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Firmware Updates, what’s the point?

There seem to be endless updates for most technology, and it can get quite annoying. Whether it is the latest version of the Netflix App on your smartphone, or patch Tuesday for your Windows [...]

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The Power of Proper Video Surveillance Design

When meeting with prospective clients, I often hear statements about how rarely their video surveillance solution gets used. On one hand that’s a great thing as there are very few issues [...]

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Why choosing the proximity card reader for your access system matters

The two most important parts of an access control system any business are the proximity card readers and the software. The card reader matters, as it collects the data from every person entering [...]

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Are Dummy Cameras a good idea?

Why would you invest hundreds of dollars on a working camera, if you can get something that looks like a camera, or a broken camera to have the same deterrent effect? We get the question of [...]

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Why tie up your capital? Finance your new security solution

Security and I.T. solutions can be a large capital expenditure. After all, it is an improvement to your facility and/or your workflow. The solutions can bring in significant cost-savings and [...]

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Authorized Security is now a proud Open Options Access Control Partner

Authorized Security is proud to announce that we have partnered with Open Options. Option Options is a leading access control manufacturer based in Addison Texas. With a very easy to use, yet [...]

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Security Solutions for the Cannabis Industry

My fellow Canadians, coast-to-coast, recreational cannabis legalization is less than a year away.  With the consumption of medical marijuana on the rise, the introduction of legislation for [...]

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Is a proprietary system a good idea?

When it comes to access control and video surveillance, especially, there are a few manufacturers that have made their systems a proprietary system. Proprietary, in this case, means that the [...]

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Access Control in case of a fire

Access Control solutions are a great tool to make sure no unauthorized people gain access to your building. Getting out in the case of an emergency, however, is just as important. Fire safety is [...]

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The Importance Of A Wide Product Selection

Designing an automation project or a security solution involving access control, video surveillance and alarm systems is never easy. The major difference that is often overlooked, but crucial, is [...]

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Purchasing Cameras overseas or at a local wholesaler, is it a good idea?

When shopping around for cameras, whether you are obtaining quotes, or simply browsing the web for an all-in-one kit, one thing becomes obvious. Video surveillance pricing is all over the map, [...]

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Why your alarm company may not be an automation company

For the above statement, we need first to establish what automation is. An automation system allows for various independent systems to be integrated into one platform. This platform will then [...]

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The Migration Path from Analog to IP Video Surveillance

Analog video surveillance systems are still widely used. IP video surveillance is however slowly taking over the market, being the choice for most integrators for new installations. Many older [...]

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Which NVR is right for you?

First off, what even is an NVR? An NVR is a network video recorder. With the rise of network cameras, the requirement for video recording changed. Instead of directly attaching the camera to the [...]

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Considering a new solution or upgrade? Get a Demo

Security, IT and Multimedia Automation solutions stick with you and your company for quite a while. These solutions should offer the features that you are looking for in an intuitive manner. Ease [...]

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Calgary Police Bylaw Charges

As you may have previously read in one of our past posts, the City of Calgary Alarm Bylaw division has been implementing a variety of changes to minimize false alarms on alarm systems, as well as [...]

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Is your Bar or Restaurant ready for the 4K Revolution?

With the ever changing technology landscape, new trends are around the corner wherever you look. 4K is a fairly new technology, that will be requested more and more by patrons wanting to watch [...]

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Why Meraki solutions are a smart investment

First off, what is Meraki? Meraki is not a foreign language, but a Networking solution. Meraki is a line of products owned by Cisco, that allow for cloud management. Cloud management means that [...]

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Sorry, your camera was not recording

“Oh, sorry your cameras were not recording.” Unfortunately, this is a situation we walk into way too often, and it is not pleasant. Cameras are oftentimes installed and then never [...]

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Authorized Security is now a Kantech Authorized Dealer

Authorized Security is now a Kantech Authorized integrator. We are now able to service and install existing and new Kantech Access Control systems. Our technicians are now trained to work with [...]

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Locking devices, more than meets the eye

Access control can be a very difficult setup, but the locking device is the most important part of the entire setup. Without the proper locking mechanism, the door may not close properly or may [...]

