Founded in 1926, API Systems Group is a solutions provider. They offer safety, specialty, and industrial services.
Areas of Expertise:
A security system, in its most basic definition, is a structure of components to detect intrusion into a home or business. Security systems are used in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings to monitor and prevent theft or property damage. It is the cornerstone in defending any property against intruders, from indoor to outdoor surveillance. Some security systems operate with the single purpose of intruder protection. Other more sophisticated systems provide a combination of security methods, including fire detection, security monitoring, security guards, and CCTV surveillance. How a security system works in the event of a break-in will depend on the type of system installed, and the monitoring service purchased. Many security companies offer very affordable DIY systems, while others provide a more robust option as a professional security system. Professionally monitored security systems are a more reliable way to keep a home or business protected. It is considered normal in today’s technology that security companies enhance their systems with an array of smart automation products and third-party integrations. Products like indoor and outdoor cameras, smart locks, lights, thermostats, and more, are usually part of a more robust security system. However, due to the new product offering by security companies, the cost of these systems is now more accessible to the average customer.
Burglar Alarm System Installation:
An alarm system is an arrangement of integrated devices and security components working together to protect a home or business against potential intruders. A typical security system includes a control panel or centralized Hub, motion detectors, door and window sensors, indoor and outdoor surveillance cameras, and a high-decibel siren. Alarm systems monitor entry points into a property with sensors that notify the control panel and monitoring center when a sensor is triggered. Security companies and certified installers provide professional burglar alarm system installations, from straightforward devices to wired or wireless surveillance cameras. Expert technicians will come to the client’s property and evaluate the security’s state, placing all the devices in the best location possible. Having a professional installation ensures to the customer that the system will be installed and tested appropriately. The experts will help the customer get to know its new security system, explaining how every component works. By the end of the professional installation service, the alarm system will be up and running smoothly. Alarm systems are made for home and business security. Both vary in cost and functionality since the needs are slightly different. Business security requires a more robust system since there is typically more interaction with clientele or enhanced surveillance on a regular basis.
Surveillance Camera Installation:
Surveillance Cameras are closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras used to transmit a video, and in some cases, the audio signal to a receiver. The camera system communicates with monitors or recorders through a wired or wireless network. It is called “closed-circuit” to imply that the access to the content is only available to a specific user and receiver. The system depends basically on two factors: The cameras’ placement on strategic locations and the remote monitoring. Surveillance cameras are used primarily for monitoring and security purposes, overseeing homes, stores, banks, businesses, and more. Security companies now offer an array of products, such as indoor security cameras, designed to keep an eye on family members or to protect goods or assets inside a home or business. While, on the other hand, outdoor security cameras are weatherproof, alerting of the presence of a possible threat within the perimeter of a property. Some surveillance cameras are available in affordable wireless DIY kits because most of the traditional wired CCTV cameras require professional installation. Business surveillance requires more sophisticated equipment than a home would and remains a more expensive option. Companies provide professional or certified installations for the more complex surveillance systems that involve a low voltage wiring set up. Contractors or installers deliver both wireless and wired installations, ensuring a proper camera setup and a working surveillance system in place.
When a customer has a lockout emergency and can’t afford to wait around, 24/7 emergency locksmith services are available. Certified locksmiths offer reliable 24-hour services for residential and commercial locks and security systems. A locksmith is usually nearby the location of the emergency and can arrive on-site as quickly as possible to pop a lock, repair and replace locks or change the keys if needed. Some companies can also repair any damage that occurred to door and window locks. Emergency locksmiths can also provide automotive lock services, such as unlocking a car and make new transponder keys. Locksmiths can also change the ignition or craft new keys, depending on the type of emergency. Be aware that restrictions may apply on car key replacements, especially for luxury automobiles.
Alarm System Monitoring:
Alarm System Monitoring is an intricate communication between a security system and a central station (monitoring center) of a security company. Typically, a Hub or control panel is the backbone of a network of sensors such as window or door sensors, motion detectors, environmental sensors, etc. that make up a security system. The Hub receives a signal when one of its components is triggered, then immediately sends a notification to the monitoring center. A certified monitoring team will contact the customer first to verify it is a false alarm or if a possibly dangerous situation is taking place. In case the monitoring center fails to contact the customer, they will call the proper authorities on behalf of their customers, sending them to the client’s home or business. Some security systems provide additional features, like fire alarm monitoring, which will contact the fire department when a smoke or fire detector is triggered. Many security companies offer alarm monitoring systems for home and businesses, where customers may choose between a self-monitoring security system or a professional monitoring one. With a professional service, the customer will have experts monitoring their home or business 24/7, for a more secure and reliable option. Home security monitoring has become an essential part of today’s alarm systems, offered by the majority of home security companies in the market today.
Commercial Security Services:
When talking about commercial services, it is referred to solutions meant only for businesses, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, buildings, and so forth. Specialized companies and certified professionals focus on corporate clients to provide an array of services. These services are engineered to meet the clients and their corporation’s needs, from building lockouts, electrical installations, to business alarm systems and smart business implementations. Commercial services supply installation, upkeep, and repairs on such things as locks, HVAC systems, electric wiring, business alarm, and monitoring systems. Commercially-focused companies are known for their high-quality services for clients with different business-related needs, from small retail stores to complex office buildings.
