Networking & Communications
A high quality, reliable network and communications system is critical to the effectiveness of any security system, as these are the components that make a good system, great.
But What Is It?
A security system is a network of components that communicate with one another. Without these critical components the integrity of the entire system would be in jeopardy. The network and communications infrastructure is what allows you to setup wireless components, or get notified with custom alerts based on alarm trigger... or most importantly: notify the authorities in the event of an emergency or a break-in.
Switches & Sensors
Switches and sensors are used to determine if there is a security breach. Magnetic switches, for example, will inform a security communications center if the magnets have been separated while the alarm was active. This happens when two magnets, on a door or window, have been separated when it opens.
Motion sensors may determine if movement occurs in a vacant home. They can also be used around a perimeter to sense when someone has passed through a specific area of a home or business. This could activate security cameras in the area for better monitoring while saving on electricity and storage costs.
Light switches are also a part of the networking system. Smart lighting can be scheduled to turn on or off or controlled remotely. If you are on vacation and wish for your lights to turn on and off, you can control them any time and from any location.
Wireless Security Cameras
Wireless cameras and other wireless components of your system can be cost effective and easy to install. While they are wired for power, they do not require wires to communicate with the receiver and may eliminate the need for a media converter.
Today's wireless security cameras have an exceptional visual range and can also be controlled from a greater distance than their older counterparts. Advanced infrared technology also allows these cameras to take high resolution images during the day or at night. These images are then recorded via a DVR or uploaded to cloud storage, which protects the footage in the event that the DVR system is damaged or stolen.
One of the most important components of your security network is a high quality router. Routers allow multiple devices to access data via a network connection. This allows the components of a system to communicate with one another.
You also need a router for remote access and programming of your system. In order for you to view your cameras or access digital audio connections, you need a reliable router that connects to the network and internet at all times. Poor quality routers may result in disruption of your services, which compromises your entire system.
In order to view your camera and video feed, you may need a media converter. This device allows you to use cameras using different connections (such HDMI and coaxial) within the same network. It also allows you to connect your cameras to a monitor and router for fast, clear, uninterrupted viewing.
Intercoms, Security, and Safety
Intercoms help users communicate with guests, patients, or residents when needed. A great example of how intercoms can make a location safer is by using telephone entry access. If you or a friend have lived in a large apartment building, you have likely had to use one of these systems.
When a visitor needs to gain access to a building, he or she will use the call box located outside the main front door. This call box may or may not include a video feed. When the visitor keys in the code of the person they are visiting, they speak via an intercom connected through a phone line to that person. At that point, the resident can allow access with the push of a button.
This is a way to keep a building secure and ensure that only permitted individuals have access. Without a secure access control system, anyone can enter a location, which opens the location up to theft, vandalism, and fraud. Intercoms and telephone lines can be used as an effective part of any security communications systems.
Similar systems are also used in the nursing industry to improve communications between patients and their care providers. This helps protect patients and provides quick communications within a medical facility.
In the event of an emergency, you may not be able to reach a telephone. Strategically installed intercoms allow an individual to request assistance during an emergency, even if phone lines are out of reach or down.
People who are more prone to falls or live alone, are particularly at risk. If the individual doesn't have a wireless communication device on their person, it could be hours or days before help arrives.
It is important that a person receives prompt medical attention in the event of a slip, fall (or worse), as injuries can be life threatening. Wireless communication devices, intercoms, and phone lines make these communications possible and provide support for those who need it most.
Networking and communication systems are important parts of security for a home or business. They can make a huge difference in the case of an emergency and will deter theft and vandalism.
These high quality systems help homeowners and business owners have more freedom and security. The full system access they provide will help give you peace-of-mind and ensure that you have the optimum safety levels for your unique security needs.