They don’t last forever. There, I said it – and it’s true. More than 40 years in the industry means we’ve seen a thing – or three! Let me give you three examples of how it happens:
System Updates – Just like we have lived through years of updates from the likes of Microsoft, Adobe, and Apple, we have to pay attention to and live through updates to security systems. 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.
Updates come out and some are installed automatically, but with security systems, most are not. When that happens and updates are not made, eventually something along the network generally fails. 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 camera lenses. This is especially true for outdoor cameras and cameras in environments that are dusty or filled with production materials. While dirty lenses don’t prevent the 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 essentially useless.
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 keeping the chain on your bicycle greased prevents it from seizing and breaking, maintaining your security equipment keeps you on the road, 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 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.
We offer a Preventative Maintenance program to provide 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, 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. We can help you create a plan that will move your system ahead in the best way possible to address the priorities you set.
Don’t get caught in a pickle. Give Conzer Security a call at 317.580.9460 or via our contact page to assess your existing system today.