Peak Alarm Prodatakey Cloude based Access Control Utah Idaho

Prodatakey

Peak Alarm is a factory trained installer for Prodatakey which is a cloud based access control system that you can control completely using your smart phone. This is one of the most powerful access control systems on the market and is incredible.

Call Larry Love (801) 428 1384 for more information about the future of Access Control. This product is future proof and is built not only to last but to move forward with technology at a very fast pace. While other products have stayed in the past Prodatakey has not.

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Peak Alarm can help you with every step of the process from design, installation, use and upgrades for your access control systems.

Comparing Alarm Companies in Utah

deciding on an alarm company

deciding on an alarm company

I will list come criteria below and then some of the Alarm companies here in Utah for comparison. I have listed the DOPL web site below and you can look up current licensing information on that web site to verify a company’s current status. If there are any errors on this blog please email Larry@Peakalarm.com and I will correct those errors. This is not a complete list of companies. Low price is not the best criteria when looking for a solid professional alarm company.

AAA Security 1/12/13/14
Alarm Control 1/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13
ADT (Protection One and ADT are now one company) 1/5/6/7/8/13/14
Alpha Security 1/6/
Anchor Alarm 1/12/13
AMP Alarm 1/10/F score on Better Business Bureau
COMCAST BROADBAND SECURITY, LLC DBA as XFINITY HOME 1/12/
DELTA FIRE SYSTEMS aka 3D Fire Protection 1/6/7/8/12/13/14
Elite Home Security LLC 1/6/10
Gray Security 1/2/6/7/
Peak Alarm 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/12/13/14 Only 3 complaints listed in the last 3 years
Platinum Security Solutions 1/6/12/13
SIMPLEXGRINNELL -Multiple offices 1/5/6/7/8/
STONE SECURITY 1/6/12/13 Zero Complaints in the last 3 years
TRI-CITY ALARM 1/6/12/13 Only one complaint in the last 3 years
TYCO INTEGRATED SECURITY LLC (TYCO merged with Johnson Controls) 1/5/6/7/8/10 C- on BBB Score
UTAH CONTROLS 1/6/7/8/12/13 Zero Complaints in the last 3 years
VIVINT 1/2/5/6/ This company has over 3662 complaints in the last 3 years although they do a great deal of business

1.Licensed and Insured
2.Local UL listed Central Station
3.Local UL2050 listed Central Station for high Security
4.Full Guard and Patrol Division
5.Several Offices to serve you
6.Factory Trained and Certified
7.Fire Alarm Certified for commerical systems including inspections and installations
8.NICET technicians on staff
9.Under 1000 complaints on the BBB web site Better Business Bureau web site in the last 3 years
10.Under 100 complaints on the Better Business Bureau in the last 3 years
11.Under 10 complaints on the Better Business Bureau in the last 3 years
12. Under 5 complaints on the Better Business Bureau in the last 3 years
13. A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau
14. BBB Accredited

Some of the listed companies concentrate on residential home security systems and other companies do more commercial security. Some of the companies do Fire Alarm and some don’t so trying to compare is difficult. Trying to find a company that meets all of your requirements is possible and some people like to buy or support local companies which is another factor to consider.

When you have updated information please contact Larry Love at Larry@peakalarm.com and he can update your company information on this post. If there is incorrect information please make us aware of this as well. On the below web site you can look up Burglar Alarm companies or Contract Security Companies (Guard/Patrol) and you will find many companies that have had their licenses expire, some have been revoked and just in the list of Contract Security Companies 20 of those licenses have been denied. Do your research before you buy or invest with an Alarm company or Security Company.

This is not a complete list of companies so you can see the complete licensed list on the site below.

