilities, all CA4K applications run as Windows® Services and with the ability to support mobile credentials and multiple credentials per badge holder, leading-edge ease and future needs are accommodated.

Continental has a proven track record.  Their product development team anticipates trends and translates new technologies into the breakthrough products that often help shape and create new markets. 

•Some examples of the technological expertise they draw from are: home/business systems integration and automation, internet, LAN/WAN, motion studies, biometrics, voice synthesis, video, RF wireless, infrared and more.

As part of Napco Security Technologies, Inc. they have made it a priority to better serve you. Their manufacturing & both New York headquarters-based customer and technical support, are literally are just steps away from their product development engineers and top management. Plus they proudly stand behind their products, with among the longest warranties in the industry.

Napco Security Technologies is a leading manufacturer of a wide array of security products, developing advanced technologies for intrusion, fire, video, wireless, access control and door locking systems. Its products are sold and installed by security professionals, from security dealers to locksmiths, to systems integrators and specifiers, in commercial, industrial, institutional, residential and government applications.

Since 1969, NAPCO has enjoyed a heritage and proven record in the professional security community for reliably delivering both advanced technology and high quality security solutions, building many of the industry’s best-known brands.  Today, millions of businesses, institutions, homes, and people around the globe are protected by products from the NAPCO Group of Companies.

NAPCO’s many award-winning security products are proven dependable and built to last, manufactured in its own 200,000 square foot, ISO:9001 certified facility using rigorous quality standards. 

Call One Source Security today at 800-570-6478 for a free assessment of your facility and to talk more in depth about the Continental products.

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Avigilon Appearance Search technology help users save time and effort during critical investigations, by recognizing the movements and unique characteristics of people and vehicles, while ignoring any activity that isn’t relevant to a scene. It is designed to provide security operators critical information about where and when a person or vehicle might have been before and after an event. 

Avigilon’s new technology can quickly and easily locate a specific person or vehicle of interest across an entire site, whether searching for an individual who left a bag in a hallway, a missing or lost person, or where a vehicle ended up after its arrival at the facility. The goal is to improve incident response time and enhance forensic investigations by allowing operators to build video evidence and create a narrative of events. Operators can scan vast amounts of recorded footage efficiently, grouping video data together in order to help track a person or vehicle route.

Avigilon Face Appearance Search technology increases the speed and accuracy of investigations, by detecting and understanding that it is searching for the same person, even if items such as their clothing change over time.  

Avigilon Appearance Search technology is redefining the way customers think about and interact with their video surveillance systems, providing powerful insights for effective decision making, according to Dr. Mahesh Saptharishi, Avigilon's CTO. 

Video analytics brings attention to the right incident at the right time. Notifications can be set to alert personnel of a security breach at the perimeter of a property or a restricted/dangerous area; all information can be pushed to mobile devices, as well.

Through the use of high-definition video analytics, pattern-based analytics algorithms, and teach-by-example capabilities, Avigilon provides full HD video footage with sharp image detail and smarter analytic solutions through proven self-learning video analytics technology. Avigilons technology can instantly detect and learn the surrounding scene upon initial set up. 

From cameras to software, everything you need all in one place, call One Source Security today for a FREE assessment of your facility, at 800-570-6478.

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The short answer would be yes. With the use of smart cards comes an added layer of protection. Have you ever wondered if someone could steal your access or your employee’s access to a building? You may think yes if I lost my access card, but what if you are standing in a crowd or in an elevator, would you be able to tell if someone was electronically pick pocketing you (also called crowd hacking)? Some electronic pick pocketing equipment can be used up to 30 feet away hidden in a normal computer case or messenger bag.

Smart cards have Mifare which is a technology that enables the card to have encrypted two-way communication between a card and a reader. Encryption needs to be authenticated on both ends. Some benefits include, increased data storage capacity, and reliability as each card has a unique serial number. The information on the card can be PIN coded and /or read-write protected and can be updated without issuing another card.

With the use of a standard RFID Proximity card, the information transmitted from the card is fixed via either a high or low frequency antenna embedded within the card.  When the card comes within the proximity of the readers radio waves, data is easily pulled from the card by the reader; the card has no problem releasing the information to the reader. There is no encryption to authenticate, which creates an easy target for hackers.

