As a business owner, you must make sure to secure your workplace as much as possible, no matter how safe you think your location may be. Otherwise, you could not only lose expensive equipment, but you could also become the unfortunate victim of a data breach. Thus, a modern security system is essential to keeping your workplace protected from unauthorized access. But what exactly are the features that you need for maximum protection? In this article, we will discuss four things that you should look for in a reliable modern security system.

  1. Easy Installation

While many business owners are more focused on the number of features a system provides, it’s easy to overlook ease of installation. Even if it comes with tons of great features, you’ll hardly use it if it’s too difficult to set up.

Will you need to learn how to use a very complicated piece of software just to get the whole thing to work? Should this be the case, you and your staff might not be able to utilize the system to its full potential. Can this system be integrated into any existing software workflows that you already have? If it is, then you can just automate everything so you can still use your favorite applications with minimal changes. Can you freely choose where to install the systems, or are you limited by various factors such as the length of its cables? You may want to go for a wireless security system so that you can more freely choose where to place it.

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  1. High-Quality Monitoring System

If you’re investing in electronic access systems, consider whether you want one that utilizes keycards, fingerprint scanning, or manual input. Each of these offers advantages and disadvantages. For example, fingerprint scanning can be convenient, but you may have employees whose fingerprints may be hard to register. Keycards are more convenient than inputting a code manually. However, you run the risk of having employees lose their cards, thus allowing potential thieves to gain access to your workplace.

If you’re looking into surveillance camera systems, consider whether the camera is capable of recording footage that is of high-enough quality. After all, security footage isn’t of much use if you can’t really make out the faces of any potential culprits involved. However, you’ll also need to take into account whether or not you can afford to store lots of high-quality video. Do you have enough space for 24/7 HD footage or will you have to settle for lower quality so that you can archive more files? Also consider whether you want to keep the recorded footage recorded on physical storage or have them uploaded directly to a cloud-based storage system.


  1. Useful Wireless Features

Most security systems in this day and age come with many wireless features. This means no messy cables to contend with as well as being able to effortlessly connect to wireless broadband internet. These kinds of systems can also be accessed via smartphone. Thus, you can keep an eye on your business premises no matter where you happen to be, as long as you’ve got an internet connection.

These systems can also send instant notifications to your smartphone in the event of a break-in or any other suspicious activity. This ensures that you can act quickly in case any suspicious individuals try to gain access to your workplace. You’ll be able to contact the proper authorities and have them check the premises immediately, even if you aren’t physically present at the scene.

But what do you do in case an employee of yours needs to return to the office outside of working hours due to an emergency? A high-quality security system should allow you to easily arm and disarm the security system from your smartphone. That way, you won’t have to rush to the business premises just to let somebody in. As soon as the employee is done carrying out their last-minute task, you’ll be able to put your security system back into place.

  1. Reliable and Up-to-Date Sensors

Security system sensors are becoming so advanced that they can detect more factors than ever before. Some come with tamper-sensitive sensors that alert you in case somebody tries to use your control panel or breaks your doors or windows open. The good news is that these systems aren’t just good at alerting you of suspicious activity. You’ll also be alerted in case there may be any risk of a fire or flood in your office. This is possible thanks to specific sensors that can detect changes in temperature and humidity. With these in place, you’ll be able to act quickly before you lose the business that you worked so hard for.

Choose the Security System that Works for You

These are just a few of the features that we recommend looking for in any security system. Ultimately, though, it will all depend on your own personal needs. Factors that you should consider include your budget, the size of your business premises, and the technology you currently have on hand. Whichever system you choose, make sure you decide on one that gives you the peace of mind you need each time you leave the office. That way, you can relax at home knowing that your company is protected 24/7.

By Chakraborty

Dr Chakrabarty is the Chief Innovation Officer of IntuiComp TeraScience. Earlier she was Assistant Professor of Delhi University, a QS ranked university in India. Before that she has held research positions in IIT Mumbai, IIT Chennai and IISc Bangalore. She holds 2 patents and over 20 research publications in her name which are highly cited. Her area of research is in smart technologies, integrated devices and communications. She also has a penchant for blogging and is an editor of Business Fundas.