The Best Security Systems for Your Business

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Choosing the best security system for your business can definitely be a scary choice in view of the number of options available on the market. Not only that: the options discussed all have very technical names and features that you have to Google one at a time in order to understand something. Don’t worry! This guide is for you.
After having worked for years in the field of Physical Security, we have decided to use our knowledge to give you an overview of the best security systems for your business, Let’s dive into it!

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Best Commercial Alarm Systems in 2020

Nest: Best System for SMEs

Frontpoint: Best Overall Solution

Bay Alarm: Solid Security for Bigger Buildings

Simplisafe: Best Bang for Your Buck

Vivint: Best for Home Offices

ADT: Best for Larger Enterprises

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The Three Criteria for Ranking Commercial Security Systems

Alarm Technology & System Type

We ask ourselves what is the technology going into the alarm. Is it a simple analog setup or a more modern cloud-based solution?

Installation Requirements, Installation Ownership & Maintenance

Ease of installation is very important. Depending on the size of your business you may require more resources to install and maintain the system.

Customer Support, Training Availability & Self-Service Documentation

These criteria relate more to the security company itself than to you. We want to make sure that whoever takes care of your business is highly customer-oriented.

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Nest: The Best System for Small and Medium Enterprises

Hardware Rating

Ease of Installation and Maintenance

Customer Support Rating

Nest is, as of today, one of the most recognizable security systems worldwide. Being owned by Google certainly helps their case but the main reason lies in the quality of their hardware. In terms of product portfolio, Nest could be easily compared to Simplisafe or Frontpoint as the core business revolves around the protection of a house and not the protection of a company. However, the products can easily work for a company that is home based or of smaller dimensions.

As a matter of fact, Nest offers security cameras for both indoor and outdoor, a smoke and CO detector and a doorbell camera. The hardware is very high quality and extremely easy to install. Being a Google company also helps a lot  in terms of integrations with G Suite and tools that every company uses. Another advantage of Nest is that you can mix and match as many devices as you want instead of going for a predefined package. The solutions of Nest go from smart home to safety and security so the portfolio is extremely deep. For this reason, you will be able to find what really works for you and your business.

If the needs of your company are different (many employees, a big office or is growing at a very high rate) maybe Nest is not comprehensive enough to manage at the enterprise level.

Product

Pricing

Installation Fee

Nest Mini

$49

$0

Nest Hello Doorbell

$229

$0

Nest Protect smoke & CO alarm

$119

$0

Nest Secure alarm system

$399

$0

Nest Cam IQ Indoor

$299

$0

Frontpoint: The Best Overall Solution

Hardware Rating

Ease of Installation and Maintenance

Customer Support Rating

Another great example of a B2C company that also works perfectly for businesses is Frontpoint. The company has been providing customers with security services for years and many consider it to be the best security system on the market. The product portfolio goes from glass break sensors to door and window alarms, keypads, smart locks and indoor cameras. The packages depend on your needs and may include different mixes of the products listed above. 

Frontpoint also has the best rating on Trustpilot of all the security systems we are comparing at the moment and this means that businesses absolutely love it. The customer service is highly rated and the installation is also very easy.

This solution, just like Simplisafe, facilitates DIY security for your businesses and we recommend it for new businesses and startups with a limited amount of users. In case your company is growing fast or already has a consistent number of employees we suggest to move to a more established and scalable solution, like ADT or Kisi.

Plans

Pricing

Installation fee

Safe Home Everyday

$99

$0

Safe Home Plus

$319.94

$0

Safe Home Select

$383.92

$0

Safe Home Preferred

$479.90

$0

Bay Alarm: A Complete and Efficient Solution

Hardware Rating

Ease of Installation and Maintenance

Customer Support Rating

Bay Alarm is an historical american company active since 1946 in the field of security. This makes them extremely knowledgeable about all the different types of issues and requirements that a business can encounter. The solution is more specific for bigger companies, though the products can be used for smaller offices also.

The portfolio of options is one of the widest of all the companies that we take into consideration with solutions that go from fire alarms to intrusion devices. Bay Alarm also offers 24/7 monitoring by professionals in the sector that surely helps if your company has a warehouse or a large facility.

With its 4.4 rating on Trustpilot, we have confirmation that businesses love the approach of Bay Alarm. The disadvantages are mostly related to integrations and a more old-school approach in terms of solutions (no packages, vast portfolio of offers, need of installation by a professional. 

Simplisafe: Best Solution for Companies With A Tight Budget

Hardware Rating

Ease of Installation and Maintenance

Customer Support Rating

Simplisafe’s main target is home security but this does not mean that they don’t offer solutions for businesses also. The hardware consists of different types of sensors activated and controlled through a keypad. These sensors can spot intrusion, broken glass, smoke and have some cameras in the box depending on the package that you choose.

The Simplisafe solutions are cheaper than the competition and definitely easy to install. In fact, there is no need to contact an external person to install the hardware as it is ready to go out of the box. The equipment is considered lower quality but what we know for sure is that the starting point is lower than the one of the main competitors. Some features offered by Simplisafe can even be deactivated and activated depending on your preference. You can, for example, choose not to get your office monitored by professionals for some time. The biggest downside is that the Simplisafe system does not integrate with any other products.

The plans go from $183 to $391 depending on the hardware that you need and all the packages include a free camera. If your budget is really tight you can even choose to purchase a refurbished Simplisafe system directly from the website instead of a new one and this might help you save 40% on the retail price.

Packages

Pricing

Installation Fee

The Haven

$391

$0

The Knox

$359

$0

The Hearth

$299

$0

The Essentials

$207

$0

The Foundation

$183

$0

Vivint: Perfect for Smart Offices and Home-based Offices

Hardware Rating

Ease of Installation and Maintenance

Customer Support Rating

Vivint Security Systems have been on the market for years and are one of the best solutions for both home and businesses. The main characteristic of the brand, apart from the robust hardware, is the possibility to integrate the security system with many other software, particularly related to domotics. For this reason, the brand is often associated with home solutions or home-based offices.

The packages offered by the company always include mobile access, entry, smoke, and carbon monoxide detection, medical pendant support and professional 24/7 monitoring while offering more sophisticated options based on the price. These are smart home integrations and video surveillance.

Installation comes with a fee of $99 and it takes less than a working day. In terms of customer service, the reviews are very positive and the clients satisfied.

Plans

Pricing

Installation Fee

Package 1

$29.99/mo

$99

Package 2

$39.99/mo

$99

Package 3

$44.99/mo

$99

ADT: For Companies with A High Number of Employees

Hardware Rating

Ease of Installation and Maintenance

Customer Support Rating

ADT is one of the most established names in the security systems market. They have been providing businesses with high end solutions for many years and reviews project them into the Olympus of security systems for businesses. Apart from the high number of sensors and alarms offered, ADT pairs everything with access control and a mobile app from which you can monitor and trigger pretty much any feature of the system. The hardware is very high quality. 

If you were to purchase this product only for its access control features, however, bear in mind that you can get cheaper options and integrate them with Kisi to get the same amount of features but with increased flexibility and mobile access included.

ADT specializes in businesses, which means that if you have a large company that needs a security system, ADT already has experience with customers like you. 

The plans for hardware and monitoring start at $35.99.

Plans

Pricing

Installation Fee

Secure

$45.99/mo

$0

Smart

$49.99/mo

$0

Complete

$57.99/mo

$0