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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 intrusion 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 to 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 set 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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