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Security systems vary greatly in price AND features. The most important thing to consider is your return on investment. A commercial security system is much different than one in the average home. Commercial systems are made to a different standard and are designed to last much longer. They know the difference between trees swaying in the wind and a person or car. Business camera systems can even notify a live guard over their radio if someone breaches the perimeter of your property without anyone even watching the system.


We've installed commercial security for the U.S. Coast Guard as well as a small chicken and biscuit shop in Hartford. Even though both systems were vastly different, they met all of the customers' needs and guaranteed a positive ROI.


Security systems include security cameras, access control, burglar alarms, and fire alarms.


Included among these systems is "low voltage structured cabling"


Life safety systems are another term used to describe security in regards to fire alarms.


One of the most popular security system solutions we install is cameras. Most companies want to know if an intruder managed to breach the property or if you have a false alarm. They also need convictable evidence for the police. Security cameras provide 24-hour surveillance and can provide proactive notifications before a burglar sets off the intrusion alarm to your building. More importantly, they protect the exterior of your building.


The most popular system installed in most buildings is a basic burglar alarm. These work to ensure you have an automatic police presence if your building has a break-in. Only cameras can truly protect the exterior of your building and can even notify you the same as a burglar alarm would.


It's tricky to determine which of the two are better because they work to achieve the same goal. More importantly, cameras and alarms complement each other, especially in a large property with tons of valuables.


Security cameras are excellent in allowing you to be at your building instantly 24/7. Your staff can monitor the cameras remotely or receive proactive alerts based on artificial intelligence rules.


Burglar alarms create a shock factor whenever an intruder breaches your property. It works as an instant deterrent but only protects the interior of your building.


What is the most effective security system for business? A properly designed hardwired high-definition camera system can cover a large area of your property reliably. Multiple sites can be connected back to the same software and be centrally managed. Protecting the interior of a building with an automatic police presence requires a burglar alarm.


Many businesses have multiple buildings on one property or light poles they need cameras on. We install commercial wireless solutions that reliably connect for a fraction of trenching or running an aerial wire between them.


Can you install your own security system? Yes, it's possible to install your own security system. However, there are A LOT of tricks to security systems from design to installation. Some alarm systems are completely wireless, however exact placement and programming are always best left to the professionals.


Wireless security cameras are popular for residential homes, but they are notoriously unreliable in commercial settings. They also require an unsightly power wire. Great for a temporary solution, but a huge letdown if you lose precious footage. We connect buildings wirelessly reliably using special commercial wireless equipment and hardwire all cameras back to these antennae.


Safety is an important aspect of any business. Especially with the post COVID world we live in today. Proactive alerts do the heavy lifting for your team and make footage retrieval much easier. It is easy for a property manager to spend 2 hours gathering footage from around a property. A system installation completed by Mammoth reduces that time spent to retrieve footage. Our equipment allows you to search camera footage to only show you people, cars, certain license plate numbers on a list or not on a list, or even facial recognition.


A CCTV system will let you see the important areas of your business, preventing instances of theft and property damage. Burglar alarms also complement a CCTV system by alerting you and your staff whenever someone breaches the building.


The cost depends on many different factors. Commercial security camera systems for a small business or residential home generally start around $3,500 and go up from there depending on installation difficulty. Burglar alarm systems start at around $2,000 installed.


Yes, you need a low-voltage electrician to install a security system. All wiring for security systems requires a licensed professional to run the wiring through walls in a building. Low-voltage electricians or security companies, in general, provide the added care required in running the security system wiring.


The company with the best security system comes down to your unique situation. Every business requires a custom security system design that meets their needs and provides a return on investment. This can be anything from a simple wireless alarm system to a fully integrated camera system that alerts your guard's radio every time someone breaches your property.


Schedule a free on-site security assessment where we will help you find a system that provides an instant ROI.


Business security systems offer more functionalities than the basic home system. Security devices designed for businesses have more features and are more reliable.


Fiber optics is an advanced technology designed to transfer information through small glass or plastic strands. Fiber-optic networks are faster than other data-transfer mediums and they are even more stable because of the durability of fiber cables.


