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Video analytics can be an important resource that will allow you to maximize the value and efficiency of your Security Camera System, while freeing you up to focus on other areas of your business.

What Are Video Analytics?

Simply put, they are parameters added to your Security Camera System via built-in camera or software analytics which allow the system to analyze video and determine if pre-established events are occurring in live video, or have occurred in recorded video.  Video analytics assists your Security Camera System to operate more efficiently by alerting users to real-time events, and reduce the amount of work involved in managing your searches.  It achieves this by making your camera system act more intelligently in its work.

How Does Video Analytics Work?

Video analytics software are both similar and different depending on the manufacturer. Many have the same basic set of analytics, while others build upon that base set to introduce more sophisticated triggers. In order for your analytics to be optimized, the criteria you establish needs to be set up correctly, so that the system’s alerts and search analysis work for your needs.

For example, many businesses use Security Camera Systems to detect motion in their locations after hours.  Through your analytics, you can set your system to only alert you of motion during specific times or in specific areas of your building.  A quick response may help you react effectively to an intrusion or accident.

How Video Analytics Can Help You

Video analytics can replace the costly model of a security guard viewing live footage of your cameras around the clock.  This software can alert you to activity so that you only need to watch the cameras when something specific happens.  This will help you save time and effort in managing your Security Camera System.  This software can be used for:

  • Detection of motion or smoke.
  • Facial recognition and license plate reading.
  • People counting and loitering time monitoring.
  • Recognizing long lines at checkouts and sending alerts.
  • Search video footage for specific events.
  • Alert you of alarms through email or text.
  • Separate routine activity from unfamiliar events.

Choosing a Security Camera System that is equipped with video analytics will increase the value of your system by reducing the workload for you and your staff, making your security and operations more efficient, and providing you with valuable data to help you make better security decisions.

An Invaluable Tool

Video analytics have evolved to become an invaluable tool when used with your Security Camera System.  Originally, video analytics relied on an algorithm to interpret changes to a pixel-based system.  Today, video analytics is data driven, and can be used to monitor occupancy metrics, building management inputs, track individuals and assets, perimeter security, and automatically notify staff or security of events.

This advancement in video surveillance is incredibly exciting!  By shifting to an intelligent system, you can rest assured that a problem with your building or assets is handled by an intelligent system, reducing the risk of human error.

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Video analytics software can allow you to get more out of your Security Camera System.  Give your property the protection it deserves, and call Fire Monitoring of Canada at 1 888 789 FIRE (3473), email fminfo@fire-monitoring.com, or fill out the form below for a consultation today.

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Safety is a priority for any business owner, and having CCTV camera video surveillance is a surefire way to increase the security of your property. While many people choose to invest in security alarm monitoring, sometimes security alarm monitoring doesn’t satisfy all of your security needs — however, bolstering your alarm system with the addition of video surveillance will take your building’s overall security to the next level.

While a video surveillance system may seem like a significant investment up front, it offers invaluable security and peace of mind for business owners and employees alike. Still not sure if you should invest in a video surveillance system? Keep on reading to find out how video surveillance can benefit your business.

24/7 Security

Most businesses run on a predictable schedule, making it an easy target for those looking to break-in after hours. Having a security guard present 24/7 isn’t feasible for most businesses, which is where video surveillance comes in. You can keep an eye on your property at all times, without having to spend an arm and a leg on physical security guards to be patrolling your building. Also, guards cannot be in multiple places at once. Let your surveillance system maintain 100% coverage of your facility at ALL times.

In addition to keeping your property safe and secure after hours, 24/7 video surveillance will give your staff members a sense of security when exiting the property. Whether they’re the first one to arrive or the last one leave, they’ll have peace of mind that they’re not totally alone. With cameras recording activity around the clock, there’s no way that you’ll miss the goings on around your property.

It Reduces the Number of False Alarms

 When you’re able to keep an eye on your business at all times, you’ll be able to identify false alarms and save resources. Intrusion alarms such as the activation of door contacts or motion detectors can sometimes be triggered by instances that don’t require emergency assistance, which can deplete both time and resources. Instead of immediately prompting the authorities, building management and/or personnel can view a live feed of your security cameras and determine whether the situation requires action on your part, or the authorities.

