Advanced Alarm Systems: Intrusion Detection and Beyond

The nature of security threats is evolving, driven by the upward scale and complexity of cybercrime which is costing the UK economy millions of pounds every year.

The nature of security threats is evolving, driven by the upward scale and complexity of cybercrime which is costing the UK economy millions of pounds every year. In response to these challenges, there is a growing need for advanced alarm systems, with artificial intelligence playing a key role in enhancing security and building management systems.

The crossover between cyber security and physical security is also driving the need for advanced alarm systems and their ability to support decision making around security, as well as reduce response times in critical situations.

What is an ‘advanced alarm system’ and how does it compare to a traditional intruder alarm?

Whilst effective in detecting unwanted intruders and alerting keyholders or an alarm receiving centre of a potential issue, traditional alarm systems can have their limitations compared to advanced alarm systems.

Traditional alarm systems are designed to detect intruders. But that’s about the limit of their capabilities. When it comes to addressing other types of threats, such as environmental conditions or fire, they are not effective, because that’s not what they’ve been designed for.

These limitations have therefore led to the development of newer, more intelligent advanced alarm systems that are able to address other threats, and also that integrate with other security solutions, such as CCTV, security lighting and access control.

Advanced alarm systems use artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and Internet of Things connected devices, such as sensors, thermostats and cameras, to monitor changes within an environment. Anything that flags as an anomaly or outside of user-set parameters will automatically issue an appropriate alarm or alert.

AI powered security solutions have the ability to analyse huge volumes of data from multiple sources, as well as predict potential security threats and distinguish between innocent actions and genuine security threats.

What diverse threats can be addressed by an advanced alarm system?

There are various threats that can be addressed by an advanced alarm system that traditional intrusion detection alarms are not designed to deal with. These include:

Smoke and fire

A traditional intruder alarm would need to work alongside a separate fire alarm system if it was to alert building occupants to potential fire threats as well as intruders. An advanced, integrated fire and intruder alarm system, however, can handle both tasks in one.

Weather events and environmental conditions

An advanced alarm system has the ability to warn building occupants of everything from extremes of temperature, to floods, high winds, major storms, earthquakes and other environmental conditions that may put people or property at risk.

Indoor air quality

Indoor air quality within a building can be affected by a variety of factors, from airborne dust and bacteria and volatile organic compounds to outdoor pollutants. Poor indoor air quality can seriously impact upon the well-being of building occupants, and can trigger or exacerbate respiratory illnesses.

Advanced alarm systems use air quality sensors to pick up on changes in the indoor air quality of a building, raising an alert when levels fall below what is considered healthy.

Failing plant and equipment

Sound and vibration sensors placed around plant and equipment have the power to detect abnormalities in machinery. Alerts are raised via the building’s advanced alarm system to warn of potential failure, or a need to organise a service or maintenance visit.

This transforms reactive maintenance into proactive maintenance, which has the potential to avoid costly downtime.

Resource consumption

Smart meters connected to the building’s advanced alarm system will alert managers to any unusual levels of resource consumption. This is a valuable facility as if, for example, a significant amount more water is being used than normal, it could signal a leak, which may have otherwise gone undetected.

Multi-layered security

The benefits of an integrated security system cannot be overemphasised. Layering up security increases protection levels. Connected systems where an intruder alarm, CCTV and access control work in unison are very powerful in detecting threats, raising alerts and automatically locking down a building or areas of it.

Examples include facial recognition cameras being used to identify unauthorised visitors and automatically raising an alarm, and zones of a building being automatically closed off in response to the triggering of a panic alarm.

Ready to ramp up your business security with an advanced alarm system?

Intelligent, integrated security systems are the way forward for the business that wants to keep its premises secure, as well as safe, healthy and profitable.

At Barry Bros Security, we have been providing bespoke security advice to businesses for several decades. If you are interested in discovering how an advanced alarm system could benefit your business, why not arrange for one of our experienced experts to attend your premises to discuss your unique needs?

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