Tech Feature: Alarm.com
Businesses have never been as capable of being as smart or efficient as they are today. With so many devices taking advantage of the Internet of Things (IoT), business owners are looking for ways to streamline functionality and optimize their time. Being able to integrate your services into one interface or app is incredibly convenient, and a dream for any business owner or manager who wants to be able to stay on top of activity at their building, even when they’re not physically around. Enter Alarm.com. Alarm.com is a service that integrates your intrusion detection, CCTV, access control and energy management into an elegant and cost-effective app. In this Tech Feature, we’re going to take a closer look at exactly what it can do for your business.
Alarm.com’s security system offers many valuable features for today’s commercial buildings. The automatic arming feature will identify if your system was accidentally left unarmed, and arm it automatically. Additionally, this arming and disarming can be combined with access control, allowing you to arm and disarm based on card swipe rules or set business hours. When your system is armed, Alarm.com provides the functionality to send a video alert when an alarm is triggered, allowing you to verify if it is an emergency or false alarm.
Finally, Alarm.com offers easy to use user code and contact management. Through your mobile app or website, you can create and delete user codes and manage your emergency contact list.
With Alarm.com’s integration with access control, you’re able to monitor exactly who is accessing areas of your building and when. Say for example you’re short on product from a storeroom. Alarm.com allows you to track who had access to that room and determine right away if anyone attempted access at any suspicious times. This type of connectivity is crucial to a small business owner who has to wear a number of different hats every day and doesn’t necessarily have the time to keep up with each staff member. With Alarm.com, each individual piece of your business’ security system falls into place in one sophisticated app.
Additionally, for the building operator or property manager on the go, Alarm.com allows you to lock and unlock doors from anywhere through their mobile app. This can even be integrated with video, allowing you to see who is at the door before allowing entry.
Video Surveillance and Cameras
One of the biggest benefits of Alarm.com’s services is the fact that everything integrates and works together in one convenient interface. Users can access CCTV footage, track access control, and monitor temperatures from one easy-to-navigate spot. Having to tediously manage several applications while you’re already flustered with a potential incident occurring at your business is a non-issue with Alarm.com. It’s easy to think of a scenario where this type of integration would be invaluable.
Say you own a restaurant. One of your servers is scheduled to open for lunch but they’ve forgotten their access card. All they have to do is send you a text, and you can use Alarm.com’s app to access your security footage and verify that they’re there. From the same app, you can remotely unlock the door, so they can start the open. You know that lunch is typically your busiest time of the day, so around noon you open Alarm.com to check on your interior cameras, and notice that you’re a little understaffed. Without having to go in, you can call another employee and see if they’re available to help. At the end of the day, your staff is tired from the rush. They finish closing procedures and leave to go home. Except, in their tired state, they forgot to lock the door! Not to worry, Alarm.com allows you to program an automatic lock so your business is always secure at the end of the day.
Energy Management & Temperature Monitoring
A major benefit of Alarm.com’s services is the fact that there are no surprises when it comes to your monthly operational costs. Heating and cooling can add up, but with smart thermostats and temperature sensors, it’s easy to monitor when your building is using the most energy and adjusting on the fly. Alternatively, if your building uses an environmental system, these sensors can alert you when a unit is failing by sending push notifications through your phone describing which units are operating at a higher or lower temperature than they ought to be.
Alarm.com’s simple to use app, and ability to integrate your various security and smart devices makes it a no-brainer solution for any small to medium sized business owner. If you’re interested in learning more about how smart security and alarm.com will work for you, please call 1 800 263 2534, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out the contact form below.
Originally published January, 2019; updated January, 2022.