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How Power Problems Can Corrupt Your Security Solutions

They say power corrupts but for security systems it's a lack of power that corrupts. All the latest and greatest products, systems and technology is fantastic, but it ain't worth a plug nickel without the electrical energy required to maintain operational integrity. Power loss is an omnipresent threat…

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They say power corrupts but for security systems it’s a lack of power that corrupts. All the latest and greatest products, systems and technology is fantastic, but it ain’t worth a plug nickel without the electrical energy required to maintain operational integrity. Power loss is an omnipresent threat for any electronic device but one that is too often misunderstood or disregarded. In addition to major outages, other problems such as surges, voltage sags and momentary outages can wreak havoc with any building system, including security. Both naturally occuring and manmade, these issues jeopardize communications, IT systems and electronic components.

According to Frost & Sullivan, every year 72 percent of U.S. businesses are affected by power quality that interrupts critical operations. The Electric Power Research Institute pegs the annual cost to the U.S. economy due to power interruptions between $104 to $164 billion; plus another $24 billion lost due to poor power quality phenomena. And for various reasons the grid is being pushed to the limit more and more each year. As a security systems contractor, you need to make sure your clients are prepared for these challenges lest you look bad. In essence, you need to provide security for the security system.

Fortunately, there are many relatively easy and sensible solutions security providers can deploy for their customers with compelling return on investment (ROI) cases seal the deal. I recently hosted a Webcast with Bill Allen, director of marketing for Minuteman Power Technologies addressing this important topic in great detail. The session outlines the challenge and offers plenty of solutions. Again, it may not sound like the most sexy part about security but it is critical and so I urge you to give a listen here: Making Sense of Power Protection Solution in Security Applications.

Scott Goldfine



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About the Author
Scott Goldfine
Scott Goldfine is Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher of Security Sales & Integration, directing all editorial aspects of the magazine brand in print, electronically, online and in person. The voluminous, innovative and award-winning body of work he has distinguished himself with since joining the publication in 1998 includes groundbreaking research, landmark features, leadership roundtables, high profile case studies, and many industry exclusives. Well versed in the technical and business aspects of electronic security (video surveillance, access control, systems integration, intrusion detection, fire/life safety), Goldfine is a nationally known figure in demand as an industry presenter and subject matter expert to mainstream media. He is responsible for developing many unique products and programs, including the SSI Industry Hall of Fame, Control Panel (industry’s first E-mail newsletter), Police Dispatch Quality (PDQ), Marketing Marvel, Installers of the Year, Integrated Installation of the Year, Security Industry Census, Systems Integration Study, Installation Business Report, Operations & Opportunities Report, Commercial End-User Study and Security’s Fantastic Fleets. Recognized for his relationship building, integrity and lead-by-example ethic, Goldfine is a solutions-oriented team player who advises and collaborates with industry dealer/integrator, consultant, distributor, central station and manufacturer icons, luminaries and executive business leaders on a daily basis. He is also actively involved in several security events and organizations, including the Electronic Security Association (ESA), Security Industry Association (SIA), Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC), False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA), PSA-Tec, SAMMY Awards, International Security Conference and Exhibition (ISC), Electronic Security Technology Summit (ESTS), Mission 500, Electronic Security Expo (ESX), ASIS Int’l, Honeywell CONNECT and other supplier conventions. Goldfine also serves on several boards, including the CSAA Marketing and Communications Committee and PSA Cybersecurity Advisory Council. A certified alarm technician, former cable-TV tech, audio company entrepreneur, and lifelong electronics and computers enthusiast, Goldfine graduated with honors from Cal State, Northridge with a management degree in Radio-Television-Film. His professional media endeavors have encompassed magazines, Internet, radio, TV, film, records, teletext and books. Goldfine resides in the Charlotte, N.C., area with his wife, son and three cats.
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