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Access Control and Commercial Businesses │Tempe

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Access Control and Commercial Businesses Tempe

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Failure is not an Option with Access Control Doors

Do Tempe commercial business owners think that once they’ve got an access control system in place there’s no more worries to be had about business data, and other forms of information experiencing security breaches? You just program the access control system and you’re done? Nope. It’s not so simple. There’s more to it.

Although the ever-improving technology of access control systems used in commercial businesses deliver more sophisticated layers of security with less manual labor, access control systems are dependent in one way on an essential component, the exterior and interior doors. Without well-maintained access control doors, your security monitoring system could topple like a house of cards.

Access control doors and their hardware must be in good working order, or else the access control system will not function correctly.


One example of an access control door that is not operating as it should is the door is not closing completely, making the access control system malfunction. One reason for this is something called door sag. Prolonged stress on door hinges causes the sagging, and eventually the security lock to not engage. By performing the maintenance steps of oiling and adjusting the door hinges, you can avoid door sag.

What is necessary is building supes conduct regular inspections, and also test, perform maintenance, and, as needed, replace doors. This TLC on the part of the building manager will provide certainty that every door of the access control system is up-to-snuff, and able to support the overall integrity of the access control system, each and every one of its multi-layered components.

If you've been considering a state of the art Access Control System give us a call! We'll help you find a solution that fits your specific needs. Call today at 602-248-8477 or request a quote by clicking the link below.


Fire Alarm Systems and Restaurants │Phoenix

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Fire Alarm Systems and Restaurants Phoenix

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Detect and Control Restaurant Fires with an Addressable Fire Alarm System

Restaurants in Phoenix run a high risk of having a fire break out. More than half the time statistics have shown it is a kitchen fire. Chefs and cooks deal with exposed flames, and adding this element to extreme cooking temperatures and a busy and chaotic environment, creates the conditions for a perfect storm.

This is why it is a restaurant owner’s duty to ensure the safety of employees and patrons by installing a fire alarm system, capable of quickly detecting a fire and sending a signal to the nearest fire responders.

The first line of defense in dealing with a fire is a working smoke detector. Smoke detectors must be inspected every six months to ensure they are operational, or need to be replaced.

Once a smoke detector has detected a fire it triggers the fire alarm system. Two basic types of fire alarm systems are manufactured: a conventional fire alarm system, also known as non-addressable, and an addressable fire alarm system.

A non-addressable fire alarm system is less expensive, but possesses limited adaptability and awareness of the fire conditions. A non-addressable fire alarm system is composed of a discrete set of wires that connect to a specific location.

An addressable system uses a loop-wire connection, in which the wires connect direct to the control panel. This configuration is more sophisticated, creating a faster response time. An addressable fire alarm system maximizes cooperation with other parts of fire-response equipment, for example, suppression or sprinkler systems.

As a restaurant owner, you want to quickly bring a fire event under control, and avoid disrupting the dining experience as little as possible, preventing loss of profits.  You can accomplish this with the superior features and performance of an addressable fire alarm system.

If you would like to learn more about fire alarm systems, contact Phoenix Surveillance, the premiere experts in fire alarm systems, today.

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Access Control and Data Privacy Day

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Access Control and Data Privacy Day

In this day and age data privacy is of the utmost importance. Stories of data breaches are in the news constantly, whether it's on a massive international scale or a more limited one. Indeed this digital age we live in calls for more security than ever before. In light of that "Data Privacy Day" was created as a day to take a good look at the security measures you have in place and encourage you to protect your privacy.
It is particularly important for businesses to keep their data safe. All businesses hold vital information such as sensitive customer data or even personal information of those you employ. Good security measures should be in place both digitally and physically. A quality access control system can give you peace of mind in this area.

Here are a few of the benefits having an access control system:

Physical Keys Are History

Physical key and lock systems are basic and sometimes effective, but modern technology has given us a much more efficient and streamlined method of access control. Use technology to its advantage and get an access control system that keeps you safe in a sophisticated and technological way.

Unparalleled Records

Access control also gives you highly valuable digital information. This data includes a readout of every entry and exit to the building. This can prove to be vital for things like time card reconciliation as well as assisting in criminal investigations in the event of criminal activity.

Remote Access

Remote access is an added advantage. This can enable you to "buzz in" visitors to the building from an offsite locality. It can also help you to easily put the whole building in lock down in the event of an emergency.
Maybe you've heard of access control, but just haven't gotten around to installing an access control system for your company. Don't delay! Call Phoenix Surveillance TODAY and we can assist you in finding an access control solution that works best for you.