Fiber is used to connect long distances over 300ft. We have technology that allows us to connect cameras 2,000+ feet away without fiber. The best practice is to run fiber for anything over about 325ft but budgets don't always allow for that. Usually, fiber optic networks are meant for large business locations and properties.




As long as the right equipment is used in the right situation. A wireless connection can have close to a full gigabit of speed which is the same as a hardwire. A commercial security solution uses advanced technology and provides a reliable connection. Learn more on our WIRELESS page.


Sometimes companies make something wireless to make it easier for a residential customer to install it themselves. We explain the issues with these systems on the wireless security cameras page.


Wired security solutions are the best practice. Wireless is relatively new and introduces MANY challenges that require technology to overcome them.


A reliable security company is fast, accountable, and always ready to help customers. With just one phone call, a security company representative must be able to answer inquiries right away. Additionally, the company must have a quick troubleshooting process for its installation projects and business security solutions. The company should have its own employees trained without subcontracting work. You deserve to be a name and not a number.


Our team of professionals is always ready to help you with security installation services for homeowners and business owners. We have an in-house technical team and you'll definitely get to know Christine throughout the course of your project.


Telecommunication is the process of exchanging information over large distances through electronic means like data transmission, voice, and video. The common devices linked to telecommunication are landlines, mobile phones, radio systems, and fiber-optic frameworks. The Internet is also considered an important part of the telecommunications industry.


Often included in telecom is voice and data wiring installation, access control, and anything security alarm or camera related. Anything that has a low voltage cable ran to it for phones, computers, etc. falls under telecommunications. Even alarm monitoring falls under this umbrella.


Telecommunications installation companies service security systems, life safety solutions, fiber optic wiring, voice, and data wiring, and anything else related to low voltage wiring. All of these telecommunication business services and equipment fall under the scope of the company.


A telecom contractor is a professional business entity responsible for installing telecommunication networks such as phone lines, fiber optic networks, satellite dish systems, and radio communication outposts. Most telecom contractors have an in-house team of professionals, but some companies also rely on outsourcing or subcontracting solutions and installation services. Telecom companies also provide installation of access control, life safety systems, etc.


A telecom company fulfills a client's order by installing telecommunication solutions and devices. Aside from that, a telecom company surveys the installation site to check for possible problems or hindrances. Most telecom companies have a large team of telecom installers, technicians, and agents ready to service clients.


Telecommunication services installation projects consist of the installation of low voltage wiring for voice, data, security, and life safety systems. Depending on the scale of the project, a large team of professionals is usually needed. Many security-related items fall under telecom such as alarms, access control, and cameras. Voice and data wiring are the most common telecom projects. Heavy equipment is also required for big projects that involve ground or site work like underground fiber optic cabling, trenching for backbone communication lines, and other projects connecting hubs together.


Yes, we're a prime contractor on any projects we design and install. We also actively subcontract under many of the largest General Contracting companies in the tri-state area. We also work with the A&E industry (Architects and Engineers) to design and spec projects based on a customer's needs.


Surveillance system costs can range from anywhere between $350 - $2,000 per camera for an average security system. However, some business security cameras can easily cost $4,000 to $15,000 with special features and functionality. Color night vision cameras cost a bit more to install but provide full color at night which provides additional information to the police.


A professional security installation company will have the correct wiring to use for the installation. Outdoor cameras should always use outdoor-rated cabling if it will be exposed. Aerial cable is used between buildings or to poles. Then there is varying quality cat5 wiring with different amounts of copper in them.


For new surveillance system installations, IP camera systems provide the best ROI. Video quality is the best on network video recorders. It doubles as a business security system and can help you see if your alarm panel has a false alarm. Some businesses prefer color night vision to ensure their security system provides as much evidence to the police as possible.


Dome cameras are NOT reliable outside. They have motion detection and the same quality video feeds as any other camera. They even have the same night vision. The problem is that they have a gasket that "seals" them. Some prefer domes because they're easier to aim exactly how you want with more Axis of adjustment. They work great inside a building. Outside, even professional companies mount them flat to a building which allows water to build up on the seal then freeze. Freezing water expands and breaks the seal then water will penetrate once it unfreezes. A good company will mount a dome upside down outside down to provide this camera the best chance of success. Even then most dome cameras have a foam piece that shrinks when it gets cold. Once they get older they can fail and cause IR refraction into the dome lens at night. A good professional company will standardize on Turret or bullet cameras for exterior camera locations. Some multi-sensor cameras have no choice but to be a dome camera but are built to better standards than a regular one.