So how can you protect your business and employees? One way is to use a dual technology smart card, which contains an embedded computer chip or integrated circuit that stores and transacts data, as well as low and high frequency antennas inside the card. In order to hack the card the hacker would need to know that there are 3 different technologies within the card. Most often only one type of technology is stolen. 

If you need to give employees 24 hour access to a building, require the use of a card and pin on external doors. This prevents cards that are copied or cloned by hackers from gaining unfettered access to a building.

Protect your ID card from dangerous data theft by using a shielded ID badge sleeve. This sleeve contains a thin piece of metal that prevents your card from being read without authorization. This is the perfect badge holder for protecting PIV, CAC, TWIC, FRAC and other 13.56 MHz smart credentials. 

Smart card technology is conveniently available in a variety of form factors, including:

  • Plastic cards
  • Key fobs
  • Watches
  • GSM mobile phones
  • USB-based tokens. 

Many industries are choosing to use dual technology smart cards, including: 

  • Healthcare
  • Airports
  • Government and Correctional facilities
  • Commercial and High Tech facilities
  • Education
  • Banking & Financial

Smartcards outperform proximity cards in terms of reliability, convenience, security, speed of use, fraud risk management and lowering operating costs. Smart cards offer more storage and secure reading and writing of data because of a number of encryption algorithms and electronic keys. 

By installing an access control system that uses duel technology smart cards instead of keys, you can greatly minimize the risks that come with unauthorized duplication, increasing security across your site. Call One Source Security today to set up a FREE assessment of your facility at 800-570-6478.

 

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Dealership owners carry high-valued inventory outside for public display. Tailoring security solutions for your specific needs can protect on-site assets. The goal is to stop crimes while in progress. 

Using the latest video analytic surveillance technology combined with highly skilled and experienced live video monitoring operators can help prevent crime. Once the video analytics detect motion, these operators are trained to proactively identify suspicious activity, and prevent crimes in progress in real time. 

With the use of stealth video monitoring you can not only see theft and vandalism in real time but you can also prove or disprove customer damage complaints, and as an added bonus capture employee productivity.  Criminal activity, unsubstantiated claims and poor employee productivity can cost business owners a considerable amount of time and money.  

 

Most dealerships have the same common concerns. 

  • Theft of wheels, catalytic converters and even navigation systems can be particularly vulnerable to thieves. Vandalism can be as common as theft. 

              Verifying a live crime in progress by operators can lead to quicker police response times.

  •  Customers with fraudulent claims of damage to vehicles while in for service.  
  • Employee productivity can be captured on camera in regards to two critical areas, selling and service.  Managers often utilize cameras to see how sales people are moving around the property and interacting with customers, as well as manage the efficiency of the service and operational teams.

             Use a combination of technology and human intelligence to execute the best possible client experiences and security outcomes.

 

Our tools help manage risk and mitigate liabilities. We can help:

  • Detect using video analytics technology, individuals are spotted and verified as trespassers by one of our operators. 
  • Report any activity to dealership managers. 
  • Respond by notifying police immediately of a live crime in progress, and give a description and location of a suspect. 
  • Arrest, meaning criminals are more likely to be caught in the act and apprehended. 

Our security experts integrate your needs and goals into an industry leading security system designed specifically for you. Call One Source Security today at 800-570-6478, and we will help you design the perfect security system for your dealership.

 

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Have you recently called a locksmith because your door doesn’t seem to be closing properly?  It may need a little push or an extra tug to get it to close securely. Your door may be ailing because of age or excessive use, which can make your facility vulnerable to a break-in. You realize it is time to call a professional locksmith. Remember to choose a locksmith with door repair expertise. 

When a professional locksmith arrives on the job, he should be prepared to look at not only the lock, but the hinges, door and door frame.  After inspecting all areas, the issue may not be the lock; for example it may be that the door frame needs to be re-squared.

Using a locksmith who is prepared to not only change a lock but replace routine items without another service call can save you money.  When a locksmith is called out to a job their goal is to leave the door working at its optimal performance. A professional locksmith can size up a situation quickly and develop a solution which best suits the clients needs. 

Whether a locksmith is installing hardware, locks, an access control system or standalone keypad, the door and door frame should be inspected to ensure optimal working conditions of the door. It is only as secure as its weakest link.

Using a locksmith with the ability to inspect and repair doors is a valuable asset. We are a full service security company with a full service locksmith division prepared to handle unique situations. Call us today for all your locksmith needs at 800-570-6478.

