We often hear about video surveillance systems in Oklahoma City and Tulsa in connection with banks, ATMs, or retail stores. They are also being used more in schools and on college campuses to protect students from intruders and other threats of violence. But IP-video surveillance systems are also providing significant security and productivity benefits to industrial companies and manufacturing plants around the world. Loss Prevention In manufacturing facilities, large amounts of valuable raw materials and goods are continuously being transported through buildings. This can be a big temptation for thieves and be difficult for managers to keep up with in a plant that could cover hundreds of thousands of square feet spanning over numerous buildings and shipping areas. Thus, HDTV-quality video cameras can provide detailed images in real-time to easily monitor these areas and provide easy recognition of a person. Network video systems can send automatic alerts when someone enters…
 When you think of access control systems in Oklahoma City or Tulsa, perhaps you just think of stopping unauthorized people from entering a building. This is usually the main purpose of access control systems, but they actually have more benefits than simply denying people access. Access control systems can help increase the operational efficiency of a business. Electronic access control can be a useful employee management tool, integrating with time and attendance as well as payroll programs. Thus, businesses can have a more accurate time and attendance log for employees, preventing human errors and misrepresented time reports. Biometric access control systems can prevent employees from “buddy punching,” or employees clocking-in fellow employees. These access control and time and attendance systems also reduce payroll processing times, saving money. With these systems, managers can know when and where employees are working and can remotely monitor and control the system, even across multiple…
An emergency can happen at any time and at such a time communication is vital. In the event of a fire, natural disaster, intruder, or terrorist attack, how could you alert hundreds or thousands of people located across a large campus? A mass notification system (MNS) or emergency communication system (ECS) can give Tulsa and OKC businesses and organizations the vital link they need to help save lives in times of crisis. Mass notification systems broadcast live or pre-recorded messages to everyone in a building, campus, facility, sporting complex, or even transportation system, giving them specific instructions for the emergency. But a MNS can do much more. With a MNS such as that from NOTIFER, a leading company in life safety technology, specific evacuation messages can be sent to specific areas or people depending on where they are, who they are, and the level of risk for each group. These…
Surveillance cameras are an instrumental part of many security systems in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. And for good reasons. As we saw in the case of the tragic Boston Marathon bombing, footage from retail security cameras helped to identify and catch the suspects. And, having “an eye in the sky” certainly can help to deter a criminal even before he commits the crime, which of course, is a statistic that can’t be recorded, but we’re sure is worth noting. In addition, Tulsa or OKC business owners are attaining greater peace of mind using a relatively new feature of surveillance and security systems – remote monitoring – which gives added control to even more effectively oversee and protect property. We’ve all left our home or office and suddenly remembered we left the lights on. Wouldn’t it be nice to control the lights from just your smartphone? Modern security system technology allows you…
 How do you protect costly computer and telecommunication equipment, as well as priceless documents and artwork from a fire while not damaging them? Clean agent fire suppression systems are the solution for Tulsa and Oklahoma City businesses. These clean agent systems, such as the 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid, protect sensitive areas where water could cause significant damage. “In many instances, it’s possible that water suppression could do more damage than the fire itself,” the 3M Company reported,” and the situation is especially unfortunate if the discharge is triggered in error.” Business owners definitely don’t need their equipment ruined after it’s just been “saved” from a fire. Water damage can cause a significant amount of downtime for a business in the event of a fire or false alarm, especially for e-commerce businesses. Water can also pose a safety issue for firefighters where live electrical equipment is in place. Thus,…
Our homes, our offices, our businesses all get a little cluttered at times. Usually with some quick organizing, we can get things straightened up and everything put away, allowing us to get back to business. But what happens when clutter begins to look like hoarding? What are the fire safety risks? What is extreme hoarding? According to a NBC News Health report, “at least 4 million people in the U.S. would meet full criteria for hoarding . . .” The American Psychiatric Association (APA)’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) recently recognized hoarding as an official disorder all of its own. Unlike collecting, hoarders save random items like newspapers, appliances, and junk mail that they have “persistent difficulty getting rid of or parting with,” APA noted, “leading to clutter that disrupts their ability to use their living or work spaces.” Because hoarders accumulate so many possessions that congest…
Fires have damaged or destroyed countless homes in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. With a fire, every second counts. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) notes that “your ability to get out depends on advanced warning from smoke alarms and advanced planning.” Mac Systems can provide smoke alarms in Tulsa and OKC, but the advanced planning still remains with families. Having a Fire Escape Plan is vital to the safety of your family in the event of a fire. Here are a few tips from the NFPA and the U.S. Fire Administration about planning an effective fire escape route. The NFPA recommends that families with children draw out a floor plan of their home, marking two ways out of every room, as well as marking the location of each smoke alarm. Make sure the escape windows and doors open easily. If the windows in your home have security bars, make sure…
Kitchen fires are the top cause of fires in the home, according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). Cooking equipment caused an “estimated 147,400 or 40 percent of residential fires each year between 2008 and 2010,” reported USFA. This week is the NFPA’s National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12, with the theme, “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” The National Fire Prevention Association is working with teachers, firefighters, and other public officials to teach residents how to prevent cooking fires that mostly result from unattended cooking. We love to cook, and we love eat, but how can we protect ourselves from causing serious damage to ourselves and our Tulsa or Oklahoma City home? With a few tips on cooking equipment and kitchen safety, you can safely cook that perfect meal for your family and friends. So here are a few tips from the USFA to help Oklahomans keep safe and cook on. Stay in…
Biometric locks for your Tulsa commercial property or even home have become a convenient and cost effective way to manage access control. Although it may seem like something from a movie, these innovative security systems have become a reality in today’s changing business world. What is biometrics? It is the process or technology involved in identifying a person based on their biological data. Biometric readers can identity people based on their fingerprint, hand geometry, iris, voice, facial features, vein patterns or a combination of these biometrics. “Fingerprint identification is the most popular biometric method today due to its superior combination of strength, affordability, convenience, and ease of use,” Kantech, an access control technologies company, noted. What are the benefits of using biometric locks and access control systems? Well, the first benefit may become apparent when you lose your keys. If they are your office keys, employees and customers may be…
In 2010 a burglary happened every 14.6 seconds in the U.S., and residential burglaries accounted for 73.9 percent of these offenses, according to FBI statistics. This indicates that homes are still a burglar’s main target. So how can you keep your house safe and preserve a feeling security in your home? You may have a home security system for your Tulsa or Oklahoma City home, but how can you use it more effectively to protect yourself and your family? Here are a view tips that can help deter burglars from breaking in to your home.  Advertise and Activate your Alarm System A home security and alarm system will notify you of someone trying to break into your home, but advertising that you have a home security and surveillance system can deter burglars from thinking your house is an easy target. Yet some homeowners may not want to place a sign…