Yes, some models have audio inputs or microphones built-in. All camera video feeds have motion detection, some have person, vehicle, face, or license plate detection. Some PTZ cameras have extended night vision and can lock onto a person and follow them automatically.


Yes, an NVR can work without being connected to the Internet. You just need to ensure that your business security cameras are properly connected to the NVR without problems. NVRs use local storage which you access remotely. It will still get the outputs from your property's outdoor and indoor cameras. Most small businesses want motion alerts that require an internet connection.


Basically, the difference between NVR (network video recorder) and DVR (digital video recorder) is what cameras they're compatible with. An NVR works with digital IP cameras, and a DVR works with full cctv analog or digital-analog security cameras. NVRs also have more features for proactive notifications or AI (Artificial Intelligence). Motion detection, night vision, and all other features work the exact same.


In a nutshell, IP cameras are better than analog cameras. IP cameras in a surveillance system have the latest technology and are more reliable in terms of motion detection, remote access, field of view, range, and resolution.


Technically, closed-circuit television can refer to ANY security camera system that records locally and isn't a publicly broadcast video. Many professionals use the term "CCTV" to refer to the old-style analog cameras. So in this case, the IP camera is considered a CCTV camera.


It's a security solution that leverages smart locks and access doors to manage who can gain access to facilities and to monitor that access. Commercial systems for access control can range from simple electronic systems to complex networks incorporating biometric verification and cloud-based management.


A door access control system is a security measure that allows or restricts access to a building, room, or other enclosed areas. It typically operates electronically and can be managed centrally, eliminating the need for mechanical keys and enhancing physical security with electronic locks.


A door access control system works by verifying the credentials presented by a person wishing to enter a controlled area. If the credentials match an authorized user's data in the system, the user is then granted access. The right access control system will manage access based on specific user permissions, time of day, and other criteria.


You can integrate systems for access control with video surveillance to enhance security measures. This integration allows for real-time visual verification of individuals during access events.


Cloud-based software and mobile credentials for access control have a lower environmental footprint than mechanical and key card systems. They minimize physical waste by eliminating the need for traditional keys and cards, and they reduce energy consumption through efficient software and hardware design.


Keyless entry types are biometrics, such as fingerprint, facial, or iris scans; physical credentials, like key cards or fobs, smart cards, and wearable devices; and mobile access credentials, including mobile access apps, RFID tags, and smartphones transmitting data as Bluetooth or NFC signals.


The best building access control solutions for property managers include systems that offer scalability, remote management, integration with other security systems, and flexible user credential options to accommodate various levels of building security needs.


While mobile devices with access control credentials offer convenience and enhanced security, they are susceptible to hacking. However, using advanced encryption and security protocols significantly reduces this risk.


Cloud-based access control systems are considered safe when they employ strong encryption, reliable security protocols, and regular security updates. Cloud providers typically offer high levels of encryption and redundancy to protect against data loss and unauthorized access


A Structured cabling system installation is an organized approach to cabling infrastructure based on standards.


Structured cabling systems consisting of patch panels and backbones are structured in a way to enable final hardware ports to be connected to the patch panels via patch cords from network switches. This patch panel is then connected to the main trunk or backbone usually with fiber-optic wiring.


Fiber-Optic, Coaxial, and twisted pair.


The 6 sub-systems of structured cabling solutions are Entrance Facilities, Equipment Room, Backbone cabling, Telecommunications Room or Telecommunications enclosure, Horizontal Cabling, and work area.


First, the structured cabling system standards we go by:


Based on ANSI/TIA-568-C.0 (Generic Telecommunications Cabling), which is used for generic infrastructures, and ANSI/TIA-568-C.1 (Commercial Building Telecommunications Cabling Standard) there are 6 structured cabling subsystems.


1. Entrance Facilities (EF)

These are located in the MDF or main distribution frame or in their own small area dedicated to this specifically. Entrance facilities are where the protection devices, and connections to the internet access provider reside. This is where the building connects to the outside world.