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 Successful school operations combine a safe and secure environment with the freedom needed to focus on education. Providing safety and protection to staff, students and property is one of many responsibilities every school faces day in and day out.

Your school may not have had a crisis that captured the attention of the nation, but you may have had vandalism in your parking lot or graffiti on school grounds or even heard there were drug deals somewhere on school property. 

On the other hand you may not have heard or seen anything unusual, but it is never too early to assess risks and vulnerabilities in and around your school. Below you will find some reminders and a list of questions to ask when surveying the security risks for your school. For the full survey go to www.onesourcesecurity.com/schoolsurvey 

 Remember to: 

  • Have crime and natural disaster plans in place 
  • Clearly mark visitor entrances with a secure vestibule, including an intercom system 
  • Have a visitor management system in place, to know who belongs in the building and who does not 
  • Encompass detached buildings into your security plan 

 Important questions to ask: 

  • Security System – When was the last time you tested your system? 
  • Access Control – Is access control required to enter all your buildings? 
  • Video Surveillance – Does your system monitor, record and store information? 
  • Fire – Are your smoke detectors vandal-resistant? Have they been cleaned recently? 
  • Environmental Monitoring – Does your system include environmental monitoring for water leaks or chemical spills in 
  • classrooms? 
  • Communication – Do you have a system that provides two-way communication and an emergency notification system? 
  • Monitoring – Is your system connected to a central monitoring station and have cellular backup? 
  • Windows and Doors – Are windows smash resistant? Can classrooms lock from the inside? Are doors and frames rusted? Do 
  • they latch properly? Can people evacuate quickly and easily? 

One Source Security can help answer any of these questions and provide you with school security advice. We are privileged to provide security for many schools, (private, public and universities) in our area. Call us today at 800-570-6478. We are your school security experts.

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The principal, superintendant, school security officer or administrators cannot be everywhere on school property. Using video surveillance can help keep an eye on students, teachers and visitors. In recent years we have had some horrific tragedies in schools across the United States; safety and security are a major concern for most schools today. 

Installing video surveillance in plain sight in schools can deter a crime before it happens, whether it is theft, vandalism, bullying, fighting or sexual harassment. Most criminals prefer an easy target where their image will not be captured on camera. If a student gets robbed or hurt on school property, a video clip can be pulled from the recording to corroborate or contradict a story. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) approximately 3 percent of students ages 12-18 reported being victimized at school with in a 6 month period of time.

When video cameras are installed, they become one of the most effective security measures a school can choose. However, there are a few places video cameras are not allowed, such as bathrooms, locker rooms and other private places.  They should be placed in hallways, corridors, entrances and exits, main offices, labs, shops, gymnasiums, cafeterias, restroom entrances, classrooms and parking lots. 

Unfortunately, bullying and harassment have become a serious problem for our schools. Bullying undermines victims with relentless cruelty that often leads to tragic consequences. Installing video surveillance in the hallway to watch a victim’s locker can be one tool school administrators can use to help identify bullies and deter bullying.  

What if a child spray paints a hallway during spirit week to reflect a class color? With video surveillance the student can be quickly caught and swiftly dealt with by the principle in order to deter any further vandalism. 

At times a teacher can be the victim of an accusation. Installing video cameras in a classroom to see what really happened not only protect the teacher, but the student as well.  

Visitors can be monitored entering and exiting school buildings. Video surveillance can make it easier to identify unauthorized visitors who may be wandering around on school property. Perimeter or parking lot cameras allows footage to be viewed in the event of vandalism to a teacher’s, or student’s car, fighting or other crimes. Remote entrances and exits can also be monitored for intruders. Parents can have peace of mind knowing that video cameras are installed in schools as part of the schools security plan.

When video surveillance is installed in schools, students and teachers tend to be better behaved. The goal is to ensure a safe, secure and healthy learning environment for children. One Source Security can help place video surveillance in the most strategic places within your school. Call us today for a free assessment at 800-570-6478.

 

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As a company grows, so do concerns about security.  Access control to the facility becomes an even larger priority, to ensure the safety of employees and protecting property (physical and intellectual). 

Human Resource integration into access control protocols can become necessary for increased security within a facility.  HR departments can have a very big impact on access to buildings and multiple company sites. 

Without the help from HR, controlling access can become difficult. There are a myriad of reasons an employee’s access needs to be changed such as termination, suspension, leave of absences, shift change or even department change. 

