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Choosing the Right Burglar Alarm System to Fit Your Needs

Whether you’re talking about a commercial or industrial building, it’s always recommended to have a burglar alarm system installed. Whatever you’ve got in your building – sensitive documents, expensive equipment, electronics, and the like – you’ve worked hard to accrue those assets for either your personal or professional use, and the last thing you’d want to have happen is for them to go to someone who thinks they can just take whatever they want. Burglar Alarm Systems are designed to help keep your property and your building’s dwellers safe. Burglar Alarms offered by Bulldog Fire and Security are scalable, easy to use, and perfect for whatever your needs may be.

 

How Do I Know What System Is Right for Me?

 

Because no one’s needs are exactly the same, there are a bunch of different burglar alarm systems for various scenarios.  For example, you wouldn’t need a 128 zone commercial burglar alarm system installed on a small business. Luckily, Bulldog Fire & Security’s staff of experts are happy to consult with you and go over your particular needs to help you decide exactly what system is right for you.

 

If you’re looking to install a burglar system in an office building for example, you may not need round the clock video surveillance, but it is recommended that you install intrusion alarm monitoring, so the police can be dispatched should an incident occur at your business. Conversely, if you’re installing a system in a retail environment, you may need constant video surveillance. As we mentioned before, no two cases are exactly alike, and our trained Customer Service Representatives will come to your site and walk you through exactly what level of detection is recommended for your business or building.

 

What Can These Systems Do?

 

As you may have imagined, like anything else, the technology in burglar alarms has advanced over the years. After one of our Customer Service Representatives has laid out exactly what’s recommended for your situation, the devices will be installed by one of our Canadian Security Association (CANASA) trained Technicians. There are a number of devices that can work together to fit your needs, such as: door contacts to notify and record every time someone opens a designated door, glass break devices to indicate if a window is broken, perimeter protection beams for large open areas like fence lines which can trip an alarm if crossed, and more. Depending on your building’s capabilities, these devices can work in tandem with a control panel as the brains of the operation and will be monitored by our ULC certified Signals Receiving Centre (SRC) using phone lines, cellular, and/or internet connections.

 

From here, we’ll work with you to customize an alarm response protocol. Different police departments require different protocols when receiving an alarm signal, but we will always stay within the guidelines of the Alarm Response Policy of your region while reducing false dispatches. 

 

Bells and Whistles

 

Not only have Burglar Alarm Systems become more intricate at detecting an incident at your business, but they’ve evolved in the automation space as well, making them a cool and convenient addition to your building. Bulldog Fire and Security has partnered with Alarm.com to provide alarm monitoring services which can include this sort of automation. This means that with the right components installed, you can arm and disarm your Burglar Alarm remotely, check on the status of your doors -whether they’re locked or unlocked, remotely access your security cameras, control your thermostat and more, all through your smartphone or tablet. These features mean that not only is your Burglar Alarm going to protect you from unwanted intruders, it will also be an exciting upgrade to many other elements of your business.

 

Don’t leave your building vulnerable. Protect your assets with a customized Burglar Alarm System from Bulldog Fire & Security today. Contact us at 1-866-670-1590 or by email at bdsales@bulldogsecurity.ca to discuss your particular needs today, we’d love to help keep you fully covered.

 

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Future Proofing With LTE Communications

Long Term Evolution

With technology advancing as rapidly as it does, there’s always something new and exciting on the horizon. Think about it – in the last decade alone we’ve seen technological advancements exponentially more intricate than decades prior. It seems like there’s always something new being revealed, whether it’s the dawn of the age of tablets, the world’s welcoming of wearables, or new cellular technology that allows us to communicate with one another and access the internet much more quickly. It doesn’t feel like that long ago that 3G was being touted as the fastest mobile network connection, but as time passes, so too does technology, and we’re presented with something faster and more efficient. Enter Long Term Evolution (LTE), a 4G mobile communications standard. This upgrade is far more than just one extra ‘G’ though. LTE is allowing mobile and security customers to access faster networks to make their everyday lives better.