2. Equipment Room (ER)

These are climate-controlled spaces often located in an MDF or main distribution frame where horizontal cabling meets the backbone. Other telecommunications rooms or enclosures (IDFs or Intermediate distribution frame) will all connect back to the MDF via backbone wiring.


3. Backbone Cabling

Fiber-Optic, coaxial, or twisted pair backbone cabling connects telecom rooms and Entrance facilities / Access Provider areas.


4. Telecommunications Room (TR) and Telecommunications Enclosure (TE)

This houses the horizontal and backbone cables that connect hardware endpoints. This includes patch cords, patch panels and is commonly located in MDFs or IDFs. A telecommunications enclosure is generally a small wall-mounted network rack housing a small amount of equipment where a full room is not warranted.


5. Horizontal Cabling – (Cabling Subsystem 1)

This system runs from the work area's network endpoints to the telecom room or enclosure. It includes all wiring, terminations, jumpers, and patch cords. The horizontal structured cabling system connects to your network switches.


6. Work Area

A work area is where the horizontal cabling endpoints are located. For example, your computer connects to the work area's telecommunications outlet. This outlet is the endpoint of the horizontal cabling subsystem.

The best practice is to include 2 telecom outlets per work area.


Structured cabling standards include 3 categories:


Installation, Testing, and distance of cabling.


Any data cabling company with experience on telecommunication projects has a Fluke testing tool with OTDR for structured cabling systems testing.


Structured cabling solutions planning is the most critical step of a project. From hardware ports to horizontal cabling system design, the installation needs to follow a detailed plan.


One of the benefits of a structured cabling system is the ability to go any distance with the right design. Horizontal cabling is usually restricted to about 300ft. When you combine that with a backbone you can go an unlimited distance.


A structured cabling system enables the communication between the devices used inside of your building. Everything from phones, network connectivity, to security are covered under it.


Category 3, Category 5e, Category 6 or Category 6A cabling is common for horizontal cable / horizontal cross-connect as well as backbone.


The best practice for backbone wiring specifically is multi-mode fiber cabling or single mode.


Coaxial may also be used as a backbone cable.


For business security, most use Honeywell alarm panels. They generally represent the best value for the money. There are more advanced systems such as DSC or ICT which integrate access control into the same system. Commercial burglar alarms cater to the needs of businesses. This includes multiple access levels for different employees. A common request is zones setup for parts of a building that can be locked while another is unlocked. You can even get text messages instantly if a sensor goes off before a live person has a chance to call. This allows you to jump into your camera system while the monitoring service calls you to confirm the break-in.


When a motion detector trips a horn on burglar alarm systems, you want the loudest one possible. You can even put a horn designed to go outside to alert people outside to the break-in as well. For interior alarms, many have a piercing sound that makes it uncomfortable to be in the room. You can even set up smoke machines to further deter burglars.


Small businesses security hinges upon a reliable commercial burglar alarm system. First, there's an input sent to the alarm panel to trip the alarm. This can be from panic buttons, motion sensors, entry sensors, glass break sensors, or even heartbeat detectors. Once a sensor sends the information to the alarm panel, it checks it's settings. Is the system armed? It will alert the monitoring company, who will text and call the first person on the contact list. Your app on your phone will also alert you to the alarm. A live person calls to confirm whether this is a false alarm or a real break-in.


Yes and no. For a petty thief, yes. Experienced burglars know that police don't respond very quickly to an alarm going off unless they have live video confirmation of a burglary in progress. Without outdoor cameras showing someone breaking and entering, the police response will be relatively slow.


Think through how you plan to use the system. This includes any issues you've had with previous systems. Often employees enter the wrong code or share it to disarm the system. There are many options to ensure that doesn't happen. Once you understand what you're looking for, you can now select a company with that experience and ask the right questions. Any company can install a burglar alarm. Only a select few who specialize in business security will be able to set up the system the way you need.


Avigilon cameras are made in the USA and Canada. They also happen to be the absolute best security cameras on the market. Most other cameras are made in Europe or Asia, including cameras by the other manufacturers on our best business security cameras list.


