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Remote site security is just as important as infrastructure security. There are many good reasons to invest in an effective security system for your remote telecom sites. Most of them can be summed up simply: everything else you do is ineffective if something happens to your mission-critical assets.
Your critical gear can be protected with a remote site security system. A capable system would include a master station, site controller, entry control unit, user input device, and possibly cameras. An Access Control System allows doors to be remotely locked and unlocked and enables you to instantly grant and revoke access.
The greatest benefit of a remote security monitoring set-up is the peace of mind that your sites are secure.
Many security solutions are inadequate and are not remotely controllable.
Typical keys and locks leave your important gear vulnerable. Anyone can go to Walmart and make copies of a key for a couple dollars. Basic key-and lock mechanisms allow the site to be accessed at any time of the day or night, with or without your authorization. They also cannot be remotely monitored or controlled.
A propped door is an invitation for thieves, vandalists, animals, insects, and weather to get into your cabinet. Not only can a propped door indicate theft, but it can be a costly safety hazard. A fire marshal could issue a citation if he notices your site door propped open. Without a remote surveillance monitoring system, a situation like this could go unnoticed.
Having a real-time security monitoring system is vital to protect your unmanned remote sites.
The simplest way to add to your remote monitoring security system is to add sensors (door, vibration, motion detection). These can help to detect unauthorized activity or tampering. One or a combination of these devices may be sufficient for you, depending on what you're looking for. However, they do not enable remote access control.
An access control system will solve all the problems that basic keys present. It will also allow for remote control and record-keeping of the door(s). That way you can prevent theft and tampering, both from looters and "inside jobs."
The smartest way to protect your cabinets is to invest in a remotely controlled door access system. You want to find a system that makes monitoring your site effortless. It should allow you to monitor whether the door is open or closed and locked or unlocked. It should also display electronic logs showing when and who are opening the doors.
These are the essential components of a good security monitoring system:
Stay in control of your remote site security with an Access Control System that seamlessly integrates with your existing alarm monitoring platform.
The ability to remotely lock and unlock the doors to your sites enables you to "buzz" in maintenance personnel. It also eliminates the need to worry about remembering a particular key or forgetting to lock a door.
The building Access Control System paired with a T/Mon master enables simultaneous rollout of user access profiles. For example, if someone retires or if you want to issue temporary access to a maintenance technician, you can instantly edit the permissions of a user profile connected to a key card. You can also issue a card that expires after a couple days or that is only valid during certain hours of the day.
If you want to take your site security to the next level, consider adding a security camera with RTU technology.
All of the data and controls of the Access Control System and SiteMON can be reached from anywhere you have internet connectivity. Monitor, control, and view conditions at your site from the central office or even from a smartphone.
Thousands of organizations in the telecom and infrastructure industries trust us to protect their mission-critical gear. Contact us to learn more about remote site security or other remote alarm monitoring solutions. We will help you get the perfect surveillance monitoring system for your network.