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3 Benefits of Having a Commercial Surveillance System - Scottsdale AZ

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3 Benefits of Having a Commercial Surveillance System - Scottsdale AZ

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Security systems are quickly becoming an essential part of day-to-day operations for commercial businesses in Scottsdale.  Many business owners are curious as to why and how a security system can benefit their bottom line. There are several benefits of having a security system installed and we are going to discuss just a few of them.

'Round-The-Clock Surveillance

Surveillance systems never need a day off and offer more thorough monitoring than any human alone could provide. This means you have access to footage of everything that goes on at any conceivable time on your property.

Insurance Discounts

Many insurance companies offer reduced premiums for having a security system installed, and in certain cases, it's even required. Discounts are usually available for fire and alarm systems so check with your insurance provider to get the specific details.

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Boost Customer Experience

Many companies are using surveillance footage to monitor the trends and activities of customers. With the help of highly sophisticated analytic software this enables businesses to enhance the customer's experience by better providing more appealing product placements as well as staff interaction.

These are just a few examples of the many ways a surveillance system can benefit you! Here at Phoenix Security & Technology we'd be happy to assist you in finding and installing a surveillance system that works for you! Give us a call at 602-248-8477 or request a quote at the link below!

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How To Choose The Right Access Control System For Your Restaurant

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Hello everyone. We're pleased to present you with an article written by Ralph Goodman of United Locksmith!

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How To Choose The Right Access Control System For Your Restaurant

Physical security measures have changed in many ways since they first became adopted in modern society. The need to keep your investments protected has increased tenfold, and as such, solutions to make this possible have become much more common. A simple example of this comes in the form of access control systems. Nowadays, many restaurants utilize access control systems to increase their security while simultaneously offering their patrons better protection. However, choosing the right access control system should not be taken lightly. Here are the steps you should follow, and the things you should consider when you are choosing an access control system for your restaurant.

Assess Your Security

The first step you should take is to assess the current security measures you have in place and pay close attention to the manner in which it may, or may not restrict access. Taking the time to audit your security allows you to take stock of any flaws that you might have to address. This simple measure ensures that you choose an access control system that seeks to nullify these flaws rather than increase them. Assessing your security also gives you a chance to see how your current methods have been holding up, and this helps you plan accordingly. For instance, if the locks you have securing your restaurant are not properly restricting access, you should factor that in when you are choosing an access control system.

A proper security assessment will also give you a chance to determine if some of your other security measures can be integrated with an access control system. One key integration component that many restaurants take into consideration is their surveillance system. Phoenix surveillance is available to help restaurant owners figure out if their commercial surveillance systems are compatible with other security measures.

Factor In The Restaurant Layout

Factoring in the layout of your restaurant is a key step to follow in choosing the right access control system. Essentially, you will be able to choose a system that can be tailored to your restaurant. To do this, you will have to pay close attention to your exits and entrances, and the manner in which your patrons and employees have to access specific parts of your restaurant.

This gives you the luxury of being able to choose an access control system that safeguards all potential access points without sacrificing the experience your patrons have or making it difficult for your employees to carry out their duties. Since there is no universal restaurant design, and every restaurant has different needs, you have to make sure that you choose an access control system that is tailored to your needs and your restaurant design.

Consider Employees and Patrons

It is important for restaurant owners to consider the way their patrons and their employees interact with different aspects of their restaurant. This means that you have to consider where access should be given and where access should be restricted. It goes without saying that patrons should have the ability to move around your restaurant and feel comfortable when they are enjoying a meal, but this does not mean that they should have access to every single part of the premises. The same concept applies to employees as well. These things should be considered when you are choosing an access control system, and it will help you select a system that caters to your needs.

Ideally, you should choose an access control system that allows you to set up access hierarchies within your restaurant, similar to master key systems implemented in more traditional locks. This means that you will be able to determine who gets access to specific places. A measure like this ensures that you have a limited number of people dealing with high-value aspects of the business like cash drawers etc. It is important to choose an access control system that gives your patrons access to where they need to be, while simultaneously restricting them from areas they do not need access to.

Think Of Scalability

Scalability should always be factored into the discussion when you are dealing with anything related to the restaurant business. The reason being that it is hard to predict growth in this industry, but it should always be expected. Therefore, you do not want to implement an access control system that is not flexible. This means that you do not want to choose an access control system that will be rendered useless if you begin to expand your business or make any changes.

You should strive to implement a system that allows you to easily integrate new security measures that can grow with your business as changes are made. More often than not, growth for a restaurant is usually about being able to entertain more clients and hire more employees. It is best to choose an access control system that also caters to more individuals than you currently have on hand. This will mean that you won’t have to change out systems with every minor change made to your business.

Conclusion

Access control systems are extremely useful when they are installed and used in the right way. They help increase the security of your restaurant, which leads to a safer business and a better experience for both your patrons and your employees. Choosing the right access control system should not be overlooked. The points outlined above will help you get started on choosing the right access control system for your restaurant.

