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 you are away, and general community security the patrols utilize a private Intranet for documenting activity at Patrol Members properties.
The system not only tracks patrol activity (each patrol vehicle is tracked by GPS) but is a repository for security related observations by the patrol officers. The system is also an effective mechanism for the patrol officers to communicate with each other as well as between the office and the field.
Patrol officers regularly document (via mobile photography) contractors on site or other potential items of concern. Patrol members can request reports on observed activity at their property.
Urban Alarm’s Mobile Security Guard Patrol is available to neighborhoods, individual residents, businesses, and commercial or multi-unit residential properties. Larger properties may look to mobile patrols to supplement traditional posted security guards. Mobile patrols may be deployed in conjunction with remote video monitoring to provide a cost effective strategy for comprehensive security.
The District of Columbia has taken the lead from Maryland and will require sales tax be paid on alarm monitoring effective October 1st 2011. This change will effect security and fire alarm monitoring for commercial and residential properties located in DC.
The notice from DC goes on to specify that DC sales tax will now apply to “...the service of monitoring an electronically controlled burglar or fire alarm system for any residential or commercial property located in the District...”.
Our invoices for security alarm monitoring and commercial fire alarm monitoring (including auto-credit card charges) will reflect this change as of 1 October 2011.
Commercial Fire Alarm monitoring is a critical life safety service Urban Alarm provides for many Washington DC properties. Traditionally this service is provided via two independent phone lines. However, as telecom providers move away from switched circuits to IP based phone lines new monitoring methods become neccessary.
Urban Alarm’s SNAP Radio service is one of the only best alternatives to phone lines for commercial fire alarm monitoring. Because of the “mesh” architecture of the network, which allows multiple pathways for alarm signals to be communicated to the central station, the SNAP Radio network is NFPA approved as a sole method of commercial fire alarm monitoring (i.e., no additional backup is needed).
Not only does this provide an excellent alternative for fire alarm monitoring but it is extremely cost effective typically saving over $500 per year archiving a return on investment in just over a year.
Exacq Technologies, the developer of IP Video Software that offers very high quality and relatively cost effective solutions, has released their iPhone and iPad application. It is an example of the attention to usability and quality development that is characteristic through out their solutions and the reason why we prefer them in many IP video security applications.
You can download the “lite” version for free and the full version for $50 through the iPhone/iPad Apps Store.
We typically utilize this solutions commercial security however we do have residential customers that have adopted it as well. For more information please give us a call or visit the video security page of our website.