Budget fire and burglar alarm monitoring?

We can provide inexpensive fire and burglar alarm monitoring for you. We are located in the Blacksburg, Virginia area. Our office is in Riner, Virginia.

We will take over your non-propriatory burglar alarm panel for $20 monthly. Fire for $35 with daily test. Open/close reports or other services have additional fees.  Cellular backup is an additional $7.50 a month. Equipment costs vary for cellular equipment depending on your existing panel. The average cost for a device is $225. We can provide a new 2Gig panel with three doors. one motion, and a key fob for $495. Cellular is included in that package as well.

The panel can control lights and thermostats as well. Just programming your thermostat to lower when you are out could save enough to cover the monthly fee.

You can eliminate your landline for your alarm panel. Commercial fire alarms do require a phone line.

It comes in a countertop version for apartments or students. Completely programmed and self installed for $395 with a 24 month monitoring commitment.

Our central station is Dynamark Monitoring in Hagerstown Maryland. UL listed and super friendly and helpful on the phones. Fast response to alarms and call-ins.

Give us a call today at 540-315-6343 and leave your contact info. We will return your call quickly.

 

Thanks for considering Access-CS for your security needs.

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Access-CS now a certified Genetec Integrator!

What does that me to you? We can now provide an enterprise level access control, video and license plate recogniton solution. Genetec is a leader in the industry and we are now a authorized dealer.

The Genetec platform supports badge in badge out as well as anti-pass back features. All activity can be viewed from the Security Center locally or remotely.

We can now provide turnkey integrated security solutions. We can install all parts from door hardware to the server and all parts in between. That means if there are issues you only need to deal with us…one stop shopping!

Of course, we can still set up an internet and smart phone interface with the Genetec product.

 

 

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Can you save money by using on-line thermostat control?

Yes you can! If you use the on-line thermostat control available through the 2GIG panel you can reduce your heat or cooling when you leave and then turn it back to your comfortable temperature 30 minutes before you go home so you return to comfort.

The department of energy estimates you can save 10 to 15 % of your heating and cooling costs by changing the temperature by 15 degrees for eight hours each day. See the article here.

Your alarm panel would pay for itself if your average energy bill is $200 a month. What a deal! Call us today.

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Update to wire thieves story and video…Captured!

Our film of the guys stealing wire from our recycling barrel enabled local law enforcement to track down and arrest the perpetrators. They will be be taken out of the pool of possible thieves in the area for a while.

Thanks to the Botetourt County Sheriffs Department for their work and success on this case. Keep in mind that it would never have been solved without the video record. They would not have know where to start or who to look for with out the documentation.

Call to have CCTV installed at your business today!

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Lots of burglaries this time of year – How about an alarm system?

Many areas are seeing an uptick of home and business burglaries in the Roanoke area and the New River Valley. We can provide a 2GIG alarm panel kit with three door window contacts, one motion detector and one key fob remote control. These alarm panels do not need a phone line as they use the cellular control channel. The monthly monitoring fee is $20 a month including the cellular line. We do not require a contract so you can Fire us if you want! Not like the others who have 5 year contracts.

3-1-1 Alarm Kit!

We also sell you the equipment, the others lease it. The above package is just $500 plus tax installed in the Roanoke and New River Vally areas. Call for pricing further out. We are licensed in Maryland and West Virginia as well as Virginia.

No hidden fees no hard up sell. This will provide you with protection and is expandable to control electrical devices in your home or business.

Give me a call (Jeff) at 540 Three Zero Nine 7233.

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Oops, robbed the wrong place this time!

We have these guys stealing some recycled wire we were saving to take in. Looks like a crime of opportunity. They stopped at the shop to change drivers, Perp one must have a suspended license and didn’t want to drive to court, and noticed our stash of wire in a couple of recycling cans. They decided to come back after court and pick it up…guess they will be going to court again!

This is just some cameras we have on returns and for testing. If you need real cameras to protect your valuables, give us a call for a free estimate!

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Robbery at a convienance store. Film of the bad guys.

Two guys robbed a gas station in Buchanan VA last week. They cut the phone line so our security system didn’t go off. We have fixed that issue for the next time. It’s always good to have a cellular backup on an alarm or even a cellular primary line. It’s faster and harder to circumvent! The following is film of them breaking into the ATM in the store. Check it out and see if you recognize them.

This is the raw video with more of the robbery. A little shorter but in fast motion.

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Radford New Business College – Big Project Begins

It’s time for us to start on the access control at the new Radford University Home for the Business College. Since I’m an alumni of the college this job has extra meaning for me.

We will be doing the exterior doors and some of the interior ones. We are installing CBord equipment for the college and providing the locking devices and power supplies.

 

 

 

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What is the best reader for access control? We say Prox Card Readers!

There are many types of readers on the market. It can be difficult to decide which technology you should use. We recommend that you start with the type of media you want to use. The options are swipe card, proximity card, smart card, bar code or biometrics. Keypad were left off this list because they are to easy to circumvent and should only be use for PIN input after proper media has been presented to the reader.

The two most used are the prox card and the swipe card. The swipe card is older technology and mostly used when there are other needs in the organization for the swipe magnetic strip. An example would be colleges where the cards are used for food service, the library and other related functions. Most card systems use the prox reader. The other methods are usually used in high security and government areas where cost and management time are not an issue.

The prox cards contain an antenna with a unique identifier encoded in the card. The reader is a transmitter receiver that sends out energy and cuase to the card to state it’s identification which is then “read” by the reader. The reader then transmits the information to the control panel where it is verified by the hardware and software. This occurs in an instant and the door then opens or the reader indicates failure with a red light and a beep.

One reason folks choose Proximity cards is that they can be printed with pictures and information about the cardholders. We can print cards or provide printers and supplies for you to print your own. There are also key fobs available if you prefer. They have the antenna imbedded in plastic and can be placed on a key ring or purse.

Hid is the leading manufacturer of Proximity readers and they make many styles. The rule of thumb is the larger the reader, the greater the read distance for the card. The 18 ” readers when power at 36 volts can read a regular proximity card up to 3 feet away! We stay away from many of the smaller cheaper readers due to the lower read range and the fact that HID warranties most of their readers for life.

Thinline II Prox Reader

Thinline II HID Proximity Reader.

We generally use the Thinline II reader since it is a the size of a standard outlet or light switch box and has a good read range. They make a mullion style of the reader for storefront door applications.

We will further explain the other types of readers in a future post!

 

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Access Control Specialists moving to Blacksburg!

We are going to start providing security systems, cameras and access control in the Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Montgomery County area. We do commercial, industrial and educational customers. Give us a call at 540-309-7233.

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