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Expert Tips When to Do Your Security System Upgrade

On average, security systems last between 12 and 20 years. There is often a lot of confusion about when and what to upgrade. Our team at Indiana Alarm understands how difficult an aging security system can be, especially when it is not maintained properly. The good news is that we know what to look for and which parts most likely need replacing.

Not All Security System Components Are Created Equal 

There are many components, devices, and software that make up a security system. These components work together to protect you, your property, and your people. As components age, they may begin to break down, leaving you vulnerable. For example, cameras should be replaced after 10 years, a motion detector can operate for up to 20 years with proper maintenance, and locking mechanisms should be updated between 5 to 10 years, depending on how frequently they are used. Also, fire and life-safety systems should be tested regularly and updated according to the recommendations of your specific manufacturer. All system batteries need replacing every three years. Older security systems are more prone to failure, and problems increase with age.

System Failure: Costly and Avoidable

Usually, security systems don’t fail catastrophically but slowly, component by component. This can result in false alarms, poor picture quality, or dead zones not detected by the system. Almost always, outdated equipment is the root cause. You don’t want to wait until your aging system malfunctions or fails altogether. Now is the time to ensure your older system runs smoothly and efficiently. Ensure your property, and yourself are protected by updating or replacing aging components. 

Game Changer: Updating Security Cameras

Every year camera technology improves in leaps and bounds. Better picture quality, lenses, camera mounts, etc., can lead to quality and security you never thought possible. With a typical IP or older model CCTV camera lasting between 6 to 10 years, updating your cameras might be the easiest way to see the most improvement in your security system. The benefits of a camera update are huge. Firstly there’s a leap in image quality, often going from grainy low-resolution images to vibrant high-definition ones. Older systems were usually silent, whereas newer systems deliver crisp picture quality and can offer sound and even two-way audio capability. Fixed cameras can be replaced by pan tilt zoom (PTZ) or 360 panoramic cameras, adding a whole new dimension to your security.  Other benefits of updating an older system could be the addition of new technologies and features such as smartphone integration, wireless system, or more recent technologies such as biometrics.

Indiana Alarm | Commercial Security System Upgrade

If you have any questions about your current system, contact Indiana Alarm and let our experts look at your system and see where improvements could be made to improve your security, expand the life of your system, and even save lives or property. Call Indiana Alarm today. 317-399-5748.