3 Essential Business Security Solutions You Need

September 23, 2020

If there’s one thing the past few months have taught us, it’s that often times, business is personal. Whether you’re running a mom-and-pop shop or part of a hundred-person team based in an office, our work lives are something we invest a lot of time and energy into. When we go to work, we want it to be in a space that feels safe and secure.

With Smarter Business Security powered by Alarm.com, small and medium sized business owners can integrate video surveillance, smart sensors, access control and more, all from one insightful interface.

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Keep eyes on your business with video surveillance

It’s hard to enjoy your time away from work when you’re constantly worrying about what’s going on when you’re not there. With live-steaming and single or multi-site viewing options, you can check-in, no matter where you are. Real-time notifications will alert you when something needs your attention, and recorded video allows you to playback important moments for a closer look.

 Smarter video surveillance does more than give you peace of mind that things are running smoothly. It’s crucial in times of an emergency, like when an employee feels unsafe, an accident has occurred, or when an intruder is trying break-in after hours. Being able to watch over things will help both you and your team feel more at ease.

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Protect your property with smart sensors

No two businesses are exactly alike and as a business owner, you likely have strategic and specific needs and preferences. Maybe you’re running a company that deals with sensitive information, or you’re a shop owner that keeps food or merchandise stored onsite. With smart sensors, you can always be alerted when something’s out of place.

Image sensors can not only detect motion near sensitive areas like a safe or office, but they’ll snap a photo and send it to you. Temperature sensors come in handy for areas that need to be temperature-optimized, like a storage area. Glass break and door sensors will immediately notify you and add an extra layer to your security. These sensors can be placed according to your business’ needs, and all of the information collected can be accessed via your Alarm.com app.

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Manage authorizations with access control

It takes teamwork to run a business, which means different members coming and going. Secure your property, storefront, or office against unauthorized access with Smart Access Control and manage your employees through multiple access plans. With seamlessly integrated access control options, you’ll have even more useful insight into the activity and patterns within your team and business. Plus, with remote access, you can lock or unlock doors as needed (just in case someone forgets to lock up on the way out or needs to be let in!).

Ready to do Smarter Business?

 Our Phoenix reps can professionally recommend and install security options suitable for your storefront, office or property. 

Reach out to us at 678-566-2460 to discuss your options!

Lighting is an essential and powerful element of any home’s design. When designed with intention, lighting can not only make your home feel warmer and more welcoming, but it can increase productivity, highlight your favorite areas of your house, and add character. Plus, choosing the right bulbs and fixtures from your home can impact energy efficiency. 

There are four main types of lighting you should keep in mind when designing or revamping your home. Each serves its own purpose and comes in a variety of options.

Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting provides the overall illumination and sets the mood for a room. Typically, it floods the room with lighting from above, from ceiling-mounted lights and ceiling fans. Wall sconces can also provide enough lighting to brighten a room.

Of course, ambient lighting can come in a variety of styles which can work well in larger rooms like kitchens and living rooms. Ceiling lights can be dome-shaped flushed fixtures, or recessed lights for a sleeker and more minimal look. They can be a part of a ceiling fan or stand alone for a bold statement-making chandelier. Or, tall floor lamps can provide excellent ambient lighting, especially in rooms with high ceilings.

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting is more dedicated to style than function. With the use of directional track lights or spotlights, you can guide the eyes toward artwork or architectural elements within your home that deserve special attention.

This type of lighting can add character to your home, setting the stage for your favorite spaces and pieces to shine. Options like cove lighting can be installed near your tray ceiling or crown molding to bring those features to life.

Task Lighting

There are a lot of tasks and activities we perform in our homes on a daily basic. From cooking and preparing your morning coffee to reading, writing, and working at home. Task lighting can illuminate the necessary areas for you to do your best work. 

Under-cabinet lighting is a great way to brighten up the counter tops when you’re prepping meals, while also highlighting your beautiful backsplashes, countertop décor, coffee bar, and more. Then, when it’s time to settle in for the night, task lighting by your bedside can help you crack open a good book to wind down.

Natural Lighting

Never underestimate the power of natural lighting within your home. Sunlight streaming in through your windows can instantly make a home feel more welcoming and comfortable. Of course, while we have no power over the sun outside, we can manage the ways we incorporate it into our lighting design through smart shading.

With a variety of fabric options, you can let just enough light in to brighten your home, while also controlling unnecessary glares, or even keeping your bedroom dark and cozy.

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Get Smarter About Lighting

The lighting in your home should feel intuitive and comforting, not cumbersome and overwhelming. With so many lights in your house, it can help to integrate them all into your smart home system. This way, you can manage them all from a single app, or even automate them based on your routines and energy-management needs. Smart lighting systems can even make your home safer, so you never come home to a dark house, and you can deter intruders while you’re on vacation.

 Phoenix Systems offers free consultations with our smart home pros to help design and install lighting solutions that work for you.