The best IP camera brands are Avigilon and Ava because both are ONVIF compliant and advanced innovators in the field of artificial intelligence. Avigilon is also known for creating high-definition, megapixel video surveillance systems. And Ava is known for sophisticated AI that dynamically varies bitrates to dramatically improve video storage efficiency.


The most popular types of security cameras are turret cameras and PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom) cameras. Turrets are the most popular security cameras today thanks to a ball-and-socket design for easy positioning and optical zoom lenses that can capture high-definition footage both up close and from a distance. PTZ cameras are popular for providing customers with even more flexibility and remote control over positioning. PTZs can pan and tilt along vertical and horizontal axes and also have optical zoom lenses.


The first step toward securing an apartment building is a professional site survey and security assessment to detect security gaps. You can schedule a free, zero-obligation site survey with a security expert from our Mammoth Security team by filling out the simple form at the bottom of this page.

After your free consultation, a combination of surveillance, access control, and life safety technologies can be brought together for cost-effective, commercial-grade security at apartment buildings and complexes like yours.


The security systems most commonly used in apartment buildings are video surveillance cameras outdoors and in common indoor areas, access control devices at building and apartment unit entrances, and intercoms.


Package theft in apartment complexes can be prevented by installing intercoms for better delivery management, security cameras, and access locks in package rooms to deter theft and identify suspects. You can also prevent package theft by installing security lockers that require credential authentication before unlocking or by requiring that all packages be delivered to management for residents to pick up during office hours.


ICT security systems are devices engineered and designed by Integrated Control Technology (ICT) to manage access control points and alarm systems. 


ICT Protege is the access control and burglar alarm system designed and manufactured by Integrated Control Technology (ITC).


DMP is a very good alarm system by a great company. All of their alarms are made in the U.S. and are tested by a team of in-house quality control experts before distribution.


In the security field, DMP stands for Digital Monitoring Products. DMP is respected by professionals in the security industry because they create efficient technologies that answer the safety concerns of businesses.


A DMP control panel is the software brain behind a DMP security system. The panel is the point at which all security assessments are made by the system. DMP panels like the DMP XT Series and Command Processor Panel even let customers control both their access control system and their burglar and fire alarms on one single panel with a single interface.


The combination of a wide viewing angle, weather resistance, and inconspicuous design makes dome security cameras better for many indoor and outdoor surveillance installations.


The distance that dome cameras can see largely depends on the specific camera model and its features. However, in general, dome cameras can see up to several hundred feet, depending on factors such as the camera's resolution, lens size, and lighting conditions.


Avigilon dome security cameras are the best on the market. Avigilon's dome cameras have various models that offer different resolutions, ranging from 1080p to 4K, providing exceptional image quality and detail. Many of Avigilon's dome cameras also have advanced video analytics capabilities, such as object detection, facial recognition, and license plate recognition. 


Choose a dome camera for a combination of discreetness, wide viewing angles, weather resistance, and tamper resistance.


Dome cameras are fixed in place, while PTZ cameras can pan, tilt, and zoom. For this reason, PTZ cameras are best suited for applications where the user requires remote control over the camera's direction, while dome cameras are ideal for wide-area coverage and discreet surveillance.


The dome design provides additional protection from the elements, making most dome cameras suitable for outdoor use. To select a dome camera that will resist a variety of weather conditions, check the IP (Ingress Protection) rating. The rating consists of two digits, with the first digit representing the level of protection against solid objects and the second digit indicating the protection level against liquids.

The IP69K rating is the highest possible rating for both solids and liquids, indicating complete protection against dust, dirt, sand, and other solid objects, as well as high-pressure water and steam.


A cloud-based access control system doesn't require an on-site server, and systems that use biometric readers or Bluetooth technology to authenticate credentials don't require physical credentials like fobs and proximity cards. However, other access control components are still necessary. For example, door readers, physical doors, and devices for locking are essential equipment for a functional access control system.


Cloud-based access control is generally secure, but the level of security can vary depending on measures taken to protect data and resources. It's important to use a reputable provider, such as the providers Mammoth Security works with, and to implement best practices like encryption and multi-factor authentication.


A cloud-based access control system is particularly useful for businesses with multiple locations or remote employees because it allows for centralized management of access permissions. Cloud-based access control is also an excellent option for businesses that may need to scale up or down as they grow or change.


