Building automation systems are traditionally concerned with the control of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, as well as lighting and shading, systems. They have their origin in a time where security has been considered as a side issue at best. Nowadays, with the rising desire to integrate security-critical services that were formerly provided by isolated subsystems, security must no longer be neglected. Thus, the development of a comprehensive security concept is of utmost importance. This paper starts with a security threat analysis and identifies the challenges of providing security in the building automation domain.
A fire alarm system has a number of devices working together to detect and warn people through visual and audio appliances when smoke, fire, carbon monoxide or other emergencies are present. These alarms may be activated automatically from smoke detectors, and heat detectors or may also be activated via manual fire alarm activation devices such as manual call points or pull stations. Alarms can be either motorized bells or wall mountable sounders or horns. They can also be [(speaker strobes]) which sound an alarm, followed by a voice evacuation message which warns people inside the building not to use the elevators. Fire alarm sounders can be set to certain frequencies and different tones including low, medium and high, depending on the country and manufacturer of the device.
Home automation gives you access to control devices in your home from a mobile device anywhere in the world. The term may be used for isolated programmable devices, like thermostats and sprinkler systems, but home automation more accurately describes homes in which nearly everything — lights, appliances, electrical outlets, heating and cooling systems — are hooked up to a remotely controllable network. From a home security perspective, this also includes your alarm system, and all of the doors, windows, locks, smoke detectors, surveillance cameras and any other sensors that are linked to it.
Audio Visual design teams develop solutions that take the complexities out of technology. We build systems that are easy to use and allow you to focus on the business at hand without being distracted by the technology challenges. Audio Visual solutions are easy to manage because we design systems with technically robust and graphically consistent control interfaces that let you manage them wherever you are. Remote monitoring, control capabilities and proactive servicing such as remote diagnostics and reporting, give you centralized access to the status of your Audio Visual system at the touch of a button.
The responsibility of protecting a merchant’s assets is something that Prudential has excelled at over the years. Being trusted with millions of dollars of inventory is a task our professional security guard staff thrives on. By implementing a loss prevention strategy (that includes employees), we have been able to virtually eliminate losses for many of our retail clients. Providing uniformed highly visible officers at all entrances and exits, we provide a presence that has proven successful as a deterrent. We also utilize undercover officers to catch would-be thieves in the act. At several of our retail accounts, we work in unison with the “in house security” to provide a double defense against loss.
A Panic alarm is a system designed to detect intrusion – unauthorized entry – into a building or other area. Security alarms are used in residential, commercial, industrial, and military properties for protection against burglary (theft) or property damage, as well as personal protection against intruders. Panic alarms in residential areas show a correlation with decreased theft. Car alarms likewise help protect vehicles and their contents. Prisons also use security systems for the control of inmates. Some alarm systems serve a single purpose of burglary protection; combination systems provide both fire and intrusion protection. Intrusion alarm systems may also be combined with closed-circuit television surveillance (CCTV) systems to automatically record the activities of intruders and may interface to access control systems for electrically locked doors.