Protect Your Business and Employees with a Smart Alarm System

A person using their smartphone to gain access to a building.

Today’s Systems Integrate Video Surveillance, Access Control, and Intrusion Detection

Business owners often think about fire alarm systems when considering the protection they need for their employees, clients, and businesses. Yet, according to the FBI, there were over 1.1 million burglaries in the U.S. in 2019, which resulted in about $3 billion in property losses.

There are ways to protect your Plano, TX, business that offer interactive capabilities, combining video surveillance, access control, and intrusion detection. These present far greater protection than their predecessors, which initiated a blaring alarm when a break-in was detected. Let’s explore the makings of a robust business alarm system.

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Video Surveillance

A video surveillance system lets you actively monitor your business through live and recorded video feeds. You’ll receive an alert via text messaging or email when something unusual occurs and can check in via your laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Because many security cameras offer two-way audio, you can warn the intruder that they’ve been spotted or speak to an onsite employee. Some of these systems also sync with registers to potentially track cash shortages.

Intrusion Detection

Intrusion detection consists of several different sensors placed strategically throughout your business. These may include door and window sensors that detect when a window or door is opened. Glass break sensors pick up the sound frequency of breaking glass and trigger the alarm when it occurs. Motion detectors pick up on ultrasonic waves and vibrations and send alerts when movement is detected in off hours.

In addition to sending you alerts, law enforcement is also immediately notified in the case of a break-in. These systems also enable you to send a panic notification right from your smartphone.  

Access Control 

When integrated with an access control system, you can feel confident about who has access to your business. By the same platform, you can change access at any time. For example, you can immediately delete employee access for someone recently terminated and create access for someone just hired. You can also control access to restricted areas inside the building and set periods of time when specific employees can gain access. 

Should someone attempt to enter without the correct keycode, card, fob, or smartphone, the system triggers the video cameras to pan in on the area. These smart cameras detect if a person is trying to break in, an employee accidentally uses the wrong device, or a person is entering at a time not permitted. 

These systems offer proactive measures that can stop an intrusion or theft before it occurs. You can also lock and unlock doors, turn the lights on and off, and arm or disarm your security system from this same platform. One of the best parts about these systems is that you can manage your business from anywhere in the world, receiving alerts, staying in contact, and maintaining a watchful eye on the premises.


At Videotex, we offer numerous solutions for business owners, from AV solutions to video surveillance and business alarm systems. To learn more about protecting your business or to schedule a complimentary consultation, contact Videotex today.