It’s Cost Efficient

We know what you’re probably thinking — how is investing in a video surveillance cost-efficient? While it may be an upfront investment, there’s no doubt that you’ll see a return on your investment. When your business is equipped with a video surveillance system, you’ll be able to reduce the amount of internal and external theft. By deterring thieves, you’ll save inventory and avoid unnecessary expenses. Less theft means more profit for you, but it’ll also benefit customers; your business will remain healthy, and the on-the-shelf inventory can levels can be maintained properly.

So, now that you’ve learned why having a video surveillance system is beneficial you’ll need to find out which type of system is right for you.

IP Surveillance Systems

Today’s IP-based surveillance systems are both cost-effective and offer high quality video. Additionally, IP-based systems are scalable, making it ideal for growing businesses. IP systems may be equipped with a wide-range of predictive video analytics which can be used to drive real-time alarm notifications and/or ease investigation of recorded video. Some examples of video analytics include:  detection of motion or smoke, count people, and even track certain colours.

Why Choose Fire Monitoring of Canada?

At Fire Monitoring of Canada (FMC), we can design a custom video surveillance system for your property. Our knowledgeable Customer Service Representatives will visit your property to conduct a free, no-obligation consultation. We’ll work with you to develop a video surveillance system that meets all of your needs, and that stays within your budget.

In addition to installing new IP surveillance systems, we’re able to service most existing camera systems. With extensive experience working with different systems, our certified technicians can add, enhance, and resolve issues with existing systems.

Give your property the protection it deserves, and call Fire Monitoring of Canada at 888-789-FIRE (3473), email fminfo@fire-monitoring.com or fill out the form below for a consultation today.

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Advancements in technology have changed the way we do almost everything, and security is no exception.  Traditional security cameras, access control, and security alarm systems offer protection from an intrusion, but today they are capable of so much more.

Keep an Eye on Your Building at All Times

In today’s world, it is common for a Property Manager to oversee multiple buildings in different locations.  As a result, smart phones and tablets are an important component of their mobile office.  Mobile access and management of video, access, and security alarm systems can give Property Managers the flexibility they need to do their jobs.

Today, almost every security camera manufacturer has an app for their equipment that will allow you to monitor your building or property’s cameras from anywhere.  This is ideal for the Property Manager that is on the go and can’t always be at their building or facility.  Through a mobile app, you can access high-quality video, streamed directly to your smartphone or tablet while you’re away from your property.  Video monitoring can allow you to check in on your business with live and/or recorded video from anywhere.

Applications
  • Receive video clips of security events as they happen so you can react quickly.
  • Use live video to check in on vulnerable areas in your facility such as stock rooms, delivery doors, and safes.
  • Review recorded or archived video for evidence of crime, training staff, or ensuring procedures are followed.
  • Assist first responders by sharing video clips of incidents.
Work Smarter with Video Analytics

The application of video analytics to your security camera system can help make it more efficient, reduce workload for you and your staff, and increase the value of your system by performing more intelligently.

A properly installed video analytics system will take the pressure of needing to monitor your video footage around the clock to catch an incident by now alerting you to specific activities that you have identified as important.  This allows you to focus on other tasks in your day, knowing you will only be notified in real-time when a specific event takes place.

Video analytics can help take your ability to monitor your security cameras to the next level and make decisions based on real-time data and information.  For example, video analytics has the ability to distinguish people from animals or vehicles, and identify unusual events from routine activity.  Through analytics, you can receive a video notification if someone lingers in a restricted area too long, or when a car enters a parking lot after hours.  All of these applications help to make sure that you and your staff are making the most of your valuable time, while also giving you the tools to make quick and efficient security decisions.

Applications
  • Motion detection
  • Facial recognition and license plate reading
  • People counting and loiter time monitoring
  • Recognizing long lines at check out and sending alerts
Integrate with Your Security System

Your security camera system can give you more when it is integrated with other aspects of your security system.  Through integration, you can get an automatic video clip when someone disarms your security system, unlocks the doors, or sets off the alarm.  An integrated system can ensure that you receive notifications on what is important to you such as, what time are staff arriving and leaving each day?  Did someone try to access an unauthorized area of your facility?  Are people loitering in front of your building and deterring customers?  Through integration, you can collect a wealth of information that you can use to improve your building’s security and efficiency.

