Businesses face a myriad of security challenges caused by both internal and external forces. Traditionally, Business Security Systems were designed to deal with physical threats such as theft, intrusion, vandalism, and arson. Modern organizations have a lot more to worry about, especially when it comes to protecting sensitive data.
The Different Types of Business Security Systems
1. Intruder Alarm Systems
Alarm systems have been in use for many years, as the primary tool for crime deterrence. Initially, the business alarm systems were limited to detecting specific threats such as vandalism, smoke or fire. In addition, these devices consisted of sirens, bells, or whistles, which would be sounded to scare away would be attackers. Modern business alarm systems are very advanced in that, they integrate various sensors such as motion, vibration, smoke, and carbon monoxide, to enable them to detect multiple threats. In addition, these alarms do not need the traditional bells and whistles; they can be monitored from a centralized monitoring station.
2. Security Camera Systems
Surveillance cameras enable businesses to monitor the activity within their premises. Users may choose to set the cameras to record passively, and retrieve the video later for review. Alternatively, the surveillance cameras can be monitored in real time. Professional grade IP surveillance cameras enable users to view their security camera footage from any computer on their network, or remotely, using a variety of devices such as tablets or smartphones. As such, Video Surveillance Systems are unique in the sense that users can verify if the threat to their business is real, and if it warrants intervention from the authorities.
3. Access Control Systems
Businesses have a hard time controlling the movement of people in and out of their premises and other sensitive areas. Some of the mechanisms that have been in use over the years, such as having guards manning every entry and exit points, changing locks frequently, and reissuing keys have proved expensive and ineffective. Modern business security systems such as door access controls and keyscan systems provide users with a low cost and proactive approach of controlling human traffic, as well as preventing unauthorized access to valuable assets.