Yesterday a man called in and said his insurance company won’t renew his policy unless he adds temperature sensors to his alarm system in Park City. This is the second time I have heard about this. He has a cable company that provides his security system and they don’t provide temp sensors.
The insurance company wants him to remove the system he got from his cable company and install one that is monitored by a local UL listed Monitoring Station. (Peak Alarm happens be be a local UL listed Monitoring Station)
Having your cable company provide your security system and monitoring is kinda like getting a sandwich from your plumber. Hey they may be getting better at it although Peak Alarm concentrates on Alarm Systems, Guard/Patrol, AV and we do it well.
Peak can provide: Temp sensors, water sensors, CO, Smoke, gas, motion, status contacts, gun movement sensors or sensors to tell you if the stove has been left on.
Contact Larry Love Larry@peakalarm.com (801) 428 1384
The Cable TV company told him that they could not add temperature sensors to their security system. They only do certain things and they are limited. Hey they are good a cable TV and so when they do other things they are limited. They can bundle and give great pricing although you need to ask what exactly are you getting?
You can call me about security systems and alarm systems because I have been involved in the industry for over 20 years but I cannot help you with information relating to other areas of your life. Our systems are becoming more integrated with home entertainment all the time and we can integrate them into those systems, our AV department can install large theater systems in your home and we can integrate the security into those systems.
Before going with any security company go through a simple checklist:
1. Check the Better Business Bureau for how many complaints, the type of complaints and reviews. www.bbb.org
Two of the large competitors have over 3000 complaints that have been filed.
2. If the security system is internet based know that if the power goes out so will your security system.
Sure the system is less expensive but ask yourself why is it less money?
3. If you only have a phone line connected and the phone line is cut no signals will be sent. (Install AES Radio or Cellular)
Having both phone and cell is fine but phone only or internet only is not as secure.
4. Ask yourself if you would buy Chinese food from your plumber. If not then buy security from a security company not a cable company.
We specialize in security, we don’t do other things outside of that scope. Look online and find out what type of service others have gotten from that company. When you buy cable TV or Dish often it is very easy to buy but how good is the customer service after you have purchased? Are they a local company?
5. Is their central station UL listed and 5 Diamond Certified? Why should you care? It makes a difference.
If you are dealing with a local company they know the area and they are easier to deal with.
6. Does the alarm company you are going with have a Guard/Patrol service inhouse? If you are in SLC know that Police do not respond to normal alarms.
A. Peak Alarm has only had one complaint in the last 3 years.
B. Peak Can install an AES Radio or Cellular communicator with battery backup in case the power goes out.
C. Peak is a local company that has been in business for over 48 years
D. Peak Alarm has a full service Guard/Patrol, UL listed central Station that is 5 Diamond certified
E. Peak Alarm is a local with all employees having been through an extensive FBI background check.
What you should understand before buying and installing a camera system in your home or business
1. Buy two systems if you buy a kit from a big box store so you have replacements.
2. If you are buying a $30 camera understand that you get what you pay for. Spend a bit more for a decent system.
3. Have a Professional do the installation so the cable and equipment is installed properly.
4. Peak Alarm can install 4 cameras for as low as $1,800 with 1TB NVR and 4 of the 1.3MP coax cameras (MPX)
5. Peak Alarm can install 4 IP cameras for as low as $2,300 with 2TB NVR and 4 of the 2.1MP IP cameras
6. The four camera system I would recommend have motorized zoom cameras w/4 3MP cameras and a 6TB NVR for $4,321.00
7. Go with verifocal lenses rather than fixed lenses, the motorized allow you to adjust from a narrow to wide angle view.
8. We can do a lease with an extended warranty or you can buy the equipment out right.
9. All the above systems allow you to view the cameras from your smart phone but your upload speed should be at least 2.5mbps
10. Recently a customer told me he had put in 2 of the bigbox systems and now he wanted a real system. They work but the quality is different.
11. When you compare a $30 dollar camera to a $420 dollar camera there is a massive difference. Often the IRs will go out early on the least expensive units.
Peak Alarm is a professional company that has been in business for 48 years, licensed, insured and factory trained Peak does it right the first time.
It might be less expensive but most of the time the cheap systems work out costing much more than getting it done right by a UL listed company.