If the protocol for employment is to have HR send the employee information to the security department, there can be a delay in the activation of their credentials, due to lost information, or a delay inputting the employee information into the access control system. With a delay of inputting the information, the largest concern is the ability of a disgruntled employee still having access to the facility or site once escorted off the property.  

If HR enters employee information into the access control system, such as where they work, job title or department, the system can automatically give the new employee access to the building, the department and even secure rooms with secure cabinets if needed. When an employee is terminated, HR will change their status to deactivated and access will be disabled. 

As an employee grows within a company, HR can also be responsible for updating the information in order to give the employee required access to the buildings, rooms or cabinets.

If there is not a well placed system for entering employee information, security can be compromised with grave consequences. We can help your company create an access control system that works seamlessly which provides for real time security management. Call One Source Security today at 800-570-6478.

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One of your business goals this year may be to install a new security system for your business. Your next step now is to decide whether it should be a professionally installed system or a DIY system.
There are pros and cons with each. We have found the biggest pro for hiring a professional security integrator is the expertise they bring to the project from design to installation while the biggest pro for the DIY system is the lower upfront cost.

When hiring a professional security company to install your security system you will receive the added benefit of a professional who knows all the components involved with installing a system and how each component communicates with each other. By asking the right questions your integrator can help you create a security system which can solve security problems in the most efficient way.
When you install a DIY security system you will save money on an installation fee, but you will need the technical ability to install, troubleshoot and do any necessary programming.

Professionally installed

Pros

  • Design – Having a professionally designed system can meet the needs of your company.
  • Professional installers – Using professionals who can anticipate the needs of the installation and already know how a system is installed and how it communicates with each component can insure a smooth installation.
  • Accessability – Have access to training, education and experience.
  • Warranty – Using a professional security integrator will ensure the system is working properly and will provide a warranty with the installed system.
  • Central Station – A security integrator can help you set up your account with a central station.

Cons

  • Must schedule an appointment
  • There is an installation fee to have a technician come out and install your system.

DIY installation

Pros

  • Save money on installation fee.

Cons

  • Expertise – Do you know the right questions to ask yourself when designing your system?
  • You are the installer – You will not have a professional on hand to ask questions or troubleshoot any issues.
    Installation – Depending upon the package you choose it may be more difficult to install the system than you think.
  • Time – It takes time to design your own system, purchase the components, make sure you have the tools.
  • Hardwired system – Are you comfortable and experienced with wiring and electricity?
  • Higher equipment costs – More components may be needed than your packaged system provides.
  • Properly operating – Once the system is installed you are responsible for the ongoing maintenance.
  • Warranty – When you install your own equipment there may not be any warranty if something goes wrong during the installation. If a problem arises down the road or the system does not perform the way you anticipated, the company you purchased the system from may claim it was installed incorrectly.
  • Monitoring your system – Some monitoring companies may not be able to monitor your DIY system.
    Now be honest with yourself and think about what can be at stake here. Sure you may save some money but will you have peace of mind?
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When upgrading to access control there are many things to think about. Asking the right questions will help to design the system that is perfect for your business. A professional security integrator can help you answer all of your questions and provide a solution that is just right for your business. Below is a list of questions to ask before installing access control:

  • Why you are adding access control?
    • Is it becoming costly to replace lost keys or to rekey locks after an employee leaves?
    • Do you want to know who is on your premises at anytime?
    • Do you want to control when people can enter the building?
  • Should your access control include biometrics?
    • Do you have restricted areas within the building only authorized personnel are allowed to access?
  • Does the system have the capability to expand in the future?
    • Is your company expanding?
  • Should you use access control on the perimeter of the property?
    • Are you experiencing theft in outdoor storage areas?
    • Has there been vandalism on your property?
  • Should you have access control at each entrance of the building or on select doors within the building?
    • Are unauthorized people entering your building?
  • Should you use key fobs or cards?

Another important question to ask your security integrator is: Do you have a locksmith division? This allows integrators and locksmiths to come together and create an access control system that meets all of your needs. One stop shopping makes it more economical and easier to secure.
Before installing an access control system though, it makes sense to have a locksmith conduct an inspection of your doors inside and out. Knowing that your doors are in good operating condition is important.

A locksmith inspection should include inspecting all door hardware and locking mechanisms for deficiencies and operability. Inspecting all hinges, door closers, locking hardware, electric strikes, electric locks as well as check panic devices. Making sure lever sets, latches and hinges as well as cylinders do not sag, retract properly and are not sticky or rusty. A professional locksmith can check auto door operators for ADA compliance, too.

