How Can Technology Help You to Detect Unwanted Intrusion at Work?

There is a wide range of intruder detection systems available in the commercial market today, some very traditional and others becoming increasingly innovative, as improvements in technology are incorporated into the design process. What range of systems is available to you today?

As a business owner, you may be advised to implement a number of different security measures in order to implement an element of redundancy. In this way, you will be able to "blend" different protection levels to achieve the best piece of mind.

At the very basic level are the typical intruder alarms that simply emit a loud noise whenever they are triggered. In a world which seems to be full of random noise pollution, this type of alarm is unlikely to offer any real protection, and it's not surprising that many insurance companies will reject the solution today.

Beware False Reports

A much stronger solution is provided by monitored systems, where a silent alarm is sent to a central receiving centre. An operative there will attempt to confirm that the alarm isn't falsely generated before informing private security personnel or the police, as well as the keyholder. Note that you must place an emphasis here on the elimination of false reports, as police authorities must first of all sanction this type of system by providing a unique reference number. Should too many false reports be generated in a relatively short period of time, the police can revoke and subsequently ignore any reports. As a consequence, it's important for you to only install the very latest in monitored systems and follow the protocol developed by the system manufacturer and the police authorities.

As somebody intent on entering the premises may well cut communication lines in a bid to bypass monitored systems, other systems have now been developed that will detect if the communication line has been interrupted. Note that the police may still want to know if the alarm can be confirmed as positive and not just a case of a failure in the telephone line itself.

Combination Systems to Outwit Intruders

One way round the issue of whether or not an alarm can be "confirmed," is to use a dual path signalling system. This combines a GSM mobile phone system with an alarm system set up to use standard telephone lines. In this system should "dual" alarms be received by the monitoring centre as firstly a GSM system alarm and secondly a signalling path fault (cut line), this automatically confirms the call as genuine and initiates the police response. There are also systems which are essentially a hybrid and use IP signalling over the Internet as well as, or instead of, GSM. This particular type of system is still in its infancy and needs to be accepted by your insurance company before you should consider it as an option.