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Public safety through public cameras

Companies looking to up their security systems with exterior video surveillance may be doing a public service for safety and security of their neighbors.

Your building may be considering adding in video surveillance for simple issues:

  • Entry of employees or customers during business hours
  • Monitoring of trespassers during off-hours

Now that there are so many more companies installing this kind of equipment, when needed, law enforcement is able to use footage to solve cases… from break-ins on the same block to stolen cars from the street, and more. While this may not have been the impetus for the system, it is a responsibility we as business owners take on.

Things to consider when installing a video surveillance system:

  • Once your equipment is in, what kind of support do you have for it? You don’t want to install it and never monitor it. Determine whose role and responsibility it is to do so.
  • Do you (or the person responsible) know how to properly use the system, to check that it’s functioning properly, to be sure it’s recording and that it is properly backing up?
  • Do you have a plan for which alarms should be set up, and have you checked to be sure they are, indeed, functioning? Examples might be a package sitting in your front lobby for a period of time, a person entering a prohibited area and you can even have a system check to see if people are properly social distancing.

Remember there is a reason why you put that system in.

Be sure you have it functioning properly once installed, and that someone is responsible for it.

If your team needs help with any of these issues (even with securing someone to be responsible for the equipment and footage), we can help. Reach out via our contact page or give us a call at (800) 567-1180.

Reducing risk at live sporting events

The sporting world is gearing up for the end of the NFL season and basketball season is in full swing, drawing lots of attention to huge sports venues.

With on-site crowds in the tens or hundreds of thousands and online and broadcast viewers in the millions, the opportunity for bad actors to capitalize on the attention is ripe. Even smaller scale local venues playing host to high school or college sports are at risk.

How are venues keeping fans safe? One tool in the tool box is the Guardian Indoor Active Shooter Detection System. The Guardian indoor shot detection system offered by Shooter Detection Services uses acoustic and infrared sensors – no bigger and no more obtrusive than smoke detectors — to automatically detect and instantly report shots fired. Guardian can integrate with systems to automatically lock doors the moment a shot is detected, limiting a shooter’s movement and/or keeping potential targets out of harm’s way.

SDS recently announced that one of their latest installations was in a Florida sports venue. The system will protect key threat areas throughout the stadium.

Guardian was developed in conjunction with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and a major defense contractor, and is SAFETY Act Certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Approved for U.K. Government Use by the Centre for the Protection of Critical Infrastructure (CPNI), and SL4 Certified by the Australian Government’s Security Construction & Equipment Committee (SCEC). SDS serves customers in markets including K-12 and higher education, corporate, transportation, government, retail, entertainment, utility and manufacturing, and property management.

ECT Services has enjoyed a long partnership with SDS, and with our deep innovation and integration experience we are well equipped to help facilities fully leverage Guardian’s capabilities alongside other security and communication systems. In addition, we also offer a full range of security consulting services.

Interested in learning more? Inquire about our next live fire demonstration event or a consultation. Contact us here.