Alarm Systems and The Hospitality Industry │Phoenix

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Alarm Systems and The Hospitality Industry │Phoenix

Three Intrusion Alarm systems to Halt Trespassers onto Your Property

In Phoenix, whether you’re an owner or even manager of operations of a hotel, motel, museum, convention hall, sports arena, or any other recreational, entertainment, or travelers’ accommodations, you’re generally aware an alarm system is part and parcel of running a responsible enterprise. For those employed at such places and for patrons. We needn’t add there are also valuable business assets to be protected from criminal activity, sometimes from unscrupulous employees.

Alarm systems are security monitoring solutions that can do much to manage all the security challenges that occur within the hospitality industry. Below we introduce the use of some alarm systems and their function in safeguarding your assets as well as your customers’ personal safety.

Alarm systems

Alarm systems provide a valuable service to hotels and motels. Because entry and emergency exits are necessary for the safe and efficient functioning of the property site, alarm systems should be installed in areas where they will do the most optimal job of monitoring the activity of guests and hotel / motel staff.

To help you understand different alarm systems and how they function let’s break it down, according to three categories: (1) local alarms, (2) contact alarms, and (3) remote alarms.

Local Alarm systems (LAS).

LAS are localized to a specific area: for example, a fire exit door.  As soon as someone opens the fire exit door it sets off the circuit breaker, causing the alarm to go off.

Contact Alarm systems (CAS).

Unlike a LAS, a CAS is electrically connected to a host station. From this centralized location security monitoring can occur. A CAS supports the use of silent alarms, used in vulnerable and high-risk areas as cashier stations and storage spaces. The silently-tripped alarm signal can be sent to a telephone station, the local police, private security agency, as well as to on-site security officers.

Remote Alarm systems (RAS).

RAS are transmission-based, using microwave, radio wave, and photoelectric light energy.

Microwave Alarms. (MA).

MAs are sensitive motion-detector devices that can send and receive electromagnetic energy. They are able to detect motion over long distances. They also possess stability and tamper-proof properties.

Radio Frequency Alarms (RFA).

The radio wave sets off an alarm whenever an intruder wanders into a RF area.

Photoelectric Light Beam Alarms. (PLBA).

PLBA uses a diffused light beam that travels between sending and receiving stations. When interfered with as by motion the beam sounds an alarm.


At Phoenix Surveillance we have friendly and qualified access control installers that can help you find the perfect solution for your business. We offer plans that are flexible and affordable so give a call today and we'll put you on the path to a state of the art access control system! Give us a call at 602-248-8477 or if you prefer you can click the link below and fill out an online request.



Industrial Security Cameras │Phoenix

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Industrial Cameras the Smart Choice for Your Business

Industries across the spectrum like those in Phoenix need the features and benefits of an industrial-grade camera. Whether you are in the computer, construction, energy, healthcare, or food production field (among many other fields), you need security cameras you can count on to be dependable for the long haul.

Industrial-grade security cameras outperform consumer-grade security cameras, in that they are engineered to last longer under heavy and sustained usage. They can take a lot of abuse due to their rugged construction and durable materials with less chance of a failure.

Industrial-grade surveillance cameras frequently contain features, and a selection of options that include many kinds of adjustments not found on consumer-grade security cameras.

Industrial-grade surveillance cameras are usually purchased with a warranty included and are repairable. With the purchase of an industrial-grade security camera technical support is available.

What follows is a description of the different types of security cameras and their use:

Dome Surveillance Cameras

These types of cameras take their cue from being known as eye-in-the-sky types, because they are ceiling-mounted devices. Two types are manufactured: an inflexible security camera, limited to one position, and a remotely-controlled smart camera, able to pan, tilt, and zoom in on a target.

Bullet Surveillance Cameras

These security cameras are present wherever you go. Cylindrical-shaped and of larger dimensions than consumer-grade, industrial-grade is sturdier in construction, and made of resilient materials. You can wall-mount them wherever you desire a view of a particular area.

Live-Streaming Surveillance Cameras

Another smart camera that can send a signal straight to a computer or smart phone for viewing in real-time.

Hidden Surveillance Cameras

These can be disguised as a clock, smoke detector, or any other device you’d find in an industrial setting.

Industrial-grade security cameras require more of an investment, but look at it this way. You’re investing for the future. Because consumer-grade security cameras will not last as long and are not always capable of being upgraded. In addition, depending on consumer-grade security cameras can cost you in time-consuming repairs.

Now you’ve the facts at hand about industrial-grade cameras, contact Phoenix Surveillance to talk over what industrial-grade security cameras will be suitable for your business. Call 602-248-8477 for a quote or simply click the link below.