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Spectrum Security & Fire Systems are based in Windsor, Berkshire and offer a fully inclusive service to clients throughout the Thames Valley & London. We're experts in providing protection against security risks for your business or home. 

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Spectrum Security will take a 360 degree view of your business to develop a comprehensive assessment of your needs. We will carry out a full survey and provide proposals for a fully compliant direct detection and alarm system.
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By Catherine Dove 30 Nov, 2017

Fire hazards are a lot more common at Christmas time, and it is essential that your business adheres to usual standards of fire safety that you do all year round. Here are a few tips to ensure your employees and your building are safe from fire accidents this Christmas.

1/ Cardboard boxes may be building up due to an unusual amount of packages arriving at the office. Ensure that these boxes are folded away and put in the recycling as soon as possible. Do not let them spread out as they are very flammable, or build up so that they block fire exits or fire safety equipment.

By Catherine Dove 18 Oct, 2017

Spectrum Security and Fire Systems specialise in providing access control system solutions compatible with 3rd party credentials. This means that the client’s personnel only ever have to carry one credential (for instance a card or fob) to gain access to a multi-tenanted building and then to their own office space within that building. 

Below are some examples on how single credential security has been a huge benefit to our clients.

Example 1 – Multi-Tenanted Building

The client was moving into a floor in a multi-tenanted building wherein the Landlord already had an access control system installed to control access to the common areas, e.g. ground floor main entrance lobby turnstiles/speedlanes, lifts, main stair cores etc. The client wanted to install their own, autonomous access control system for their office space but did not want their personnel to have to carry two credentials. Spectrum Security & Fire Systems provided an access control system solution that would be able to ‘read’ the Landlord’s existing credentials meaning that the client’s personnel only had to carry the one access control card. The Landlord provided the credentials already programmed into the building’s access control system. The client then programmed those same credentials into their system and issued them to their personnel.

Example  2– Global Client with Corporate Access Control/ID Card

The client was moving into a building in Central London and they wanted their overseas personnel to be able to get access to their London office 24/7. We analysed the client’s corporate cards and designed an access control system that was compatible. Thus the corporate cards could be programmed into the access control system at the London office. If this had been a multi-tenanted building this might present problems. Where this has occurred in the past we have issued the client with self-adhesive ‘Micro Tags’ which can be stuck to the Landlord’s credentials so, although the client’s personnel are effectively carrying two credentials they are all “on” the same card.

Example  3 – Clients with Both Intruder Alarm and Access Control Systems

It is a mandatory requirement that intruder alarm systems with police response must only be disarmed using a fob or token. Usually,  if the client has an access control system as well as the intruder alarm this would mean that their personnel would need to carry two credentials; one credential for their access control system and the other for the intruder alarm system. Spectrum Security & Fire Systems can easily interface the two systems which simplifies the operation for the user and, again, means that they only need to carry one credential. The users arm the intruder alarm system using a common PIN but disarm the system using their access control card provided that they are authorised to do so. If they are not authorised the access control system will refuse them access until an authorised user turns up to disarm the system. When the intruder alarm system is disarmed the access controlled door behaves normally throughout the day, until the intruder alarm system is armed again using a PIN code.

Our expert team are ready to discuss with you how to take advantage of the benefits of single credential security, so get in touch on 01753 754890 or drop us an email at info@spectrumsecurity.co.uk .

By Catherine Dove 27 Sep, 2017

As it starts to get a bit chillier outside, we need to keep up resilient security procedures, however much we want to rush home to spend the evening on the sofa. A new report shows that November is the worst month in the year for burglaries. Here are a few tips to make sure you aren’t one of those unlucky businesses:

1/ Get to know your neighbours. You can then recognise any unfamiliar faces around the vicinity and can report suspicious behaviour. A friendliness with neighbours also means that you can keep an eye out for each other’s businesses, creating mutual benefits.

2/ Don’t make silly mistakes. Thieves are opportunistic and will look for easy targets. Silly mistakes such as leaving the window open or a laptop in plain sight are mistakes you can’t afford to make. Ensure there is someone in charge of leaving the office secure every evening.