As always our locksmiths will conduct a FREE survey of all your doors, checking that the integrity and security of your doors are adequate and meet standard requirements to protect people and property.

Call One Source Security today at 800-570-6478, to schedule your FREE survey.

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I recently read an article about how a parent with a terminal illness watched their kids play ball via a network camera stream. More and more communities are using video surveillance in parks to enhance security and deter vandalism. Allowing parents access to the video feed can allow them the ability to watch their children play ball from across town or across the world, keeping families connected. 

There are many factors as to why parents cannot make it to their child’s game including deployment, illness, work, travel or having multiple kids playing ball at the same time at different fields.

Setting up a camera behind home plate can give parents a full view of the field, while allowing municipalities to keep an eye on the field and dugouts which also enhances security at the park. 

There are a couple of options communities can use to allow access to the footage of the ball game. The first would be to live stream the video for everyone to see on the town website, choosing the field they would like to watch. Some communities are already using this technology. The second option would be to have a parent portal on the site with a login, entering  a username and password to log into the video stream site. 

Games can be recorded and archived online for a certain amount of time, so they can be accessed at any time. For example grandparents living in California can watch an early Saturday morning game in New Hampshire at their leisure, or a parent who is deployed overseas can watch their child when they have internet access. Video can be viewed on PCs and Macs, as well as on iPhones/iPad and Android devices. 

More and more municipalities are using video surveillance in parks to enhance security so why not create a way for family, friends and fans to watch their favorite team play? Call One Source Security today and together we can create a solution that is just right for your town.

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Today we live in a time when there is so much uncertainty.  As a business owner you have a responsibility to protect your employees and customers to the best of your ability. Using panic notifications in specific areas of your organization can help protect your employees and bring some peace of mind. 

A panic button is a small hidden button, easily accessible by an employee, used to call for help. In the past, panic buttons were typically wired to notify police of an emergency situation.  However, we have found that in some situations employees would like to summon someone to help them but are uncomfortable pressing a button that would summon the police.  Even if they did press the button to summon the police, oftentimes other employees in the building are unaware that the person needs immediate help.

We have found that a user is more likely to push a panic button earlier in an uncomfortable situation if they know that the panic button notification will go directly to onsite security or a member of the employee ‘response team’ who is trained to help in emergency situations. These response team members are directed to make a determination if the situation can be handled in house or if they need to call 911. 

There are many areas in a building where panic buttons can be placed. Anywhere a confrontation with the public or employee may occur, such as the reception or lobby area, security desk, management offices and HR departments should have a panic button. Shipping and receiving, as well as customer service and register areas should have panic buttons. 

The panic notification allows a person to quickly and silently call for help in a crisis or emergency situation, as well as bring help in the case of an uncomfortable situation.   There may be a situation where emergency personnel may not be needed but another person would be helpful.

There are various methods that can be used to notify the response team when a panic button has been pressed.  These can include paging systems, and devices that send voice messages, text messages or email messages directly to smartphones. 

Call One Source Security today for a FREE ASSESSMENT of your building, at 800-570-6478.

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Have you ever wondered why you would need a security system?  We at One Source Security believe there are many reasons to invest in a security system; the most important reason is peace of mind.  Not only for you as a business owner but for your employees, customers and investors as well. 

Maintaining a professional appearance brings peace of mind.  As a business owner you want your customers to know you are not a here-today-gone-tomorrow company. A secured business is a viable reason for any stakeholder to take your business seriously. 

As a business owner there are many things to consider when it comes to security. Who and what are you protecting; your employees, customers, inventory, information or property? 

Using a video surveillance system with access control leads customers, employees and investors to believe you are a stable and creditable company concerned about not only protecting people and property but their interests and information. Each stakeholder counts on your business being secure for different reasons. They can be confident you are using multiple layers of protection, giving them peace of mind, something you cannot put a dollar amount on.  

When using a video surveillance system you can remotely view in real time events as they unfold, or view recorded footage of an event such as a break-in. If an alarm is triggered, check to see if the perpetrator is still on the premises, so as not to walk in on a dangerous situation. View live or recorded video from any browser or smart phone; it is easy to view before you arrive at work or on a crime scene. 

