How a smart alarm system can improve the security of your business

How a Smart Alarm System Can Improve the Security of Your Business

May 24, 2023 by

Managing the daily operations of any sized business leaves little downtime. Your day is packed with decision-making, handling employees, dealing with customer concerns, meetings, budgeting requirements…and the list goes on.

Who has time to add security to an already-packed task list? When it comes to security systems in British Columbia or Ontario, let us take some of the pressure off your to-do list by making security easy.

As most owners or managerial staff know, security is a top priority. Security systems assist in monitoring your facility, help keep an eye on employees and customers, and lessen the impact of theft. Investing in a business security system will allow you to streamline company safety while utilizing features that make overseeing a company easier.

How Smart Alarm Systems Improve Security

There are numerous reasons to incorporate a smart alarm system. These reasons will differ according to each company, the type of business (retail, industrial, etc.), location, and needs.

Retail companies will need a system to deter and detect theft. Industrial companies may be more focused on securing their perimeter or monitoring the warehouse. Before investing in a system, remain focused on what your needs are.

Remote Control Access From Any Location

Traditional alarm systems need to be armed using a push-button keypad. Smart commercial alarm systems allow owners to manage alarms using a smartphone app. This allows managers to control their system no matter where they are located. This provides you the flexibility to monitor your location on-site and off.

Opening and closing your business also becomes simpler. When opening it, you are not rushing to a keypad to disarm the alarm. At night, you are not hurrying out the door. Additionally, a smart system permits you to access smart lights, check cameras, and change the temperature on a smart thermostat. Everything can be controlled within the app.

Integration of Smart Cameras

Video monitoring is the best business investment you can make. Smart cameras are highly-visible, acting as a powerful theft deterrent. People are less likely to engage in shoplifting when they know that someone is watching or their movements are being captured on tape. Furthermore, you will have evidence should you need to go to court.

Smart cameras also protect your company from lawsuits, as they continually capture footage. However, with most systems, there is a limited amount of time for captured footage. As long as you are aware of the duration, you can capture and archive footage before it is written over.

Another incentive is that some insurers provide additional discounts if there is a surveillance system within the building.

Stand-alone cameras can help with surveillance, yet smart alarm systems have greater benefits. Business owners can monitor feeds from a connected app on their phone. The system is also capable of sending alerts based on activity and established criteria. Some systems can even differentiate between regular and suspicious activity.

Always Working

Traditional alarms contain sensors that can easily detect break-ins and fires. This is all they can do. However, smart commercial alarms provide the intelligence that works for you the entire day. Owners can manage multiple locations from a dashboard.

As well, the system is continually monitoring the sensors. Even while disarmed, it will notify you of any suspicious or unexpected activity. They are also aware of when the system is supposed to be activated. If you forget to turn it on, it can issue an alert so that you can arm it from a phone.

Smart Thermostat Benefits

Smart thermostats allow you to cut costs on your utility bills. Heating and cooling schedules can be established. You can also receive reports regarding energy consumption.

The HVAC system can be monitored from your smartphone connecting to the wireless system. Also, if there are monitored smoke detectors installed with your system the smart thermostat can automatically shut down if a fire is detected by your system.

Additionally, it can protect existing inventory. If anything is sensitive to temperature fluctuations, a sensor can be placed in your storeroom or a freezer/fridge. The system can be set to ensure that a room or freezer/fridge is always kept at the perfect temperature.

Smart Lights

Smart lights are another cost-saving feature. Lights can be scheduled for your business. When you open, you can set the lights to be on for your customers. While closed, any unnecessary lights can then be turned off.

Furthermore, everything is controlled within the app. Instead of walking around the store to adjust lights, you can do so from your phone. Lights can also be triggered to come on during a specific event.

Access Control Solution

Smart alarm monitoring can provide access control solutions for your business. Instead of providing physical keys or codes to employees, access cards or keyless entry codes can be given. Codes are easily removed and added. They can also establish different access privileges according to the employee.

The system keeps detailed records, so you will always know what person is coming and going at various times of the day.

Keyless systems make life convenient. If you are late, the doors can be disarmed remotely and unlocked. Should you be on vacation or are not feeling well, the alarm can send you video clip alerts each time the door is unlocked.

There are many benefits to having a smart security system with a main one being convenience. A smart alarm allows you to control your company’s security right from the app. You can take time off without worrying about who is going to open or close the business. Also, if someone doesn’t show up, you’ve got it covered.

Business owners appreciate the ability to store footage and have it so easily accessible. This makes a big difference when facing lawsuits or deterring unacceptable behaviours.

Where can you go for security systems in British Columbia and Ontario?

If you are looking for a business security system in British Columbia or Ontario, consider Canadian Security Professionals. We are the industry leaders when it comes to security, and we are one of the largest privately-owned businesses in British Columbia and Ontario.

With five Canadian alarm monitoring stations, along with backup, we have the quickest dispatch times for emergencies. Contact us at 877-494-9911 for a free quote, or visit our website here.

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