The commercial security industry is ever-evolving. Today’s advanced commercial security systems have moved past traditional alarm systems. Organizations can now leverage innovative solutions, such as video monitoring, scanners equipped with artificial intelligence (AI), smart access control systems, and so on.
However, when you’re looking for a robust commercial security system, cookie-cutter solutions will not provide you with the protection you need. Also, since all organizations are different, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to commercial security. Different organizations have different security challenges. Some may need access control, while others may be vulnerable to burglary and outside intrusion. Therefore, if you’re struggling to find the right solution, you can partner with commercial security system providers to build a solution based on your organizational requirements.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), 37.2% of all burglaries in 2019 were reported from non-residential properties, such as offices and stores. Therefore, if you haven’t already, you must implement an advanced commercial security system to ensure the safety of your customers, employees, and possessions.
Intrusion Detection Systems To Keep All Your People and Assets Safe
If there is a weak link in the security of your business premises, your customers, employees, and assets are unsafe. Not only this but in such a scenario the risk of a security breach is also high. This is where an intrusion detection system (IDS) can help.
Intrusion detection systems work in tandem with your advanced commercial security systems to detect disturbances around your business premises based on deceit, force, and stealth. These systems immediately notify the monitoring center if there’s a threat. Intrusion detection involves round-the-clock monitoring and real-time feedback.
Benefits of intrusion detection systems:
- Centralized commercial security management
- Multiple secured access points across all locations
- Customized analytics and reporting about the health of organizational systems
- Constant access to video surveillance feed
- Complete protection from network and firewall intrusion by minimizing device vulnerabilities
- 360-degree security endpoint management
You can find a wide range of intrusion detection systems on the market. However, you must pick one based on your organizational needs and the type of business you operate. Also, you should carefully assess and evaluate the following things while finding an intrusion detection system for your business:
- Security alarm monitoring options: Ensure the intrusion detection system provides you with a host of alarm monitoring options, such as door alarms (entrance and exits), window alarms, and alarms at all other possible entry points. Also, check if the system comprises beams, motion sensors, glass break sensors, and more.
- Security access codes: Ensure the intrusion detection system comprises unique security access codes to make it convenient for your staff and you to manage it.
- Security system access and viewing options: Ensure the intrusion detection system comes with multiple access and viewing options, such as the ability to access the system using a PC or smartphone application.
At ProTech Security, we work with Digital Monitoring Products (DMP) to create scalable solutions for intrusion detection systems and deterrence to provide encrypted, versatile, high-level physical security with secure communications to keep personnel informed in times of emergency and help ensure a rapid, informed response.
We work with authorized dealers, integration partners, and government security directors to devise reliable, powerful solutions based on field knowledge, shared information, and the need for redundant processes.
Keep Tabs on Everything With Commercial Access Control Systems
Commercial access control systems are built to allow authorized persons to access the business premises, rooms, or special areas and block access to unauthorized persons. For organizations, preventing unauthorized access is extremely critical to reduce security risks. Therefore, a commercial access control system is an important part of an advanced commercial security system.
You can find a variety of commercial access control systems based on complexity and features. However, it’s important to find one that suits your organizational requirements. There’s no one-size-fits-all commercial access control system on the market.
Controlling who enters your business premises is the first and most critical line of defense against burglars and intruders. A robust commercial access control system provides convenient and quick access to authorized persons while securely limiting access to unauthorized persons.
Mainly, there are three types of commercial access control systems. These include:
Standalone Network Access Control Systems
These systems are also known as “traditional” access control systems. They are typically used by smaller organizations with fewer employees. The system is managed by a central access control panel. This central control panel is connected to different electronic door locks, readers, and cameras with communication wiring and power.
IP Networked Access Control Systems
In these systems, the access control components are directly linked to a network via an Ethernet or wireless connection. IP networked access control systems are great for auditing, tracking, and user management as they process information in real-time.
Zero Touch Access Control Systems
These systems are designed to provide organizations with contactless access control, especially in the current pandemic scenario. With zero-touch access control systems, there is no need for physical contact. Employees and visitors can use their smartphones, face recognition, or hand-wave technology to enter your business premises.
These questions can help you make an informed decision when looking for a suitable commercial access control system for your organization:
- How many buildings are you managing? Single or multiple?
- How many doors/entry and exit points do you want to secure?
- Will specific areas need higher restrictions?
- What is the configuration of your existing commercial security system? How will the access control system integrate with it?
- Will specific staff members need special access?
At ProTech Security, we can create reliable, state-of-the-art access control systems that integrate the most advanced security technologies with innovative networking capabilities to bring you full-featured security solutions serving any size facility.
Cloud-Based Commercial Digital Video Surveillance
Cloud-based commercial digital video surveillance solutions allow IT teams to easily and quickly install hardware and software upgrades as soon as a physical or cyber security threat is identified. These solutions typically cover:
- Cyber security
- Remote viewing
- Cloud storage
- Video recording
- Management alerts
Research shows that 9 in 10 organizations are using cloud technology, especially for video surveillance.
In cloud-based commercial digital video surveillance systems, the data is transferred to a central video management system (VMS).
Benefits of cloud-based commercial digital video surveillance systems:
- Lower cost of deployment as compared to traditional commercial video surveillance systems
- Reduced hardware dependencies due to a high-quality video feed
- Enhanced coverage for tracking and monitoring commercial conversion rates
- Greater flexibility, scalability, and scope for technology evolution
- Can support a wide range of analog and IP cameras
- Advanced bandwidth management to lower consumption and provide an excellent remote viewing experience
- Reduce IT staffing costs
- Reduced need for onsite servers
- Rapid deployment and hassle-free maintenance
Fire and Life Safety Solutions for Advanced Commercial Security Systems
According to the US Fire Administration (FEMA), overall trends for non-residential building fires and losses from 2009 to 2018 include a 26% increase in fires and a 30% increase in deaths. Therefore, all buildings require fire and life safety solutions, irrespective of whether they are residential or non-residential.
If you don’t already have fire and life safety solutions in your commercial security plan, it’s time you partner with a reputed service provider to get comprehensive fire and life safety services. An experienced fire and life safety solutions provider can build a code-compliant fire alarm system for your organization. They can provide you with fire and life safety services, such as:
- Fire alarm system design and development based on your organizational requirements
- Fire alarm inspection per National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards
- Fire alarm testing per NFPA standards
- Fire alarm repaired as and when required
- Round-the-clock monitoring of your fire alarm system
- Fire extinguisher services
Regular inspection of fire and life safety solutions can provide your organization with a host of benefits, such as:
- Prevention of loss of property and human life
- Lower maintenance costs
- No fines or penalties for non-compliance
- Insurance discounts
Fire and life safety codes your organization needs to adhere to avoid penalties:
- NFPA 72 or National Fire Alarm Signaling Code to ensure all fire alarms are compliant
- NFPA 75 or Standard for the Fire Protection of Information Technology Equipment; standards for automatic detection systems, automatic fire protection systems, portable fire extinguishers, and other safety feature
- NFPA 101 or Life Safety Code; all commercial buildings must have a proper emergency and exit path lighting
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements; inspections and tests for emergency action plans (EAPs), exit routes, portable fire extinguishers, fire detection systems, employee alarm systems, and more.
At ProTech Security, we have a strong history of experience, innovation, and customer service. The ProTech Security Advantage is more than 35 years of service in Northeast Ohio and a strong commitment to providing quality, cost-effective protection for homes, businesses, educational institutions, and government facilities. To see what ProTech Security can do for you, contact us today.