How is a Security System Like a Lawn Mower?

You service your lawn mower year after year to keep it sharp and effective.  To keep your security system sharp and effective it must be inspected at regular intervals with updates applied as needed.

System Updates – Just like we have lived through years of updates from the likes of Microsoft, Adobe, and Apple, we have to stay attentive of updates to security systems to ensure the system continues to do its job. If you are a member of the “it’s not broke, don’t fix it” crowd, yes, the day does come that you have to pay attention and “fix it.” By that time, though, it’s usually not a fix, but a replacement. Your building security, like an overgrown lawn, is out of control.

In the modern, Web-driven world updates are often installed automatically.  That is not often the case with security systems. When there are updates available and those updates are not installed the network is at an increased risk of failure.  It’s not necessarily that something is “broken” as much as it is that there is a gap in between elements on the network.

Increased Vulnerability – While this could be listed under system updates, it expands beyond just updating the software. As a system ages, hackers learn more about it and eventually how to get access to it. System updates are often centered on plugging holes and eliminating vulnerabilities, so if those updates are not installed, the gaps leave the door open to hackers. It’s a back and forth between those wanting illicit entry and those trying to protect your system.

We all know that as the systems become obsolete, they get replaced. At some point the manufacturer has to stop supporting the older system. When that happens, owners are left on their own to fend off the attacks – and to try to fix any failure.

Equipment Wear – Anything, and everything, that is mechanical eventually wears out. It could be a gasket dries out or that moving parts seize up. In a manufacturing environment, there is always a maintenance schedule that is followed and the same should be true about security equipment.

One of the biggest elements that show wear are the lenses on surveillance video security cameras. This is especially true for outdoor security cameras and security cameras in environments that are dusty or filled with production materials. While dirty lenses don’t prevent the video surveillance security camera from operating, it can prevent the images from being viewable. The point of the camera is to capture images, and when that is obscured with dirt and grime, the camera is worthless.

Aging equipment breaks down more often. Having to reboot systems, deal with lock-ups, or find periods where it failed completely to record can be maddening. Although it is not completely avoidable, regular maintenance extends the life of your equipment.

Just like servicing your lawn mower keeps it running year after year, maintaining your security equipment keeps your system sharp and running smoothly, too.

Improvement Opportunities – As technology marches on, so does the quality and features of products. Consider the old refrigerator in your garage. It’s probably there because you got a new one. However, if you talked with any of the energy (electricity) providers, they would encourage you to unplug it and get rid of it because it uses much more energy than a new one. The same is true of many cars and their gas mileage ratings. Again, not fixing it because it’s not broke is costing you money in the long run.

As far as new technology in security equipment, new features and benefits are continually making their way to the marketplace. Antiquated equipment and old technology creates problems. Consider how moving up from recording on digital video recorders can open a wide array of options, not to mention freedom from some of the old hassles. Plus, as technology marches on, old equipment becomes obsolete and it is not compatible with new software and hardware.

How to Handle Updates, Outdated Equipment, and Maintenance

Here at Conzer Security, we know that many of our clients just want the system installed so they can use it and that’s why we have you covered as you face maintenance and service dilemmas.

Conzer offers a Preventative Maintenance program that provides service support for all of our clients. We visit regularly to check on your system to minimize wear and tear. We also keep an eye on potential problems so they can be addressed before there is a breakdown.

The other benefit is that you have professionals who stay on top of new developments in the industry. That means that when it’s time to replace something or update your system, perhaps a move to video surveillance security cameras, we can offer you the best and most efficient transition. And, because we are pros at structured cabling solutions, we can get you ready for whatever you need in the future!

Old doesn’t necessarily mean unreliable, but when it is time, it is time – especially with systems that involve computer technologies. We can help you create a plan that will move your system ahead in the best way possible to address the priorities you set.

Remember, just like your lawn mower needs regular service, your security system needs regular service too! Give Conzer Security a call at 317.580.9460 or visit our contact page.  We probably won’t offer to mow your lawn, but we will assess how sharp your existing security system is today.