Cloud computing is important to cloud-based access control because cloud computing is where a cloud-based access system stores and manages its information. Any access control system that is managed on a remote Internet server (rather than on a local server or PC) is cloud computing access control.


Because multiple sensors can capture images at different resolutions and at various ranges, multi-sensor cameras provide an expanded viewing range and overall improved video quality. Multi-sensor cameras can also eliminate the need for multiple single-camera installations.


There are several ways to view multiple security camera streams at once. NVRs and DVRs can be connected to a security camera system to stream their footage on a single monitoring device or web interface. With cloud-based storage, multiple streams can be viewed remotely through a web browser or mobile app. And a video wall controller can be used to display multiple streams on a large video wall monitor.


Single-sensor cameras use only one image sensor to capture footage from a limited angle while multi-sensor cameras use multiple internal cameras and image sensors to capture a wide, dynamic range of angles to cover virtually any area of interest.


Analog security cameras have fewer features than most IP cameras. They tend to capture lower-resolution footage that requires more storage room than digital footage. While IP CCTV cameras are designed for easy live streaming over the Internet, analog security cameras require additional hardware components to translate their electronic signals into digital for transmission over the Internet.


IP cameras are better than analog cameras. They offer higher resolutions, remote accessibility, and better scalability. Advanced features like motion detection and facial recognition are only available with IP camera systems, and digitized footage from IP cameras requires less storage.

That said, the best CCTV security camera for you depends on your needs, resources, and any existing surveillance infrastructure you may have. Analog cameras cost less than IP cameras and work well with most existing infrastructure.


The difference between analog and digital CCTV cameras is in the way they capture and transmit video. Analog cameras use electrical pulses to capture and transmit video, while digital CCTV cameras use digital technology. As a result, digital CCTV cameras tend to achieve superior footage.


Digital cameras are overall better than analog cameras for CCTV because they connect with the Internet for remote mobile access, provide better footage resolution, have more advanced features, and require less space to store footage.


Analog camera systems are more difficult to hack than digital camera systems because they do not connect directly to the Internet. That said, video signals from analog cameras are also vulnerable to interception and hacking. That risk can be lessened by securing the cable and network infrastructure of the system and by physically securing the cameras themselves.


CCTV analog cameras are good at deterring crime, and they save money over digital IP cameras. That said, their footage is generally of a lower resolution, which limits their usefulness when evidence is needed.


Avigilon cameras start at $250 and become more expensive from there, but their extraordinary features make them a great deal, especially considering their easy integration with cameras and software systems from other manufacturers. What's more, there are no annual software licensing fees, Control Center software updates provide new cutting-edge features at no added charge, and the company provides free 24/7 technical support for all of their products.


Avigilon was founded in Canada by Alexander Fernandes in 2004 and was acquired by Motorola Solutions in 2018. Avigilon products are designed by American and Canadian teams and are manufactured in Canada and the US.


Overall, a visitor management system enhances secure workplaces with a cost-effective and flexible solution for visitor management that doesn't sacrifice security, efficiency, compliance with regulations, or the experience of guests.


The two greatest benefits of a visitor management system are a seamless experience for guests during registration and check-in and overall improved office security. Other benefits of visitor management systems are instant notifications for staff upon guest arrivals, easy maintenance of visitor records, the ability to track visitors while they are on-site, and overall improved office security.


The two types of visitor management systems are physical visitor management systems and digital visitor management software systems. Physical management systems use manual processes such as sign-in sheets and ID checks to manage visitor entry and exit. Digital visitor management systems use technologies such as remote pre-registrations and electronic check-ins to streamline the visitor management process and enhance security.


The most important features to look for in a visitor management system are open-source software for easy integrations, Internet protocols for remote registration and convenient system management, automated badge-making capabilities, tools for instant notifications to relevant personnel upon visitor arrivals, and the ability to electronically let visitors sign forms.


A visitor management system can be improved by switching from a paper logbook and sign-in process to a significantly more reliable and efficient electronic visitor management system.


The importance of choosing the right access control manufacturer lies in the reliability, innovation, and customization offered. A reputable manufacturer ensures that your access control system is dependable, technologically advanced, and tailored to your specific needs.


