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SMART BUSINESS SECURITY VS. TRADITIONAL SECURITY

Here are five ways Reed Smart Business Security, powered by Alarm.com, out-secures a traditional security system every time.

1: You're always protected - even if you forget.  


Old security systems have a habit of leaving you unprotected. Forget to turn them on and they can't even sound the alarm during a break-in.

Reed Smart Business Security is different. Just specify a closing time, and Alarm.com takes care of the rest. You can have our auto-arming feature turn the alarm on for you every day, without fail. You can have your system arm itself automatically after a period of no activity. You can also use your Alarm.com app to arm and disarm your system from anywhere.

Even when your alarm is turned off, however, your Alarm.com technology remains on. Reed Smart Business Security works around the clock to protect you, monitoring activity, alerting you to important events, and going the extra mile to keep everyone and everything safe.

2: Our business security technology is built tougher.


As well as being smart, an Alarm.com-powered Reed Smart Business Security system is tough. Our dedicated cellular connection, which delivers the emergency signal to our 24/7 Monitoring Stations, can't be cut like a phone line or broadband cable. If the power goes out, your alarm panel's battery backup keeps you connected.

Our patented Crash and Smash technology, is engineered to defeat an intruder who attacks your security panel to stop it signaling for help.

Your system activates the feature in response to the initial "crash" of the break-in. If your security panel then goes offline, due to the "smash" of a hammer, Alarm.com's cloud platform takes over, alerting our 24/7 Monitoring Stations on the broken security panel's behalf. The intruder will be none the wiser… until the Police arrive.

3: Smart access control means fewer weak spots.


If you're still using keys for security, your business needs an urgent upgrade. Keys are easy to lose, misuse, copy or steal. The more you have in circulation, the weaker your security.

Reed Smarter Access Control replaces keys with smart access control: a secure solution of smart locks, card readers and user codes that puts you in control of who goes where, when.

You can quickly set up or delete access for employees, get access-triggered alerts when certain doors are opened, and quickly find video clips of access events. You can also lock and unlock any door remotely, and even have your business lock itself automatically at closing time.

Find out more: Smarter Access Control for Businesses

4: Smart video monitoring helps you manage emergencies


With ReedHD smart security cameras in your Alarm.com-powered system, a nighttime alarm doesn't necessarily mean an immediate dash to work. Instead, you can open a live video feed to see what's going on. If it's a false alarm, you can let our 24/7 Monitoring Stations know. If the emergency is real, it can be verified faster, and Police alerted sooner.

Smart video monitoring also adds huge value in the aftermath of a break-in or fire. It gives you securely-stored footage of the event to share with police and your insurer. Your video clips, easily accessed and shared via your Alarm.com app, could be the key to identifying and catching the culprit, as well as helping your insurance claim proceed.

Find out more: Upgrading to Smarter Business Security Cameras

5: With Alarm.com on your phone, security is at your fingertips

With its own smart business security app, Alarm.com makes it easy to solve security worries and other challenges. Here's what Alarm.com for Business user Jill says about it:



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SASKATOON SECURITY INQUIRIES

Reed Security Headquarters

Call 306.653.3200 or 1.844.384.SAFE (7233)

SuRe InnoVations

Call 306.974.0888

PRINCE ALBERT SECURITY INQUIRIES

Call 306.922.7200

CALGARY SECURITY INQUIRIES

Call 587.393.2800

REGINA SECURITY INQUIRIES

Call 306.206.0700


Source: ALARM.COM

DOES YOUR BUILDING REQUIRE A ULC CERTIFCATE FOR FIRE ALARM OR SPRINKLER MONITORING?

IF YOU HAVE A FIRE ALARM SYSTEM OR FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEM AT YOUR BUILDING - YOU WILL BE IMPACTED.


WHAT TYPES OF BUILDINGS WILL BE IMPACTED?

