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Focus on Quality Patient Care, Not Paperwork with PointClickCare

Focus on Quality Patient Care, Not Paperwork with PointClickCare

Posted By Ryan Temple
April 02, 2018 Category: Nurse Call Solutions

Most caregivers would tell you that providing quality care for patients in need is probably the most rewarding aspect of working in the long-term care/senior living industry. However, managing paperwork and other administrative tasks have traditionally been an extremely time-consuming part of the job. The average caregiver spends at least one hour per day doing paperwork, adversely impacting your facility’s bottom line. Further, due to job demands, paperwork is often completed several hours after care is provided, leading to gaps and inaccuracies in patient information. PointClickCare (PCC), the largest EHR in long-term care, addresses this issue by allowing caregivers to easily enter all services at the time of delivery, while also providing a single, comprehensive record for each resident. As a result, your team can continue delivering excellent care, even when you’re short-staffed. PCC Drives Smarter Decisions in Long-Term Care PCC integrates directly with RCare, a provider of a wide array of UL 1069 tested wireless nurse call and personal emergency systems for senior living facilities, enabling patient information to be updated in real-time. For example, if a patient changes rooms or has a special issue, these updates are made easily from a mobile device, RCaremobile, and immediately synced to RCare or any other EHR database - eliminating duplicate data entry and improving the accuracy of patient records. Caregivers have additional confidence know that t

Advanced Video Surveillance Technology - Keeping Us Safe in an Uncertain World

Advanced Video Surveillance Technology   Keeping Us Safe in an Uncertain World

Posted By Ryan Temple
March 04, 2018 Category: Video Surveillance

You only have to turn on the news to realize that we live in challenging times. Technology has never been more advanced, but the world we live in has also become more dangerous. The good news is that new technology is stepping up, offering innovations that make our environments safer and more secure. Advances in fields like video analytics have enabled us to optimize the security of our homes and businesses, even if we’re across the globe. Smart Systems that Overcome Human Limitations The first step in protecting your interests is knowing what solutions are available. Today’s video surveillance is clearer and sharper than ever before, with higher resolution at minimum bandwidth, delivering more information to us than we can easily manage on our own. When we think of video surveillance, many of us envision the Hollywood trope of a uniformed guard in front of a group of monitors, too distracted to notice the bad guys sneaking past. Unfortunately, there is a grain of truth to that cliché: the natural limitations of the human attention span. Studies have shown that someone who is monitoring a video scene will miss up to 95% of all the activity happening on the screen after only twenty minutes, which is why new video surveillance technology has developed intelligent monitoring. This technology allows the surveillance management system to analyze images and even recognize the difference between human and non-human movement on camera, enabling you to respond qu

The Right Access Control System Provides you with the Power to Protect Your People and Property

The Right Access Control System Provides you with the Power to Protect Your People and Property

Posted By Ryan Temple
February 18, 2018 Category: Access Control

Whether you work for a small private business, a multinational corporation with several locations, a local high school, or a state-of-the-art hospital, security will always be a priority. Controlling access to your building, assets, and the individuals inside is one of the best ways to maintain security. A system should be robust and and flexible, scaling as your needs evolve. Avigilon access control solutions are recognized as being some of the best systems available. Key Components for an Effective Access Control System An effective access control system has to accomplish three basic, yet extremely important, tasks. Identification: Identification of the individuals entering your building or into any sensitive areas within the building is integral to successful security. If your current security system cannot identify people entering the building, then it is definitely time for an upgrade. Once the individual entering your property has been identified, there must be some sort of authentication process before they are granted access.   Authentication: Methods of authentication can range anywhere from fingerprints and smartcards to encryption keys and coded passwords.   Authorization: After this information has been provided, the individual in question passes into the third stage, which is authorization. Once building access has been granted to the individual (based on set criteria) they are now authorized to enter. It is only after all

