Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Are you putting a Band-Aid on your security system? 

Maybe it’s time to move to Intelligent Video.

Quinlan Security Systems is committed to providing our clients with the latest technology available in security systems. Working with our industry partner, Avigilon, we are now able to offer our clients Intelligent Video search features such as:

Unusual Motion Detection (UMD)

New artificial intelligence recently introduced by Avigilon removes the need for an operator to constantly watch video activity for an issue. UMD does the watching for you. Ability to watch hours and days of activity from multiple cameras. Learn more about UMD with this video.

License Plate Recognition Analytics

Capture, recognize and search licenses with high accuracy with Avigilon’s License Plate recognition analytics.

Avigilon Appearance Search Technology

Perfect for large facilities such as schools and hospitals when it is crucial to find a person of interest across a large facility.

Find out more about the latest in security system technology by visiting our website or calling us at 708-478-0707.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Use DMP's Virtual Keypad with Quinlan Security Systems

Interested in controlling your security system with your phone, tablet, or browser? DMP's user-friendly Virtual Keypad allows users to remotely control their Alarm, Access Control, and Camera Systems. The Virtual Keypad is available as an app on Apple and Android devices.

Quinlan Security Systems offers DMP’s Virtual Keypad in order to provide customers with a stress free user experience and peace of mind. Learn more about about single app security by visiting our website.

Benefits of DMP's Virtual Keypad

When using DMP's Virtual Keypad, users can simply use one app or website to have complete control of their security system. All functions of Alarm, Access Control, and Camera Systems are accessible in one
location. The hassle of running a security system on physical keypads or complicated computer programs is no longer necessary. DMP's Virtual Keypad is an efficient and on-the-go tool for business security.

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If you are interested in having complete control of your security system from your phone, tablet, or web browser, call us today at (708) 478-0707 for free information.

Friday, April 26, 2019

3 Ways Video Surveillance Systems Help Reduce Employee related Costs

Most businesses evaluate their need for security systems based on threats and security points from outside the facility, or based on the number and type of non-employee based people coming through the facility on a daily basis. While these are both valid concerns, one point that many employers fail to take into consideration when evaluating security systems is employee related costs. Here are 3 ways better security systems help reduce employee related costs.

     Fewer workers’ compensation suits

A common cause of workers’ compensation lawsuits stem from workplace injury. Without video evidence, many of these cases become long, drawn out, expensive lawsuits based on a battery of testimony from fellow employees, facility managers, etc. as the lawyers and court determine who is actually at fault in each scenario.

With good video surveillance systems in key areas of your facility, you can protect your business by having video history of what actually happened. Additionally, since your employees know that you have video surveillance systems set up, they are less likely to file frivolous lawsuits that consume your resources.

 Improved Productivity

Employees that are monitored tend to improve their performance. Monitoring can happen in the form of manual supervision by their managers; it can also be in the form of video surveillance. Video surveillance allows you to monitor attendance, timeliness, speed and quality of performance, as well as use for training new employees. 

Your managers can spot check performance at their discretion, and also review specific events if a conflict or disagreement regarding performance arises. It also assists the employees, because if their performance is good, it catches them “doing something right”.   

 Less Employee Theft

Unfortunately, employee theft is an issue that many companies have to deal with.  Whether it’s office supplies or actual product, employee theft is a concern for most organizations. The benefit of having video surveillance is that you can monitor areas that are high risk for employee theft, making it more difficult for employees to steal, and easier to prosecute in the case an employee does steal. 

Since the employees will know that you have a video surveillance system in place, this is a strong deterrent to employee theft as well. All of these pieces serve to reduce employee theft from your business.

What’s My First Step?

If you’re curious about installing a video security system, evaluating your current system or installing an upgrade, your first step is to get a security audit. An audit will evaluate both your needs and current solutions.  Please contact Quinlan Security Systems at 708-478-0707 for your free security audit today.

Monday, April 08, 2019

How Does My Business Benefit From a Security System?

Every business owner wants to protect your investments against any type of loss or risk, inside or outside your company. One of the most important physical investments you can have as a business is a physical security system. It provides significant benefits in a multitude of areas for both you and your employees.

Lower Inventory Theft & Workers Compensation Cases

Having a video surveillance system installed at key points in your building can consistently monitor your inventory. Video surveillance systems are a great theft deterrent; simply knowing that they are on camera is enough for employees to boost their performance and minimize any stealing or negative issues.