Thanks again, Ralph! 

Be sure to check out more of Ralph's articles!

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Phoenix Comicon Technology and Science Preview

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Phoenix Comicon Technology and Science Preview

We're excited to announce we're sending Marketing Manager Kate Dubinko to Phoenix Comicon next week! So what does a massive pop culture event like Phoenix Comicon have to do with a technology company like Phoenix Security & Technology? Actually, more than you might think.

Science Panels

Science and fandom often go hand-in-hand and Phoenix Comicon is a great platform to present science to the masses. This year Phoenix Comicon has panels on fascinating topics such as digital data, rocket science, nuclear waste, STEM professionals and more!

Science Related Guests

We often retreat to science fiction or the super-hero genre for entertainment and distractions. But real world scientists prove themselves heroes everyday by changing the world and you'll get a chance to meet some of them at Phoenix Comicon! These awesome scientists will be at Phoenix Comicom:

Sharon O'Neal, an Engineering Director at Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) in Tucson, Arizona.

Bertram Jacobs, a School of Life Sciences Director and professor of virology.

Teagan Wall, PhD in Neuroscience from Caltech.

Dante Lauretta, the principal investigator of the OSIRIS-REx mission and a professor of planetary science at the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory.

Science and Pop Culture

In addition to the more real-world based science, there are also several panels based on the science behind pop culture intellectual properties such as The Justice League, Westworld, The X-Files, Mr. Robot, Halo, Daredevil, Star Trek Voyager, Starcraft, The Twilight Zone, Futurama, King Kong and The Matrix.

Be sure to check our social media for updates and watch the site for more articles and podcasts soon!

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3 Tips for Safe Passwords

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3 Tips for Safe Passwords

 

In light of it being World Password Day we thought it would be a good idea to give some helpful reminders on how to choose a good password. Here are 3 tips from The Federal Trade Comission on how you can do that. (See www.consumer.ftc.gov for more tips!)

1. Avoid common words, phrases, or information. Don’t use information available to others like your birthday, phone number, or Social Security number. Attackers often use a dictionary of previously exposed passwords and information gathered from the internet to help them guess a password.

2. Change passwords quickly if there is a breach. Attackers who steal data from companies often obtain password information. If you receive a notification from a company about a possible breach, change that password and any account that uses a similar password immediately.

3. Consider a password manager. Most people have trouble keeping track of all their passwords. Consider storing your passwords and security questions in a password manager, an easy-to-access application that allows you store all your valuable password information in one place. Use a strong password to secure the information in your password manager. 

In this dangerous digital world we live in it's vital to keep your password secure! Be sure to implement these tips to stay as safe as possible.

Star Wars and Surveillance

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Star Wars and Surveillance

 

Happy Star Wars Day!

As you may or may not know, I am a massive Star Wars fan. Star Wars is such a cultural phenomenon that I couldn't let May the Fourth go by without writing something about it. It didn't take long to come up with a way to integrate Star Wars into the security industry. So, just for the fun of it, we're going to countdown 5 instances of surveillance in the galaxy far, far away!

 

5. ZALUNA

One of the first things that came to mind for me was the character Zaluna from John Jackson Miller's novel A New Dawn. Zaluna, a Sullustan, was a surveillance operator for the company Transcept Media Solutions. She was able to use her "slicing" skills to freeze several cameras in order to assist the heroes Kanan Jarrus and Hera Syndulla.

 

4. SECURITY RECORDINGS

At the end of Revenge of the Sith, security recordings are vital in giving Yoda and Obi-Wan the proof they needed that Anakin turned to the dark side. Yoda cautions Obi-Wan that he'll only find pain if he looks into the security recordings at the Jedi Temple. And pain is about the only way you can describe the onslaught of younglings by the merciless Darth Vader.

 

3. IMPERIAL SECURITY BUREAU

The ISB was a law enforcement and intelligence agency of the Galactic Empire. An entire branch was dedicated to surveillance. This bureau was formed by the Emperor himself and was instrumental in maintaining stability throughout the galaxy.

 

2. RATHTARS ATTACK!

In The Force Awakens we see a good example of CCTV when the Rathtars are accidentally let loose on the ship. After Finn is incapacitated by one, Rey sees where they're headed on the monitoring screens and is able to use some quick thinking and probably The Force to rescue her friend.

 

1. IMPERIAL PROBE DROIDS

The Imperial probe droid was commonly used for reconnaissance. The most notable instances are when Darth Maul uses 3 of them to search for Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tatooine in The Phantom Menace and when a probe droid searches for the Rebels on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back.

So, there you have it. Five instances of surveillance in Star Wars. Surveillance cameras have become so second nature and I find it fascinating  that even something as fantastical as Star Wars incorporates it.

Thanks to all my friends on Twitter who helped me think of ideas for this! I had a lot of fun doing this, maybe I should do a follow-up article about access control in a galaxy far, far away....

(All images property of Lucasfilm.)