Advances In Wireless: Three ways wireless has changed security

Three Ways Wireless has Changed Security

Most of the modern-day security buzz revolves around topics such as video analytics, biometrics, convergence and other relatively newer technologies that have started defining clearer roles for themselves in protection.

It’s arguable, though, that one of the biggest catalysts behind the evolution in the security industry today is a technology that has been enduring for many years. Although it’s been around for decades, it appears wireless is finally ready to reach its full potential in the security industry. And that potential carries just as great – if not, greater – implications for the future of security as any of the newer technologies listed above.

Wireless represents an opportunity to significantly enhance the effectiveness of the standard security system without breaking the bank. But the benefits of wireless go far beyond monetary savings – using today’s sensors in a strategic manner truly does strengthen overall security and asset protection.

With that in mind, here are three key benefits that illustrate how the newest wireless advancements are greatly influencing the future of security technology.

More than Intrusion

The cliché “less is more” couldn’t be more true than in the case of wireless. That’s because advances in wireless sensor technology are allowing security systems to track much more today than intruders.

Consider wireless environmental and temperature sensors, for example. When tying these technologies back to the main alarm panel, the solution can notify central stations or end users themselves of incidents that ultimately result in lost property, even if no one is trying to break in.

Many homeowners, for instance, have shown interest in flood detection technology because basements, water heaters and sump pumps are at high risk for leaks and damage. The Insurance Research Council, in fact, estimates that over 25 percent of property claims result from water-related damage – more than fire and burglary claims combined; with the majority of water damage claims from faulty indoor appliances.

As a remedy, more dealers today are prescribing flood detection sensors that can detect water with an external probe typically mounted where water would accumulate. When it detects the presence of water, the device initiates a chain of dealer-programmed events in response.

The same premise holds true for temperature sensors, which can be used to protect valuable items in both home and commercial environments by detecting significant temperature fluctuations. Due to the ease of wireless installation, these devices are ideally suited for a wide range of applications including bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and basements. For example, a restaurant might elect to install a wireless temperature sensor in its refrigerator to ensure thousands of dollars of perishable food isn’t lost if the power fails in the middle of the night. In a colder-weather residential settings, where second-home owners may have vacation properties, these sensors can initiate alarms if they detect temperature drops that could potentially lead to incidents such as frozen pipes.

In either of these cases, the cost of adding the sensors greatly pales in comparison to the cost of replacing damaged assets and valuables.

Theft Prevention

For many years, organizations and homeowners have sought to protect their properties and assets by preventing break-ins. The problem with this strategy is that a significant chunk of thefts don’t occur as a result of intrusion.

Take multi-family housing developments, for instance. Earlier this year, a Texas-based housing firm sought help to combat a rash of flat-screen burglaries from its exercise rooms. According to the firm’s security dealer, Southcross Security, many of the thefts were perpetrated by residents, or friends of residents who already were inside the buildings.

For a solution, the dealer recommended the Honeywell 5870 Asset Protection Indoor (API), a sensor designed to protect individual assets that shouldn’t be in motion for very long periods of time.

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