Building Automation System Installation:
Building Automation systems are designed to make a customer’s business more efficient, creating smart business solutions to set them apart. Commercial automation has numerous applications, allowing complete control and connectivity throughout the property. It can be implemented in different types of businesses, such as offices, hotels, restaurants, spas, shops, and more. Building automation systems deliver many smart features to facilitate business owners to indulge their own customers while saving money through improved energy management automation. Building automation controls can be set to manage lighting, HVAC, media, and security systems. Smart businesses can be managed remotely or on-site. It allows the owner to turn lights on or off, lower the temperature when no one is using a particular area, or arm and disarm the security system. Building automation system professionals provide installation for small or large companies. They deliver professional installation on smart business components, such as smart lights, switches, touch screens, sensors, thermostats, keypads, security systems, and many more. Building automation systems may be monitored remotely or from one centralized location, integrating spaces for a more productive smart business company.
Fire Protection System:
A fire alarm system is made up of various devices working collectively to detect and alert the presence of smoke, fire, or carbon monoxide through audio and visual appliances. Many security companies offer fire alarm monitoring with their home and business monitoring. These fire protection services include alarm-initiating devices, such as smoke detectors, heat detectors, CO sensors, etc. It is intended to warn the tenants of a possibly dangerous situation taking place at their home or business. The alarms are designed for fire prevention, activating automatically when smoke or fire detectors are triggered. These devices may come with a wireless DIY installation that could require screws and basic tools. A few manufacturers deliver more robust alarm systems, with fire alarm control communicators, voice evacuation products, remote power supplies, and more. The components require a wired professional installation, provided by the companies or authorized dealers that sell them. Some home and building safety interfaces may include alarm buttons or pull stations, fire sprinklers and fire extinguishers, as part of fire safety measures. These fire protection components need a certified expert to install them properly, for guaranteed top functionality.
Access Control Installation:
Access control systems are security procedures that limit access to a location, such as buildings, rooms, and campuses. It combines hardware and software to control the entry points of a property. The entry point can be doors, gates, elevators, or another physical barrier where granting access can electronically rely on users. In general, access control systems must have a control panel that will work as the main computer, an electric lock, and a reader. Entry system readers include keypads, credentials, card readers, Personal Identification Numbers (PINs), biometric fingerprints, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags, or face recognition technology, to gain access to the restricted areas. Door access control systems offer a convenient way to secure a location, replacing the need for keys or security guards. Traditional front door locks are being rapidly swapped by these systems, with the bonus of reducing costs while increasing security. Today’s most popular ones are biometric door access control systems and RFID access control systems. Access control installations are determined by the system’s capabilities and components. It integrates access control software, a user database, management tools, and locking hardware. An access control technician can help with installation, maintenance, and repair of each one of the system’s components. They can also supply integrated access control systems with extensive product selections, from controllers to software packages.
Remote Control System Installation:
Customizing a home security system to work remotely is easy to do. Customers benefit a great deal from remote control capabilities, particularly the ones who want to keep an eye out on family members. It is an incredibly valuable feature for customers who have a vacation home they wish to monitor or travel a lot. Remote control systems are a trouble-free, better way to connect the customer with a security system and smart home components. Remote controls deliver convenience and management over many devices, like security systems, live video monitoring, smart locks, environmental sensors, and many more. Remote control systems provide quick access using innovative technology products, such as keypads, key fobs, and keychain remotes. Many companies deliver smartphone apps, or subscriptions to the company’s website portal to manage the entire system remotely. Using the mobile phone app, the customer can arm and disarm the security system, control the temperature, turn lights on and off, all from the palm of his hand. Many home security companies include remote control devices and app access, along with its systems. Security companies or certified professionals can install the entire system, setting up all the components in the best placement possible. They provide assistance to the customer to learn to use the system for the first time. If any product malfunctions, customer support can help out troubleshooting and replacing the faulty item.
Lighting contractors can help customers calculate the number of fixtures needed and the ideal layout to reach a target level of illumination for a specific area. They can help pick the right lighting products for its clients, depending on the commercial or residential needs. The lighting contractors can install many different lighting products, such as indoor lighting for kitchen lights, panel ceiling lights, under the counter lights, and more. Outdoor applications may include security lights, wall packs, floodlights, recessed lighting, roadway lights, and many more. Lighting installers can also set up exit and emergency signs for business and residential buildings. Nowadays, most of these lighting products are energy-efficient LEDs (Light-Emitting Diodes), used among smart home automations and inside devices such as cameras and motion detection sensors. Contractors provide installation and maintenance, as well as repairs, for all the customers lighting needs.
Low Voltage Wiring:
Low voltage wiring refers to electrical or network wiring where communication equipment and digital technology work steadily and efficiently. Low voltage does not carry the same electrical current as power outlets, switches, and fixtures in a home. It will not provide a shock from contact, as it is defined as being 50 Volts (V) or less. Nevertheless, it can cause sparks if there is a bad connection but usually will blow a fuse before anything terrible happens. The more common low voltages are 12 V, 24 V, and 48 V. Low voltage is supplied by a transformer that converts line voltage to low voltage. It is typically used for thermostats controls, alarm systems, doorbells, garage door openers and outdoor ground lighting amongst others. The most common applications for low voltage wiring are telephone outlets, wired LAN networks, cable broadcasting, and audiovisual equipment. Low voltage contractors offer a wide range of cabling services that include installation, repair, and full system replacement. This type of wiring requires a certification in low voltage, which allows the expert technicians to set up an entire network throughout a home or building. To ensure that the system is safe, with possible additional electrical upgrades, customers should hire a low voltage certified technician.
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API Systems Group - Houston
6711 N Sam Houston Pkwy W
Houston, Texas, 77064