  • Most buildings with fire alarm systems or fire sprinkler systems.
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Condominium Buildings
  • High Rise Buildings
  • Office Buildings
  • Commercial Buildings
  • Industrial Buildings
  • Educational Buildings, Schools
  • Public Buildings - Arenas, Stadiums, Performance Venues, Movie Theaters
  • Hospitals, Care Homes
  • Prisons, Jails




FIRE ALARM MONITORING 101

  • Fire alarm systems are designed to detect a fire in your building and alert the occupants to evacuate.
  • Fire sprinkler systems are similar and have the added ability to suppress a fire.
  • Neither has the ability to alert the Fire Department of a fire at your building - unless you add a fire monitoring system and 24/7 ULC Monitoring service plan with Fire Alarm, Fire Trouble and Fire Supervisory detection.
  • A Reed Security ULC Certified technician can install a fire alarm monitoring transmitter that meets the CAN/ULC-S561-13 national standard.


BRANDS WE MONITOR

  • Alsask
  • Bosch
  • Chubb
  • Edwards
  • Fike
  • Honeywell
  • Johnson Controls, JCI
  • Mircom
  • Notifier
  • Potter
  • Siemens
  • Silent Knight
  • Simplex Grinnell
  • Troy Life & Fire Safety
  • Tyco
  • United Technologies
  • Vipond
  • Other




WHAT IS 
CAN/ULC-S561-13?

  • It's the fire monitoring standard written by the Underwriters' Laboratories of Canada (ULC).
  • It's the standard that is referenced in Building Codes and Fire Codes.
  • It provides maximum protection and safety.
  • It governs how fire monitoring equipment is installed, how it communicates and how its maintained.
  • It governs how 24/7 ULC Monitoring Stations are built and how they receive signals from your building.


WHY DO YOU NEED CAN/ULC-S561-13?

  • Fire Departments across Saskatchewan, including the Saskatoon Fire Department, are now enforcing the CAN/ULC-S561-13 national standard for fire alarm monitoring.
  • Building Inspectors and Fire Inspectors are performing random inspections and will request to see your ULC Certificate.
  • Most properties WILL NOT have a ULC Certificate (as the standard was not enforced in Saskatchewan until recently).
  • If you cannot produce a ULC Certificate there will be a deficiency placed against your building and you will be provided some time to get obtain one.
  • Failure to produce a ULC Certificate can result in large fines and delayed building occupancy.
  • The ULC Certificate is the only physical proof that your site meets the ULC Standard for fire alarm monitoring.
  • If your security alarm provider CANNOT issue a ULC Certificate they are not providing ULC-level monitoring.
  • Reed Security is ULC Certified for both installation and monitoring; Reed Security can issue a ULC Certificate.
  • CONTACT US today for your no obligation fire monitoring evaluation.



If you would like more information on ULC Fire Monitoring

Contact Us for a Free Fire Monitoring Evaluation

Call 306.653.3200 or 1.844.384.SAFE (7233)



"I DON'T HAVE TO WONDER WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THE STORE. I CAN JUST KNOW" -RACHEL MULCAHY, IVY WILD

When you start your own business, there's plenty to keep you awake at night. 

Did we choose the best location? How can we reach more customers? How are things looking at the business right now—as in: right now, at 10:30 PM? 

When she opened beauty and skincare boutique Ivy Wild, Washington D.C. business owner Rachel Mulcahy worried about all of the above. After having a full suite of Alarm.com for Business security technology installed, however, Rachel found it easy to put security concerns to bed. 

"With Alarm.com, it takes maybe five seconds to check in," Rachel says.  "I don't have to wonder what's happening at the store. I can just know." 

Here's how Alarm.com helps Rachel protect and run her business.
 


Smart alerts and video feeds keep Rachel in the know
 

With smart security cameras inside and outside Ivy Wild, Rachel can have a 360° view of what's happening anytime—no matter where she is. Her Alarm.com for Business app lets her quickly view a live feed from any camera, or find a recorded video clip of something that happened earlier. 

"I feel like I can be at the store even when I'm not at the store," she says. "I can tap my app's video button and see the store indoors and out." 

Alarm.com also offers Rachel an array of notification options for keeping up with important activity. 

"I get a notification when the store is closed up and secure." she says. "I can get an alert if the store doesn't open on time. Alarm.com lets me know who arrived, and when. And if I get a notification that something is wrong, I can open my app and see exactly what's happening." 

Related: "Being in control means knowing what's happening. That's what Alarm.com gives me."  