Verify a Utah DOPL Alarm company license

3-Mountain Communications RENEWAL DENIED
5 Diamond Home Protection LLC REVOKED
Absolute Alarm LLC DENIED
ADSCO Administrative hold
Advance Protection Services DENIED
Advanced Security Systems Administrative hold
AES Systems, Inc. DENIED
Affiliated Central Inc. DENIED
Alarm Services Inc. Administrative Hold
Alert Center Inc. Administrative Hold
Alert Electronic Alarm Company Administrative Hold
Alert Technologies Administrative Hold
All West/Utah Inc. Administrative Hold
Allied Security Administrative Hold
American Alarm Systems Administrative Hold
Ampition Home LLC – REVOKED
Anser-fone, Inc. RENEWAL DENIED
Any Hour Inc DENIED
Apartment Protection Sys Inc DENIED
Automated Security LLC DENIED
AXIOM Sales LLC REVOKED
AVI Security Renewal DENIED

As you can see from this small sample of just the A letters that many of the licenses get denied or revoked. I did not list the expired licenses which just on the first 4 pages were 16 of the approximate 44 companies which is 36%. There are several reasons that a company could be put on administrative hold and you would need to check with DOPL to verify individual companies. Also the citations that DOPL gives out our public record and can be viewed on their web site. DOPL is The Division of Occupational Licensing. To get a State of Utah license companies have to show that they have current insurance, training and they need to have a qualifying agent that works for them. You can look on the same web site to see a list of items you would need to apply as a burglar alarm company or company agent. There are tests that need to be passed and an application process that does take some time. Trying to wade through the hundreds of companies is a chore.

Very few of the above companies have the entire list of services. Some of the National Companies such as TYCO and ADT do have most of the services but their central stations are out of state but they are UL listed, licensed, factory trained and they do have insurance.

Many web site say TOP 10 companies or the best 5 or top 5 companies but what you need to understand is to be on those lists you simply need to pay to get on those lists. You don’t have a have a good BBB Better Business Bureau report or even be licensed. That is why I suggest you looking at a few other criteria other than a top ten list to decide which company to use.

In the above list there is a company that has been in business since 1969,is licensed, insured, factory trained, BBB accredited with an A+ rating,has a UL listed Local Central Station to monitor your security and fire accounts, has the UL2050 listings from UL for high security, has a full Guard and Patrol Division and offices in Idaho and Utah to serve you. Peak Alarm is a clear choice when you need to decide on a security company to do your commercial or residential installations. Call Larry Love 801 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com for more information or with corrections to this article.

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How to Protect Your Home…

Burglars hit a house, apartment or condominium every ten seconds. But if the burglar picks your place instead of the one next door, you probably helped invite him there. He looks for what the police call “targets of opportunity”. In other words, easy pickings.

To protect yourself, make your home look occupied when you’re away. Chances are the thief will pass it up for an easier target. Also, look into making a reasonable investment in good locks, outdoor lights and an alarm system. It will pay off in security and peace of mind. Here are some specific measures you can take.

Keep garage door closed and locked. This helps protect any valuable property you store in garage and prevents access to interior doors. Electric doors should be disconnected and, if practical, consider padlocks on the garage door tracks.

Have your lawn taken care of. Dry, uncut grass and build-up of excessive leaves and debris says you’re away.

Display “beware” signs. If you have a dog or an alarm system, put up signs that say you do. They deter thieves.

Put peepholes in doors. The type with a magnifying glass lens lets you see who’s out there without opening the door. Consider heavy-duty door chains as well.

Ask for police patrol. When you’ll be gone for an extended time, ask police to check your home periodically. And be a good neighbor. If you see unfamiliar or suspicious activity, call the police.

Consult a good locksmith. Different kinds of doors and windows require different kinds of locks. Deadbolt locks are recommended.

Don’t keep expensive jewelry at home. Keep it, along with other small valuables and important documents, in a safe deposit box.

Light the outside of your house. Use automatic light sensors near doors and the rear of the house where thieves do most of their work.

Secure patio doors. A steel rod in the door channel can work. A pin-type lock or a key lock is better. Additionally, secure two or three screws in the overhead track to reduce the chance of lifting the doors out of the track.

Don’t stop all deliveries. Cancel the milk, but have a neighbor pick up mail, newspaper and circulars daily.

Ask a neighbor to use your garbage cans. An empty garbage can is a tip-off that you’re away.

