Security Sales & Integration

October 2013

SSI serves security installing contractors providing systems and services; surveillance, access control, biometrics, fire alarm and home control/automation. Coverage in commercial and residential product applications, designs, techniques, operations.

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and manage the network itself. Tis extra responsibility requires additional staf, enhanced network expertise and investment in specialized equipment to build and maintain the network. For some dealers, building a wireless mesh network makes sense due to the geographical area and types of customers they serve. However, for security companies with a large footprint spanning a variety of population densities, it's important to consider the network's design to keep the mesh strong cross the entire service area. Overall, wireless mesh network technology is not as pervasive as cellular- or Internet-based connections across the security industry. SELECTING THE BEST PROTOCOL Increasingly, it is becoming an installation best practice to connect security systems with two of the four communication protocols discussed previously. In the event that one fails, there will be a fallback communication channel available. Dealers can determine which two (or more) approaches make the most sense for their customers by answering the following questions: • What communication infrastructure is currently available in the home or business? • What communication infrastructure is currently accessible to the home or business, if not currently installed? • Is the Ethernet cable hookup or cable easily accessible? • Will this area be well covered with a mesh design? Answers to these questions help dealers determine the right combination of communication technologies that will keep the security system in contact with the central station. According to Honeywell, dealers are commonly using lower-cost Internet or Wi-Fi connections backed up with cellular technology to transmit alarm signals. Tey also meet the following dealer metrics: • Ease of installation • Near ubiquitous coverage • Predictable labor • Needed bandwidth and transmission speed to support remote services • Client not susceptible to scheduled network maintenance of Internet providers Te communications landscape continues to evolve and afect not only how we interact with each other, but how homeowners and business owners are interacting with their security systems. Installing security contractors that will succeed in this evolving environment are those that understand the available alarm communication technologies and how their customers like to communicate. With this understanding, security companies can combine those preferences in a way that makes sense for the customers' safety and for their business's bottom line. Gordon Hope is General Manager of AlarmNet at Honeywell. He can be reached at Schlage Online or Offine Locks – Reliable, Compatible and Proven CO-Series Offine Electronic Locks from Schlage are the ideal solution for customers seeking the added security and convenience of electronic access control – without the cost or complexity of a fully networked system. Unique PIN codes can be assigned to each user for maximum control, and can be easily added or deleted right at the door. Schlage AD-Series Electronic Locks were developed to provide more access options and adapt as security needs grow. Their modular design allows customization to meet the needs of today and the future – without removing the lock from the door. Combined with bright blue , a web-based access control system, Schlage takes the mystery out of networking and offers a powerful, yet user-friendly alternative. TM Call Access Hardware Supply for Schlage and all your other door hardware needs. We have the product knowledge, inventory, service and fast shipping that you demand. ACCESS HARDWARE SUPPLY 14359 Catalina Street San Leandro, CA 94577 Phone: (855) 847-5691 Fax: (800) 435-8233 Check out Bill's Blog for enlightening, entertaining and cool hardware videos featuring the latest products and news. Download QR application to take a picture with your smart phone. OCTOBER 2013 / SECURITYSALES.COM / 51

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