The History of the Modern Alarm System

1700s: Ben Franklin and the First Security System

You may be surprised to discover that one of the very first surveillance systems was a standard feature of many early Colonial homes! If you’ve spent any time wandering around America’s oldest streets, such as Philadelphia’s Elfreth’s Alley, you may have noticed strange-looking contraptions attached to the facade of row homes near the second or third story windows. These ingenious devices are actually one of the country’s very first alarm systems. When properly angled, the so-called “busybody” mirrors allow people to discreetly see who has come calling. Read more

Airport Safety and Security Solutions

Today, more than ever, airport security solutions and business security systems are of the utmost importance. Since emerging from the 2008 recession, the number of Americans traveling by air has steadily increased. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported that more than 700 million passengers flew in 2016, up an impressive 3.5% from the preceding year. With more than 8500 departures annually across the country, investing in state-of-the-art commercial airport security systems helps keep travelers and airport employees safe. Read more

Addressing Top Security Threats on College Campuses

Campus life has changed and continues to change. The idealized and hallowed halls of Good Will Hunting no longer represent the realities of modern college life. There’s no such thing as a “typical” co-ed. Furthermore, the culture of university life is ever-evolving to attract a diverse range of potential students and faculty, retain already-matriculated scholars and high-performing professors, and to foster engaged alumni. Protecting students, faculty, and staff from ever-present threats ranging from theft to violent assault needs to be a key part of an institution’s strategy. To ensure success, campus security needs to be a top priority for not only on-site security personnel but also for campus leaders. Read more

Commercial Security During the Holiday Season

The holiday season may be behind us but commercial traffic is still at its highest. Customers are hitting the stores and many other businesses for returns, exchanges, and to supplement their gifts with the latest accessories. This constant foot traffic is great for business but it can also bring many unwanted problems. Shoplifters and burglars will be anticipating an opportunity to take advantage of poor security systems. Read more

Securing the Physical Perimeter, Part 1: What You Need to Know About Gates and Fencing

Although the importance of cybersecurity can’t be overstated, it’s equally as important to consider the physical security of your facility, employees, customers, and key stakeholders. In this two-part series, we’ll analyze the primary components, or layers, of a physical perimeter and help you develop a strong, layered physical perimeter defense strategy. Read more

Access Control Systems in Commercial Security

When it comes to commercial-grade surveillance systems, technologically advanced systems are a necessity. Most access control systems are computer-based and provide access to buildings or private areas via biometric readers, or ID badges. In some cases, access codes are used in lieu of ID badges or access cards. These user-friendly systems are highly sophisticated and are also designed with the owner’s capabilities in mind. Read more

The How and Why of Infrared Cameras

Surveillance cameras are an important security component to ensure the safety of your property. In fact, security cameras are one of the most critical elements when it comes to developing a proper security plan for your business. Infrared cameras offer added benefits to your existing surveillance systems and here’s how they can work for you: Read more