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Can your Surveillance System Beat Power Outages?


On June 15, 2016 By admin

The Hurricane Season is here and the National Weather Service predicts an average to above-average storm season. Four to seven tropical cyclones are expected. Meanwhile, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration further explains that even if the La Niña will suppress hurricane activity in the Central Pacific, the changing surface temperatures in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans can still contribute to the formation of hurricanes. Generally, the hurricane season will indeed fall in the normal to above-normal scale.

Truly, the Hurricane Season is here. Are you ready for it? In as much as you are preparing your residence or your place of business for the bad weather, you should prepare your security systems as well – especially against power outage. You would not want to give an opportunity to evil doers to do their deeds just because the power is out, right?

The main problem with security during power outages is how to keep your surveillance systems working as your watchful eyes. Most would think that if there’s no power, there’s no surveillance systems too. But that should not be the case. A trusty surveillance system will keep you protected even when the power’s down.

Hoodlums will find power outages favorable for them because they can perform their wrongdoings hidden in the dark. What they don’t know is that surveillance systems can still function despite power outages. And thanks to this, you can still be protected even when there’s no power.

Surveillance through Power Outages

There are some surveillance systems that can work despite a power outage. These are:

  1. Phone Line Monitored Surveillance Systems

Surveillance systems connected to a phone line and with juice in its backup battery can still serve you even if there is a power outage. The telephone line will enable communication with the monitoring center. Just make sure that your telephone lines are well-maintained so that you can be assured of protection despite the power outage.

  1. Cellular Monitored Surveillance Systems

Cellular monitored surveillance systems are the most trusted to keep you safe, provided however that the backup power is still intact. Your surveillance system will continue to communicate with your monitoring center while eliminating the risk that broken telephone wires give.

IP Surveillance Systems provide convenience and a lot of neat features but power outages will render you helpless. If you are using IP Surveillance Systems, then you should consider adding a phone line or cellular backup monitoring to keep you safe at all times.

Outage-Proof your Surveillance Systems 

To ensure that your surveillance systems can protect you even through power outages, you can do the following tips:

  1. Provide reliable backup power

Ensure that your backup batteries are performing at full capacity. It is best to replace backup power after four years at most.

  1. Add backup monitoring

Make it a point to have secondary monitoring either via phone line or cellular means.

  1. Conduct preventive maintenance

Check phone lines and replace damaged ones. Test and inspect all your devices. Ensure that all are working at their best condition. It is recommended that you seek professional help in conducting preventive maintenance for intensive inspection.

CalAtlantic: Keeping you safe all year long

CalAtlantic is here to help you stay safe and secured all year long – through the blazing sunny days and through the harsh stormy ones. CalAtlantic has high quality and dependable surveillance systems that can keep you protected despite power outages. Just let us know what you need and we will get right on it.

CalAtlantic is your partner in safety and security. Call us now and let’s keep you protected through the hurricane season!

Camera Placement Crucial for Security Systems


On June 6, 2016 By admin

While many of you are already aware of how a video surveillance monitoring system can instantly improve the safety of your home or business, some business and home owners are not aware of how much of an influence camera placement has in terms of whether or not your security system is ultimately successful.

Whether you have a large-scale surveillance system in place at your business or a much simpler video security unit for your home, much of the efficiency in any system depends upon the placement of the cameras and the angles at which they are pointed. If you do not have the correct placement of the cameras, you could be missing valuable footage of something necessary when the time comes.

The proper placement of cameras for example, matters especially after the actual burglary takes places, as it is vital to be able to see when, where and how the thief got in, if you wish to both catch the person and prevent it from happening again.

Experts in video surveillance systems advise that for homes, it is best to place the camera facing an entry point at around eye level, and the purpose of this particular placement is to record the face and facial features of an intruder, as this will give authorities the best chance of identifying and catching them.

The presence of the cameras themselves, including signs, which indicate that they are in use on the premises, will act as a major deterrent for criminal activity as well. Experts also suggest that at least two cameras should be present in your home surveillance system, one inside the home and one on the outside, and ideally both should be positioned at eye level.

While you don’t necessarily need the most expensive cameras and security equipment to feel protected, sometimes it is worth investing in high definition cameras if the circumstances warrant the need for better video analytics.

In addition to the placement of cameras for a successful security system, there are a number of other ways through which you can better protect your home or business with the help of solutions by CalAtlantic. From video surveillance units, perimeter sensors on doors and windows, glass breakage sensors, and even panic button installations, the security products and services provided by CalAtlantic are all you need to protect your business from a variety of potential breaches in security and dangerous situations. The comprehensive anti-burglary system from CalAtlantic for example, offers you the peace of mind you need when it comes to knowing that your business is safe 24 hours a day, no matter what the circumstances are.

Not only are the security solutions made of state-of-the-art technology, but the security experts and technicians at CalAtlantic are also top of the line in terms of understanding how to best address the unique needs of the individual client and business.

Remember that there is no better time than the present to start protecting your business with the proper protection by investing in a security system from CalAtlantic today!