A monitored security or fire system will alert on-site security or central station when there is an urgent situation such as a break-in or fire. Did you know our new video surveillance system with state of the art technology can also alert on-site security or central station when unauthorized activity activates a camera? 

Using access control within your business can keep employees and customers out of certain areas of your business where merchandise and intellectual property is stored, as well as management offices.

Call One Source Security today at 800-570-6478 to set up a no obligation assessment of your business. We can help you create a security plan just right for your business giving you and your stakeholder’s peace of mind.

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As a business owner you have many choices when it comes to video surveillance. The goal is always to protect people and property. 

There are many types of cameras available with a variety of uses, including but not limited to dome cameras, bullet cameras, infrared cameras and network/IP cameras.

 

  • Dome cameras are a great choice for indoors, they are low profile and allow for 360-degree visibility.
  • Bullet cameras encased with a tough housing are a great choice for outdoors as they can withstand the elements.
  • Infrared cameras are used primarily outdoors to capture images in the dark.
  • Network/IP cameras allow footage to be sent over a network to a centralized recorder. Quickly retrieve, review and share video with law enforcement when necessary.

 

There are also cameras with the ability to identify a small object such as a license plate, they will read and record a tag number on a moving vehicle.  

License plate cameras are designed to focus on the alpha-numeric characters on a license plate capturing the tag number of vehicles entering and exiting a property. License plates from both parked and moving vehicles can be clearly captured.  Depending on the placement of the camera the make and model, and even the color of the car can be captured. Sometimes the occupants may also be captured on the video, but that is not the main objective of this type of camera.  

License plate cameras compensate for moving vehicles, the reflective material of license plates, headlights and varying outdoor light conditions, allowing them to capture a clear picture of the license plate. Images can be captured in complete darkness in real-time while recording video to a DVR. 

License plate recognition cameras capture, read and record a tag number, just like the license plate reader. These cameras however have another specialized component to them.  They are designed for one specific purpose, to capture the tag number and match it to a number in a database. The system is designed to flag a vehicle when the tag matches one in the database, notifying officers. This information is only available to law enforcement agencies.

Key features to look for when researching a license place camera:

 

  • High definition resolution, allows for accurate and precise detail from images captured on the camera. 
  • Performs equally well with fast or slow moving traffic.
  • Continuous day and night operation.
  • Integrates with access control
  • Covers multiple lanes for entering and exiting traffic.

 

Call One Source Security today, 800-570-6478, for a FREE security assessment of the perimeter of your property.  License place camera can be yet another layer of protection for your business. 

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With the fall season upon us comes the change in color of the trees, leaf peeping and the sweet smell of apple and pumpkin pies. 

Halloween is just around the corner and our homes are decorated with pumpkins, corn stalks and mums in anticipation of those little superheroes, princesses and other characters.  With the excitement of seeing those little trick-or-treaters, we may be taken off guard and must remember, strangers will be coming to our door and entering our property. 

A key to keeping you and your family safe is to have a well lit yard and home, from the back yard to the street. Lighting can deter criminals and vandals from harming your family or home. 

Other Halloween safety tips:

  • Before Halloween, trim your bushes and hedges around your windows and doors, as well as along your pathways. This can prevent criminals and vandals from hiding behind them, waiting for the optimal opportunity to strike.
  • Use motion detecting lights near all entrances of your home as well as your driveway, walkways, and patio or deck. These lights will alert you if someone is lurking around your property, and could scare unwanted guests off.
  • Remember to lock your doors, even if you are home and always look before you open your door to trick-or-treaters. This allows you time to decide if you are comfortable opening your door. 
  • Do not leave a key hidden outside. Many criminals know the most common places to look, allowing them to easily walk into your home.
  • One safety tip most people don’t think about is putting unused ladders away in a garage or shed. These can easily be used to gain access to a second floor window left open. Most people don’t think to make sure their second floor windows are locked.  
  • Do you know who is trick or treating at your home? Stay aware of people and be vigilant of who is coming to your door. People can easily hide behind a mask on Halloween.  If someone is acting suspicious, don’t open the door or call the police, it is far better to be safe.

Do you have a home security system and video surveillance?

Burglars and vandals will not want to be caught on camera or trip an alarm. With a security system, silent alarms and panic notifications can be sent to your central station, who will notify police something is wrong. Using a video surveillance system not only deters criminals it records their activity on your property. 

Call One Source Security today at 800-570-6478 to talk about protecting your family and home. 

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