Reliability in an access control system means that the system will function effectively 24/7 without failure.


Innovation in access control systems is crucial for staying ahead of security threats.


Robust user authentication in access control systems includes multifactor identification, which uses two or more authentication credentials, such as mobile credentials, biometrics, or keypads. Multifactor authentication reduces security breaches by requiring more than one proof of identity.


Data encryption in access control systems offers end-to-end protection that safeguards credential data from cloning and other security breaches. Encryption is essential for maintaining the integrity of your security infrastructure.


In the context of access control systems, scalability refers to the system's ability to grow and adapt seamlessly as your business expands. Scalable systems empower administrators to add more entry points or activate new features without replacing the entire system.


Remote management capabilities in access control systems allow administrators to make real-time adjustments and monitor access from anywhere. This adds a layer of convenience and ensures that the system can be managed effectively, even when nobody is on-site.


Audit trails in access control systems automate the process of entry logging by capturing data like access point locations, time stamps, and user identities. This is crucial for effective security assessments and investigations, as it provides a detailed record of all access events.


Milestone Systems is a standalone company in the Canon group, a global leader in open-platform video management systems. Milestone Systems has been in operation for more than twenty years and is devoted to improving and updating its video management software (VMS).


XProtect IP video management software by Milestone Systems is a securely encrypted video data solution. Several licensing versions provide advanced video and security management tools to a wide range of industries and organizations.
No matter the version used for the initial setup, XProtect security systems, and licenses can easily be upgraded as needs change from today to tomorrow. Video surveillance tools can be augmented without dangerous security interruptions or the need for expensive new hardware.


XProtect video management systems can only be furnished by trained Milestone XProtect security partners like Mammoth Security.


Milestone XProtect has excellently served more than half a million video surveillance systems over the past twenty years. Their products help customers by providing user-friendly interfaces, artificial intelligence, and encryption to keep video data protected from threats internal and external.
Milestone has earned many awards and recognitions for their easy-to-use and reliable surveillance management systems, including the winner of Video Surveillance Management Systems in 2019 from the Security Industry Association (SIA).


An IP camera is a type of digital security camera that receives commands and sends video data through the Internet using the Internet Protocol format.


The Internet Protocol is a set of rules governing the formatting and addressing of digital data packets when they are sent and received over the Internet or a local network.


Network Video Recorders (NVRs) manage and store video footage captured by IP security cameras. They store footage on hard drives and feature software for viewing live feeds, playing back recorded video, and managing camera settings. By connecting IP cameras to an NVR system, users can efficiently monitor and record video from multiple cameras simultaneously.


When looking into purchasing an IP Camera System, consider factors like high video resolution, field of view, storage options (e.g., cloud vs. NVR system), power supply (traditional power source vs. batteries vs. PoE), and whether you need indoor or outdoor surveillance. Assessing these elements ensures you select a system tailored to your security needs and offers the right balance of image quality, storage requirements, and installation flexibility for effective monitoring.


Yes, analog data can be transmitted over Ethernet cable, but it requires specific adapters or converters. These adapter or converter devices either adjust analog signals into a form that can travel through Ethernet or convert the signals into a digital format for IP Ethernet transmission.
This setup is often used in scenarios where existing Ethernet infrastructure can be leveraged to connect analog devices, such as CCTV cameras, without running new coaxial cables. While the transmission medium can be Ethernet, the signal remains analog until it's converted to digital at the receiving end or by a digital recording device.


Point-to-point antennas can wirelessly receive and transmit video data as far as two miles without deterioration. Wireless security cameras operating over Wi-Fi, on the other hand, can receive and transmit video as far away as three hundred feet. But that's only outdoors in clear conditions without walls or large objects interrupting the signal. In most indoor environments, wireless routers have a signal range below 125 feet.


Point-to-point antennas comfortably transmit data-heavy video streams to servers using direct wireless transmission links that are separate from Wi-Fi's often crowded public bandwidth.


