Using Your Smartphone to Manage Your Business Security System

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It’s no secret that businesses are popular targets for criminals looking to make a quick buck. However, as technology has improved, so has the ability for business owners to protect themselves from burglary and loss. Smartphones are now ubiquitous, and advancements in security technology have made it possible to tightly integrate these gadgets with security systems. This means business owners can keep an eye on their business from anywhere and react quickly in case of a security breach.

Monitor Your Business Security System from Anywhere

A well-integrated security system can provide control and insights that can be viewed and managed remotely anywhere through a smartphone or computer. With these insights you can see a variety of information: whether security alarms are armed or disarmed, which doors are locked or unlocked, and more advanced data depending on the type of security equipment used in the system.

Receive Security Alerts

A quality business security system should be able to alert interested parties (business owners, security staff members, local law enforcement, etc.) when suspicious activity occurs. Systems that are properly configured can instantly send alerts to smartphones with detailed information, allowing the receiver to act swiftly and minimize damage and loss. Robust systems can send push notifications to phones, text alerts, and email messages with information relevant to the possible break-in or breach.

View Business Security Footage

Security systems that have CCTV security cameras integrated can record and store video either on-premises or in the cloud (depending on your needs, preferences, and budget). Smartphones can be integrated into the system to allow you to review recorded security footage from anywhere in the world (as long as you have an internet connection), which can be important in the event a security issue arises.

Monitor Employees & Staff in Real Time

In addition to being able to view recorded and stored security footage, some security setups allow for streaming security camera feeds in real time from your phone. With a few taps of the screen, you can keep an eye on your premises at any time to ensure employees are following protocol and keep an eye on potentially suspicious activity from staff, customers, and visitors. Security systems have the ability to detect movement when there should be none, and can alert you on your phone so you can see and analyze the activity and take action as appropriate.

Remotely Arm & Disarm Your Security System

In the event you leave your business and forgot to arm your security system, you can do so from your phone within seconds. Additionally, if an employee without security clearance is the last to leave, you can enable alarms and locks remotely after they’ve left the building. Similarly, if an employee needs to access the building and you’re not there, you can disable the alarm and locks so they may enter. For systems with access control, you can even remotely allow access to specific rooms inside the building without opening the entire premises.

Control Lighting & Temperature

Lighting can play an important role in a security system. The ability to remotely control your business’ lights (interior and exterior) can come in handy—you can illuminate darker areas when suspicious activity has been detected, while keeping lights lower during uneventful times, which can help save on electricity. Another bonus is thermostats can also be integrated into security systems, so you can remotely control the temperature around your building(s) to save on your electric bill without sacrificing the comfort of your employees and guests.

Consult a Business Security System Expert

If you’re interested in upgrading your business security system to take advantage of newer technological advances such as smartphone integration, consult with a local security expert today to discuss your current situation and goals. If you’re in the East Texas area, 3D Security, Inc. can work with you to create and implement a comprehensive security system that meets and exceeds your goals. With over 30 years of experience in helping secure businesses and organizations of all types and sizes (from restaurants and gas stations to medical facilities, hospitals, offices, oil fields, power plants, municipal buildings, jails, and more), we’ve got the experience and expertise you can count on. Contact us today, we’d love to hear from you!