You service your lawn mower to perform year after year to keep it sharp and effective.  To keep your security system sharp and effective it must be inspected at regular intervals with updates applied as needed.

System Updates – Just like we have lived through years of updates from the likes of Microsoft, Adobe, and Apple, we have to stay attentive to updates to security systems to ensure the system continues to do its job. If you are a member of the “it’s not broke, don’t fix it” crowd, yes, the day does come that you have to pay attention and “fix it.” By that time, though, it’s usually not a fix, but a replacement.

In the modern, Web-driven world updates are often installed automatically.  That is not often the case with security systems. When there are updates available and those updates are not installed the network is at an increased risk of failure.  It’s not necessarily that something is “broken” as much as it is that here is a gap in between elements on the network.

Increased Vulnerability – While this could be listed under system updates, it expands beyond just updating the software. As a system ages, hackers learn more about it and eventually how to get access to it. System updates are often centered on plugging holes and eliminating vulnerabilities, so if those updates are not installed, the gaps leave the door open to hackers. It’s a back and forth between those wanting illicit entry and those trying to protect your system.

We all know that as the systems become obsolete, they get replaced. At some point the manufacturer has to stop supporting the older system. When that happens, owners are left on their own to fend off the attacks – and to try to fix any failure.

Equipment Wear – Anything, and everything, that is mechanical eventually wears out. It could be a gasket dries out or that moving parts seize up. In a manufacturing environment, there is always a maintenance schedule that is followed and the same should be true about security equipment.

One of the biggest elements that show wear are the lenses on surveillance video security cameras. This is especially true for outdoor security cameras and security cameras in environments that are dusty or filled with production materials. While dirty lenses don’t prevent the video surveillance security camera from operating, it can prevent the images from being viewable. The point of the camera is to capture images, and when that is obscured with dirt and grime, the camera is worthless.

Aging equipment breaks down more often. Having to reboot systems, deal with lock-ups, or find periods where it failed completely to record can be maddening. Although it is not completely avoidable, regular maintenance extends the life of your equipment.

Just like servicing your lawn mower keeps it running year after year, maintaining your security equipment keeps your system sharp and running smoothly, too.

Improvement Opportunities – As technology marches on, so does the quality and features of products. Consider the old refrigerator in your garage. It’s probably there because you got a new one. However, if you talked with any of the energy (electricity) providers, they would encourage you to unplug it and get rid of it because it uses much more energy than a new one. The same is true of many cars and their gas mileage ratings. Again, not fixing it because it’s not broke is costing you money in the long run.

As far as new technology in security equipment, new features and benefits are continually making their way to the marketplace. Antiquated equipment and old technology creates problems. Consider how moving up from recording on digital video recorders can open a wide array of options, not to mention freedom from some of the old hassles. Plus, as technology marches on, old equipment becomes obsolete and it is not compatible with new software and hardware.

How to Handle Updates, Outdated Equipment, and Maintenance

Here at Conzer Security, we know that many of our clients just want the system installed so they can use it and that’s why we have you covered as you face maintenance and service dilemmas.

Conzer offers a Preventative Maintenance program that provides service support for all of our clients. We visit regularly to check on your system to minimize wear and tear. We also keep an eye on potential problems so they can be addressed before there is a breakdown.

The other benefit is that you have professionals who stay on top of new developments in the industry. That means that when it’s time to replace something or update your system, perhaps a move to video surveillance security cameras, we can offer you the best and most efficient transition. And, because we are pros at structured cabling solutions, we can get you ready for whatever you need in the future!

Old doesn’t necessarily mean unreliable, but when it is time, it is time – especially with systems that involve computer technologies. We can help you create a plan that will move your system ahead in the best way possible to address the priorities you set.

Remember, just like your lawn mower needs regular service, your security system needs regular service too! Give Conzer Security a call at 317.580.9460 or visit our contact page.  We probably won’t offer to mow your lawn, but we will assess how sharp your existing security system is today.

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