Make a decision today for your family

Make a decision and plans today to put together 96 hour kits for your home, vehicles and work place.
debemos tener comida para 96 horas en nuestro kit

debemos tener comida para 96 horas en nuestro kit

Food- Ready to eat (Comida listo para comer)
Water and or water filters (backpacking filters are great) (Agua y Filtros)
Change of clothes in a sealed plastic bag (cambio de ropa en una bolsa plastico)
copies of insurance & important documents also in a plastic bag and on a USB (Copias de sus documentos y seguranza)
Flashlights with extra batteries (Linternas y baterias extras)
First aid – Most important – Roller bandages, triangular bandages and 4X4 sterile gauze pads.- Where possible extra medicine (Primer auxilio & medicina)
Cash and other items you feel would be important (Dinero extra y otras cosas importantes)

Make the kit and then walk around the block with them on your back and see how easy it is to carry them and then decide if you need to trim them down or add more items. (Haga su equipo y despues camina con el alrededor de su cuadro vecindario para ver si debes anadir o quitar cosas)

You don’t need to go out and spend allot of money to make this happen but rather use what you have now and improve upon the kits over time.
I am a bilingual CERT instructor for Salt Lake City Emergency Management and i have been in the Alarm and Security industry for twenty years and I was a Military Policeman in the Utah National Guard for over 7 years. Some people think that I am paranoid and yet I think that perfect paranoia is perfect awareness. I don’t worry about disasters although I feel it is prudent to be preparred.- Larry Love – 801 898 6003

Los niños deben tener sus kits tambien

Los niños deben tener sus kits tambien

Here are some ideas of items you may want to consider.

http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

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no olvidas cosas como papel de baño y ropa para el frio en plastico

no olvidas cosas como papel de baño y ropa para el frio en plastico

Comparing camera system pricing is like

Quite often people ask me what the cost of a camera system is. I want to respond with “How much does a car cost?” Which is really the exact same question because without comparing the brands, features, warranties and specifications you can’t give an accurate price.

Can you compare something like this if you don't know what it is?

Can you compare something like this if you don’t know what it is?

1. How long would you like to store the video? 7 days, 2 weeks a month? This will be a large factor in the price of the system especially if you get a professional system with commercial redundant drives that are backed up.

2. High Definition mega pixel cameras allow you to zoom in after the fact getting a very clear and detailed picture where analog cameras often fall short. A 2.1 MegaPixel camera can have 3 to 5 times the resolution as many analog cameras.

3. A camera that sees in the dark (Day Night) costs more than one that does not have that feature. (The big box cameras with the little LEDs see about 15 or 20 feet in the dark but this is not a true day/night camera)

4. A camera that has an outdoor heater blower costs more than one that does not have this feature.

5. A camera that has a verifocal lens that adjusts from 2.8 to 10mm normally costs a bit more than one that is just a fixed lens. Do you need to recognize that there are people there or do you need to identify them?

6. A vandal dome or vandal resistant camera costs more than one that is not vandal resistant.

7. The IP66 weather rating give you the assurance that the camera is weather resistant compared to a camera that does not have the rating.

8. Choosing the proper lenses is very important even when using megapixel cameras. Combined with camera placement it can make all the difference in the world. Even dropping the camera below a light fixture in a warehouse using a piece of EMT can make quite a bit of difference in your picture and view. South facing cameras should be avoided when possible. There are many features that you can get depending on your needs for back light compensation etc….

9. The price of the system will also be affected depending on if the company needs to drill through walls, rent a lift to do work up high, mount cameras to poles etc….

Once the companies that are bidding have a complete list of your expectations, budget and needs then you can get a good idea of what a system should cost.

Now I will mention that you can go to a big box store and purchase a camera system for a very low price but you need to know that these cameras are not the same as quality commercial cameras. Even within commercial and industrial levels of cameras there are different grades of equipment with different price levels.