Contact Us Today for a No Obligation Assessment

These are just a few of the many ways you can be getting more out of your security camera system.  To schedule a no obligation assessment of your facility’s security camera needs, call us at 1 888 789 FIRE (3473) or email fminfo@fire-monitoring.com.

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What Is Video Verification?

When it comes to securing your business, FMC’s video verification adds an additional layer of protection by delivering alarm event video clips to our Signals Receiving Centre (SRC) along with your PC or Smartphone.

Video verification service is an excellent option for your building.  Through I-View Now, FMC removes the guess work of determining what caused your alarm to be activated, and allows you to benefit from the quick and direct dispatch of the appropriate emergency responders.

Customer Benefits

If you or your staff have ever been woken up in the middle of the night to respond to a false alarm, you understand the annoyance and strain on resources that it can cause.  But alleviating this strain is not the only benefit of video verification.  Through the use of this service, customers also receive the following benefits:

  • Reduce costs incurred by sending staff to verify alarms during after work hours.
  • Let FMC be your eyes and ears while you enjoy your sleep. We will only wake you if an alarm has been verified by our trained dispatchers who will have already alerted the authorities by the time you are woken.
  • Ensure emergency responders are dispatched to a confirmed alarm.
  • Prevent receiving fines for false alarms. False alarms caused by faulty equipment, user error, and nature are common causes of costly false alarms.
  • Emergency responders respond quicker when they know an alarm has been video verified with confirmation of unwanted activity on the premises. This will reduce the potential for losses incurred by unwanted incidents.
  • Use video footage as evidence for legal cases or as proof of claim for an insurance report.
  • Protect employees, customers, and property using the best technology available.
How It Works
  1. Alarm-Triggered Event: Once your system is triggered by an alarm event, the signal and associated video footage of what caused the alarm are sent to FMC’s SRC.
  2. Monitoring Centre Alerted and Emergency Responders Dispatched: Our highly trained SRC Operators will review the alarm signal to verify what caused the alarm and notify the appropriate emergency responders.
  3. Verification Leads to More Results: Dispatches that accompany video verification are treated as a high priority by emergency responders.  As a result, they will arrive quickly on the scene increasing the likelihood of an arrest and minimizing disruption to your business.
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Contact us today to find out how Video Verification can work for your building.  Call us at 1 888 789 FIRE (3473), or email fminfo@fire-monitoring.com.

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As a building owner or operator, you know you can’t be in all places at all times.  Although with an integrated security system that utilizes security cameras, intrusion detection, and access control, you can protect your business 24/7/365, where your busy schedule would not have allowed in the past.  How you ask? The integrated monitoring of your security devices can act both as a deterrent, but also help you track activity. Security monitoring offers you an extra level of support by acting as your eyes and ears when you’re not available.

How Security Alarm Monitoring Works

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At Fire Monitoring of Canada, we utilize a security alarm control panel to interact with your security system.  This alarm control panel sends information to the Signals Receiving Centre (SRC) about what is happening in your building.  This alarm can be sent using a variety of methods including phone line, cellular, IP, or other approved ULC methods of communication.

The alarm signals are received at our SRC and are handled by our trained Dispatch Operators through our alarm monitoring automation software.  Based on a pre-determined set of procedures, our Operators will begin to dispatch appropriate emergency responders and/or contact the building contacts about the alarm that was received.  Depending on your preferred method of communication, our Operators and/or Automation Software can call or send real-time text alerts to your mobile device notifying you about the activity in your building.

Security Monitoring and Access Control

Monitoring your access control system is a cost-effective and reliable solution to protect against unauthorized entry.  This can work seamlessly with your physical security team to provide protection for your facility.  Additionally, recent developments in technology allow your access control and monitoring to collaborate in order to improve your building and staff efficiency.

If you prefer a hands off approach, you can leave the management of your account to the experts.  Our SRC can provide management of door lock schedules, including holiday schedules, management of access cards and card holder databases.  Customers can make changes easily by calling the SRC.

