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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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Without proper security controls in place a company or property manager of a high rise building can run the risk of criminal activity, damage to the facility and unauthorized personnel or visitors wandering the building.  There can be a higher risk of theft, tampering and break-ins, which can include loss of data and compromised IT capacity.

How do you control access within your building? Are unauthorized individuals gaining access to secure floors? Is your building a mixed use building with multiple tenants, or owned by one company with secure floors? As a property manager or business owner would you like to limit access to each floor?

By using access control at the elevator, you can safeguard the physical safety of your employees, tenants, and building. 

Installing access card readers in the lobby to call an elevator would be the first step in limiting access within your building. Once in the elevator the card reader will only allow the elevator to access the floor or floors an employee or visitor is permitted access to via their credentials.

Card readers can restrict elevator access to users on floors that contain management offices, vaults, document archives, safes and server rooms. Create free access floors such as cafeteria, gym, reception and lobby areas, and the parking lot level, making them accessible to all authorized entrants with access cards.

Elevator access control can allow employees or tenants free access to all floors in a building during business hours and restrict individuals who can ride the elevator after hours. 

Connecting your elevator control system with your building access control, allows you to receive reports, which can be filtered by area, elevator, time, visitors, location and category of employee. Know who is entering the elevator along with a corresponding time stamp. This allows for better control over your facility. 

Visitor management is easy, cards can be deactivated at a specified time to prevent unauthorized access within the building.

It is important to have a fully automated integrated security system protecting people and property. A fully secure building should include access control for the whole building and video surveillance. Call One Source Security today at 800-570-6478 to set up your FREE assessment.

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The intent of the Act directs building owners to remove barriers and provide people with disabilities access on an equal basis with the rest of the general public. A portion of the Act refers to openings and doors used to enter a building or space, the clearance of those openings and door hardware. 

Doors need to be wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair. Door hardware must have a shape designed for easy grasping with one hand without wrist twisting to operate. The door opening force and closing speed should be within the acts specifications. 

There are a variety of products designed to help you comply, such as keyless entry systems, egress systems that require no physical action to exit, automatic door operators and lever locksets, 

Our team can identify and design solutions that fit your security requirements and budget. We can conduct a FREE survey of your facility to identify any issues and provide you with a written report after the survey. Call One Source Security today at 800-570-6478.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Untitled-3.jpgAccording to the National Center for Education Statistics less, than 10 percent of schools require their students to wear ID badges. Wearing an ID badge helps to ensure safety and security on the school campus.  Since Columbine, an effort to enhance school safety and security has been a priority for many schools, which has only increased since the Newtown school shootings.

As our schools face ongoing threats from violence and drugs to terrorism, when an ID badge is present, everyone knows at a glance who belongs and who does not. The ID badge should be easily seen and presented to any school staff member or person of authority seeking identification. This can be especially important for emergency personnel who may not be familiar with the students but will know who is who at a glance in an emergency situation.

Not only in emergency situations is it important for students to wear ID badges, but on a day to day basis teachers and staff can identify students.  The use of a student ID badge authorizes a student to be on campus, increasing site security while swiftly detecting unauthorized visitors.

ID badges can be used to purchase lunch. Students with free or reduced lunch feel more comfortable and less conspicuous by eliminating all income based identification. Students can borrow library books and pay for printing from a school printer. ID badges can also allow students to gain event access to school functions like sporting events, guest speakers and dances.

ID badges can be worn on a breakaway lanyard hanging from the neck, or clipped to a shirt. Wearing ID badges in high school promotes college and career readiness. 

Each school should ensure safety and security for all staff and students as a top priority each and every day. Wearing identification has become a security “best practice” for schools. Access control and video surveillance, along with security glass laminates for schools can provide a complete security package to protect students, teachers and staff. 

Call One Source Security today at 800-570-6478 for a FREE assessment of your school.

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Your access control and security system can be integrated in such a way that your alarm system can be armed and disarmed through a single action on the access control side. 

The advantage of this is the convenience of doing two things at once without remembering PINs or operating keypads. You can have the doors lock whenever the security system is armed and unlocked when the system is disarmed and receive notifications via text or email if there is a problem.

An access card can be used to gain access to a building, area or room. There is no need to fumble with keys or remember multiple security codes. Management can control access of individuals throughout the company and depending on the level of security. Grant access only to an employee designated area. Access control can also be integrated with elevators to control access to high security floors.

Propped doors can be a common problem. However, this can be addressed by installing door position switches on the door which sends a signal if the door is propped or forced open. 

Electronic access control systems can be integrated with other systems to notify of power outages, high or low temperature alarms, or water level alarms.  Almost any type of alarm can be monitored by the access control system.  

Cards can have photos, logos and work titles imprinted onto them, to provide quick identification of the individual. 

Call One Source Security today at 800-570-6478 and we will show you how to maximize your access control system.

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Protecting people, property and deterring crime is essential for business owners to stay in business. With the ever changing technology, business owners can stay ahead of the curve protecting assets, infrastructure and the hard working individuals who work diligently to make the company a success. 

With the advances in video surveillance, we can provide technology that can be used with multiple generations of cameras to bring better security to your business. Some businesses may see the need to upgrade but may not have the budget for a full upgrade all at once. We can provide an option that can be budget friendly and upgradable in the future.  