Here are a few of examples:

We have analog cameras as low as $140 each which are 600TVL

We have good quality analog camera that is 700 TVL 5-50mm for $500

Peak Alarm has a nice analog PTZ that is 26X zoom for just under $2,000

Other PTZ cameras with auto tracking from Bosch cost over $6,000 each

An 8 channel 2TB DVR is as low as $1000 dollars

Then power supplies, cable, wall penetrations, lift rental and labor needs to be added to the camera cost. We can also add an extended warranty when that fits your needs. We can offer leasing options for a lower initial investment although it will cost more in the long run.

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Peak Alarm has Mega Pixel cameras as low as $230 dollars each

A nice Vandal outdoor rated 2.1MP dome with the IP66 rating and 65′ IR range and SD card is only $569

Peak Alarm offers a wide range of NVR units to meet your recording needs

starting at $455 dollars for the 4 channel unit that is 2TB.

A great quality 16 channel NVR with 8 Poe ports and 6TB is only $1,812

Adding labor, cable and the equipment often you can have a great quality system installed for around $1,000 dollars per camera depending on how many cameras you need and the package.

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Years ago when I first started selling camera systems we would sell a good quality analog camera that was 320 TVL for $400 dollars, the labor to install it was $200 dollars and the cable was $30 or $40 dollars and the by the time you added a recorder, power supplies and everything else you were up to around $1,000 per camera installed and that was 20 years ago with analog systems.

The cost of storage has come down and the quality of the cameras has increased. I would still advise against purchasing the $50 dollar cameras because you do get what you pay for.

We do have higher end systems as well where the entry level NVR starting cost is just over $5,000. We have gate keeper Axis cameras that will zoom in automatically on your gate to see the plate number on the car and when any other movement occurs in your lot the camera zooms back out to see the full view. This is just one of the many features you can get with the AXIS cameras. A great quality Axis 5MP IP camera that is 2.5 to 12mm and vandal resistant is only $1,794 so the $140 dollar camera really should not be compared to the $2,000 dollar camera because it is like comparing apples to oranges, it just doesn’t work well.

When your alarm company designer knows your budget and your needs he or she can help you design an incredible system that will last for many years that is expandable. If they are only concentrating on LOW BID then you won’t get the best system but you may get the cheapest system which never is the best option.

We have some very good hybrid systems that will allow you to use your old analog cameras and the coax and begin to replace them with IP/High Definition cameras.

We have a friend that got our advice of which cameras to install and he bought them off of the internet (often B stock or refurbished) and he installed them himself and they are not working well at all and now he is complaining about the type of cameras. We pointed out that he should have had the installation done professionally and purchased the cameras from a reputable source because we have a great deal of those same cameras installed and working perfectly. There are tricks to the trade when installing and when you guess or try to do it yourself often errors are made and the system will not work properly. We found owners that installed the wrong cable even cable TV cable for their cameras and if the runs did not go over 100 feet the picture was ok but if they used the aluminum RG6 cable on cameras often the picture was horrible when they should have used the RG59 (95% copper) cable which costs quite a bit more but is made specifically for analog cameras.

If you decide to buy a cheap system through a big box store buy two or three of the systems because you will need those replacement parts soon. Peak Alarm is not out looking to be low bidder nor are we looking for companies that want the least expensive system installed. When you need a system done properly and you need quality equipment please call us. My number is 801 428 1384 and my email is Larry@peakalarm.com our web site is http://www.peakalarm.com

Peak Alarm has been in business for over 45 years, has an A+ rating with the better business bureau and five offices to serve you in Idaho and Utah. Peak Alarm has the only UL listed Central Station in Salt Lake and we offer full service guard and patrol as well.

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Taking time to research your security project

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To compare apples to apples both systems need to have the same warranty and features.

To compare apples to apples both systems need to have the same warranty and features.

To compare apples to apples both systems need to have the same warranty and features.

To compare apples to apples both systems need to have the same warranty and features.

Keep in mind that even within different levels of systems you will have higher priced items and lower priced items. We have several price levels of alarm systems and cameras depending on their warranty, features and brand such as a vandal resistant dome costs more than one that is not vandal resistant. A camera with a verifocal lens costs more than one that does not have that type of adjustable lens. A camera that sees in the dark costs more than one that needs ambient light. A camera with a heater and blower costs more than one that does not have those features. A cameras with an SD card option has a higher cost than one that does not have that. A 4TB NVR costs more than a 500 GB drive and so fourth.

