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by Mac Smith
Copper theft is once again on the rise. With the value of copper rapidly approaching $4-per-pound, copper thieves are back in full force.
From the safety of your employees to the reliability for your customers, you have a duty to stop copper theft. The good news? A monitoring system will often pay for itself after preventing just once incident.
You can't predict copper theft, but you can protect yourself with monitoring gear. You need a system that alerts you immediately. That way, you can contact the police and
Diagram of a Good copper monitoring Solution
These sensors are your first line of defense. Inexpensive and easy to set up, you can install them in multiple locations within a site. When triggered, they latch a contact closure that's wired into a discrete input on the local NetGuardian remote.
IP cameras allow you to view the live status at your site. The better IP cameras will also capture images when a nearby motion, door, or other sensor is triggered. With a built-in LAN jack, the SiteMon IP provides a web browser interface and email notifications when operating in stand-alone mode. SiteMon IP is also available with an external housing that protects it from the elements. The use of a housing means that you only need one version of camera hardware - reducing hassles during purchasing and deployment.
The local alarm remote at your site serves as a central aggregation point for your sensors and, for models equipped with a LAN switch/hub, your IP cameras. It maintains a connection to your central office for reporting intrusions. For smaller sites, your SiteMon IP cameras can perform this role themselves, collecting data from 2 sensors and reporting back to you via LAN. This makes simple surveillance possible at a lower cost. Like the SiteMon IP, most NetGuardian models include a web interface and email/text message notifications when operating in stand-alone mode.
If you have more than a few network sites, you should be using a master station already to monitor your network. It will provide an aggregated alarm display at your central office. In this case, it's best to tie your copper theft monitoring equipment into your existing network monitoring system. That way, your operators will have just one screen to look at for all network threats. It is possible to monitor alarm remotes directly via web browser interface over LAN, but this is not recommended for monitoring any more than a handful of sites.
Don't wait for copper thieves to strike in your network. The cost of just one incident will frequently pay for an effective monitoring system. It's much better to install a monitoring system on your own proactive schedule than to do it all in a frenzy after your copper does get stolen (and you'd better believe that we do get those calls). to speak with a sales engineer about your sites.
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