A Tribrid DVR brings together HD-CVI, IP and analog security cameras all in one recording device. If you have an existing analog camera and want to add high definition cameras, you can with the Tribrid DVR. You can add up to 16 HD-CVI and analog cameras, along with 16 IP cameras making this a 32

= camera capable security recorder. 

Key features include:

  • Support auto backup
  • POS, I/O device, LPR and access control integration
  • Human counting application
  • Intelligent playback system with video analytics searches
  • Instant playback
  • On the edge motion integration
  • 2 way audio

With the stream relay service the Mainconsole can duplicate an ROI (Region of Interest) image from the same stream input.  Users can watch the camera by viewing 2 zones separately. 

The unique GUI recording schedule is easy, quick and clear. The DVR can support weekly or daily schedules with 6 kinds of scenario recording modes and 10 instant responses. With the boosting mode, the normal frame rate is used in regular time and enhanced to a higher frame rate when events occur, from 1 (Frames Per Second) FPS to 30 FPS.  The auto load balance feature supports multiple hard drives and enhances the data writing efficiency, and allows backup to any kind of network drives, with better storage, and increased image quality. 

Integrating old equipment into a new system saves both time and money by using compatible cameras, cables and recorders. Cameras can be viewed over the internet using a smartphone, tablet or computer.

By using a Tribrid DVR, business owners can choose specific components to upgrade. Some customers may not want to fully upgrade their video surveillance but know they need something more than what they have in and around their buildings. We can help troubleshoot a weakness in coverage and provide solid solutions.  Call One Source Security today for a free estimate at 800-570-6478.

 

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As the gateway to your business your doors should be in proper working order. When a customer is having a crisis with a door, door jam or hardware, many times we have found the problem could easily have been prevented.  

With a Preventive maintenance plan (PMI) problems can be avoided before a crisis happens and prevent a costly, bothersome, and potentially dangerous problem from occurring.  

A PMI plan can significantly reduce the cost of ownership by increasing performance life. Regular inspections and maintenance are recommended to ensure efficiency of all security doors. With regular inspections, current and potential problems can be detected and identified, preventing costly repairs and serious personal injuries in the future. 

Doors can swell when moisture is present and become damaged if they slam. Lack of proper lubrication in lock cylinders, hinges, latches, exit bars, etc. is one of the most common forms of neglect which cause many serious problems and malfunctions with hardware and locks yet is so simple to maintain.  

Having a PMI plan which includes inspecting, lubricating, adjusting and tightening doors, and lock sets, as well as testing devices for safety and functionality can extend the life of your commercial doors and hardware, and ensure operational efficiency and reliability.

Installing an access control system on primary doors which features auto locking and unlocking can help with door lock maintenance by controlling the door speed in which it shuts as well as controlling the locking mechanism. Electronic keys can be easily removed from a system when the need arises or when a card key is lost or stolen to restrict the entry of unauthorized users. Audit trails can be created to document who enters and exits a particular door.

Video security should be considered in all commercial properties.  If there is excessive damage to one door, the availability of video surveillance can help identify the problem. Being able to view video history or live video for key areas can add a great deal for your peace of mind. 

A properly installed well maintained door will last, saving money and time with repairs.  Call One Source Security today for more information about our PMI programs for your doors, door jams and locking hardware at 800-570-6478.

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Your home security system can be a multi-purpose tool capable of many different things, from protecting your family and home to helping you keep tabs on your kids. Not only can you connect to your home remotely by a smart device to control lights, temperature, and appliances, you can remotely control your security system, video surveillance and locks.

On average, kids start staying home alone by age 12. Educating children about the safety measures they can take to keep themselves safe at home should be the first step. 

  • Kids should never admit there is no parent at home with them; they should also be told it is ok to not answer the door. 
  • Clearly post emergency numbers in view of the home phone and program emergency numbers into their mobile phone. 
  • They should know what to do in the event of an emergency, such as a fire or a break in. 
  • Show them how to operate the security system, including how to call for help through the system. 

Teaching children how to use the security system should start with choosing a system that has a control panel that is easy to use. One choice is to use a touch screen that can read the instructions to your child. Create a person PIN specific to your child, (choose something they will remember) when the PIN is used a notification can be sent to the parent’s smart device. Create a separate emergency code or PIN with your child that will turn off the alarm yet notifies central station there is an emergency.

Another choice is to use a small remote control attached to your child’s key ring. These are very easy to use. They can disarm the system before unlocking the door with the press of a button, then arm the system again with the same remote once inside the house. Again, a notification can be sent to the parent’s smart device, notifying them that the system was disarmed then armed again. 

Video cameras can monitor small and large areas, inside and outside your home. On your smart device remote access to the cameras can be set up, not only to see what has been recorded but to rotate the camera to have a better view of activity in real time.  

See when your child gets home from school, activities or time with friends. Did they do their homework? Play too long on their play station? Multiple cameras can be set to notify you when there is motion within the camera range or you can program your application to just notify you when the camera at the front door has been activated, alerting you when they arrive home safely. Some of our cameras can be set to disregard weather and animals. 

Parents can also make sure doors are locked when children are home alone using their smart device remotely. Door and window sensors can also chime when a door or window has been opened; notifying the parent there was activity at the door or window. When using motion sensor lighting outside, an intruder may deterred before they even get to the door and your child has to deal with them. 

You can’t always be there for your kids but you can still ensure their safety. Call One Source Security today for a FREE assessment of your home, or to answer any home security questions, at 800-570-6478.

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