Keep shrubbery trimmed. Thick, tall shrubbery provides cover for a burglar and lets him work detected.

Leave a radio on. It says someone’s home. If you have a volume adjustment on your telephone bell, turn it to the lowest level.

Leave interior lights on. It’s best to use automatic timers to light different rooms at designated times.

Mark valuable items. Marking things a thief would be likely to steal, like the TV and stereo, will help police trace them and return them to you if they are recovered. Use an engraving pen, available at most police stations, and mark your driver’s license number with state abbreviations on items.

Leave drapes and shades open. When they’re closed, they’re a sign of an unoccupied house.

Take care with keys. Don’t leave a key under a doormat, flower pot, or a window ledge. Burglars look there first.

Park a car in your driveway. If you have a second car, leave it in the driveway. Or ask a neighbor to park there. This not only gives the appearance of an occupied house, but prevents burglars from backing up a van for loading.

Look into an alarm system. They vary in sophistication. Peak Alarm systems can even arm automatically when you leave the home. (Geofencing) They can control your lighting, temperature, garage doors,locks and more. Arm and disarm remotely. For the basic system with 3 doors, 1 motion, Panel, Cellular communicator, Keypad, siren and battery $99 installed and $39 per month ($5 more per month for remote arm/disarm) Add $10 per month when you need alarm response in areas the police will not respond.

Consider a camera system that you can view remotely with your cell phone. These type of systems are becoming more affordable and it can give you peace of mind to know when the kids get home and view them home. Many people use cameras to check on their pets while they are at work. Having cameras can be great when you are on vacation.

Tips to Protect your Business

SECURITY SYSTEMS: Burglars target businesses that do not have security systems and camera systems more often than those that do. Burglars look for what the police call “targets of opportunity” In other words, easy pickings. When your alarm system is outdated or in disrepair this can also put you at risk.
Look into making a reasonable investment in good locks, outdoor lighting, a new camera system that you can remotely access and a new security system that you can control using your smartphone. This investment will pay off in security and peace of mind. If you forget to arm the system you can remotely do so.

Leasing a system will allow you to make smaller monthly payments yet you can have your system installed today and when the technology changes in a few years you can have the system updated to a newer system keeping your business on the cutting edge and protected.

CAMERAS : Consider installing a new camera system with high definition cameras that you can view remotely. This can be a deterrent to crime especially internal crime by employees. The cameras also work well as a positive training aid, let the employees know you appreciated specific work they did that you viewed on the camera system. This let them know that you are watching and it won’t come accross as a negative thing when you use the right comments. Cameras can also be very valuable when someone has an accident to view how to prevent future accidents or for insurance purposes.

Here are some specific measures you can take starting today.

TEST: Test your security and camera system regularly replacing decals and signs as needed.

Keep overhead doors closed and locked. Consider padlocks on the garage door tracks.

Keep your outside lighting in working order and consider adding additional lights and cameras.

Hold ongoing training on how to use the security system for new employees and hold review training for employees that may have been trained but do not use the system very often. Test your system every month to assure it is working.

Update your call list every few months making sure phone numbers and names are current.

Every 6 months or every year it is prudent to change all of the security codes. That way if anyone was sharing their code with someone else the old codes will not function. Avoid programming codes that are easy to guess like birth years etc…

LEARN ABOUT YOUR SYSTEM AND ACTIVELY USE IT: To reduce false alarms do not leave balloons near your motion detectors, avoid having hanging displays or mobiles near the motion detection areas. Keep the equipment clean and free of spider webs. Do not have plants or other hanging objects near the heating and air conditioning vents because many times the air flow can cause them to move and set off your motion detectors. Avoid installing motion detection in areas where the temperatures are very low or very high.

Have your security system serviced so it stays in top operating condition. Batteries should be checked periodically and changed as needed. When a door contact or motion detectors are damaged and not repaired, employees notice as do others making the building a more desirable target.