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Authorized Security is now an Authorized Dealer for Honeywell’s new Lyric Controller

Authorized Security is proud to announce our partnership with Honeywell as an Authorized Dealer for the new Honeywell Lyric home security and automation controller. Lyric takes a very customized [...]

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Big Brother is watching, or is he?

Ever since George Orville published the novel nineteen eighty-four, in 1949, there has been a general discontent and mistrust about video surveillance cameras. With the ever increasing amounts of [...]

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How To Choose the Lock That Best Complements Your Security

Finding the right lock for your building can be pretty daunting. It can also be very easy to overlook. The most important part of this selection process is paying attention to your needs. What [...]

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When was the last time your dog lowered your insurance payment?

Security alarm systems are a great solution to protect your business or home from intruders and a variety of other events. An argument that regularly encounter is that a dog is on site all the [...]

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Parking Structures Security Solution Care

Parking structures are harsh environments for surveillance cameras, access control solutions and fire safety solutions. Parking structures battle the exhaust gasses, the dirt that cars bring with [...]

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IP and IK ratings, here is what they mean

IP ratings and IK ratings are used to describe certain attributes of electronics. IP ratings are related to the environmental specifications of the housing, while IK ratings are used to describe [...]

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Security Solution Maintenance & Upgrading

As with any technology, things evolve as time passes. The same goes for security solutions, such as the analog to IP switch and the newer 4K video. Unfortunately with time, performance and [...]

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Physical Security Solutions Network Security

Video surveillance is a vital part to building security, but most people fail to think of how protected the video surveillance solution itself actually is. Having a video surveillance system [...]

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More megapixels and fewer cameras? Maybe not a good idea.

Surveillance cameras are a great solution to minimize theft and gain a better overview over a building, parking lot or even an entire campus. With the rise of new technologies it is possible to [...]

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Where can you point surveillance cameras?

The questions of where to point a surveillance camera and where not to was born the day video surveillance was invented. The issue of privacy versus security is constantly being evaluated and it [...]

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HD (High Definition) is it just another buzzword?

High-Definition (HD) is everywhere–cameras, televisions, cell phones, monitors. It references to the pixel density on a screen or on recorded video. Pixels (p or pix) are a measurement of [...]

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Ransomware is not only bad for your files, but also your security equipment

Ransomware is one of the newer types of viruses that many people have not even heard of. As the name suggests, it is a piece of software that is usually installed on your computer via a bad file [...]

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Installing the right camera for snow, rain, wind and heat

Weather can wreak havoc on cameras and equipment. It’s the plain truth. In fact, it doesn’t matter which camera you look at purchasing, they will all promise you superior picture [...]

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Upcoming changes for alarm permits and alarm responses

An alarm system is a great tool to defend your home or business from intruders. They also protect your assets, and even detect fires and gas leaks, falls and control the temperature in your home. [...]

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Why regular cleaning and maintenance is important for devices

Dust can get absolutely everywhere, which we can all attest to that. Unfortunately devices are prone to overheating when too much dust settles within them. This is actually the number one cause [...]

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Wire Gauge – What it is and why it is important

You might think that wire equals wire, but there are some major differences for wiring. Gauge is a very important factor and if not properly designed can cause fires and the equipment won’t [...]

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Why Commercial Audio Systems are a good idea.

Many businesses first open and install a simple home audio system. The type that you can buy at any store with 2 speakers. Good enough, isn’t it? There are actually some major flaws with these [...]

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Interactive Menus for Restaurants

More and more quick service restaurants are switching to interactive display solutions. These solutions are digital signage setups that display the menus on TV screens. There are many reasons why [...]

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What is Digital Signage

Digital signage is becoming more popular by the minute. Digital signage essentially is a sign on a screen, such as a TV or signage display. The content on the screen is then controlled by [...]

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The importance of staff training for security

Training your staff on security is an absolute must. Employees might not know how to properly use all the security solutions within your building, which can create a massive security breach. Here [...]

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The importance of a security partner for franchises

Franchises are a great opportunity for the business owner and the franchise owner alike. Franchises offer certain rules across all locations to offer the same customer experience across the [...]