Benefits of Monitoring
  • Cost effective and reliable access control solution for staff, vehicles, pedestrians, and building automation, operating 24/7/365.
  • Real-time access control to enable site entry and exit.
  • Ideal for businesses which require limited off-hours site access, as it saves on the provision of 24-hour manned access control or guard service.
  • Monitoring can look for changes in activity, times, and suspicious behaviour in addition to actual break ins or security breaches.
  • Reacts if a break in should occur, notifying you or the relevant authorities.
  • Video verification allows alarms to be confirmed and handled appropriately.
  • Monitoring your premises 24/7.
Learn More

For over 30 years, Fire Monitoring of Canada (FMC) has been an industry leader in the monitoring of fire and security systems.  If you would like to learn more about how monitoring can improve your access control system, call us at 1 888 789 FIRE (3473), or email fminfo@fire-monitoring.com.

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The effective use of biometrics can be a powerful piece of a facility’s access control system.  At its core, biometrics use human characteristics to confirm their identity, and can improve security while alleviating issues related to lost or stolen passwords.

At one time, biometrics were security features only seen in James Bond style movies, however, biometrics are becoming much more common, even becoming a standard feature on today’s smartphones.  Common biometric methods include:

  • Hand features including fingerprint,
  • Eye scan
  • Hand (fingerprint, palm, and handshape)
  • Head (facial recognition)
  • Behaviour (voice or signature)
5 Benefits of Biometrics

Over the last decade, there have been incredible advancements in the field of biometrics, which means that these devices have become more reliable and more cost-effective.  The high-level identification management that is offered by biometrics offer many advantages over traditional access control devices.

1. Accurate Identification

Traditional security systems typically utilize passwords, smart cards, or key fobs to identify authorized personnel. However, biometrics offer higher accuracy, by eliminating potential issues around stolen credentials.  The use of characteristics like fingerprints or eye scans ensure accurate identification through features that cannot be easily duplicated.

2. User Accountability

Because biometrics are much more accurate, whomever is responsible for a facility’s access control can directly connect a person to a particular action or event.  This audit trail can prove to be incredibly useful in the event of a security breach.

3. Time Savings

For building owners whose business relies on good time management, the use of biometric technology can be beneficial for decreasing lost productivity due to punctuality issues.  The biometric identification process is very quick, allowing a person to be identified or rejected almost instantaneously.  This quick movement of staff and goods can be valuable in ensuring work flow efficiency.

4. User Friendly

Once a biometrics system is set up and your staff is trained, it is very reliable and easy to maintain.  A system is also a user-friendly solution because there is no need to remember passwords or carry extra access cards.

5. Security

By far, the largest advantage that a biometrics system can have is increased security for your building.  A staff members’ physical characteristics can not be guessed, stolen, or shared, which means a more secure and safe work environment for everyone.  Additionally, a biometric system is incredibly versatile, providing you with a flexible and scalable solution that can be used wherever you may need security checkpoints.

Learn More

Fore over 30 years, Fire Monitoring of Canada (FMC) has been an expert in integrated security solutions.  If you would like to learn more about integrated security solutions and the role they can play in your building’s security system, call us at 1 888 789 FIRE (3473), or email fminfo@fire-monitoring.com.

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In today’s Tech Tip, we’re going to show you how to check the alarm history through the event buffer on a DSC Power Series Neo Security Alarm Monitoring System.

One of the most common questions we receive from customers is, “How do I check the alarm history to see what alarm has been activated?”  This is a very simple process that anyone with access to their LCD keypad is able to do.

Why Do I Need to Check My Alarm History?

If you have an LCD full message keypad as part of your DSC Power Series Neo Security Alarm Monitoring System, you can utilize the event buffer to check your alarm history, see what alarm happened, or to check when your system was armed and disarmed.

Checking the alarm history in the event buffer is also a valuable tool to use to troubleshoot false alarm issues.

How To Check the Alarm History Through the Event Buffer

To check your alarm history through the event buffer on your DSC Power Series Neo Security Alarm Monitoring System, follow these steps:

Call your security company if you have any questions prior to proceeding.