Don’t keep expensive inventory in areas of your business that do not have good constant camera coverage that you can review. Unfortunately a high percentage of shrinkage is attributed to employees and former employees that know your business. Using your camera system proactively can make your employees aware that you do use the camera system and are checking. Let them know how much you appreciate how organized they are or how they handled specific situations. Tell them you saw them unload product while viewing the camera system and let them know what a great job they did. When you use your camera system in such a way people are made aware that you are viewing the cameras and they are less likely to do things they should not do or be involved in theft.

Make a list of any items you may be interested in and call Larry Love at Peak for a free consultation 801 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com

2015 Utah Monitoring company of the year

Monitoring company of the year 2015

Monitoring company of the year 2015

Peak Alarm was presented with the Monitoring company of the year award for 2015 at the ESA Electronic Security Association meeting 9/23/15 at the Marriott in Salt Lake City

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Peak alarm the only full service alarm company of it’s type in the state of Utah won this prestigious award for 2015. Steve Kappel the President of the company and Clint Beecroft the General Manager received the award. Peak Alarm maintains a current UL listed Central Station which is also 5 diamond certified (only 200 central station in the entire nation meet these two criteria)

Peak has a full Guard and Patrol Division which is very helpful since Salt Lake City Police have a non response policy in Salt Lake City. Peak Guard and Patrol can respond much sooner than the police department in most cases.

Peak Alarm also has an AV Department which was rated #18 in the country by CE Pro Magazine this year 2015

Peak Alarm has over 270 employees and maintains an A+ rating with the better business bureau.

The Board of the Electronic Security Association of Utah presented the award at their annual function.

Peak Alarm also holds the certifications for UL 2050 Design, installation and monitoring and has been in business for over 46 years

Some Central Stations in Utah include Vivint, Avantguard, Denco, Armed Alert and others.

Avantguard web site
Denco Monitoring central station web site
Vivint safewise web site
Armed Alert central Station web site

If any of these links need to be updated or removed please let me know and I will do so. Not all Central Stations are UL listed nor are all of them 5 Diamond Certified so verify before you buy. When additional companies notify me I will be happy to list their web site link as well and a phone number and a short blurb.

Larry Love can help you with monitoring pricing, questions or concerns as well as Access Control, Fire Alarm, Security and camera pricing. Larry has over 20 years in the industry and you can call him directly at 801 428 1384 or email him at Larry@peakalarm.com

Peak Alarm can customize a monitoring plan to meet your budget and needs. We can do agreements with most any length such as month to month, 12, 24, 36, 48 or 60 months. Our most popular agreement length is 36 since it is not too long yet it is long enough that we can subsidize part of your installation into the monthly cost. Peak Alarm uses state of the art equipment.

Full Service Alarm Security Monitoring company

Weve got it all

Weve got it all

Full Service Alarm Security Monitoring Company in Salt Lake City is Peak Alarm.

1. UL listed Local Alarm Monitoring 46 years in business.
2. Full Service Guard and Patrol
3. Full Service Alarm company installing Intrusion, Fire Alarm, Access Control, IP Cameras, Nurse Call and Intercom
4. Rated #61 in the Nation by SDM Magazine
5. Full Service AV division rated #18 in the nation by SDM Magazine.
6. A NETONE COMPANY
7. UL 2050 listed for High Security installations and monitoring (Rare) “Military, Government and High Security Bank & Safe listed
8. A+ Rating with the Better Business BBB check every company first
9. Fair Prices, employees 270 employees locally and family owned
10. NICET certified and factory trained technicians.

No other locally owned Alarm company has been in business this long and maintains full service in all the above areas. What makes us different?

Peak Alarm strives to become better each year. Most of our business is Commercial although we do a great deal of residential as well. We do not install the cookie cutter systems because each facility or home should be custom designed. We have packages as low as $99 dollars and $39 per month with Panel, Keypad, Cellular unit, cell monitoring, 3 door or window contacts and one motion. For $5 more per month you can add smart phone arm and disarm. These smaller systems have their place although when you need more features we have systems such as DMP and Bosch that can accomplish all of your needs in the security realm. Call for a free site visit here on the Wasatch front, Salt Lake, Saint George, Boise, Idaho Falls, Park City Utah.

