What is an Electronic Security Integrator?

Each system is unique and should reflect the potential risks of the property where it is installed.  An electronic security integrator can blend the benefits of an intrusion alarm, fire alarm, access control system, video surveillance system, or other life safety system into one solution to help manage the risk of loss on your premise.

How Can The Wilkins Company Help Manage Our Risk?

There is no single definition of risk, however, traditionally it has been defined in terms of uncertainty surrounding the occurrence of a loss. Losses due to theft, injury, property damage or other incidents can greatly impact your organizational stability. Any number of perils and hazards can cause losses, but there are ways of managing risk.

Loss control consists of certain activities that reduce both the frequency and severity of losses. Thus, loss control has two major objectives: loss prevention and loss reduction.

Loss Prevention

Loss prevention addresses the steps an organization can take to reduce loss exposure and maximize the effectiveness of security measures within the framework of existing practices and business culture. Several examples of loss prevention can be given:

  • A building staff can be trained to watch for fire hazards
  • Making sure to always lock doors can prevent unwanted burglar attempts
  • Cameras placed throughout the premise can serve as a deterrent to theft
  • A temperature monitor can alert building owners before a pipe becomes frozen to avoid a break

Loss Reduction

Strict loss-prevention efforts can reduce the frequency of losses, yet some losses will inevitable occur. Thus, the second objective of loss control is to reduce the severity of a loss after it occurs.

  • A fire alarm can be installed to alert occupants to evacuate the building
  • An intrusion alarm can be installed to alert police when a burglar is detected
  • Cameras to be used to verify the identity of a vandal
  • Access control systems can limit an employees ability to enter a building during off hours
  • GPS transmitters can help locate stolen vehicles.

Operational risks affect every business -- we are in the business of empowering you to control those risks.

What is an electronic security system?

An electronic security system can include one or more of the following components:

  • Intrusion Alarms
    • Motion, Glassbreak, or Sound Detection
    • Door Status Sensors (Open or Closed)
    • Wired or Wireless
  • Fire Alarms
    • Smoke, Heat, Gas, or Flame Detection
    • Manuel Activation
    • Sprinkler System Activation
  • Suppression Agent Releasing
  • Wired or Wireless
  • Access Control
    • Keyless Entry
    • Time and Attendance
    • Schedule Access to Site by Date, Days of the Week and Time by person
    • Magstripe, Proximity, or Biometric
    • Wired or Wireless
  • Video Surveillance
    • Indoor or Outdoor
    • Covert or Overt
    • Fixed or Pan/Tilt/Zoom Capable
    • Analog or Digital
    • Closed Circuit or Network Accessible to Anywhere in the World
    • Wired or Wireless
  • Environmental Monitoring
    • Cooler, Freezer, Boiler Temperature
    • Building Temperature and Humidity.
    • Phase Loss
    • Wired or Wireless
  • GPS Tracking
    • View and Track One, Some, or All Vehicles, Trailers, or other Powered Assets
    • 24/7
    • Daily Status Report
    • Zone Departure
    • Speed Notification
    • Panic Button
    • Tamper Alert

What is the Purpose of Owning an Electronic Security System?

Primarily systems are used first to alert and track occupants, second to summon and direct appropriate aid, and also to control other fire and security functions.

Who Can Benefit From Owning an Electronic Security System?

Simply put – EVERYONE !

From a small residential intrusion alarm to a large scale, multi-site commercial or industrial application the advantages of owning an electronic security system are valuable to everyone.

What advantages come from owning an electronic security system?

In a society driven by information an electronic security system provides just that – information.

This information can come in a variety of forms:

  • Who turned on the intrusion alarm?
  • What time was the intrusion alarm activated?
  • What areas of the building did the intruder walk through?
  • Who disarmed the intruder alarm, what time was it and how long where they in the building?
  • Where the police notified?
  • Who else was notified of the incident?
  • What make and model car did the intruder drive away in?
  • Is there movement in the parking lot?
  • What direction did the intruder drive off in?
  • Is an object moving towards the building too quickly, what size or color is it?
  • What time did the object (i.e. computer) get removed from the desk?
  • Who ripped the drinking fountain off the wall and what time did it happen?
  • Did the cashier scan all the items during a particular transaction?
  • Is there a fire in the building?
  • Where is the fire?
  • When and where did the fire alarm first detect the fire?
  • Is water flowing from the sprinkler system?
  • Is a sprinkler shut-off value closed?
  • What time are the doors set to automatically unlock?
  • Was access denied to someone trying to enter a door before the schedule allows?
  • Was the door forced open?
  • Did the door remain open for longer than it was supposed to be?
  • What doors are open?
  • Which doors are unlocked?
  • What is the temperature in the building?
  • Did the building power go out?
  • Did the coolers drop below a certain temperature?
  • Is the sump pump about to overflow?

What Is The Bottom Line?

With trusted equipment and quality installation the benefits of owning an electronic security system can be immense.

Security should be part of an overall preparedness plan that starts first with prevention through procedures and relies on detection to notify those who need to take action.

For more information on readying your home or business for an emergency visit the Department of Homeland Security's website.