3 Things to Consider When it Comes to Home Alarm Systems

3 Things to Consider When it Comes to Home Alarm Systems

Posted By Ryan Temple
February 18, 2018 Category: General Security

What capabilities does your home alarm system have? If your provider is up to date with the latest technology, every home alarm system should provide various capabilities to make using the system painless. 1. Property Value With cars and other expensive items, home alarm security systems should be equipped with motion sensors in all windows of the house and in the garage. Motion detection sensors can be installed in any location and residents have the option to choose the way in which they receive a notification when there is movement, one being an automatic phone call to 911. 2. GPS Capabilities After driving away from the home and being miles away, residents often realize that they have forgotten to arm the alarm system. With GPS capabilities and advanced technology, a push notification will be sent to their smartphone when the resident is outside of a certain mile radius. The notification will ask if the user would like to set the home alarm system. Then, the resident can simply choose yes or no. 3. Cellular Communicator Did you know that most alarm systems are connected through existing phone lines? When someone comes and cuts it, the entire alarm system becomes worthless. Even if a residence does not have a landline, they probably have Internet. The Internet line can be cut through in the same way as the landline. A cellular card costs a little bit extra per month, but the technology responds faster and is more efficient for a working home alarm system. Not only shou

3 Internal Facility Security Vulnerabilities Facing Manufacturers

3 Internal Facility Security Vulnerabilities Facing Manufacturers

Posted By Ryan Temple
February 18, 2018 Category: General Security

Internal theft is a serious issue in manufacturing facilities. Born from misplaced trust, poor hiring processes and lackadaisical supervision, employee theft can take many forms from pilfering valuable scrap metal to fabricating timesheets. To prevent incidents, business owners and managers must take proactive steps to keep a watchful eye on the property. Here, we outline 3 facility vulnerabilities, as well as the subsequent actions business owners, can take to enhance security and prevent internal theft: 3 Facility Vulnerabilities: 1.Clock-In Location Clocking in for the day is the first action an employee will take upon arrival to work. This process was created in effort to keep track of the hours an employee worked, as well as keep tabs on habitually tardy employees. This is the first touch point of potential theft. Here, employees have the ability to clock in for a coworker, effectively fabricating the timesheet. This is most common with analog or handwritten timesheet processes, which allow the most room for fabrication. 2. Dumpster Areas Valuable scrap metal is another prime aspect of manufacturing businesses that can prompt employee theft. Often times, these thefts occur around dumpster areas of the facility. Employee’s charged with discarding scrap metal may “pocket” parts of the load—Or employees will know what times of the week valuable metal is left outside, then come back later to take it. 3. Hallways Whether it’s gaining ac

Technology Install Partners Announces Honeywell Security Dealer Certification

Technology Install Partners Announces Honeywell Security Dealer Certification

Posted By Ryan Temple
February 18, 2018 Category: General Security

Cleveland, OH -- Technology Install Partners is proud to announce its official Honeywell Integrated Security’s Dealer certification. Official Honeywell Dealers must go through a service certification program, which includes an on-site technical audit to ensure that the highest level of service is being provided to customers in order to obtain high-level end user satisfaction. To receive an official Honeywell Pro Watch Dealer Certification, a dealer must demonstrated proficiencies in Honeywell product training, certifications in computer technology, project management, customer satisfaction, test facility and engineering drawing capabilities. “We are incredibly proud to be an official Honeywell Pro Watch Dealer” said Erika Temple, Owner of Technology Install Partners. “We already design and install large security projects, but now as a Honeywell Pro Watch Dealer we will be able to fully integrate video surveillance, access control, burglar and fire alarms, human resource software, and other custom applications for our customers “ said Erika Temple. To learn more about contracting Technology Install Partners for your next job, please call (888) 586-7040. About Technology Install Partners From consulting, design, installation, maintenance and repair, Technology Install Partners provides turnkey technology security solutions including video surveillance, access control, nurse call, intrusion/fire alarm and beyond to businesses and government ent

Access Control Within the Workforce

Access Control Within the Workforce

Posted By Ryan Temple
February 18, 2018 Category: Access Control

Access control technology can add value within a workforce of any size. But when it comes to large companies, access control has become more of a necessity than a desire in the business world. In order to understand the scope of solutions that access control provides companies, start with looking at the following: your industry’s evolution, your current employee access control process, benefits of access control, and the emerging trends in technology which ultimately lead to predictions for the