 

No Stranger to LTE

LTE has been around for some time in the mobile space. Originally launched for consumer use in 2010, it would become popularized and standardized in the following years as smartphones would include LTE accessibility. The improved speeds and reliability of the LTE connection have played a part in making mobile browsing the number one-way people browse the internet.  According to Statista 52.3% of internet users browse the web on mobile devices in 2018.

 

Of course, in a space where people are upgrading their devices practically biannually (or in some cases, annually) the adoption of new technology spreads much more quickly than other spaces. Take the security industry for example. In most cases, a business owner or building manager isn’t going to overhaul their entire security system just because a new connection is available. Most people are of the mind that, ‘it works, so why would I change it?’ and we understand that. However, updating your existing security system to one that works with LTE communications will benefit you, and future proof your business going forward.

 

The Next Step in Security

It’s right there in the name, ‘Long-Term Evolution.’ It refers to a standard for smooth and efficient transition toward more advanced leading-edge technologies to increase the capacity and speed of wireless data networks. LTE is the next step in security industry, and early adopters of the technology will be on the cutting edge for years to come. LTE means that the communication between your alarm panel and monitoring station is faster, and more reliable, so you won’t have to worry about a missed connection should an incident occur at your building.

 

Prepare for the Future

Many carriers have already begun the process of shutting down their legacy 2G networks, and though you may already be set up with a device that operates on 3G, understand that it too will eventually become obsolete. Are we saying that LTE will be around forever? Of course not. Eventually something more advanced always comes along, but if you’re in need of an upgrade, or want your security system to stay on the forefront, now is the perfect time to think of a system that’s equipped with the fastest network connectivity. Upgrading now will ensure that you’re not left in the lurch when 3G connectivity does go away, plus you’ll enjoy scalable security solutions, and will instill confidence in your stakeholders knowing that you’ve prepared yourself with future-ready technology.


If you’re thinking about a possible LTE upgrade, don’t hesitate to contact us at 1-866-670-1590 or using the contact form below. We’d love to be a part of helping you future proof your business.

 

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Paging Systems

With smartphones as omnipresent as they’ve become, it’s easy to think about paging systems as being an antiquated thing of the past. It can even be funny to think of a slick business tycoon from the ‘90s carrying around their brick-like cellphone with a pager – or beeper – clipped to their belt. That said, there are still many industries that use paging systems to this day. Why? Because they serve a dedicated purpose, and they’re reliable. In a situation where you can’t receive cell signal or connect to the internet, your smartphone becomes nothing more than an expensive Temple Run machine. Paging systems, like staff pagers used in the customer service industry, nurse call systems, and two-way radios, allow you to stay connected when it’s most important – quickly, simply and reliably.

 

Customer Service

In a retail environment, you want your staff focused on customer satisfaction, rather than constantly checking their phones for messages from you or their coworkers. In this case, a staff paging system would be invaluable. Rather than send notifications via SMS, equipping your staff with a paging system will ensure that they’ll only receive internal alerts when they’re needed, so they can keep their focus on providing the best service possible to your customers.

 

Healthcare

What about people who simply can’t use a standard smartphone. Patients in long term care facilities or intensive care units may be at a disadvantage when it comes to requesting assistance, despite being in a situation where they need it most. In this case, a paging system (or nurse call system) is vital to their comfort, and well-being. A simple push-button device can send an alert to a receiver being carried by a health-care professional to inform them that their patient is in need of something. For some patients, this quick method of communication can mean all the difference.

 

Security

Maybe your business requires security overnight. In this instance, it’s crucial that the security team maintain communication throughout their shift. It’s not very likely that a security officer is going to stop what they’re doing to text their partner about an incident they’ve spotted, but a paging system, or two-way radio will ensure that your security team is able to stay in communication no matter the situation. Plus, if you’re also equipped with a receiver, you won’t ever be out of the loop when it comes to your building’s or assets’ security.

 

It’s true that communication amongst peers has changed since the era of the pager, but paging systems still very much have a place in certain professional environments. Two-way radios, intercoms, and nurse call systems are efficient and reliable methods of communication in situations where firing off a text would be too time consuming or capricious. If you think that your business could benefit from the implementation of a paging system, don’t hesitate to contact us using the form below, or by calling us at 1-866-670-1590 today. We’d love to help build a custom paging solution to fit your unique needs.

