KMT Systems offers Alarm Monitoring as one of our primary services to help protect lives and property in homes and businesses. Popularized in Hollywood TV shows & movies, alarm monitoring has changed drastically in the last few years, providing better results than the classic security guard sitting in front of a wall of televisions with a doughnut and spilled coffee.
Alarm Monitoring Improvements
Security tools like video cameras and motion sensors have improved drastically to help improve false alarm rates, and deliver reliable, loss-prevention tools.
Now, artificial intelligence and integrated technology can do the majority of monitoring work.
In fact, modern security technology can:
- Distinguish burglars from other moving objects
- Alert operators and provide real-time footage using KMT Systems service
- Send automatic notifications to property owners via push, email, or text notifications
- Eliminate wasted time watching a wall of monitors and recordings
Alarm Monitoring Technology
Technological advancements have made it possible to remove on-site security guards and people watching a wall of monitors. That form of security monitoring is ineffective and is riddled with the potential for human error.
Now, security cameras can be directly integrated with additional security devices, and the alarm monitoring center to provide direct alerts when an alarm is triggered.
For example, if a burglar opens a door and trips a motion or door sensor, the camera can activate and send a video feed directly to an operator who can then make calls to police and property owners or in the case of an home security system it can send a push notification straight to your mobile phone.
The Alarm Monitoring Process
Advancements in the alarm management process have helped ensure consistent, meaningful responses. Now, you don’t have to worry if the person protecting your home is distracted, playing with their phone browsing social media.
Instead, our alarm monitoring operators are on call 24/7, continually handling alarms, helping protect the lives and properties of tens of thousands of people, instead of just a single location.
What does the monitoring process look like?
Of course, it depends on the type of alarm that comes through, and the events that a device is looking for. As an example, fire alarms are different from security alarm protocols because of how response times influence the outcomes and benefits.
Today, most low-priority alarms can be handled by delivering push notifications to the system owner. If a battery gets low, for example, a simple text will let the owner know that it needs to be replaced.
A high-priority, on the other hand, like a fire or intrusion, will require an operator response, reaching out to police and property owners alike to inform them of the situation at hand, and allow them to respond accordingly.
Commercial security at your finger tips–If you watch any of the popular crime shows on TV, you know how important video cameras have become in preventing and solving crimes. The commercial surveillance see on TV has become a reality for many business operations.
Commercial Video Surveillance can protect your assets as well as your employees. The proper camera and placement can make the difference in being able to identify the person in a critical situation such as false injury claims or workplace violence. Want to check up on what’s going on while you are away? Want to see if everything is ok? Want to keep up with who’s in and out and when?.
Today, you can manage your video surveillance from any computer, smartphone, or other digital devices.
New technology makes video surveillance easier and more affordable. With Real-Time Alerts you can specify the exact events you want to know about and when they occur; we’ll send you e-mails; text messages or video alerts in real-time. Checking on your business is as easy as checking your e-mail.
The remote keypad feature works just like a security system keypad letting you access and operate your system remotely from anywhere in the world when using your smartphone and other compatible wireless devices. You are able to turn lights on and off, you can also remotely arm and check the status of your security system.
It’s never been easier to stay in the know and stay in control. Let us give you a free commercial evaluation on how video surveillance can benefit your operations. Give us a call today.
Benefits of a Commercial Security System…Recently I met with the owner of a mid-size business. He is considering a commercial security system for his business. He asked me to identify the benefits of having a commercial security system. Let me share with you the answers I gave to his question.
Almost every night, we hear about workplace violence events. It is hard to predict these events. As an employer you have responsibilities to provide a safe and secure environment for your employees. Employees are your most critical asset. Employees who feel safe are more productive. Commercial security measures such as video cameras, safe parking lots at night or panic buttons tell your employees that you care about their safety.
Business Theft Losses
Studies of commercial business show that the average business may lose 1-2% from lost business inventory. Those losses cut into your profits. If you have a retail business you already know about the losses that come from shoplifting. By having cameras installed or putting in place a secure inventory control system with authorization controls you can reduce the financial losses to your business.
