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No excuses: Everyone has access to access control

gymIf you’ve ever been on a diet or exercise program, you probably understand the concept of self-sabotage. Even before you get started on your strategy to cut back calories, or run for 30 minutes every morning, or join a gym, you’re already thinking of excuses for why those plans won’t work: I forgot to buy the right food, I twisted my ankle, I need that money for the kids’ field trips.

Getting started with an access control solution, especially for entry-level users, can also be a situation in which the excuses start to mount before the installation begins.

There are concerns that it will be too difficult to manage: Who has the IT background to sit at a PC and install the software? Or that it will take too long to set up: Who has time to configure all those readers and door controllers? Or maybe the objection is that your organization is too decentralized: You’re just one medical clinic within a larger network, so how does this even work for you? Does your company have to invest in an enterprise-level system, or is there a different option?

Fortunately, there are solutions on the market that have been geared to address just  those particular concerns. The new access control network appliances are aimed at customers such as satellite offices and locations for clinics, schools and small businesses that aren’t large enough in scale for a true enterprise system, but still want access control functionality and scalability.

In many instances, these types of sites are looking for access control for a couple dozen doors or more, but don’t have the manpower for full-time system management. But if they can be presented with an out-of-the-box solution that is ready-to-go with preinstalled software and preconfigured databases making it easy to add in access points, they are less likely to turn to that list of excuses for avoiding access control.

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Network appliance solutions are also ideal for those in an expansion or change mode. A new school is built, so you just add an appliance for that location. Your small company buys a competitor, and you now have two offices in nearby cities that need access control, so you bring in units for each of those sites.And because these solutions are web-based, they can be managed from any location. So the office manager at the clinic can make updates or someone at another office can handle them if the situation warrants it.

The days of thinking of excuses for adopting access control are dwindling as more small and mid-size operations tap into the intuitive, easy-to-operate new products on the market. So now you just need to focus on that diet.

Centra-Larm: A Central Station Ready for the Future

Many people don’t give alarms and their monitoring much thought in their day-to-day lives. But alarms systems continually monitor our homes, workplaces and communities in order to identify a problem as soon as something happens. From the carbon monoxide detector in our apartment building to the intrusion panel at the office to the alarm system that protects a town’s public drinking water, alarm monitoring has become part of our everyday lives, whether we realize it or not.

RSCS CentraLarm WomanControlStationAlarm monitoring technology has evolved to go beyond intrusion and fire alarm monitoring to also include water pressure change, carbon monoxide, fire, openings and closings, temperature changes, gas leaks alarms and medical alerts (PERS). In addition, market demand continues to increase for video monitoring, GPS monitoring and two-way voice services.

Offering these types of services is important, that’s why Centra-Larm has grown its business over the years from its primary focus on fire alarms to now include a broad array of third party alarm monitoring services. Today the company monitors more than 90,000 alarms from its three central stations in New Hampshire and California.

To meet the current and changing needs of its customers, Centra-Larm has been a longtime customer of Tyco Security Products’ Sur-Gard receivers to provide its central stations with the broad functionality and high-speed transmissions needed for such a wide and varied customer base.

With such a large number of and many types of alarms monitored, Centra-Larm’s central stations need to be fast, versatile and highly automated. That means supporting more than 100 communication formats and the capability to monitor IP transmitters.

At many central stations, it might not be uncommon for an operator to handle a signal for a burglar alarm at a residential property one minute, then have to respond to an alarm indicating a change in temperature in a refrigerator at a grocery store the next. Thanks to technology, the role of the central station and the types of systems that central station operators monitor has changed considerably. It’s a boon to the growth and the development of the central station industry.

As a force in the alarm market for the last 27 years, Centra-Larm understands that the ability to change is often crucial to survival and prosperity. That includes being able to handle multiple forms of simultaneous alarm signal communication and being able to adapt to the ever-changing customer expectations as technology continues to offer new benefits to dealers and end users.

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How has central station receiver technology developed in recent years? Learn more about Sur-Gard SG-Systems, and its newly released Sur-Gard System 5 IP-based receiver, which supports visual alarm verification and is recognized as a powerful, yet space saving system.

Read more about how Centra-Larm is using Sur-Gard to serve its 90,000 commercial and residential customers.