Types of Alarm Systems for Office Buildings

With so many types of alarms in the market today, it can get overwhelming to decide which one you really need.

So we've rounded up only the most essential types of alarms that would be useful for modern businesses today.

Plus, head over to our list of top 10 alarm system companies to get the best providers in the market.

Before jumping into our overview, here is a more in-depth analysis of the 3 main types of alarms you may be looking for: fire alarm, burglary alarm and introsion detection.

Fire Alarm Systems

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.

Burglary Alarm Systems

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.

Intrusion detection system

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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Infrared Sensors

Infrared sensor (IR sensor) is an electronic device that uses infrared radiation to sense the surroundings by emitting or detecting waves that come from the objects in the field, and can detect heat or motion.

Garage Door Alarm

According to the information in the FBI report 2016, there were more than 1.5 million burglary incidents in the USA during the year costing more than $3.6 billion of property losses. The previous statistics suggest that more than 9% of the burglaries take place through the garages and sheds. So the garage door security is very critical to prevent one of the main sources of breaking into your home.   

Glass Break Sensor

In a nutshell, glass break sensor alarms alert you when someone has broken in through a window. Under what circumstances would you use glass break sensors over motion sensors? What are the latest features of the top glass break sensors in the market today? Read on to find out more!

Fire Alarm

Fire alarms are one of the earliest types of alarms first produced in the market. With increasing amounts of electronics in modern business workspaces, the threat and damage of a fire outbreak is higher than before. Read on to find out how the latest and most sophisticated fire alarms can help protect you.

Motion Sensor Alarm

From motion sensor lights for saving energy consumption to sophisticated alarms systems, motion sensors have many different use cases. In this article, we explore the various types of motion sensors in alarms, how they work and their benefits.

Door Alarm

With a dizzying array of door alarms available in the market, it can be highly challenging to choose one that suits your security needs. In this article, we've broken down the various types of door alarms, and explained how each type can best serve a specific security need. We've also included the latest features of door alarms so you are most up to date with the developments in this area.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

An essential pair of alarms in homes and businesses, read on to find out the different types of smoke and CO detectors available in the market, as well as the latest features these alarms have.

Water Alarm

Water is one of the biggest blessings for humankind. However, when uncontrolled it can turn into a drastic disaster. Take leaking pipes for one. Repairing flood damage caused by a malfunctioning water system costs US homeowners on average $15,000 per incident. Business owners can run up even higher costs if their assets and merchandise are inoperable. Flood alarm is an essential tool that can prevent damage caused by leakage.

Heat Alarm

One of the devices to respond to a fire emergency is a heat alarm. It can be used in residential buildings and work premises susceptible to fire breakouts. The primary purpose of a heat alarm is to protect assets and property. Let us consider what a heat alarm is, areas of its application and types of heat detectors.

Intrusion Alarm

With the growing desire to secure your home drives research and broader application of various home security systems across the world, choosing a reliable security system is a challenging task, partly because the market is flooded with various devices ranging from DIY gadgets to full-fledged professional systems. Read on to find out how to decide when buying an intrusion alarm.

Contact Sensor

In this article, we explain what is a door contact sensor and its workings, list out the various types of contact sensors available and tell you why it is important to have one.

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