The need to protect your business and its staff in a major city like New York, especially post 9/11, is a fundamental must. Or perhaps your business is located in a “vulnerable” environment where security for one’s business office and its occupants is worrisome. The regulations for businesses regarding staff protection requires that ‘duty of care’ rests firmly on the shoulders of business owners. So as the world continues to evolve with technological breakthroughs on a daily basis, the world of Security and Alarm systems is not exempt. Whether at home or in business, technology pretty much runs everything these days. And since approximately 60% of U.S. homes have wireless broadband, it makes sense to use it for alarm signals and leverage the technology for protection and not just entertainment.
These features of several of wireless systems allow for :
1. Wireless, interactive monitoring with access to features directly from your computer or Smartphone;
2. To arm or disarm the system without having physical to access the Control Panel;
3. Ease of self- installation;
4. Some can automatically dial through to the central monitoring station;
5. Easily transferrable upon relocation; and
6. Some monitoring stations are done through a cellular signal which can ensure protection even if phone lines are down.
And the wireless attributes extend beyond the primary user or manager of the alarm system. Let’s say a member of the staff feels that they are in an uncomfortable or potentially threatening position; some systems allow them to simply press their portable wireless panic button. This can be done openly if the individual feels it would benefit the situation (scarring the perpetrator off) or discreetly if the threat is deemed extremely dangerous if provocation occurred.
Aside from the accessibility & management perks, a wireless system can save you considerable cash – on the front end and throughout the life of the unit. The Wi-Fi capability of some of these systems can “save time and labor during installation because it eliminates the need for the CAT5 wire used to connect alarm communicators to the Internet,” said Bruce Mungiguerra of Monitronics. And Monitronics initiatives in the wireless world includes the LYNX Touch 5100 from Honeywell, the security industry’s first system to provide Wi-Fi alarm communications. Honeywell, an industry leader for alarm systems is taking technology to high rise heights with this product and it’s corresponding cloud services.