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Two conditions exist that make the installation of new security systems, as well as upgrading, a good choice nowadays.

We’re in a favorable time of year in terms of weather and have returned to a healthier economy (at least relative to a few years ago).  We’re obviously not out of the woods by any means, however, things are improving.

A possible security upgrade could be a biometric and card access combination.

Nonetheless, people are building new structures as well as expanding on their existing businesses.  And among the many contractors they are dealing with in these projects are security systems integrators regarding security upgrades or new equipment.

Ideally, you’d want to speak with your security provider before plans are drawn up, but it’s certainly not too late if you did not get that chance.

What security measures will you be adding to the new space?  What will stay the same and what will be different?  Are you going to have a security upgrade?

Three main areas we’ll focus on today are your video surveillance, access control and your security or alarm system.

1. Video Surveillance.  You will be able to move your current system with you to your new building, or if you’re expanding, you can add cameras of the same or similar type in the new areas.

But this may be a good time to consider upgrading.  Do you currently have analog cameras which are performing satisfactorily but aren’t quite as crisp and clear as you’d like.

Consider IP / Megapixel technology.  Achieve better facial recognition.  Decipher cash transaction at registers. Recognize makes of vehicles better in parking lot incidents—sometimes even license plates.

Reduce the number of cameras needed due the better coverage offered with Megapixel technology, for instance. Install 180 or 360 degree cameras.  Not only are you receiving the latest in camera technology, you’re requiring fewer wire runs and less maintenance.

2. Access Control.  If you’re currently set up with locks and keys at your building, then you may want to consider the conveniences and safety of installing an electronic access control system in your new location.

There’s no longer a need to worry if an employee loses a key or is terminated and keeps one.  With a card access system, you simply disable that particular card. 

What if you want to create an “audit trail” telling you who went where and when.  Access control systems allow for this.

And if you already have an access control system at your current location, you may consider biometrics for access control at the next building—at least for some of the more sensitive areas.

Biometrics reads body characteristics instead of a card or a fob.  It’s a higher form of security because if you lose your card, with normal access control (if it hasn’t been disabled yet) someone can use it to enter and it will appear as if it were you.

With biometrics, this can’t happen because the individual’s unique body characteristics such as her iris or fingerprints are read.

3. Security or Alarm Systems.  For an alarm system, often referred to as your security system, it benefits you if the security integrator can be in contact with the builder in terms of wiring before construction. 

Many people prefer hardwired devices on their security system, and with new construction, this is so much easier to achieve than with an existing structure.

There’s nothing wrong with wireless devices, they perform admirably.  They are simply chosen over hardwired devices often because wiring can be invasive.  So again, if your security system is integrated at the outset of building, then this isn’t an issue.

We hope you get a chance to explore improving your security either through security upgrades in your new building or expansion of your current location.

Thanks for spending some time with us today.

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