A Bosch cameras costs more than a no name camera from Asia. Even within the FLIR line we have several levels of pricing according to the features

https://www.peakalarm.com Larry@peakalarm.com (801) 428 1384

When do I have to monitor my Fire Sprinkler System?

When water flows through the pipes this switch sends a signal to the fire panel

Monitor your flow and tamper with a fire alarm panel.

Whenever the fire sprinkler system begins to flow water an electronic signal is sent to the fire alarm panel which in turn calls the dispatch center and the dispatch center sends the fire department out.

In the event that someone turns off the water a supervisory signal or trouble signal is sent to the fire panel and the panel notifies dispatch at the central station and they call the owner to let them know that the water has been shut off. This is a TAMPER signal. When you have over 20 sprinkler heads tied to your sprinkler system it is required to have the system monitored with a fire alarm panel that is connected to a UL listed central station.

There are only 3 UL listed central stations in Utah and Peak Alarm is the only UL listed central station in Salt Lake City. Our Central station is also 5 diamond certified. This means that our dispatchers have been certified to deal with calls in the best possible way prioritizing the signals and handling the stressful situations in the best way possible.

Peak Alarm will monitor your elevator phone for only $15 per month

We will monitor your fire alarm for as low as $26 dollars a month when your system is tied to a phone line.

When your Fire Alarm is connected to a high supervision cellular unit that sends signals ten times an hour or over 7200 times a month then the high supervision cellular charge is an additional $22 per month.

When we monitor your fire alarm with an AES Radio that is UL listed for Fire Alarm the monthly charges are only $15 per month

801 428 1384 Larry Love

Larry@Peakalarm.com

http://www.peakalarm.com

Cross cut view of a flow switch

This switch detects when water is flowing through the pipes. The Fire Department will be dispatched when a flow is activated.

Peak Alarm is not always low bid and there are reasons

Our UL 2050 installations don't look anything like this. I took this picture in Guatemala.

Our UL 2050 installations don’t look anything like this. I took this picture in Guatemala.

Low bid companies often forget to include professional device placement, lift rental, proper cable, penetrations, fire caulking material, junctions in boxes rather than just taping the wire together, proper insurance such as liability, workers compensation and auto insurance. Our administrative office sent out an email yesterday and this is part of that email.

Good morning all,

A couple of weeks ago I sent an email to the department managers reminding them about DOPL renewals.

This is just a reminder to everyone to make sure you getyour DOPL license renewed BEFORE MARCH 31, 2015.

Anyone without a current license will not be allowed to work, (this is a condition of employment with Peak and is in the handbook)!

Licenses take some time to come back, so make sure you plan accordingly.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks for your prompt attention to this matter,

Missie Ashbridge

HR/Payroll Generalist

Peak Alarm Company, Inc.

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Professional companies normally are not low bidders all the time but things like insurance and licensing are not optional but mandatory.

When low bidders cut corners on some of these items other things have to suffer and so they look for other ways to cut corners or save money and often they cut corners on important things.

“You get what you pay for” in the long run it is prudent to get it done right the first time.

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Larry Love 801 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com

Too smart to get a professional alarm system?

When you need long range wireless security go with the best.

When you need long range wireless security go with the best.

DIY is here to stay but I doubt that it will affect in a meaningful way traditional alarm businesses. The DIY systems are not going in the 15% or so of alarmed residences. DIY is going into residences where the end user is too cheap, can’t afford or is too dumb to get a professional alarm system installed. If you’re professionally installed alarm system isn’t better than the DIY systems then you don’t belong in business, not this business anyway. Just my opinion. So someone who actually needs [fire or commercial premises] or wants an alarm system is not going to try DIY. But 85% of the market place is a pretty good pool of prospective customers and I think great money can be made selling the DIY and getting the monitoring. But don’t confuse yourself with a professional alarm installer, though you can certainly have both businesses going at the same time.