What if you came to work tomorrow and you discovered that your business had been vandalized or robbed? Would you have the necessary information to help the police recover your stolen property? Security cameras turned on at night could provide valuable information to the police.
Many insurance companies will offer discounts to businesses that install a commercial security system. These systems can serve as an early warning system should there be a fire or water damage. Minutes can make the difference between damage and a total loss. Money saved from insurance discounts can pay for your new commercial security system.
These are four benefits every business could enjoy by having a commercial security system. If you are considering a commercial security system, give me a call. We can help you achieve these benefits for your business.
Smart Security for Your Commercial Business…You already know that home security and energy savings can be controlled from your smart phone. You can check on a door left open or be notified if a water pipe has burst. You have peace of mind security in the palm of your hand.
Smart Security for Your Commercial Business
Now with Total Connect Remote Services from Protection Concepts, you can have security to manage your commercial activities, monitor your employees and provide other damage control from the palm of your hand.
A remote key pad on your smart phone can act like the key pad on your security system. Isn’t it time you invested in smart security for your commercial business?
If you have video services at your business, you can keep tract of everyhing that is going on at your business from your home computer or your smart phone. Now that is staying on top of your business!
Give us a call and we will explain how Total Connect Remote Services can work for your commercial business.
What the Ray Rice Video Teaches about Commercial Security…A picture is worth a thousand words. In today’s words, a video is worth ten thousand words! It was one thing to hear that Ray Rice committed domestic violence; it another thing to actually see the domestic violence on video. The video has created a fire storm across the country.
With technology advancements in cell phone cameras and security cameras in almost every aspect of our lives, video has become the new “witness.”
How does this impact your security as a small business owner?
Small Business Owners and Video Surenillance
A small business owner cannot watch their business 24 hours a day. They could hire security guards. This is a very expensive option. Business security cameras are a more effective option. With today’s technology, these cameras have become very sophisticated and security effective.
You can install these cameras in your office, your parking lot, your warehouse, or anywhere you want to watch for security issues. Wireless options make it even easier to have cameras that see when you are not present. Streaming technology makes them easier to view the video and store the video data.
Criminals are not stupid! More and more they realize that video cameras can be used to apprehend them. The notification of cameras on your premise can act as a deterrent to break-ins and other security breaches. If someone does breach your business, the police can use the videos from the cameras to apprehend the criminals more quickly.
Cameras and videos are the now part of every aspect of our lives. If you would like us to give you an assessment and demonstration on how video cameras can provide security for your business, give us a call. It is only a matter of time before cameras in the work place will be the common security devise as locks were in the past.
Does Video Monitoring Violate Your Employees Privacy Rights?
Last week a small business owner asked me, “If I use video monitoring in my business, does this violate my employee’s privacy rights?” Great question! The short answer is No. The federal law does not prevent video monitoring even when the employees do not know or consent to being monitored.
Let me dig deeper into this question.
According to the US Department of Commerce, employee theft contributes to 30% of the small business failures. While employees have a legitimate right to workplace privacy, it must be balanced with the right of the employer to protect themselves from employee actions that may harm their business.
The Benefits of Video Monitoring
Installing video monitoring in the work place will usually reduce theft and crimes that may occur in your work place.
You can use video monitoring to evaluation employee performance.
Workers’ comp experts say cameras can be effective in preventing fraud. Rebecca Shafer, president of Amaxx Risk Solutions Inc. in Hartford, Connecticut, said major retailers such as the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. Inc. have used security footage to help investigate comp and liability claims.
Many business insurance companies offer business insurance discounts when you install security cameras.
The Disadvantages of Video Monitoring
The biggest disadvantage is video monitoring creates a potential for litigation and claims involving invasion of privacy.
Unions do have the right to negotiate in their collective bargaining process the use of video monitoring.
You never want to install video monitoring in bathroom or changing places. It is always safer to avoid hidden cameras.
Your best practice is to ensure employees are aware about the information collected from video monitoring. There may be situations when a particular employee is not made aware of the video monitoring, such as suspected employee theft.
If you are considering video monitoring for your business, give us a call. We will explain all of your options so you can take advantage of video monitoring while eliminating the disadvantages.