  1. Press * 6
  2. Enter your Master Code (If you do not know your master code, please contact your security system provider).
  3. To go back to the Ready state, press *

The Event Buffer displays a list of the last 1000 events on your system.  You may only view the event buffer using an LCD keypad.

To view the Event Buffer

  1. From the User Function Menu use the < and > keys to scroll the Event Buffer and press *
  2. Press < and > to scroll through the Event Buffer. When finished press * to return to the Ready state.

If you are a Fire Monitoring of Canada customer, please do not hesitate to contact our service department if you require further assistance.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has been a growing trend in the field of security, and as the use of smart technology becomes more widely adopted, this use is poised to grow exponentially.

Currently, AI has been focused on the execution of specific tasks such as object recognition, identity management, and physical activities through the use of robots or drones.  However, with the growing field of mobile, cloud, and biometrics, AI and its integration with access control have the future of a once stagnant security application looking very diverse.

AI and access control can be broken into two main categories, Physical Security and Cyber Security.  Although unique, each utilize AI to bring together multiple security applications to achieve improved results on the traditional processes.

Physical Security

AI and access control have been applied to the physical security applications of video analytics and operational efficiency.  Within each, AI has had an immediate impact in improving functionality and efficiencies.

Video Analytics

AI has already had an incredible influence on the security industry through its application to video analytics.  The use of AI has eliminated the need for predetermined algorithms, allowing the AI to capture and decipher data in real-time.  Traditionally, video analytics would alert security personnel that a person or object has crossed a barrier.  Now, through AI, video analytics can identify a security risk through facial recognition. 

This can be applied to physical security at large events.  Video analytics can capture video footage as patrons approach the facility entrance, and cross-reference facial recognition against a watch-list database.  If a person of interest is discovered, an alert can be sent to security personnel who can then mitigate the situation. 

Alternatively, a camera technology using video analytics can identify an incoming car and reference a license plate in order to identify a potential risk.

Operational Efficiency

AI is also being used by companies to engage with customers and employees to improve operational efficiency.  Security solutions that utilize video analytics or networked access control, can utilize that data to identify the behaviour patterns of employees and visitors to a building.  Businesses can then take that data to increase efficiencies in how they operate.  For example, access control information can be used to identify when rooms are not occupied so that energy usage can be reduced.

Cyber Security

As business systems become more interconnected and distributed, the volume, and need for seamless, continuous, and accurate access to information will become increasingly important.  Because of these vast systems, advanced authentication systems, such as AI will play a much larger role than exists today.  The use of passwords will no longer be necessary, and will be replaced with AI based access control.

“When considering that users’ inability to protect and manage passwords causes over 90% of cyber attacks, it is evident that our current approach, which mostly uses passwords for authentication can not support the security of the future state where many devices will be interconnected,” says Henry Bagdasrian, Founder of Identity Management Institute.

Identity and Access Management (IAM) is becoming increasingly more intricate as more authentication factors have been put in place to ensure security.  AI can play a huge role in collecting and analyzing that information much faster than humans ever could.

The Future of AI and Integrated Security Solutions

There is no doubt that many of today’s access control tasks will become increasingly automated and performed by the use of machines and AI.  This change will be a continuous challenge for the security industry as there are inevitable vulnerabilities that come along with new technologies that are a part of many of today’s businesses.  Therein lies the solution, technology such as AI, machine learning, and automation will continue to be applied to security products forcing their evolution moving forward.

Learn More

For over 25 years, Fire Monitoring of Canada (FMC) has been an expert in integrated security solutions, having installed a variety of access control and CCTV systems across Ontario.  If you would like to learn more about integrated security solutions and the role they can play in your building’s security system, call us at 1 888 789 FIRE (3473), or email fminfo@fire-monitoring.com.

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A nurse call holds an extremely important role at any health care facility. They provide a vital connection between caregiver and patient, which is even more important in case of an emergency. Nurse calls allow patients to communicate their needs with nursing staff efficiently, effectively and affordably. This makes it an excellent option for nursing homes looking for a system that is cost-effective as well as patient and nurse friendly. There are laws that dictate the types of nurse call systems required and the areas in which they must be placed in different medical centers and nursing care facilities to keep them in reach of patients at all times. This demonstrates the essential function nurse calls play in providing urgent care to patients in case of emergencies. Legislation will vary based on the geo-location of a facility to dictate how quickly medical staff must respond to nurse calls.