Peak Alarm installs and services electronic access control locks and systems. Call Larry Love 801 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.comhttp://www.peakalarm.com
You can use Maglocks (no moving parts) or you can use strikes( moving parts which wear out in 3-5 years on certain brands) If you use strikes that allow free egress then often you don’t have to have a request to exit motion or buttons to get out like you would with a maglock. Often the fire marshal will require that the fire alarm release the doors even with strikes so you can not only get out but so fire and emergency workers can get in.
DSX, DMP, Honeywell, Bosch and other products are used and with electronic locks you don’t need to re-key your building after someone leaves. Request to exit motions and a tie into the fire alarm system make it so people can get out in an emergency. Maglocks require door release with a button, motion and often a connection to the fire alarm panel.
Access Control systems will allow you to set user groups and limit access to certain days and certain hours so managers can get into the building any time but normal daily workers badges will only work 9-5PM as an example.
Peak Alarm is the only Alarm company in Utah that has their own central station for monitoring and their own Guard and Patrol Division. Other companies use third party companies for guards and often for monitoring. There are a couple that have their own central stations. Mountain Alarm also known as Fire Protection Services use Avantguard which is owned by family members of Mountain Alarm. Peak Alarm is the only UL listed Central station that holds 5 UL Certificates including the UL2050 installation and Monitoring Certifications as of 2016.
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If a company ties cameras into your internet and they tell you they will work fine without checking your upload speed I would not trust them. First you should look up your UPLOAD speed because if it is not at least 2.5mbps you may have problems seeing your cameras remotely.
I just tested my speed here at my company and it was 19.34 Download and for the UPLOAD it was 14.81mbps so we could install IP cameras and view them from our smart phones just fine.
I view my cameras that I have at home remotely using my phone but sometimes it takes longer for them to load and I have to load 4 at a time rather than all 12 of my cameras. That is because my upload speed is not as high at home as it is at my office.
If your upload speed was say 1.4mbps your cameras might not work very well so make sure it is at least 2.5mbps
Peak Alarm can install many different brands and help you with your systems. call Larry for more information and NO COST site visit evaluation. We can also help you so you can store video on the cloud as well as at your NVR or DVR at your home or business
When a product is quite a bit less expensive you need to question why.
Mystery meat is one thing but mystery camera systems is another. Often what happens is someone will come to Peak Alarm for a real system after having purchased these cheap camera systems from a big box store.
Peak Alarm offers solutions to your camera needs at very reasonable prices with high quality equipment.
When you pay for a professional installation using quality equipment you will note that there is a very big difference. It is the same with cars. A luxury car is made quite differently from an entry level car built for the masses.
1. Many times the equipment will be questionable and when you do the math sometimes you end up getting a camera system for $50 or $100 dollars per camera. Think about it carefully, you do get what you pay for.
2. Much of the time the cable and the connectors are not universal but will only work with that particular system so my advice is to buy 2 or three of those systems so you have replacements because later on the factories do not build or support many of these low end systems when trying to get parts.
3. IP and Analog cameras are very different and with IP you get a much higher resolution. IP cameras can also have very similar specifications yet be very different. We have an awesome quality camera that is 2.8mm to 12mm Verifocal, IP66 weather rated, 3MP, vandal dome for $400 dollars yet we also offer an AXIS brand camera with very similar specifications for over $1000 each.
4. Do you want to be able to recognize people or identify them? Lower end cameras often leave much to be desired when you want to provide the police with a disk or USB stick. The differences between AXIS cameras and big box store cameras are like night and day.
5. Peak Alarm has over 46 years of experience and is licensed, insured and factory trained to install camera systems. I am an AXIS CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL and many other employees and techs here at Peak Alarm also have this same certification. In order to obtain this we took a week course and a grueling test which not everyone passed. Others had to study, review and then retake the test to pass it.
Call Larry Love 801 428 1384 or email Larry@peakalarm.com for camera system pricing in Utah or Idaho. On the Wasatch Front area we can stop in and do a no cost consutation for your cameras, security, fire alarm or access control systems.
Peak Alarm has been in business for 46 years, has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, has their own local UL listed Central Station, has their own Guard and Patrol Division, has their own AV division, Alarm division, CAD department and much more. When you think of a full service alarm company think of Peak Alarm. No other company in Utah offers the same line up of services from one company. Larry Love has over 20 years of experience in the security industry and also served on the Alarm Systems board for DOPL for over 7 years. Peak pays their taxes, insurance and keeps their employees factory trained.