Most people might be wondering what an integrated security system means. So what does it mean? Well, the word ‘integrated’ is much sought after and is more commonly used to describe a multi-plexer which combines full-screen or multi-screen images.
It is also used in control desks that contain an intruder alarm. An integrated security system combines all the components that are involved in securing a corporate or business database, but it does all this as part of a larger, more sophisticated system.
An integrated security system allows you to combine access control, fire alarms, intruder alarms, fence alarms, CCTV, public address system, and even paging all within one integrated system. These systems may be from differing manufacturers, they may be existing or new.
Advantages of an Integrated System:
One of the greatest advantages of today’s integrated systems is that they can also be “integrated” into a company’s existing IT infrastructure. A System can be integrated in different ways which mostly depends on the kind of equipment being used and is also determined by the level of security that is required by a business entity. The easiest way of integrating a system is by the use of voltage free inputs/outputs.
The most reliable method of doing this is by using a RS485 I/O network(s) which is used to transmit signals up to one kilometer or above by using a fiber optic cable. This method is competitive as it is able to combine many different signals from various systems onto one network.
Using a serial connection for a computer is by far the most common way of communicating with OEM (original equipment manufacturer) equipment. The method is also very fast, reliable and more flexible than I/O. The information is able to pass between OEM equipment and the system integrator with hand shaking (in many cases) to ensure that the alarm was received.
When a system is designed well, efficiency is improved dramatically. These further reduce losses, damage, and vandalism. It also reduces cleaning costs, void offices/dwellings and man hours. Having an effective and efficient backup is crucial while dispatching staff immediately to security breach.
Pitfalls of an Integrated System:
The most common mistake made by engineers is designing a system that becomes too difficult for the operators to use. It is therefore important to not introduce systems that are of no practical benefit to the security system.
For example, when using a BMS (building management system) to give an input on an alarm such as a system failure is of some benefit. But allowing an operator to control the temperature of the water in the pool is a complex job and has no real benefit. It is important to not just use the system because it’s there, each system must work independently and must not be reliant on the integrated control system. No system is one hundred percent fool-proof, so always have Keyboards, panels, controllers available at all times.
While there are some pitfalls in the integrated security system, the pros actually outweigh the cons. An integrated security system not only provides security for your company and its employees it also allows you to have full access to the system 24/7 from anywhere via an internet connection. You can also receive e-mail alerts straight to your laptop or Smartphone.
Alice Aires writes about a wide range of topics from marketing, finance and technology to design and home décor. The author enjoys keeping up with the latest trends in security systems and writing about them on articles and blogs.