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Security during renovations/construction

When a building is under construction or renovations it is extremely vulnerable. Smaller buildings and buildings as large as airports, are all susceptible to theft and security violations during [...]

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When should I choose a wireless video surveillance system?

We always get phone calls from new customers wanting a wireless surveillance system. At first thought wireless surveillance sounds like a great idea. Mount the cameras, install the DVR/NVR and [...]

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The Limitations of Surveillance Kits

Surveillance kits are packages that usually come with a set of cameras, a recording device and the wiring for these cameras. These kits come at attractive pricing and promise that they can [...]

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When to use a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply)

What is a UPS? First of an explanation of what a UPS actually is, other than the shipping company of course. UPS stands for Uninterruptible Power Supply. These are power conditioning devices that [...]

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The importance of server placement

Placing your devices is extremely important. It is not only important to have the security devices, such as cameras, card readers and more in the right spots. Arguably the most important factor [...]

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The importance of securely mounting your products

Mounting your security and A/V devices securely and properly is an absolute must. Unfortunately building and safety codes are oftentimes ignored and can become a huge liability issue. If a [...]

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Honeywell Vista Alarm Panels

We use Honeywell exclusively for our alarm system installations. We are Honeywell certified and have had nothing but great results with their panels. Honeywell offers the Vista and Lynx series [...]

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Why Server Racks and Cabinets are more than just a way to organize your devices

Server racks and cabinets are storage  units that come in many different shapes and sizes. These are mainly used to house servers and networking equipment. There are add on shelving units and [...]

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Advanced Protection Logic (APL) explained

Advanced Protection Logic (APL) is a proprietary technology for Honeywell Alarm Panels. When you enter your business in the morning, when the alarm is still armed from the night before, you have [...]

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Honeywell Lynx Alarm Panels

Honeywell is our alarm system manufacturer of choice. We have tested many panels over the years and Honeywell has the best track record and scored best in terms of ease of use. Honeywell [...]

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Why wires shouldn’t just be a mess under your desk

Wires can be worse than a pest. And it seems as though with everything that is developed and added to our daily lives, it adds more and more wiring to our desks. There are however many reasons as [...]

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If you trust the depiction of surveillance cameras on TV, stop now.

Surveillance cameras are amazing tools to aid your business security, safety and control. By being able to view a live feed of your cameras right on your smartphone, you can always be in control, [...]

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NVR, DVR, PVR what is it?

If you are looking for a surveillance system, chances are you have gotten abbreviations thrown at you left, right and center. We have our glossary of most security abbreviations right here, to [...]

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Security Equipment Glossary

There are abbreviations and terms in every industry and it can take quite a bit of research to find out what they may mean. We have compiled some of the most popular abbreviations for the [...]

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Not all Ethernet Cables are the same

Ethernet Cables are the wiring of choice for most network applications. There are however some substantial differences between the different Ethernet cables available on the market. Beyond that [...]

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Is your Wireless Network Infrastructure up for the task?

Wireless networking is becoming more and more popular. With public wireless hotspots popping up everywhere, and now businesses even starting to offer free Wi-Fi to their guests, the demand for [...]

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Why your security systems may be a security vulnerability.

With the Internet of Things on the rise and malware, as well as hacking becoming an every day news item, your security devices may be at risk. The idea of physical security is to protect your [...]

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Alarm Permit Updates Calgary

The Calgary Police Service is changing their policies for Alarm Permits. Every alarm that is installed in the City of Calgary needs to have an alarm permit from the police. This allows the police [...]

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What is Video Surveillance?

Video surveillance is a topic that usually comes with a touch of uncertainty. Many people are unaware of what video surveillance is capable of, and what it cannot do. There are TV shows that can [...]

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Alarm Systems Explained

Alarm systems are a great tool to deter intruders and shorten the What is an Alarm System? An alarm system consists of a few parts. The first part is the control panel, that monitors all the [...]

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What is Access Control?

“Access Control” is a fairly vast term. Hearing it for the first time, it would be hard to know what it even refers to. There are two types of access control as it pertains to the [...]

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