Time to upgrade but to what?

Time to upgrade but to what?

It was early on Tuesday morning when I arrived at the marina to meet with the new owner of this facility. The prior week the owner had called me to ask for help to assess the existing system and make recommendations for improvements.  This was the first device I inspected but the rest of the cameras, sensors, card readers and other ancillary devices weren’t in much better condition. The system was old and in disrepair.

I find most often that many end users haven’t assessed their risk so that their needs are properly realized. As a consultant experienced in working with users and security contractors alike, I start asking questions that pertain to what it is that the end user thinks the business and their facility has at risk in order to make practical recommendations. Many changes can take place in a business environment even though it doesn’t physically change.  In the case of this marina property it had changed over the years adding new inventory for sale as well as expanding its storage of inventory that was not protected.

When upgrading old technology to new you may want to ask a few extra questions.

  1. How effective has the existing security system operated for the business?
  2. If there was anything we could add or change to the system what would it be?
  3. Have there been thefts?
  4. Has the existing alarm system been prone to false alarms?
  5. How important is it that the new system work exactly like the old system?
  6. How many people will need to view and use the system?
  7. How employees are there involved with the business?
  8. Is there a need to control entries and exists to the building?
  9. Does inventory and assets need to be protected from theft, fire or other risks?
  10. Is there any known risks to the business? e.g. espionage, competitive aggressors, etc.
  11. Is lighting sufficient for night time deterrent?
  12. How are windows and doors secured?

There can much more to take into consideration depending on the size and complexities of the business. If you’d like to work with the Security Reps team then please do contact us to  set an appointment.

Avigilon Bankrupt!

Avigilon Bankrupt!

They certainly mentally bankrupted on this email blast!  Overnight sensation Avigilon buys Red Cloud and months later is an industry expert. The hypocrisy! Criticizing others of being old school and ugly profit raping monsters. Wow!

I surveyed a few Avigilon dealers last week to only find that the system is not that well received. Comments ranged from “more difficult than what we used before” and “a feeling of getting locked in to one product line for everything.”


Avigilon’s product offering uses hardware by Mercury so claiming to be different is just an outright lie! This is the same hardware solution that 85% of the industry uses thus stripping the hardware innovation right out.  Software is what it is, licensed with nothing extra special and if anything it’s hard to use. They certainly are not innovators in the access control space, nor will they be any time soon! Overall Avigilon is found lacking with little promise for innovation.

What’s love got to do with it?

The UL sticker is a lovely site for all products when it comes to getting an approval from the AHJ inspector in many different states, counties and cities that inspect installations for installing contractors. However the actual certification isn’t only a UL (Underwriters Laboratory) thing. It is a specification by UL that other independent labs use so there can be a different certifying lab who issues their own version of sticker as a mark of approval.

So the lab is certified by Underwriters Laboratories not the product necessarily. Some of our manufacturers use Intertek as their lab. Intertek has over 50,000 different product listed for over 7000 companies. Here is a list of approved testing labs for one of the strictest counties in Florida.

Miami Dade List of Approved Testing Labs

Click to access laboratories.pdf

Product control web page

If you have a letter of rejection or name of an AHJ that has rejected the ETL Listed Mark we would be happy to follow-up with them. As a point of interest Intertek has been approved by Dade-Metro County and over 20 years in their Building Department Lab Approval program. A Miami-Dade Inspector visited the Intertek facility in Cortland, NY on June 5th as part of the on-going inspection activity. Intertek is recognized by the Miami-Dade Building Department. This is the contact name of the Miami-Dade Inspector who visited Intertek recently.

Patrick Cotter, BNC Product Control Inspector
Miami-Dade County Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources
Quality Assurance Unit
11805 SW 26th Street, Room 208

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