In Tulsa, we’ve seen how storms and sadly even tornados can come at any time of the year. These storms can take out entire buildings and cause troublesome power outages. What happens to your commercial fire or burglar alarm system during a storm when power is lost or the phone lines are disrupted? What type of commercial alarm monitoring might be best to protect your Tulsa or Oklahoma City business from power outages?
Usually, when you first lose power, your alarm system will beep to let you know that you’ve lost AC power. The alarm system will then run on its backup battery power for a time. This backup battery is not designed to last for an extended period of time, but it will recharge when the main power is restored.
If your alarm system begins beeping continually because of power loss, either letting you know it is using the backup battery or that the battery is low, you can usually reset the alarm and stop the beeping by entering your keypad code and hitting disarm, by pressing the status button on the keypad (sometimes twice in quick succession), or by arming and then disarming the system.
However, if your system uses phone lines or the Internet for alarm monitoring, the central station may not be able to monitor even a working alarm if the phone lines were also disrupted in the storm. If the phone and electric lines are down and your system is monitored using these, then of course, the alarm system will have no way of transmitting a signal to the central monitoring station.
And storms are not the only cause of power outages. Thieves can also easily cut phone lines to disable the alarm system from transmitting a distress signal, and accidents can quickly take down a telephone pole, not to mention just simple problems the telephone company itself may have. All of these situations can threaten the response your business will receive in an emergency. What commercial alarm monitoring in Tulsa and OKC would withstand these threats?
Alarm monitoring using private mesh radio communications can solve these problems. MacNet uses this wireless mesh radio technology to ensure monitoring signals always reach the central station. With this radio communication network, there are no phone lines, towers, or wires needed for this system to work. It reliably uses a redundancy of multiple signal pathways, in effect, “hopping” through other subscribers along various routes, until it reaches the central station. And these signals are received by the station in 2 seconds or less.
This wireless mesh system has proven to withstand wildfires and hurricanes. The AES Corporation, the leading manufacturer of operator-owned and controlled private wireless mesh networks, reported that their radio mesh alarm communication networks remained online during hurricanes Katrina, Wilma, and Sandy. “Radio signals are not affected by floods or wildfires,” AES Corporation noted.
Alarm system communication is important after the initial disaster hits to prevent crime. “During a major storm such as Katrina, when electricity, phone lines and cell towers go down, crime goes up. With no communications available at protected premises during these times, it’s a free-for-all for looters,” the company added. Thus, it’s vital that an alarm communication system stays functional during a disaster. Wireless alarm monitoring from MacNet can provide the reliable protection needed during an emergency.
MacNet’s wireless commercial alarm monitoring service provides numerous other advantages over traditional monitoring systems. Because it’s a standalone system, there are no third-party fees, and it is not subject to technological enhancements or trade-outs. There are also no infrastructure changes, no sunsets, or expensive upgrades. It requires little installation time with no cabling or IT department involved, and so you can get immediate monitoring.
For more information on how MacNet wireless mesh radio alarm monitoring can benefit your Tulsa or OKC business, call our licensed specialists today at 918-582-3736 in Tulsa or 405-842-7900 in OKC.