“Security Systems: Do They Serve The Purpose As They Should?
A growing numbers of security incidents have installed a sense of insecurity in individuals and businesses. They are doing what is feasible and affordable for them to feel more secure. Installing security systems at their homes and offices, is considered as a first layer of defence against security threats. It has helped grow the security systems industry in recent years. Whether it be a simple intruder alarm, or a multilayer physical and logical security system implementation, people are doing what they can to make sure that potential threats do not reach them.”
With the majority of people adopting security systems to safeguard their homes, businesses and possessions, it is expected that these systems work as they should. Manufacturers and salespeople of security systems claim that these systems are fool proof, can be installed without professional help, etc. This sounds promising, but can you know for certain that this holds substance or that it is just a marketing ploy? People rely on security systems to work without fail, but failures can sometimes be fatal, leading to the loss of human life. Some questions arise from people’s expectations: Are they as efficient as the manufacturers claim? Can you leave your home or business to be secured by a security system only? What are the limitations? What are the problems? Let’s have a look.
“Common Problems With Current Security Systems
Security incidents can be brutal, they can cost a fortune and even human lives. Installing security systems to encounter potential security threats seem like a solution but like most other systems, current security systems have common shortcomings associated with them. These shortcomings include anything from price, installation, performance to maintenance, of these systems.
The Common Problems Associated With Current Security Systems:
Expensive Hardware And Total Cost Of Ownership
Despite the widespread adoption and growing number of installations across the globe, prices of security systems are still not very affordable. Expensive hardware is what most buyers notice when looking into security systems. Variation in pricing is also remarkable. Some DIY home security alarm systems may be a cheaper option; however, these products will have a comparatively lower quality when it comes to performance and durability. They may require more frequent maintenance than high quality security systems. However, high quality security systems will not be cheap.
The cost of ownership will most probably be more than the purchase price, which will include maintenance charges, subscription fees if it is a monitored system, price of parts, battery replacement cost, contract termination fee, etc.
No Guarantee Of Threat Prevention
Installing a security system is not a guarantee of protection from potential threats or occurrence of security incidents. Criminals have also become smarter and they are aware that security systems are commonly found in homes and businesses these days. They come prepared. They already know the common locations of where these systems are installed and the methods to disarm them. Sometimes even security equipment get stolen. Security systems like surveillance cameras will only record the incident and cannot do anything to prevent it. Sometimes the severity of the incident will cause a security system to fail.
Falsely Triggered Alarms
This is where a security systems’ promise of ‘peace of mind’ gets broken. The alarm of your home security system going off in the middle of the night, waking your entire family, only to have been caused by your beloved cat jumping on a table. Security systems make use of available technology like sensors to detect motion and environment. False triggers are one of the major shortcomings of current security systems. Same frequency interference is also a fatal weakness of wireless alarm systems. The whole system will be disabled, if you press any button of wireless keyfob to emit the same frequency, which will cause the alarm to not to receive the signal from triggered wireless detectors. Some manufacturers have adopted interference identify alarm methods to conquer this problem. Motion detection alarm systems only recognize movements, they sometime trigger in case of pets as well. Repetitive false triggers also make people less reactive when a real incident occurs.
Maintenance not only increases the cost of ownership, it can leave your home insecure if equipment has to be uninstalled to repair it. Maintenance may cost more if a security system is being used beyond its recommended limits, for example, in extreme environments.
Failure To Precisely Sense Surroundings
Security system that include motion sensors, cover specific areas. If area is bigger than the sensor coverage, or the sensors are not properly installed to cover the area, it may leave some insecure patches, or blind spots. Some construction designs may require more sensors while installing fewer sensors which will leave some areas insecure.
Wired Vs. Wireless Systems
Hardwired systems are considered more reliable than their wireless counterparts, however, wireless systems offer more flexibility and can be installed at places where wired systems cannot be. A fully wireless system uses individual sensors throughout the home which communicates wirelessly to the central control panel, typically using radio frequency technology. The chief potential drawback of wireless is reliability. Just like Wi-Fi routers or cell phones, wireless security systems are subject to various types of interference which can cause your sensor to fail to respond, or to respond unpredictably. While it is possible for these things to happen, these instances are rare. Electromagnetic interference can come from many other devices, including baby monitors, remote controls, power lines, microwave ovens and fluorescent lighting. Structural interference comes from walls, floors, ceilings, or things like metal filing cabinets.
Dependence On Electricity
Each wireless sensor contains its own battery, which supplies power in case of a power outage. Inadequate battery performance in case of a power outage can put home security at risk.
Security Of Security Systems
If the security of wireless systems is not properly configured and enforced, they can be accessed by outsiders. It has particularly become a threat with the inception of IoT or smart home security systems, in which this equipment can be accessed and controlled via the internet. A loophole can compromise security systems and eventually the security of your home or business. Radio frequency interference is also one of the weaknesses for a wireless alarm system. It can disable the whole system, if some other equipment emits the same frequency as the security equipment. It will cause the alarm systems to not to receive the wireless signal from triggered wireless detectors. In another scenario, signal interference can also trigger alarms as the alarm system can see this signal as an intrusion.
Each home security monitoring company requires you to utilize their specific hardware. It has been designed and programmed to work with their systems. Most offer varying types of security hardware, including window and door sensors, motion detectors and video cameras. This hinders competition and induces monopoly and due to monopoly, prices cannot stay competitive.
Security systems carry the responsibility of protecting property and possessions, and, problems or inadequacies in these systems can make them unreliable for the job. As the world is increasingly getting dependent on technology, implementation of technology powered security systems has also gained momentum. Now with the rise of IoT and smart devices, smart security solutions are also penetrating the market and attracting customers.”
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