 

 

 

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Bulldog Picks: Avigilon Presence Detector

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Here at Bulldog Fire and Security, we don’t just sell the products that keep your company safe, we’re fascinated by them. We get excited about the brand-new technology that comes through our doors because, let’s face it, it’s usually pretty cool. We want you to get excited about this technology too, so we’re going to share some of the Bulldog staff’s favourite new pieces of tech with you, right here on our blog.

Staff Picks

First up is the Avigilon Presence Detector (APD). This product was selected by David Parker, one of our Business Development & System Design associates. The APD is a motion detector like no other, and changes what it means to have a presence in your building.

Smart Sensor

The APD is a sensor that not only detects when you’re in a room but learns how to image of: avigilon presence detectordetermine if someone is still there using analytics. The device’s Impulse radar technology accurately detects the presence of a person, even if they have stopped moving! How many times have you activated a motion detecting light, sat down, and had the lights shut off on you? With the APD that’s no longer an issue, as it even has the capability to detect whether you’re on the premises through walls. The impulse radar sensor and self learning analytics scans the room the APD is installed in to continuously adapt and reduce false positives.

Versatility

The APD is a truly exciting piece of technology that works perfectly in locations such as: ATM rooms and other closed indoor vestibules, pharmacies, retail stores, and health care facilities. Not only will it ensure reliable presence detection while someone occupies the space it can read, it can also cut down on energy consumption. When the APD determines a person is no longer occupying a designated space, the devices it is connected to can be programmed to shut off.

Giving You A Presence Where Previously Impossible

The APD is also a useful device when it comes to recognizing a presence where traditional security measures raise privacy concerns. For instance, it’s against the law image of: APDto install a camera in a restroom or change room, but if your business requires an extra level of security, the APD can tell you whether or not someone is occupying that space – without invading anyone’s privacy. Because the APD learns and can detect when someone is sleeping, not only is it easier to mitigate unwanted visitors sleeping somewhere they shouldn’t be, it’s also helpful when monitoring bathrooms in critical and elder care facilities which, in dire circumstances, can be life saving.

 

If you think the Avigilon Presence Detector could be right for you and your business, then don’t hesitate to contact us today using the form below. At Bulldog, we’re happy to customize a solution for you based on your unique needs and would love to talk to you about how we can implement some of this exciting, cutting edge technology into your building. Stay tuned to bulldogdireandsecurity.com for more on the technology we’re excited about, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook so you don’t miss a thing!

 

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The Benefits of Access Control

Whatever your business, chances are you need some way to track the coming and going of staff and guests as they enter and exit your building. A simple log-in sheet is just that…simple. It’s easy to get around, or falsify, leaving a business owner or building manager at a loss in an event of an incident or break-in. Access Control Systems are a must in this day and age for anyone who wants to maximize their business’ security and minimize any potential asset loss and/or safety concerns. However, there are multiple forms of access control, and everyone’s needs are not the same. Let us walk you through some of the benefits of Access Control Systems, and better identify what solution is right for you.

 

What is Access Control?

 

Simply put, Access Control does just what the name implies. It’s a system designed to control who has access to your building at any given time. From an administrative perspective, this is helpful in mitigating unwanted visitors gaining entrance to your premises but it’s also helpful in logging the comings and goings of people – such as staff and guests – who are authorized to be in your building. Much as we trust those who work for us, internal theft is a reality that must be accounted for, and Access Control Systems are integral in this process. Traditionally, information related to ‘who’ has entered and exited your building is stored in an on-site server, but Bulldog Fire & Security is changing this by offering data hosting services.  This ensures that the data remains safe even in the event of a server malfunction.

 

The use of Access Control within your building is an essential component of building security. Many businesses have employees with differing levels of security clearance within the building, and an Access Control System can see to it that only those authorized for higher-security locations are able to gain entrance, while preventing others from entering.

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What Types of Access Control are Available?