Call Larry Love for pricing or information Larry@peakalarm.com (801) 428 1384 or call my cell at 801 898 6003 Service Utah and Idaho

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Axis Camera Certification

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Several employees from Peak Alarm were certified last week and passed the AXIS Camera certification exam. The testing was done by PROMETRIC. The three day training was intensive. I personally was challenged by this class and the test although I passed it and learned a great deal about IP camera systems. Having sales people that have extensive training assists the installation technicians to do their job since the jobs are designed properly from the start.

Peak Alarm is not known for being the least expensive or low bidder on most projects. Peak Alarm is known for quality. Having been in business for over 45 years with an A+ Better Business Bureau rating peak maintains a high level of factory training for both technicians and the sales force. There were 30 Peak Alarm employees in the AXIS training class.

Peak Alarm also has certified technicians for DSX, DMP, Hochiki and others.

Many customers that look for the least expensive security solution end up with one of our competitors that has thousands of complaints with the Better Business Bureau and buyers remorse at a later date.

Spending the money to have a professional installation done right the first time will help you avoid that remorse.

One of the companies I visited two weeks ago had gone through 2 camera systems before they finally called us. The first system was a camera system from a big box store and the old adage “you get what you pay for” could not have applied more. The second system was installed by a security company who provided very low quality materials and the system is only 2 years old and is falling apart.

Peak Alarm offers entry level systems, midrange and enterprise systems. We want to keep our customers for generations, our goal is not just to get the sale.

Give me a call at 801 428 1384 or email me at Larry@peakalarm.com and I can come by and do a site assessment at no charge here on the Wasatch front within 80 Miles of Salt Lake City. Peak Alarm is licensed, their employees are licensed and have gone through the FBI back ground checks, the company is insurred and keeps their workers compensation insurance, their auto insurance and their general liability insurance up to date. Peak Alarm pays use tax on equipment and all applicable taxes where required.

Peak Alarm offers equipment for sale and on leases OAC. We can do 12 month, 24 month, 36 month or even 60 month contracts. If it is needed Peak Alarm can also do month to month contracts for specific situations. Keep in mind that most of our customers sign the 36 month contract in order for Peak to help out and subsidize part of the equipment. When you sign up for a 12 month contract the equipment will have a higher cost than a 36 month contract. Leasing is a good option for many companies because the up front costs are not as high. Call us and we can help you find the best option for your installation needs.

We look forward to your call.

Before you buy look up all alarm companies that you talk to or get pricing from on the www.bbb.org before you buy anything.

Be sure to look up all the alarm companies that you get bids from on the Better Business Bureau www.bbb.org

How much does a security camera system cost?

Peak Alarm can help you get the best resolution for your camera system

Peak Alarm can help you get the best resolution for your camera system

How much does a security camera system cost?

A four camera system can run from $,3700 to $5,000 installed using quality equipment.

This question has a wide variety of answers but the general answers is “it depends” just like it would with cars or phones. I will give you some general answers.

If you buy a $500 dollar car, buy two of them so you can get to work when the first one breaks down. If you plan on purchasing a camera system from a big box store buy two systems so you will have replacements for when the cameras and DVR go out. It is best to invest a bit more and not have to worry about replacing equipment very often. The installation will cost the same if you purchase decent equipment or if you buy poor quality or less expensive equipment.

As with anything else camera systems require maintenance and if this is ignored the system will fall into disrepair. Some companies offer repair agreements and for a low cost it is like purchasing an extended warranty to avoid high labor charges.

Be proactive with your camera system. Approach employees and let them know you saw how they handled a specific situation. Example: “John, I saw you on the camera system the other day and how you helped Susan reorganize the pallet that fell over. I appreciate your dedication and helpful attitude. “

Incidents like this will help them feel less nervous about the cameras but also aware of them. Most theft is traced back to inside jobs and employees so having them know that you review and watch the cameras is very important. Word get around when the DVR stops working and word gets around when the camera systems are used effectively.

Camera systems are not considered security systems although they can be integrated into your security. If you use inputs and outputs you can begin recording at a different frame rate when an alarm is tripped or have the camera show a view of the person’s face when someone comes through a specific access door.