Smart safeguards protect Ivy Wild's inventory 


Ivy Wild carries high-quality cosmetics and products that could make an attractive target for thieves. Rachel rests easier knowing that her security system is professionally monitored.  In the event of a break-in, local police will be alerted without Rachel needing to act.  Additionally, Alarm.com offers Ivy Wild a range of automated safeguards to protect different aspects of the store. 

"For example, I'm not always here at the end of the day to lock up," Rachel says. "So, I have an Alarm.com rule that locks our smart lock, automatically, every day at closing time. 

Even Ivy Wild's smart thermostat helps protect things. 

"It would be a problem if the store got too hot," Rachel says. "We don't want our cosmetics getting overheated; it could degrade the quality. Fortunately, I can see and control the temperature from anywhere with my Alarm.com app. If things get too warm, I'll get a temperature alert. It's amazing to have Alarm.com take care of these things.

Managing access for employees is easy—and more secure
 


Ivy Wild has four part-time employees, who all need to access the store at different times. With Alarm.com's smarter access control, that's easy. 

"I can quickly set up access for a new employee," says Rachel. "I go into my Alarm.com dashboard, set them up with a keycard, then specify the times and days on which they have access to the store. If anyone forgets their card—although it hasn't happened yet—I can unlock the door remotely with my app." 

Related: "With keyless access, Alarm.com for Business makes my life easier." 

As Ivy Wild grows, Rachel expects to rely on Alarm.com even more. 

"If we open another location, I'll want the same technology there," she says. "Being able to manage employee access for two stores, side by side, with each store's video feeds and activity alerts too, would be huge." 

"This is a security system but it does so much more," says Rachel. "I consider it an essential business tool—something every owner should have."  

Want Alarm.com for your business?  

Professionally delivered by Reed Security, Alarm.com for Business is the smartest way to upgrade your security, access control, video surveillance and energy management.
 

SOURCE: ALARM.COM

If you would like more information on Smart Home or Business Security & Automation please Contact Us for a Free Security Evaluation.


SASKATOON SECURITY INQUIRIES
Reed Security Headquarters
Call 306.653.3200 or 1.844.384.SAFE (7233)
SuRe InnoVations
Call 306.974.0888
PRINCE ALBERT 
SECURITY INQUIRIES
Call 306.922.7200
CALGARY 
SECURITY INQUIRIES
Call 587.393.2800
REGINA 
SECURITY INQUIRIES
Call 306.206.0700




REED SECURITY WELCOMES DETECT SECURITY SUBSCRIBERS

Virgil Reed, Heidi Dutton, Sharon Riese, Kurtis Riese

Detect Security Systems has sold its security monitoring services to Reed Security.

You will be in great hands! Reed Security has received 20+ Award Recognitions for the way we look after People (Customer Service, Quality Management, Marketing, New Direction, and Small Business of the Year). 

Our local dealer in P.A. is Thor Security Ltd. and the office is located at 1-243 South Industrial Drive. Myron and Oyvind look forward to serving you!

No major changes are planned, however we will be seeking feedback from you on how we can continue to deliver a great experience.

Sincerely,


Sharon Riese
Owner
Detect Security Systems


Virgil Reed
Owner
Reed Security


SALES INQUIRIES

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HOW I BUILT THIS: A SECURITY LIFE PODCAST WITH VIRGIL REED


After spending years working at Future Shop (Best Buy) and ADT Security I decided to go out on my own and launch a security company in Saskatoon, SK. I was 26 years old and had a lot of enthusiasm, but was really naive on how to start and run a business. 

It was pretty tough in the early years (2000) and I failed a lot. I was determined to succeed - even when our accountant at the time suggested otherwise "sometimes you have to give up your dream" he said. 

Today Reed Security services thousands of clients across the prairies from our head office and dealerships in Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Regina and Calgary. We've received 20+ Award Recognitions for Customer Service, Management Quality, Marketing, New Direction, Young Entrepreneur and Small Business of the Year.

In this podcast I share how I failed, how I overcame challenges, and how WE Built Reed Security into the successful brand it is today.

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TO LISTEN
 
 

Interviewed by Paul Grossinger, Group Publisher of Annex Business Media (SP&T News)



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