Security and Cabling Solutions
With rising crime levels continuing to cause concern, keeping your business safe and secure has never been more important. And, thankfully, as a result of advances in technology, advanced alarm and security systems are now a possibility. However, the various security and cabling solutions that you require are far from straightforward. And that’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to alarm and security systems.
Can Technology Keep Your Business Safe and Secure?
When it comes to strengthening the security which protects your business, you have a wide range of options to choose from. Furthermore, many of these security systems can be combined to enhance your safety. All you need to do is understand which systems do what.
How Security and Alarm Cabling Can Be Combined with Other Systems for Enhanced Safety
- 24/7 monitoring: one of the biggest deterrents to criminals is the presence of 24/7 monitoring systems such as CCTV. Often, CCTV cameras are directly linked to a monitoring centre, from where decisions can be made and action taken when, for example, suspicious activity is detected.
- Intruder detection: it’s important that you can identify the presence of an intruder as soon as possible, this ensures you can minimise the risk to your business. Many alarm systems are designed with sensors strategically placed on doors, windows and other vulnerable areas to detect unauthorised persons accessing your business.
- Fire and smoke alarms: arson remains a significant threat for all businesses, particular during the evening when very few businesses are manned. As such, fire and smoke alarms represent a valuable addition to your security infrastructure. Acting as an early warning system, these alarms can be directly linked to 24/7 monitoring centres to initiate emergency responses.
- Remote access: wireless technology, combined with high speed internet connections, means that it’s possible for business owners to remotely access and control their security systems. This means, whilst you’re away from the office, you can monitor your business premises, receive real-time alerts and even arm or disarm the system remotely. This provides you not only with a secure business, but also peace of mind.
- Access Control: protect your premises for unwanted visitors by using security measures such as Door Access Control to determine who is allowed to enter or exit, where they are allowed to exit or enter.
The Importance of Cabling for Security Systems
One of the most under estimated, yet crucial, aspects of security and alarm systems is the cabling which supports them. Cabling ensures that reliable and stable connections can be made between different systems and components, and reliability is the basis of all good security and alarm systems. Also, despite the many benefits of wireless systems, cabling solutions provide added security as they require physical access to be tampered with.
Comprehensive Security and Alarm Cabling Solutions
As with all cabling solutions, complexity is commonplace and your options varied. First, you need to determine how many cores are required. This number will depend on the required cable length and the number of devices on the system. You also need to consider whether you go for screened or unscreened cables. Screened cable is more expensive, but it also minimizes electromagnetic interference (also known as crosstalk) and is more suited to businesses.
When it comes to materials, copper cabling is ideal for alarm and security systems due to its reliability, security, and cost-effectiveness. It provides a stable and secure connection, minimises interference and ensures consistent data transmission. Additionally, copper cabling is readily available, easy to install and compatible with a wide range of devices, making it an excellent choice for alarm systems.