Boost Productivity:

For many employees, knowing they are being watched is enough motivation to be on their best behavior, which generally results in a rise in productivity.  Since supervisors and managers can always go back and review footage if necessary, it provides great motivation for employees to stay on their best behavior.

Prevent Unauthorized Entry:

If you’re a company with many customers, vendors, or other personnel frequently in and out of different areas, you can benefit from a solid security system.  Simply having a system in place that automatically monitors all sensitive areas, and a process for making sure people are only allowed in their specific areas can help cut down on theft, workers compensation and lost time from security employees having to enforcement restricted access.

Protect the Reputation of Your Business

Keeping your business safe from unwanted lawsuits, accusations and other potential risks that could ruin your company’s reputation are of paramount importance. Having a security system in place can help deter many of these potential pitfalls through video proof of the actual events. Slip and fall incidents, employee theft or injury, unauthorized entry and other issues can be avoided with a good security system.

Reduction in Insurance Premium

Some insurance companies will give you a reduction in your business insurance premium if they know that you have a security system in place. The reason behind this reduction is that it lowers their risk. It decreases their risk and your out of pocket expenditures as well.

What’s My First Step?

Your best first step is to set up a complimentary security audit. A security audit will go evaluate your needs as a company. From there recommendations can be made for the best solution for you. To receive a free security audit, please contact Quinlan Security Systems at 708-478-0707.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Is Access Control Better than Lock and Key for Your Business?

In this age of increasing digital usage, a question many businesses have to answer is whether to keep the keys or switch to keycards. While cost can be part of the decision, the real debate lies in the question of whether access control is better for your business than good old fashioned locks and keys.

If you’re not familiar with access control, it is used primarily to restrict entry to a building and/or access to certain areas within the building.  It has become a very common for large companies to utilize access control protocols via keycards, but many small and medium size businesses are unsure about whether access control is worth it for them.

Are there benefits to upgrading to an access system from traditional keys?

The short answer is- it depends.
Influencing factors including
size of business, inventory on hand, number of employees, amount of sensitive information kept at the business are all things to consider when deciding what method of security system works best.

The Benefit of Using Access Control

One large difference between access control and keys comes to light in a crisis: What happens when an employee loses a key or keycard?

Changing the locks and issuing new keys is a huge hassle.

Some businesses are willing to run the risk of not replacing locks, but many businesses have valuable equipment, sensitive documents and expensive merchandise at their office.  They can’t take the risk of the lost key being found by someone who attempts to enter the premises.

With a keycard, you just deactivate the keycard. If employee leaves and refuses to give card back, all that’s lost is several dollars for the keycard.

Your business avoids a huge liability of having unaccounted for keys out in the public.

Why would I want to restrict access?

Many businesses have various levels of clearance within a facility.

Personalized keycards give personalized access to maintain security and efficiency. For example, HR employees access to employee file rooms, IT staff receives access to server rooms, and facilities staff access to electrical equipment and supplies.

Having dozens of keys floating around for these different areas brings to mind the old fashioned ring of keys, which is unwieldy and can be quite risky.

Keycards can also track who goes where. With traditional keys, there is no record of who has accessed what areas and when.  Contradictory to the idea of the company “watching” all of their employees all the time, access control simply gives a record in the event of an issue.

Does my business need access control?

If you’re a business with lots of employees, or a large number of customers or non-employees coming and going on a daily business, keycards are a great way to control access to secure areas of your building. If you’re a small business with a couple employees who know each other, keys may be enough.

How to Determine what type of security system is best for my business?

The best way to start is with a free security audit with a qualified security system company. An expert can walk through your business and identify areas that require security, and can recommend the type of surveillance or security system best for you.

To schedule a free security audit, please contact Quinlan Security Systems at 708-478-0707.

Friday, February 01, 2019

3 Commercial Security Camera Best Practices

As security cameras have increased in technological capabilities, the number of potential threats to them has risen as well. Systems from cloud-based surveillance systems, traditional systems connected to the internet, and traditional systems attached to a local network are all vulnerable to cyber attacks.
Here are 3 best practices for commercial security camera systems connected to the internet.

1.  Security Camera Cyber Vulnerability

Companies are requiring more remote access, control, and integration, as well as cloud-based systems due to perceived lower costs from cloud storage.  All of these trends require internet access, and thus are more vulnerable to cyber attacks then traditional closed circuit camera systems.

It’s critical that your security systems get the same level of attention, protection and security as traditional IT systems. Hackers concentrate on finding systems that are vulnerable or with poor security, which make easy targets for cyber attacks and encryption viruses.
Your internal support staff should also stay up-to-date on cyber security trends and solutions for security systems in addition their IT infrastructure.

