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.
Home Automation is the automatic centralized control of a home, called a smart house or smart home. It allows control over lights, thermostats, locks, shades, entertainment systems, appliances, and home security. A home automation system usually connects to a centralized Hub or Control panel, that works as the “brains” of the system through a local wired or wireless network. Numerous smart devices through third-party companies that share the same technology can be added to the smart home system to make it more robust. Home automation delivers the ability to program scenes for smart devices. It allows the user to schedule events, like turning on the lights when the doorbell rings or increasing the temperature of the thermostat when no one is at home. Nowadays, many home security systems come with home automation capabilities to bring comfort to the customer. Setting up a home automation system improves efficiency among smart products while delivering savings on utility bills. Home Automation systems typically require the installation by a certified dealer of a contractor to provide the highest quality of performance and factory standards.
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.
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.
Residential Security Services:
Some companies and certified professionals provide solutions that are focused on delivering a set of products and services for residential customers only. They are designed to fit any home’s needs, from certified locksmiths and electricians to home security systems, home automation, and home theater systems. Companies offering residential services dedicate themselves to provide excellent service to customers who live in different types of homes, from small apartments to larger homes.
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.
Smoke Alarm Installation:
Household smoke alarms are self-contained devices that detect smoke and broadcast a visual or audible warning locally. Smoke alarm installations are typically seen in residential apartments and homes. Smoke sensors come in hardwired or wireless option, powered by electricity or battery-powered. Smoke detectors also sense smoke but are not self-contained. Instead, they operate as part of an interconnected fire alarm system. Smoke detector installations are commonly set up for commercial applications, such as hospitals, warehouses, and hotels. They are usually controlled by a central fire alarm system with battery backup. Smoke detectors are connected wired or wirelessly. In many jurisdictions, they require professional installations by certified technicians. Additionally, an expert operator is employed for all smoke detector repairs that may arise.
Video Doorbell Installation:
A Video Doorbell is a smart doorbell that notifies the user via smartphone or another electronic device when someone arrives at their doorstep. It is triggered by a built-in motion sensor or when the visitor rings the doorbell. It is the latest and most popular in smart home products, created for customers looking to enhance their security systems. It allows the user to use a mobile phone app to communicate with the visitor in real-time. Video doorbells come equipped with high definition cameras and night vision. Some even allow the user to open the door remotely using a smart lock. Some video doorbell installations are DIY projects that can be done by the customer. Other video doorbells require professional installation performed by a certified expert that will configure the video doorbell properly, which may have an extra cost.
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.
Security Safe Installation:
Security safe or strongbox is a secure, lockable box used for storing valuable items such as birth certificates, passports, cash, relevant documents, and more. It guards its contents mainly against fire, water damage, and theft. Security safe boxes come in different sizes, to accommodate various needs: From small document safes to large bank-size safes. Some can be mounted on a wall or structure, like wall home safes, while floor home safes can be bolted down to the floor. These types of safes need professional installation from security experts. The expert technician will anchor the box into concrete walls or embed it into divider walls, so they are not easily taken out. There are also portable safes that are designed to be freestanding, weighing less than conventional safes. They can be moved around easily and do not need any type of installation. Every security safe box model comes with different kinds of locks, like touch keypad safes that allow the user to create PINs to open the safe. Another alternative is fingerprints, used by biometric safes as the primary locking mechanism.
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Apex Smart Home Protection
5460 Babcock Rd, Suite 120
San Antonio, Texas, 78240
The Apex team was extremely helpful. I met Jason he was excellent, told me and showed me the type of solution that was in par with the size of my house; so I ended up saving a few bucks in the end. During installation things were smoothly and have zero complaints now that the system has been running for days now.
January 17, 2020