 

Access Control comes in a variety of forms. Perhaps you’re looking for an alternative to an antiquated lock and key set up. In this case, you could implement a Near Field Communication (NFC) reader to detect an employee’s access card when they approach the entrance to your building, or a more traditional magnetic strip card reader. Information provided by the ‘reading’ of the specific card will then be saved to a server to log who accessed your building and when. You can go one step further by pairing this system with a camera for extra security by adding a visual element. This allows you to eliminate the risk of someone using someone else’s card to enter your building. If you require even more security, consider using biometrics as credentials. Using a fingerprint, handprint, or optical scanner means that something belonging only to authorized individuals can be used to access your building.

 

What Are We Jazzed About?

 

There’s a lot to get excited about when it comes to Access Control. The futuristic tech of classic spy movies like fingerprint and ocular scanners are now a reality. It’s hard to not feel cool when you open a lock by having your eyes scanned. Most recently though, we find ourselves thinking about the Salto XS4 Geo Cylinder. Take a look:

 

The Geo Cylinder by Salto is a hassle-free way to add Access Control to an existing door that would otherwise be an impossibility. The Cylinder is a sleek device that works with access cards or key fobs, and installs drill-free, meaning that it’s possible to install on an aluminum frame or glass door – like those seen on many retail sites.

 

The Geo Cylinder is an awesome piece of technology that will help add Access Control to many businesses and large multi-suite residential dwellings that don’t want to undertake the cumbersome and expensive job of replacing doors but are looking to upgrade their current security standards.

 

Which System is Right for Me?

 

Like we mentioned before, security needs are unique to each client and application. We hope this rundown of Access Control Systems has given you a bit more insight into what you’re looking for. We do want you to know, that at Bulldog, we’re happy to customize a solution for you based on your unique circumstances. From consulting, designing, planning, installing, servicing, to hosting, let our team of experts worry about your security needs so you don’t have to.

 

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Changes In Event Security

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With the current FIFA World Cup underway in Russia and the recent announcement of the 2026 tournament coming to North America, security at sporting events has been top of mind for many of us. 

 

When fans are coming to a sporting event, they want to know they are in a safe environment where they can enjoy the game.  Unfortunately, over the past few decades, sporting events have become an increased target due to their national broadcasts and the number of people in attendance.   Attacks like those that occurred at the Atlanta Olympics, Boston Marathon, and Stade de France are a stark reminder of the impact an occurrence like this can have on a mass gathering. 

 

As a result, facilities are placing an increased focus on their security, and there are a few key areas that they can address to improve the safety of their patrons.

 

Sporting Even Security Best Practices

  • Pedestrian Control Systems – A properly installed pedestrian control system helps to ensure the safe movement of people through your facility or event.  These systems are ideal for situations that require controlled access, as well as providing accurate occupancy counts.  These systems can include metal detectors, turnstiles, gates, or barriers.
  • Communication with Patrons – Many facilities have begun having staff outside of the facility communicating with guests.  This methodology works with fans to let them know what to expect, provide direction, and lets them know what they can and cannot have when entering the building.
  • Staff Training – Training staff on how to handle a variety of situations, along with keeping them updated on policies and procedures is vital.  Regular training prior, during, and after events ensure staff are always ready, and allow them to improve their customer service.
  • Perimeter Security – It is a large task to keep the exterior of these facilities safe at all times.  However, through a mix of CCTV cameras, access control, and the collaboration between staff, security guards, and police, many risks outside of your facility can be mitigated.

 

Sporting events are a part of our culture, and fans deserve the right to feel safe and secure when cheering on their favourite team.  As security technology evolves, facilities will continue to be able to utilize a unique combination of devices and staff initiatives, to mitigate risks and improve the overall game day experience for patrons.

 

         

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2018 O'Cannabiz Conference & Expo

 

Through June 8-9, 2018, Bulldog Fire & Security attended the O’Cannabiz Conference and Expo at the International Centre in Toronto, Ontario.  This event focused on the fast-growing cannabis market in Canada, exploring the latest regulations, industry standards, and best practices for medical and recreational cannabis.

 

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At Bulldog, we have seen the impending legalization and regulating of cannabis in Canada dramatically increase the number of special dispensary and production operations throughout the province.  As a result of the incredible growth, and the evolving guidelines of Health Canada, many production businesses are scrambling to determine their security needs and grappling with these complex guidelines.