The amount of days you can record will depend on how you set up your DVR/NVR. You can have the system recording all the time at a lower frame rate and jump up to a higher frame rate on motion which will allow you to record more of the video that will be needed.

Camera systems help mitigate and reduce situations of theft. After installation of camera systems there is almost always a reduction of theft and shortages.
Camera systems can be used for insurance purposes to show accidents and what really happened.
Camera systems can provide you with video for court or for identification purposes in police cases.
Do some research:

Before you get bids on a camera system do a bit of research just like you would before you make a major car purchase.

What do you need to see and why? Do you need to identify faces and plate numbers?
Do you need to connect to your cameras remotely or view them from your phone?
Learn the difference between analog camera system options, HD camera options and IP camera system options. Most IP camera and even HD will have 3 to 5 times the resolution. (They also take 3-5 times the storage.)
Make sure the correct cable is specified and installed so it will last. If the cable is to be buried or put in conduit underground it will get wet so it has to be special cable or it will only last a short time. If the cable will be out in the sun a special UV cable is needed. Many companies have lower bids but they also take short cuts.
Is a lift required, will penetrations in the walls be needed?
Do your outside cameras need heater blowers?
Do your cameras need to be vandal resistant?
Do you need day/night cameras? How is your lighting at your facility?
What are the distances to each camera?
Do you need any of the cameras in conduit or wiremold?
Having plans and specifications will help you obtain the best proposals but keep in mind that low bidders are not always the best option because many times the low bidder has left something out and will need to try to cut corners so they don’t lose on the project.
These are a few of the items that will determine which camera system and options will best fit your needs as well as the cost of the system.

Ask your camera installation company what the advantages are for purchasing cameras with verifocal lenses such as 2.8 to 12mm even in IP options.

Know that Utah does not require a security/burglar alarm license to install camera systems or access control systems so those individuals don’t have to go through an FBI background check. Consider hiring a company that requires their installers to have a security burglar alarm agent licenses and one that has a company license since they also have to prove that they are insured and many other requirements.

PRICING EXAMPLES :

Color analog indoor verifocal 2.8 to 12mm lens 600 TVL .5 Lux installed with upto 100 feet of cable. $260 each (does not include penetrations)

Color outdoor analog camera $462 each installed (penetrations not included)

Large outdoor analog camera with enclosure $529 each

4 Channel analog DVR 1TB installed $642.00

8 Channel analog DVR 2TB installed $1,038.00

16 Channel analog DVR 3TB installed $1,222.00

16 Channel analog DVR 3TB unit installed $2,257.00 (higher quality faster processer)

8 Channel power supply installed $250

IP Camera examples:

2.1 MP Ball Camera 3.6mm 60’ IR installed $302

2.1 MP Vandal Dome 2.8 to 12mm lens 65’ IR Micro SD card slot camera -$603

We have hundreds of cameras to choose from depending on brand, features and quality as well as price. A quality AXIS camera will cost more than a no name imported camera from overseas.

4 Channel NVR 2TB with 8 Port POE switch installed $870

8 Channel NVR 4TB with 8 Port POE switch installed $1,712

16 Channel NVR 6TB with 16 Port POE switch installed $2,386

Monitors, network connections such as routers and internet connections will be provided by the owner unless otherwise requested and proposed.

IP and HD cameras have 3 to 5 times the resolution.

There are also HYBRID DVR/NVR options for facilities that currently have analog camera systems and they want to begin to go to an IP solution. I can put together a system where you can put all your existing analog cameras on a DVR and the new cameras will be IP and the license for the IP cameras will already be purchased so you can change out the old analog cameras one at a time and not have to purchase a different head end.

HD solutions will allow you to use your existing Coax instead of running new CAT6 cable and you can still improve your resolution drastically.

