Selected and Completed Showcase Access Control for Brivo Systems

Selected and Completed Showcase Access Control for Brivo Systems

Urban Alarm is pleased to have been selected for and to have completed the deployment of a security system for Brivo Systems. Urban Alarm has worked with Brivo for more then five years, installing their product for our mutual customers. As you would expect from the leader in access control,  their office features a state of the art cloud-based access control and video security system.

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Taking a Fire Prevention Approach to Active Shooter Preparedness

Taking a Fire Prevention Approach to Active Shooter Preparedness

Over the past couple of months, our team has been working with a number of K-12 schools to revisit plans and strategies in the wake of the Newtown massacre. While our instinct is often to “fight the last battle,” (i.e. prepare for the last incident, despite the multitude of other threats) this may not be the best approach. These incidents are wake-up calls that remind us of the vulnerability of our schools and in particular, of K-12 schools.

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Security and Fire Alarm Automatic Communication Testing

Security and Fire Alarm Automatic Communication Testing

If your car or cell phone is not working, you will know it the moment you try to use it. If an alarm system is not working, you may not know for weeks or months or until the next time you NEED it. Alarm systems must communicate with the central monitoring station in order to be effective. And in many cases, they only communicate with the central monitoring station when there is an alarm. 

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Mobile Security Guard Patrol Use of Intranet for Communication

Mobile Security Guard Patrol Use of Intranet for Communication

Urban Alarm’s Mobile Community Patrol provides an added security presence for retail, business, and residential customers in Northwest DC Neighborhoods. In addition to alarm response, concierge services, home watch when members are away, and general community security,  the patrols utilize a private Intranet for documenting activity at Patrol Members properties. 

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Monitored Smoke Detectors in DC, MD, and VA

Monitored Smoke Detectors in DC, MD, and VA

Up until recently, the 120VAC detectors were required to meet most code requirements (click here for more information on fire and electrical code). 12VDC monitored smoke detectors were not an option for code and inspections. However, effective with the International Residential Code (IRC) 2009 version, hard-wired 12VDC smoke detectors are now accepted to meet code and inspections.

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June 2011 FBI Security Briefing on Specific Terrorism Threats

On Thursday, June 23rd, the FBI held a security briefing at the Renaissance Washington, which focused on threats to the hospitality industry. While these briefings are not unusual, and post 9/11 bureaucrats often communicate excess threat information to cover their butts, this one held particular weight as an Assistant Director of the FBI and the head of the DC Counter-terrorism Squad were sent to warn off a particular threat.

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Minimizing the Damage if your Computer is Lost or Stolen

Minimizing the Damage if your Computer is Lost or Stolen

On December 12th, hackers were able to compromise and download the user names and passwords from a highly visible and respected blog media network. The account database itself was only for the login information to the commenting functions of these sites. In itself, there was very little that could be exploited with the information. However, it called out the widespread practice of using poor quality passwords, and worse, using the same passwords on multiple sites.

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