 

O’Cannabiz Expo

The O’Cannabiz Expo consisted over of 150 vendors, including Bulldog Fire and Security.  The vendors included large scale producers like JWC, Aurora, and AgMedica, as well as consulting companies like Hyde and Associates, and equipment suppliers like Zortech LED and Homegrown Hydroponics, just to name a few.  With such a diverse list of exhibitors, we were amazed and the depth and growth of this industry over such a short time.  In speaking with the many delegates that stopped by our booth, this was one of the best cannabis expos in the province!

 

Conference

Although we did not attend the conference portion of the event, the quality of presenters was very impressive.  From the opening keynote speaker, Steve DeAngelo (Arcview Group) to the likes of Pranav Sood (Trellis), Nick Jikomes (Leafly), Danny Timmins (MNP), and Sherri Altshuler (Aird & Berlis LLP), there was no shortage of information for attendees.  The speakers covered a wide spectrum and topics so, there was truly something for everyone and no shortage of important information for attendees.

 

Upcoming Events

If you missed O’Cannabiz, don’t fret.  The show will be coming to Niagara Falls as the “Grow Up Conference and Expo” from September 7-8 at the Niagara Falls Convention Centre.  As at O’Cannabiz, Bulldog Fire & Security will be at this event and we are very much looking forward to continuing to grow with this incredible sector.  Be sure to stop by our booth to say hello and speak to us about your fire, security, or monitoring needs.

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Understanding Complex Medical Marijuana Security Needs

The impending legalization and regulating of cannabis in Canada has dramatically increased not only the number of special dispensary and production operations but, the rules that govern them as well.  As a result, we are seeing many production businesses scrambling to determine their security needs and grappling with the complex guidelines provided by Health Canada.  Like many other facilities that handle sensitive products, medical marijuana security requirements are quite extensive.  It’s crucial that marijuana growing facilities utilize proven experts to handle their facility’s security needs.  The Bulldog Fire & Security team has an in depth understanding of:

Because this is such a new field, it’s critical that businesses work with legitimate and experienced security solution providers to ensure that their business meets all requirements.  Bulldog Fire & Security have worked with partners in this industry for several years and have completed numerous facilities.  Our knowledgeable staff will work with your consultants and contractors to build a customized solution to protect your facility from physical break-ins or digital invasions to your information networks.  We offer a variety of solutions and services including:

  • Access Control – ID cards and key fobs work along side card readers allowing you to manage and monitor access to your facility and specific areas within it.
  • IP Video – A combination of interior and exterior cameras will allow you to monitor your investments, record data, and protect your products and employees.
  • Integrated Security Systems and Fence Perimeter Intrusion – These systems detect and alert you of events such as intrusion or fire.  A well-designed system will work to protect your building and its inhabitants in the event of danger.
  • ULC Listed Monitoring – Our in-house ULC listed monitoring station will provide your building with 24-hour coverage alerting you and the authorities of any alarms or emergencies.
  • Data Comm & Structured Cabling – We offer a complete end to end certified Networking solution for all your IT structured cabling needs for computer terminals, scales, and wireless access points.

Each project we undertake begins with full review of your site and operations in conjunction with your consultants and contractors so that we can design the perfect solution for you.  This collaborative effort is part of our dedication to working with you every step of the way to ensure that your facility is compliant so that you can get your business up and running quickly.  This collaboration will include:

  • Threat Risk Assessment
  • Security Site Plan
  • Security Floor Plans
  • Separate Secure Storage Security Plan
  • Description of Security Plan
  • Detailed Security Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
  • Resume of Suitable Quality Assurance
  • Security Background Checks

Regardless of your security needs or facility size, Bulldog Fire & Security has the expertise to navigate the complex needs of your medical marijuana operations.  We pride ourselves on using innovative, cutting edge technology to build customized solutions for our customer’s unique businesses.  For over 18 years, we have specialized in security integration, quickly garnering a reputation for quality work, innovation, and excellent customer service.  As a result of the efforts of our professional staff, and the success of our clients, we have established ourselves as innovation leaders within our industry.

 

To find out more about Bulldog Fire and Security, please call 1 866 670 1590 or email bdsales@bulldogsecurity.ca to speak to us in person. 

 

 

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