HD camera pricing examples:

HD Indoor cameras starting at $322 installed outdoor HD option starts at $482

HD recording unit $2,257 with 3TB/ 16 channel 1920 x 1080)

Include power supplies as needed

4 Camera system examples:

Analog 4 outdoor analog cameras and 8 channel DVR $3,656 installed

HD – 4 outdoor camera system $4,441 (cannot mix analog and HD on this system)

IP – 4 outdoor camera system $4,684

We also can provide you with leasing options when requested.

This includes up to 100 feet of cable on each camera. Each facility will be a bit different on pricing depending exact equipment but this will give you a general idea.

Pan Tilt zoom cameras range from just over $1000 to $65,000 with a very good quality 30X PTZ IP camera that only costs $2,500 installed.

We have special cameras to identify license plates. We can even have the cameras set up to record and enter these plate numbers in a data base.

We also have video analytics that will allow you to set off alarms when a car drives down the street the wrong way or when someone climbs a fence.

Peak Alarm has been in business for over 45 years and has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Peak Alarm has 5 offices and over 270 employees. Peak Alarm is licensed, insured and has the experience and capability to handle any size project. I welcome any corrections and comments on this information.

Larry Love has over 18 years of experience in the security industry

Please call Larry at 801 428 1384 for a no cost site visit and evaluation.

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Security camera pixels and CIF what do I need?

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Commerical Camera Systems

Install camera systems to reduce theft

Pixel, short for Picture Element, is a single point in a graphic image. Graphics monitors display pictures by dividing the display screen into thousands or millions (MEGA) of pixels, arranged in rows and columns. The pixels are so close together they appear connected. The more pixels your have, the more resolution, or “clarity”, you have in your image.
HDTV/megapixel technology enables cameras to provide higher resolution of video images than analog CCTV, giving you the ability to see more detail and a wider coverage area. While the cost per camera may be more, you can see larger areas with fewer cameras. With an HDTV or megapixel camera the resolution is a minimum of three times better than an analog CCTV camera. The increased resolution allows for you to zoom into archived data and extract details such as license plates, faces, lettering, what a suspect may be holding, and much more. Yes, you can do all these things with a zoom analog PTZ camera, but what are the chances it will be aimed and zoomed into the right location at the precise moment an incident occurs.

How Many Pixels do I need?

A conventional CCTV camera providing 4 CIF resolution offers a resolution of 704×480 pixels (NTSC) after the signal is digitized in a DVR or video server, which corresponds to a maximum of 400,000 pixels. In the surveillance industry 20 to 30 pixels enough to represent one foot of a scene in most applications. For facial identification the demands are as much as 150 pixels per foot. This means to be able to Identify a person passing through a 7 feet wide by 7 feet high area the camera needs to provide a resolution of 1,050×1,050 pixels, which is slightly more than 1 megapixel. There are many other considerations that need to be taken into account including, lighting, available bandwidth, available storage and camera placement. You will also need to create a separate network for the surveillance cameras to prevent bandwidth problems.

2.1 MP cameras are an excellent choice right now for the price and for the resolution. We can install cameras that have a much higher resolution although they also eat up your DVR/NVR storage. Being able to go in and zoom in after the fact is a great feature of these megapixel cameras. We have 2.1 MP cameras starting at $322 installed with our FLIR systems and we have a 3MP Axis vandal resistant HDTV 720p 2.5mm to 12mm camera for $1,400 so the range will vary with your needs and budget.

CIF Resolution (QCIF, CIF, 2CIF, 4CIF, SIF)
CIF – Common Intermediate Format – a set of standard video formats, defined by their resolution. CIF resolution is 352 x 288 pixels, also known as Full CIF (FCIF). QCIF is Quarter CIF (resolution 176×144) 2CIF is Two-times CIF (resolution 704 x 288) 4CIF is Four-times CIF (resolution 704×576) SIF has a number of name definitions e.g. Standard Input Format, Source Intermediate Format, Source Interchange Format. The resolution provided by SIF for NTSC video is 352 x 240 and for PAL it is 352 x 288 pixels.

Larry Love 801 428 1384 Larry@PeakAlarm.com

The Truth About Peak Alarm

It's the combination of different ingredients that make this so good.

It’s the combination of different ingredients that make this so good.

It’s much more than just a sandwich.

