Installing an access control system is not a one-step process and it’s easy to get lost if it’s your first access control technology. A professional security integrator should help you design and install this system to ensure nothing is left out. But it’s a good idea to know a little bit about the process so you can supervise and monitor the installation.

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Modern security technology allows businesses to integrate video surveillance for enhanced protection that increases the capabilities of security solutions. Integrating cloud-based access control with video surveillance systems has never been easier.

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Every business is different. They have a unique layout and design, as well as risks and security challenges. Choosing an access control figuration is a critical task that can significantly affect the security of your building and property. Here are some factors to consider when setting up your access control system.

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Innovative access control systems add an extra layer of security to your building. However, regular maintenance is critical to the effectiveness of the system. If your access control system isn’t maintained, it will degrade over time, exposing your employees and customers to security risks. Here are three reasons to make routine maintenance a priority.

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Managing multiple business locations can be a logistical nightmare. Ensuring that everyone has access to the right facilities at the right time is difficult, and planning is key to making it work. Here are some questions to consider when designing access control solutions for multiple locations.

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Most businesses think they’ve got their security nailed down, but they sometimes miss common security vulnerabilities. We’re going to fix that today. Here are some common workplace security mistakes. All you need to do is dedicate the resources and time to fix them.

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Video verification is quickly becoming a business’s best friend. This innovative technology gives them the power to see exactly what’s happening on their property when something triggers an alarm.  Reveal video verification by Security Instrument is a loss prevention method saving companies time and significant amounts of money from theft and property damage.

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Video verification is a revolutionary technology changing the security industry. When a business monitored by an alarm company receives an alarm, it’s difficult for the central alarm station to know the actual cause of it. With the Reveal Video Verification solution, operators can actually see if it’s a false alarm or legitimate emergency. Reveal is a cost-effective answer to a big problem.

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A primary challenge the security industry faces today is the ability to deliver video of what caused and alarm to a monitoring station. Existing video monitoring solutions are too awkward and expensive, as well as difficult to maintain and sell. Introducing Reveal-Intelligent Video Verification.

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According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), hotel fires represent 1% of all structure fires. That may not sound like much, but it is; the NFPA goes on to say that U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 3,520 structure fires in hotels and motels each year. In figures provided in 2015, these fires resulted in annual losses of 9 civilian deaths, 120 civilian injuries, and $84 million in direct property damage.

With that in mind, it’s safe to say that hotel fires happen frequently. So, how can a hotel notify guests on the property when a fire or other emergency is identified? Does the audible sound of the fire alarm suffice? Not always – and that’s why mass notification solutions are so important.

Mass Notification Options for Hotels

Hotels have several options when it comes to mass notification of emergencies. They include:

Text notifications: Deploying personal alerts to guests’ wireless devices is a emerging as a popular mass notification solution. A scripted message can be deployed, with evacuation instructions and an assurance that guests will be notified again when it is safe to re-enter the property. Although the scripted messages can be stored as templates, there is also the capability to alter the message to address the specifics of the event.

Social media: Although social media is a broader platform that may invite outside responses, some hospitality establishments find it to be an effective mass notification tool that can supplement text notifications (which do not allow guests to reply). If your establishment is a good fit for utilizing social media notifications via targeted Facebook, Instagram and Twitter posts, consider utilizing a secondary method as well.

Audio notifications: An audio notification that emanates throughout the property can be a way to instantaneously reach everyone who is on the premises. In the event of a fire, it may indeed be the fastest way to reach everyone, particularly if the property caters to an older clientele that may not own smartphones or be familiar with their use. In the instance of a violent attacker on the premises, mass notification via audio notification can be even more valuable. Deploying an audible lockdown message can ensure everyone retreats to the safety of designated areas or uses instructed exits for evacuation.

No matter what mass notification method a hotel property uses, the content of the notification matters. It is critical that the establishment has protocols in place that ensure message content is accurate, instructional and straightforward. The goal is to notify guests, not confuse them. To discuss mass notification systems for hotels, contact Security Instrument. We will be glad to answer your questions.

About Security Instrument

Security Instrument is a full-service, independently-owned security integrator that offers numerous electronic security options. We serve thousands with residential, commercial and hotel security in Delaware, MD, NJ & PA.