Nursing homes can greatly benefit from nurse call systems as they provide an extra precaution that allows people of varying health levels to have more independence and a stronger sense of security. Modern nursing systems also provide an opportunity for nursing homes to look at integration with current IT infrastructures to make vast improvements across many different areas. Understanding how nursing calls work helps illustrate how they can improve patient care within your facility.

Why Nurse Calls are Used

Nurse calls provide a simple communication option allowing patients to reach their nurse or a general nurse station with the push of a button. They can also be used for communication amongst nursing staff as part of an integrated system that offers locator options throughout a facility, floor or department. Nurse calls can also be used by visitors who might need to reach the nurse to request assistance on behalf of a patient. In its basic role, the nurse call is quite simple. However, the function of the system can be quite complicated integrating key medical devices such as IV pumps and ventilators. There are also varying types of nurse call systems including:

  • Nurse Call
  • Bed Call
  • Bathroom Call
  • Wireless Solutions
  • Wandering Patient (RFID)

Important Features of Nurse Call Systems

There are many customized features available for modern nurse call systems. However, for the most part, they share the following common features:

  • Call Light/Pillow speaker: This is the main part of the system located at the patient’s end. It provides access to contact with the nursing station. However, it also can provide access to other controls such as overhead lighting and televisions. There are also special systems available for those who are unable to activate the system due to paralysis or limited movement. These systems use breathe calls which are plugged into the wall station. Patients call the nurse by exhaling or inhaling into a tube.
  • Wall station: This is the main part of the communication system which acts as the receptacle for the call light. It holds the speaker and communication that allows the patient and nurse to speak to each other. Another important component of the wall station is the code blue button. Other important equipment can be connected to the station allowing the nurses’ station to monitor a patient’s equipment such as IV pumps or ventilators. This is the most efficient way for nurses to receive equipment alarms.
  • Bed cable: This connects the patient’s bed to the wall station and provides an alarm to alert nurses if a patient has left their bed. Wandering patients can be tracked using RFID technology. This is very important for patients who should not be leaving their beds unattended. The bed cable can also provide a call button located on the bed rail.
  • Desk console: This part of the system looks and acts like a telephone allowing staff to make or receive calls from a patient as required.
  • Code blue: Code blue can be set up to send out an alert to the nursing station as well as other areas of the facility. Staff members press the code blue button in emergency situations to alert the team a patient requires immediate assistance.

Assimilation

Modern nurse call systems are designed for easy assimilation with existing technology within your facility as well as common medical devices. These devices can include EMRs, cardiac monitoring, telemetry, wireless phones or biomedical equipment. This provides an opportunity for facilities to improve response time by sharing critical information with each other in real time. This approach to interoperability across multiple systems eliminates middleware providing safer practices and greatly improving many procedures. By ensuring assimilation is properly handled it will allow your facility to optimize your communication, operations and ROI.

Seamless Integration

Choosing a nurse call system should work seamlessly with other support resources as well as with existing technologies. It should assist in enhancing existing or soon to be improved workflows without causing disruptions to the facility. Nurse call systems should be chosen to improve current performance and make it easier for patients to interact with staff. Each system should be designed to meet the needs of your facility with the appropriate capabilities and functions to improve patient care. This requires a close look at the current infrastructure of the facility in order to address needs and understand other technologies that might require replacement in the process. This will allow you to come up with solutions that will provide a more cost-effective approach to upgrades with a better ROI on the new technology required.

Some areas many facilities upgrade when installing a new nurse call system could include:

  • Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
  • Mobile device
  • Medical devices
  • Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS)

It is extremely important to identify all the equipment that will be affected by the upgrade before selecting a nurse call system, as you have to ensure it is compatible with existing technology. This will save time and money throughout the implementation process. The IT department will provide valuable input to help identify gaps in the existing infrastructure and reduce the required effort to upgrade the system over the longer term.

As a project manager overseeing the selection and installation of a nurse call system, it is important to gather information about the systems available in order to find the proper system is selected. At Fire Monitoring of Canada, we can help you find the perfect solution for your facility. Contact us today for more information.