When researching any large company online you will find negative comments, reviews and complaints. Every large company is a target for law suits and attacks by competitors. Sorting through the comments and getting at the truth is difficult at times. Deciding to use the lowest bid security company can also have its drawbacks because many times they are low bid because they left something out, they cut corners or they don’t have the proper licensing. Oftimes they don’t pay taxes and insurance or their overhead is much less because they operate out of their home or only have a few employees.

It is less expensive to have a security company like this do your installations although it is more risky. Finding a reliable company that will be in business for years to come, has the cash flow to complete your projects, the proper insurance, the proper licensing and the proper training is very important when you want the job done right.

Let’s look at the Facts before we get into the negative

Peak Alarm has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Look it up www.BBB.org

Peak Alarm has been in business for over 45 years when many competitors come and go.

Peak Alarm pays their taxes, insurance, current licensing, workers compensation, general liability and offers their employees great benefit packages. Recently a local security company was investigated for not paying their taxes, licensing or insurance. You won’t have that problem with Peak Alarm.

In the last 3 years Peak Alarm has only received 5 complaints at the Better Business Bureau and all of them have been closed out. Only one of those five complaints was filed in the last year.

Peak Alarm has over 270 employees and five offices in Utah and Idaho.

When you deal with a large stable company like Peak Alarm you can be assured that they will follow through, have the ability to order and provide the needed equipment and labor for any size project.

When you look up many of our competitors on the Better Business Bureau web site you will find that the complaints filed are copious. Two of the larger Peak Alarm competitors have over 3000 complaints that have been filed in the last 3 years.

Exploring the negative comments about Peak Alarm we have to concede that Peak Alarm is guilty of being a larger company and whenever you deal with a large company sometimes it is more difficult to get your projects scheduled quickly if there are customers waiting for installations. Peak Alarm customers overwhelmingly feel it is worth the wait to get the project done right. When a customer does not pay their bill the Peak Alarm accounting employees call them, send them letters and as a last resort send the account to collections because Peak Alarm is a business and we have not stayed in business by ignoring accounts payable. Customers with valid complaints can file those with Peak and the Better Business Bureau and have them investigated. The owner of Peak Alarm is an honest guy and has refused to cut corners and he insists that the company stays current on all their licensing, insurance and taxes. Peak Alarm listens and reads all the negative complaints, reviews and comments and when they are found to be something that Peak Alarm can improve on, changes are made and at times employees have even been fired if a solution could not be found. Peak strives to become better each year. This month Peak is holding another in house training using Stephen Covey’s teachings about the 7 habits of successful people.

Peak Alarm is in business to make money and sell Security Systems at a fair price. Some customers compare the Peak Alarm pricing to competitors that are offering similar equipment and feel that Peak is charging too much. That is the beauty of a free enterprise system. Those customers are free to go elsewhere and find the cheaper systems. Many times it comes down to what my mother taught me as a child. “You get what you pay for.” Peak is proud to offer much more than just the installed equipment. Peak Alarm offers a whole package: Equipment, Installation, Ongoing Service, A full Guard and Patrol company, A professional AV division, A local UL listed Central Station and a Professional Alarm Company.

Another criticism of Peak Alarm is that we only offer 36 month contracts or agreements. This is not true, Peak Alarm can do a 60 month, 48, 36, 12 or even a month to month contract. When you sign a 36 month contract Peak Alarm can subsidize some of the equipment using the monthly payment allowing us to give you a discounted price for the system. No matter what companies tell you the equipment is not free. You will pay for it now or later but you will pay for it. Read your contracts and work out a deal that you are satisfied with before you sign the contract.

Peak Alarm installs Fire Alarm Systems, Access Control Systems, Intercoms, Camera Systems and Security Systems. DSX, DMP, Bosch, Axis, Silent Knight, Firelite, Hochiki and Honeywell are some of the brands that we use. Peak is one of the few companies that is certified to do High Security UL 2050 installations. Peak Alarm is one of the only two UL listed local Utah Central Stations. Peak is a solid choice when deciding on your full service security solutions provider.