KEN KIRSCHENBAUM,ESQ
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considerations re: getting into DIY alarm business
February 10, 2015
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considerations re: getting into DIY alarm business
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Question: getting into DIY alarm business
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Ken,
If we were to dabble in the “do it yourself” market to provide a kit and monitoring:

Do we need any local licensing for out of state since we are not installing?
Is there a contract we can use to limit liability?
Anything else I should consider?
We use your standard monitoring agreements to date
Anthony Ariniello
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I think the first thing you should consider is that many in the alarm industry and outside the alarm industry are thinking about giving alarm DIY business a shot. All you need is good marketing program, call center, vendor willing to drop ship, a phone, a computer and a central station willing to monitor. And money. Money to do the marketing and deliver the DIY product, cover overhead for insurance, usually business expense and legal – don’t forget that expense.
There are plenty of equipment manufacturers to choose from and even more central stations. Getting insurance shouldn’t be a problem. You will have competition so marketing is going to be something you need to give some thought to. Options include a top web site presence, call centers for telephone solicitations and print advertising.
You are not going to need a license to sell the DIY equipment. You are most definitely going to need a proper Contract, and you can get that by calling our Contract Administrator Eileen Wagda at 516 747 6700 x 312. You’ll need a form agreement that covers the entire country. If you’ve mass marketed any other types of items, bracelets, toys, whatever, and think that marketing security equipment is the same thing, you’re wrong. You will leave yourself open to many of the same claims the local alarm installers face. So don’t get into this business without a proper contract.
You are going to require a license in those jurisdictions that require licensing for alarm monitoring. Those looking to get into this line of work pay me “big” bucks for advice, so I can’t give too much here. In addition to licensing there may be registration issues in a number of jurisdictions. Why do you need the licenses if you’re subcontracting out the monitoring to a central station [which you hope has the necessary licenses]? Because you’re entering into the monitoring agreement, not the central station. If you don’t intent to use your own monitoring contract then don’t bother getting into this business. It’s not for you. Try something a little less complex and risky, like staying home and watching TV. Your monitoring contract will have to be a nationwide form, and yes we can provide you with just what you need. Contact our Contract Administrator.
DIY is here to stay but I doubt that it will affect in a meaningful way traditional alarm businesses. The DIY systems are not going in the 15% or so of alarmed residences. DIY is going into residences where the end user is too cheap, can’t afford or is too dumb to get a professional alarm system installed. If you’re professionally installed alarm system isn’t better than the DIY systems then you don’t belong in business, not this business anyway. Just my opinion. So someone who actually needs [fire or commercial premises] or wants an alarm system is not going to try DIY. But 85% of the market place is a pretty good pool of prospective customers and I think great money can be made selling the DIY and getting the monitoring. But don’t confuse yourself with a professional alarm installer, though you can certainly have both businesses going at the same time.
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Camera coverage and lens sizes

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Depending on what you want to see placing multiple cameras at your project site using different angles and lens sizes will assist you to get the best coverage to allow recognition,identification, coverage for accidents and coverage for theft.

Get a system that will allow you to store the needed amount of video so you can go back and review events.

When you use a wide angle lens such as 2.8mm you will get a wide view of the area and people will be seen as much smaller at a project site such as a warehouse. You will see more but view less of the details and getting facial recognition is very difficult. When you have IP cameras you may zoom in after the fact and they normally have 3 to 5 times the resolution as analog cameras.

Often we will get people that ask us to cover their parking lot with one camera and the cars they are looking at are say 100 feet away and 200 feet across. Using a 2.8mm lens will allow you to see 160 feet across and the view will be 120 feet high. This means you could stand 80 people side by side in this view and put over 20 people standing on each others shoulders. Picture a person taking up 1/20 of the area up and down on the screen. This would be similar to looking at ants.

On the other hand covering this same parking lot with 4 cameras using the 9mm lense setting on a verifocal lens would give you 4 views of 50 feet across and about 38 feet high so you could only put 6 people on top of each others shoulders and only have 25 people side by side so you would get a much better view and if you have IP cameras you could zoom in even more when needed to see additional details such as plate numbers.

Attn: Larry Love 801 428 1384 Larry@PeakAlarm.com

This is the view of our office cameras here at PEAK

This is the view of our office cameras here at PEAK

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