The installation of a CCTV system might seem overwhelming at first but with expert guidance, you can integrate the product in your home with precision. Our team at Alert Watch has significant experience in the CCTV installation process, and in this latest post, we’ll present our guide to expert installation work.
Everyone want to feel safe in their home. From putting up garden walls, keeping a dog, people have been looking for ways to feel safe at home.
Security CCTV cameras have become a common feature in many houses. People have taken the camera’s public use – to reduce the rate of crime in the city – and brought them into their houses as a means of protection for their families and their belongings.
The task of being a facility manager in the construction industry or any large business can be daunting. You are responsible for handling all the daily ins and outs, dealing with employees, the machinery, and sometimes getting your hands dirty in the actual work. For any facility manager, the importance of data and knowledge about the project can never be overemphasized. The responsibility of overseeing a project to completion requires that you have enough information about it in the first place. With so many responsibilities, it can be difficult for a manager to prioritize the tasks and plan effectively. Having a great checklist will go a long way in simplifying your work and ensuring you cover all your bases.
Do Daily Facility Walkthroughs
Doing regular walkthroughs can be vital in monitoring the state of your facility and equipment. Most managers rely on information obtained from routine maintenance, work orders and reports to keep up to date with the condition of the facility. In reality doing daily walkthroughs could help you get the small daily changes or sometimes ignored factors that could determine the security and quality of the whole project or machinery used at the site. The same goes for an already complete site, during walkthrough inspection you can check and monitor the troublesome areas or places that have the potential to be so and mitigate any problems before they become disasters. It is also worth adding that the works are great exercises and stress relievers.
Check the Total Energy Use
Energy usage could result in very high expenses for the project. Ensuring that electricity usage is controlled and no energy is wasted could help save a lot of energy expenses. Ensure that most bulbs are energy saving and are switched off when not in use or when it is at night. Ensure all burnt out lights are replaced and faulty electrical fixtures, wiring, and appliances are fixed. Check to ensure elevators and the emergency generator are functional.
Ensure the Facility is Ready for Daily Activities
Before any construction or activity can take place at the facility, all the necessary material and conditions should be available on time. Inspect the premises and make sure that all the require suppliers are available and in the right quantity. Ensure the bathrooms, back office rooms, and cloakrooms, are functional and in the right condition. Finally, ensure all the equipment is in working condition and inspect all daily procedures to ensure that they run smoothly.
Security and the maintenance of security equipment are usually part of the Facility Manager’s responsibility. Checking that CCTV cameras are functioning and recording correctly, alarms and fire extinguishers are in working order, and the general building security is operating as it should with no gaps that can accessed by unauthorised personnel.
Liaising with Contractors
The manager may have the responsibility to know how the contractor is progressing and what stage the project is, depending on their job description. It may involve maintaining relationships with any prospective contractors, identify, estimate and list any requirements for repairs and other services. The job may also include identifying, contacting and selecting the qualified bidders to offer the required services, supervising the work, carrying out expenditure management, ensuring the desired goals and objectives are achieved and sorting out the final bill.
Safety and Hazard Control
It’s your responsibility to make sure that the facility conforms to all the safety regulations as required by the law and any regulation agency to ensure the safety of the workers or people visiting the site. Ensuring clear plans and policies are in place in case of emergencies may or may not be part of your responsibility but having a clear evacuation protocol in such cases is a must, and all workers must be educated on the same. Ensuring periodic Pat testing is completed and recorded.
Organising and Coordinating with the Employees
This might involve creating work schedules and signing work agreements, and ensure that they are carried through. The role may also overlap with ensuring that the project goals and the set timelines are on course. It may require meeting with every employee responsible for each task, examining the progress and discussing how to improve the productivity. Interacting with the employee is crucial as it allows for getting feedback and improve efficiency.
As a facility manager, it is crucial that you stay on top of everything and by having a good process and checklist, it ensures that nothing slips through your fingers.
One issue that crops up repeatedly in our work and research in the area of school security systems is that of data protection and privacy. It is a potentially sensitive subject and one in which we must adhere to guidelines set out by a number of stakeholders and policy makers in this area.
For example, the department of education have said that use of CCTV systems in Schools is at the discretion of school boards of management but that the use of CCTV systems must be in proportion with the issues that prompted the school to have the CCTV systems installed in the first place. In other words, schools are well advised to have a system in place but they must operate within the boundaries of legitimacy and not stray into any gratuitous or non-essential areas. Alertwatch have built up a wealth of experience in this regard and we are extremely well positioned to advise schools based on successful projects that we have completed in the education sector.
The data protection commissioner has stated that as long as schools are transparent about the purpose of their CCTV systems they are fully supportive of the systems being implemented. For example, if cameras are being used as an anti-bullying device then there should be a sign in place beside the camera stating that it is being operated for this purpose. Transparency is absolutely vital in terms of our data protection responsibilities and we can ensure compliance by implementing a series of tried and trusted steps just like the one described above.
Something for schools also to be aware of is that there are department of education grants available to schools to help fund the cost of CCTV systems, especially where they are being set up to combat difficulties with vandalism and/or graffiti. The department is committed to assisting schools with proactive initiatives which will secure school premises and help minimise the threat of ongoing vandalism.
At Alertwatch, we have a significant depth of experience in designing and implementing school CCTV systems that accommodate the needs and requirements of schools/students/parents and that run efficiently within the guidelines developed by the department of education in conjunction with the data protection commissioner. For further details and to learn more about how we can be of service to your school please visit us at www.alertwatch.ie or call us today at 01 6896390.
Something that most of us take for granted when we stay in hotels anywhere is that they are secure, efficiently protected environments. In the CCTV/Security industry, however, we know for a fact that this is not always necessarily the case. What is vitally important from the hotel’s perspective is that they are providing a secure, controlled environment for their guests while at the same time operating within the structures laid out by the data protection act and protecting the rights of their employees.
At Alertwatch, the huge depth of experience that we have built up over many years working in the CCTV/Security industry enables us to get the balance exactly right and offer complete protection to the hotel and it’s customers and employees.
An indicative, relevant example of work we have carried out recently would be the upgrade of a CCTV system for a prominent Southside Dublin Hotel. All cameras where upgraded to Full HD 1080P Cameras (Over 2 million pixels) which provided the customer with CCTV Cameras of over 5 times greater resolution than the previously installed cameras. No new cabling was required for the installation, all the older coaxial cable could be re-used. The 32 cameras were installed within a 24 hour time period.
Having spoken to the hotel manager we knew that budget and project spend was a concern so when we explained that the upgrade process could be completed without a complete overhaul and replacement of the existing cabling the customer they were happy to proceed.
The brief here was, as always, to install a managed CCTV system and develop an environment in which both staff and visitors feel secure and protected at all times. We are able to equip hotels in a focused, constructive manner with the tools that will help them deal effectively with any potential security breaches or issues. Specifically, we can use our installed CCTV systems to:
a) Provide an effective intruder detection mechanism.
b) Protect hotel property against vandalism
d) Organise controlled exit of staff/visitors in case of an emergency
e) Protect staff and guest vehicles
f) Monitor staff punctuality
g) Monitor exits and entrances
h) Create a safe, secure, recreational environment
i) Provide peace of mind for visitors
j) Protect hotel property and grounds against vandalism
For more information please call us on 01 6896390 or fill out or enquiry form at http://www.alertwatch.ie/.
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