While wireless cameras use Wi-Fi to transmit data, most still need a physical cord to connect to a power source. On the other hand, completely wireless cameras, also known as "wire-free" cameras, are battery-powered.
Wire-free cameras usually include rechargeable batteries. While some wire-free cameras can last up to two years between charges, most should be checked regularly for battery strength and be recharged at least twice a year.


Wireless cameras absolutely need electricity to work. This can be an issue in the event of a power outage, but cameras with battery backup can continue functioning without interruption, even during power outages.


A wireless security camera may use battery power, solar power, or a traditional power cord. Wireless cams are so-called because they transmit their footage wirelessly, but many require physical cords for power. "Wire-free" cameras, on the other hand, are battery- or solar-powered to provide a truly wireless video surveillance system. But beware: solar-powered camera systems are usually a terrible idea, especially in low-sunshine regions like New England.


Battery-operated cameras have battery lives that last from less than six months to up to two years. The length of a wire-free camera's battery life depends on factors like the camera's video quality, frames per second, and whether or not the camera is set to record footage continuously or only upon detecting motion.


Cloud video surveillance refers to IP cameras that securely transmit their footage to the cloud (remote, internet-accessible servers) for safekeeping and easy access. Unlike conventional CCTV setups that store data on local servers, cloud-based security cameras store footage on remote cloud servers that are accessible via the Internet.


Securely encrypted video data from cloud cameras is transmitted to off-site video servers (the cloud), where it can be rapidly accessed, backed up, and integrated with emergency response systems and other security infrastructure.


Cloud-based security camera systems offer scalability, remote access, and advanced analytics—ideal for various sectors. They ensure secure, off-site data storage with enhanced encryption, facilitating sophisticated security measures and operational efficiency across diverse business environments.


Cloud-based surveillance systems enable remote monitoring and seamless scalability. They utilize artificial intelligence for insights and security enhancements. They also ensure data integrity and enable easy scalability, making them ideal for dynamic business needs and comprehensive security management.


Cloud storage, especially within a cloud video management system, is good for video management. It offers a reliable and scalable solution for storing security camera footage. Cloud systems ensure easy access to footage from multiple commercial security cameras anywhere, at any time, and without the need for physical storage devices. Additionally, data stored on a cloud server benefits from enhanced security measures.


Cloud computing provides on-demand access to computing resources over the internet. In the context of cloud video surveillance, it enables the storage, management, and analysis of video footage on remote servers. This sidesteps the need for local storage and hardware infrastructure.


A monitored burglar alarm is connected to a central monitoring center that notifies the appropriate people in the event of an alarm trigger. A monitored fire and burglar alarm service may be part of a hardwired or wireless alarm system and may include components like window sensors, CO detectors, and smoke detectors.


If you have valuable assets that need to be protected, professional alarm monitoring is a wise investment. Professional monitoring plans are more cost-effective than 24/7 on-site monitoring, they can result in lower insurance bills, and they can save property owners from thousands of dollars in losses.


Avigilon Alta access control is a cloud-based access control system ideal for large organizations that require scalable and sophisticated security solutions. It supports extensive customizations, advanced AI-based analytics, and seamless integrations.
Born out of the innovative spirit of Openpath cloud-based access control and Ava cloud-based surveillance, Avigilon Alta brings together the best in cloud technology to empower large businesses and organizations with seamless, all-in-one access control and surveillance.


The key features of Avigilon Alta include all-in-one video and access control, customizable access levels, advanced encryption, and cost-effectiveness.


Avigilon Alta ensures data security through superior encryption standards, safeguarding information against cyber threats and maintaining the integrity of your business's sensitive data.


Avigilon Alta's NDAA compliance benefits businesses by providing end-to-end security solutions built on trustworthy, cyber-secure platforms that comply with governmental regulations.


The advantage of Avigilon Alta's open platform technology is its flexibility, allowing seamless integration with a wide range of third-party systems and devices.


Avigilon Alta offers cost savings compared to traditional security systems by eliminating the need for expensive on-site servers and reducing ongoing maintenance fees.


Cloud-based cameras seamlessly integrate with most other security systems, including access control, motion detection, fire detection, data collection, and mobile apps for remote viewing and management. This integration enables enhanced security and operational efficiency, allowing for real-time alerts, comprehensive data analytics, and the convenience of monitoring your premises from anywhere at any time.
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