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Security systems in Canada have become more advanced, comprehensive, and user-friendly. Alarm monitoring systems help protect your property from burglary, fire, and other emergencies. Here are some other new updates to be aware of when you are exploring alarm monitoring upgrades:

Integrated Automation Systems

Beyond alarm monitoring, security systems have become more and more integrated with automation. Not only can you control your locks and arm your alarms through your cell phone, but you even have access to your video feeds, if you have a video monitoring system. Modern smart technology also offers instant control over your lighting and thermostat, which allows you to measure and track your energy usage over long periods of time.

The Best of Modern Security Technology

Since technology continues to develop faster than security companies can keep up, cutting-edge technology is available at much more affordable prices than ever before. Some alarm systems use infrared cameras, motion-sensors, voice activation and control, and card-access security. A decade ago, these technologies would seem surreal, but the affordability of modern gadgets has revolutionized the security industry and made such technology accessible for all.

App-Based Control

App-based control systems accessed from your cell phone, tablet, or computer have become the dominant way to control your security system. Not only is it simple and user-friendly to download an app and sync it with your hardware, but it is affordable and accessible to almost anyone with a smart device.. The future of security continues to trend towards app-based controls, allowing for unmatched customization of each monitoring system for individual users.

24/7 Live Video

Whether you monitor your video cameras over a closed circuit or on your cell phone, modern video monitoring technology makes it easy to keep an eye on your video feeds from anywhere with internet. These video monitoring systems offer 24/7 access, so you can outfit your property with video cameras and monitor it at all times. Not only does this offer you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your property is safe, but if there is an emergency, your alarm system will catch it and alert the necessary first-responders.

Advanced Camera Technology

Camera technology has seen a massive increase in quality over the last decade. Not only are cameras being integrated into smart devices like cell phones and tablets, but independent video cameras can offer 360 degrees of sight with unmatched detail. Some video monitoring systems are also outfitted with audio recorders, so you can capture the video and audio recording inside and outside your property. For larger industrial properties or massive residential areas, drone technology has also been used to maintain security. Finally, all of this video footage can now be stored in cloud-based systems, offering more storage capacity than ever before. Since this technology has become more affordable, it is easier to add these features to alarm systems, making your security technology more interactive.

Sustainable Solutions

Modern alarm systems are often paired with climate control and lighting control features that allow for ultimate customization. You can automate your lighting and thermostat systems to your personal preferences. These systems also allow you to track your energy usage from an app on your phone, so you can monitor how much energy you are using and pinpoint when you are wasting energy. For both residential and commercial uses, this valuable data can help reduce energy waste and spend.

The Future of Security Systems

While alarm monitoring systems offer a variety of features that would have been impossible even a decade ago, these systems will continue to develop as technology becomes more affordable, accessible, and intuitive. Below are a few features that are likely to be the focus of new developments in security technology.

  1. Facial Recognition

Cameras on phones and computers are already being outfitted with facial recognition software, and it is only a matter of time before security systems adopt facial recognition as a key feature for residential and commercial use. By using facial recognition technology, you will—hypothetically—be able to program authorized users into your system.

  1. Customized Automation

Two overwhelming trends in every industry are the push towards customization and automation. Everyone who uses a security system wants it tailored to their own needs, which is why current systems are open for customization. Once you are able to choose exactly which features you use, how you use them, and how they interact with other features, you can automate your preferences.

  1. Enhanced Compatibility

As we have seen with the mass production of smart devices, the secret to successful technology is being compatible with multiple systems across all of your devices. Consumers want their alarm system to be compatible with their video monitoring and environmental controls, which is already a reality. As more and more features are added to smart security technology, app-based controls will be the norm.

  1. Cloud-Based Storage

Cloud-based storage offers unmatched storage capacity. While storage has been a struggle with modern devices for the better part of a decade, cloud-based storage and other digital storage entities will allow the average consumer unlimited storage of their data, which will facilitate customization and automation. As these systems become more affordable, accessible, and widespread in both residential and commercial use, the importance of unlimited storage capacity will continue to grow.

For more information about modern alarm monitoring systems, call Fire Monitoring of Canada at 888-711-3202 or contact us here.

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