The Weakness of DIY Security Systems

Jan 24, 2019

When considering getting a home security system, some especially ambitious people might assume they can set up a fully-functioning system themselves. How hard could it be? You're tech-savvy. If you can use a smartphone or set up an Amazon Echo, surely you can slap together a decent DIY security system. The reality is that DIY systems come with some significant drawbacks. Here are some of the things to consider before you decide to take on this project yourself. read more

What Is CCTV Footage?

Jan 24, 2019

CCTV stands for closed-circuit television. It’s when you use video cameras to transmit a signal to a specific, limited set of monitors. Cameras that are part of a CCTV system are usually used for surveillance and security purposes, and the footage is used to help prevent crime or to aid in the capture of a suspect if an offense has taken place. The cameras may transfer the footage to monitors where it can be watched in real-time by another person, or it may be recorded for future viewing. read more

What Are the Components of a Security System?

Oct 19, 2018

Security systems can vary widely in size and scale: from simple home alarms to small business surveillance and fire systems, to commercial grade intrusion and detection systems, to enterprise-level systems that stretch across multiple locations. Understanding the essential components of a security system is the best way to start your search for the perfect safety solution for your home or business. Let's go through the main categories that make up any given system. read more

Will CCTV Work Without Internet?

Jul 16, 2018

CCTV or closed-circuit television is a TV system in which the signal isn’t publicly broadcast, but is watched and monitored, usually for surveillance and security purposes. You likely won’t make it far on a drive from one city to another without being monitored by at least one CCTV. Law enforcement uses cameras on city streets to deter crime and on highway signs to watch for traffic violators. Chances are, you’ve also been captured on dozens of CCTV systems while conducting transactions at your local bank or browsing at your local department store. read more

Why Night Staff Should Have Fire Alarm Training

Jun 30, 2018

For years I traveled as a Sales Rep.  I can't tell you how many times in those years the fire alarm went off during the night.  The entire hotel had to be evacuated and the night staff had not a clue of what to do.  In almost every case it was a nuisance alarm.  In another incident at a hotel that I frequented often, the fire alarm went off at 2:30 am.  I got dressed to evacuate and the night manager was in a full-fledged panic, as he had no idea what to do.  I can tell you this is not the exception.  Very rarely does the night staff get any training on that red box on the wall. read more