2.  Passwords for Cameras, Systems and Networks

One of the easiest places for hackers or a cyberattack to occur is through passwords. Here were the top 10 passwords of 2018:


While it’s understandable to create a password that’s easy to remember, also note that the easier the password, the more vulnerable your system is. There are programs that run password hacking software to find your password, and simple passwords are easy to crack.

Creating passwords that contain upper and lower case, special symbols and numbers is a simple and powerful way to protect your systems. Also, establishing policies and procedures for changing passwords. For example, the root admin password should be changed every time an employee with password access leaves the organization or changes roles.

3. Operating System Vulnerabilities

One of the other issues that create vulnerabilities for security cameras and cloud-based security systems overall is staying up to date with operating system patches and updates.  Your best practice is to make sure the computers used to with security cameras and security systems have regular servicing by the IT staff, and schedules in place for patching, modifications, upgrades and security protocols.

If you’re looking for more information on commercial security cameras, or interested in a complimentary consultation with Quinlan Security Systems, please contact us at 708-478-0707.

Friday, December 21, 2018

4 Security Systems Questions Most Business Owners Would Never Think Of

With the New Year approaching, now is the time that many companies start to evaluate new projects as well as where capital outlay is needed or desired. Security systems are one of the areas that many companies regard as a “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it” mentality.

However, most business owners aren’t aware of how incremental and continual improvements in your commercial security system usually end up costing less over time, and have a higher employee safety factor. That does not include the rise in efficiency when it comes to your security staff, reduction of time needed for training, and an increase in the overall security of your company and building.

Here are four questions that most businesses won’t even think to ask themselves when evaluating their security needs:

       1.   How much is a good employee worth to me?

Most employers do not connect their security systems with the worth or productivity of their employees. However, many industrial buildings are in areas that have higher crime threats, or are more of a target to potential criminals. Employees are often more affected by these risks than an employer, simply because they are the ones on the front lines of an attack.

They also have the continual distraction of looking over their shoulder at odd noises, unfamiliar people or potential threats during evening or night shifts, or in industrial or urban areas. It’s not just job safety, it’s personal safety that becomes affected. An employee that needs to be on the lookout for potential threats is more anxious, less productive, and more likely to take personal time, because of the additional strain of monitoring for potential issues.

A strong security system allows an employee to focus more on their work, less on distractions or potential issues. Less anxiety and a higher feeling of safety results in fewer vacation days, fewer employees being late, and fewer sick days. And there’s a good case for lower employee turnover as well. These savings alone will probably cover any additional costs associated with improving your security system.

A prospective employee that sees a strong security system and an employer that is willing to invest in their employees’ safety through security systems is also more likely to accept a desired position              .
      2.  How much money will I save by deterring 1-2 major workman’s compensation suits per year?

While you may do everything possible to maintain employee safety, the truth is that accidents can and will happen, especially in a business with a large amount of physical labor. In this issue, your best offense is a good defense.

In terms of security that means stronger access control monitoring, higher quality cameras with fewer blind spots and better integration of systems. These measures deter a lot of false or questionable cases that eat up valuable time, resources and money. They can also provide valuable evidence in an actual case.

      3.   How much money will I save on my commercial insurance premiums or deductible with a stronger security system?

When was the last time you looked into updating your business insurance? One of the underwriting aspects of business is the strength and quality of your security system. You can actually reduce your premium or deductible with a better security system. Staying up to date and continuously improving your security system can also reduce claims made to your insurance, keeping premiums low and reducing capital expenditure.

      4.  How do these savings make my business more profitable?

At the end of the day, while we want to provide the best systems and resources possible to and for ourselves and employees, there’s always a piece of the conversation that has to come back to the bottom line: how does this affect my profit?

None of the measures above improve your incoming revenue. Some people would be quick to write
these measures off because since they don’t bring in more revenue, how can they make you more money?

Which brings me to a favorite phrase about top and bottom line revenue: “Top line is vanity, bottom line is sanity.” It’s not just about bringing revenue in, but keeping more of the money you’re making. This area is where small changes and continual investment in your security system can result in reducing your expenses throughout the year, which overall lead to higher profitability for your company.

Also, if you’re looking to reduce your taxes for the year, a capital expenditure like a security system is an excellent tax deduction. For a free quote or consultation, please contact Quinlan Security Systems at 708-478-0707.