3/ Check your Insurance. Double check that your insurance policy is up-to-date and provides the appropriate level of cover. If your business is expanding, it is easy to quickly become under-insured without realising. Don’t forget to list especially valuable items separately.

4/ Your CCTV system should be consistent and comprehensive. We can design, supply and install a CCTV system that is bespoke to your building. If you already have a CCTV system then check for gaps and flaws regularly- we can integrate CCTV around your current systems to ensure a comprehensive security solution.

5/ Your door access system should be up-to-date and suitable for your business. Whether it is turnstiles, video/ audio access, or a fob/card sensitive access system, we can ensure that your access system is foolproof. Educate your staff on the most common  unauthorised access scenarios , so that everyone is aware of their responsibilities.

6/ Be prepared for the worst. No matter how careful you are or what technology you have, be prepared for the miniscule chance that a burglary does happen. Ensure that you keep backups of all your records and important information, so that your intelligence doesn’t get compromised. Remember to keep records of your company’s valuables and their serial numbers so you will be able to report them to police.

For more information on Spectrum security systems and how they can protect your building or business, give us a call on 01753 754 890 or drop us an email on info@spectrumsecurity.co.uk.

By Catherine Dove 02 Aug, 2017

Are you constantly having to remember hundreds of different passwords on a daily basis? Do you write down passwords on post-it notes? Wouldn’t you love to have just one password for everything? Single credential security or Single sign on (SSO) technology makes logging into your online platforms quicker and more convenient, whilst also offering multiple other benefits to the reliability of your security.

Here are a couple of the advantages:

  • No more password fatigue. Don’t you hate it when you have to remember multiple passwords? Or the ‘You need to reset your password’ notification? SSO means you only have to remember one powerful password, meaning vulnerable post-it note, phone and online password lists disappear.
  • Boost productivity. The frustration and time-wasting that comes hand in hand with multiple passwords will be reduced, meaning extra productive time will quickly add up!

By Catherine Dove 20 Jul, 2017

It doesn’t take a lot to upgrade the security of your home, but the benefits of completing a few small security procedures are huge. Houses with these simple security measures are five times less likely to be burgled, so get to it now before it’s too late.

  1. Install good outside lighting. This deters burglars as the chances of being seen are much higher.
  2. Have one of your neighbours keep an eye on your property, and make a deal to do the same for theirs.
  3. Install a burglar alarm that is obviously visible - this will act as a deterrent as well as a security device.
  4. Use timed lighting to make it look like someone is home when there is nobody in the house.
  5. You can’t be too careful when locking doors. Even when you are just popping out, or you are out in the garden, remember to double lock your door.
  6. Ensure side gates are locked securely to prevent access via the rear of the property. Climbing garden fences is also a possible entrance, so ensure they are in good condition.
  7. Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage.
  8. Ensure your garage door is constantly locked and secured to prevent burglaries of garage valuables. Garage security is also essential because tools found within could be used to break into your home. Always keep ladders and tools stored away.
  9. Trim high hedges and avoid high fencing (unless it surrounds your whole property) at the front of your house. This will increase natural surveillance from neighbours and passers by, so that burglars are more likely to be spotted within the property.
  10. Join and register your property for free at  https://www.immobilise.com/
  11. A neighbourhood watch scheme is a great way to increase security. Consider joining one or setting up your own.
  12. Always store high value items such as jewellery and passports in a secure safe or vault.
By Ellie McDaniel 05 Jul, 2017
S2 have released a new version of their Magic Monitor system, creating an even more unified security management experience. Version 4.2 is a recommended upgrade to enhance the overall performance, whilst simplifying the activation process. 

New Features

  • Enhanced performance when viewing video from multiple video servers

  • Improved VMS discovery to ensure all attached cameras are properly identified and displayed

  • Updated licensing activation within S2 Cumulus cloud service to ensure all activated product information is stored

  • Resolved connectivity issues with traffic service provider in S2 Magic Monitor Professional

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