How Do Commercial Alarm Systems Work?

As a commercial alarm system company, Centini Security often receives questions from customers about these systems and how they work. While each type of alarm system differs according to its specific features, there are common elements. Below, we explore commercial alarm systems for a better understanding of their operations and capabilities.

What do commercial alarm systems do?

 A commercial alarm system provides a business with peace of mind to start. That is important for keeping employees and visitors mentally secure on your property. But the nuances of an alarm back up peace of mind with a safer working environment, 24 hours per day and seven days per week.

 Many small businesses only have minimal security needs. Some can get by with residential security systems for a period of time. But as the company grows, security needs only increase. For this reason, a commercial system proves best for businesses of all types, sizes and growth stages.

 In essence, a commercial alarm system protects your business assets, property, employees and visitors. A professionally installed system includes a variety of features. Most perform at least a few of the following functions:

  • Access control for your premises
  • Video surveillance
  • Fire, heat, water and entry alerts
  • Management of HVAC system energy
  • Lighting controls
  • Designated equipment power on/off
  • Remote updates, status alerts and management

 The system you need depends on how many sensors it will take to monitor and control specific points on your property. A commercial alarm system company can help you determine the right fit for adequate security of your facilities, assets and employees.

Top Brands in the Commercial Alarm System Industry

 Top manufacturers within the commercial alarm system industry include:

  • ADT
  • Bosch
  • GE Security
  • Tyco
  • Visonic
  • STI
  • Siemens
  • Honeywell
  • DSC

How a Commercial Alarm System Works

 It is important to know how your specific commercial alarm system works. Your installation tech will conduct a review of your alarm system’s features and controls with you or designated personnel to ensure seamless integration and use. It is also critical that your security personnel know how the system works and feel comfortable operating it. Of course, security employees and company leadership should have the latest access codes at all times.

 The overall concept of commercial alarms is simple. These systems use telephone line access to transmit alerts when the system detects a change in the environment. These phone lines are generally standard telephone wiring but can include cellular backup systems, too. The alarms connect to windows and doors by means of contacts placed on the entry points. Detection of movement triggers the alarm during an intrusion. Otherwise, other controls track permitted entries, typically according to badge systems at entry points.

 Commercial alarms detect more than just property entry. They also detect changes in the environment that can lead to fire, flood or other disasters. Your system can power equipment on or off, control lighting and record video from various points on the property or within your structures.

 In the past, installers had to route wiring throughout the walls of the client facility for alarm system integration. This made installation time-consuming and difficult in existing structures. But today’s wireless capabilities make the process easier, quicker and less expensive.

 The nature and purpose of these systems necessitate routine maintenance. Through proper maintenance, you reduce the risk and expense of false alarms, system failure or undetected activity. Because the alarm contacts connect to windows and doors, you need to check these contacts regularly. This is particularly important after window cleaning.

 Because these alarm systems are based on technology, their capabilities and quality change on an ongoing basis. The latest trends in commercial alarm technology include:

  • Mobile device-enabled technology
  • High definition (HD) video
  • Video notifications by email

 Today’s systems make it much easier to keep your facilities and assets secure from anywhere in the world.