Everyone certainly knows the typical office burglary - or also called "alarm system". Here is a video walk-through of one example:
However alarm system typically differentiate in the following types:
- Fire alarm systems
- Burglary alarm systems
- Intrusion detection systems
Let's look at the different alarm systems in more detail:
Fire alarm systems are mostly a legal or insurance requirement. Smoke detectors or carbon monoxide detectors trigger the alarm to notify everything in the space and turn on the sprinklers. Bosch or Secutron is probably the most popular provider.
Kisi's opinion: Your building should have a fire system. Most offices don't need their own system unless you need to tie in with the building system. In that case our installer can add the necessary fire alarm components. Typically that turns out to be an Altronix AL400ULACMCB power supply that has the required fire inputs for whichever panel the building requires. Refer to the wiring plan below:
- It has 8 inputs (dry contact from our relays NO/COMM)
- You can hook up a fire alarm to it
- Installer is not confused since all our relays are connected NO/COM and only on the output of the Altronix power they can configure for magnetic lock or strike
- Has a battery back up for fail safe locks
To detect if an unwanted burglar comes visit your office after hours or on weekends, you probably want a burglary system set up. Those systems typically operate on a simple principle: They get activated with a code or card and from then on every time someone comes through the door and does not de-activate the alarm in time sets off a large scale alarm.
Kisi's opinion: Naturally a basic alarm system comes with more false alarms than real ones. If you get an alarm and you don't know if it's real, that's a big issue. We recommend to rather invest in a strong access control so everyone who needs access has controlled access. An alarm system just notifies you when it's too late.
The most advanced system of entry alarm system is the intrusion detection system. They are usually paired with a SOC (Security Operations Control room) where a security operator sits and controls any events happening around the doors.
Kisi's opinion: If you are not a very large company, likely intrusion detection systems are too complicated to even operate. Modern access control systems take over many functions of those intrusion detection systems such as video monitoring or anomaly detection.
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