Important Security Considerations for Human Resource Departments

Important Security Considerations for Human Resource Departments

Posted By Ryan Temple
February 17, 2018 Category: Access Control

From consulting, design, installation, maintenance, and repair; Technology Install Partners provides turnkey technology security solutions including video surveillance, access control, nurse call, intrusion alarm and beyond to businesses and government entities of all sizes. When considering security concerns that coincide with HR related needs, have you come across the following issues? Litigation due to: False Workers’ Compensation Claims Data Breaches Access Control to IT rooms, Building Sections, Improper Time Entry Integrating Access Control Systems with HR Software Access control systems not only improve the security capabilities of businesses, they also have the power to integrate with current HR software. With each employee having an individual code for entry and access, access control technologies assist with the following: Removing Access from Former Employees (with one click) Allowing Access to New Employees Restricting Access to Certain Areas Compliance of HIPAA Laws Think about your current system. Does your software allow the addition and removal of employees with the click of a button? Knowing which employees have access to what sections of the building is important. With an access control system that provides the ability to set these parameters upfront, it is possible to create a map or chart to keep on-hand for security questions or issues with building access that may arise. Lastly, are you working with a vendor who can offer custom integra

5 Signs that Your Access Control System Needs an Urgent Upgrade

5 Signs that Your Access Control System Needs an Urgent Upgrade

Posted By Ryan Temple
February 17, 2018 Category: Access Control

Understanding signs that your access control system needs an upgrade represents a critical component of maintaining a secure building, while staying up to date with technology. 1. Yearly Checks: Do you currently conduct yearly checks on your access control system’s condition? Reviewing your access control system each year should be adapted as a best practice and implemented into your company’s annual routine. This practice can be a part of the Human Resource Department’s annual reporting process. As Bill Gates stated, “We’re changing the world with technology”. Technology is constantly evolving in the world around us. Without adapting systems and processes, the current technology and evolved technology level available contain a large gap that should, and can, be reduced. 2. Hinderance vs. Help: If your access control system is more of a hinderance than a help to you and your business security, then why stick with it? Consider expanding your horizons and change to a new access control system; make life easier while increasing both security and safety levels simultaneously. 3. Remote Access: Ask yourself the following question: Can you access your system remotely? If your answer is no, consider the advantages. Locking a door at the end of the business day can be done with the push of a button from your smartphone. This can be especially helpful if you forget to lock the door after a long day at the office and your commute is on the longe

5 Facts About IP Access Control Technology

5 Facts About IP Access Control Technology

Posted By Ryan Temple
February 17, 2018 Category: Access Control

Access control has a lot of challenges to overcome, and smart users seek out information before laying down valuable money and committing themselves to a system. Unfortunately, access control is about more than monitoring -- it can be the difference between a very expensive breach and the value of a secure location. 1. Licensing is an Important Consideration When a piece of software is licensed, using it across different municipalities can become challenging. As well, there can be licensing fees associated with this usage. When an office or other secure building needs IP access control, particularly when it is under the banner of a larger company, licensing software should not be a consideration. The way to solve this problem is to keep the installation one of simplicity and modularity. With modular equipment and software without licensing issues, the process can proceed more easily. 2. Training Should be Included The training process is a matter that needs to be included every time one deals with an integrator of IP access technology. Without proper training, errors are all but guaranteed, and often the training process must cover a large number of points. While the technology's usage day to day is reasonably simple, the training that enables basic troubleshooting can take up to several days to dispense. This process needs to be included, and continuing education and training materials need to be provided to ensure continued smooth operation of the system. 3. The Sy

Why Managed Access Control Services Make Sense

Why Managed Access Control Services Make Sense

Posted By Ryan Temple
February 17, 2018 Category: Access Control

Understanding the Features Available Can Change your Security System for the Better Access Control Systems Whether you are searching for a basic control system for your small business, multi-tenant housing as a retailer, or multisite organizations, a common required trend exists among all: an advanced feature set and a large cardholder database. The basic management features that access control services can offer take you to the next level, but is the investment worth the product and service received? In order to keep up with the day to day evolution of technology in the world, access control systems must be managed. With these basic management features, security solutions are quite simple. User Role-Based Authentication Knowing who has access to what section of the building is important. With an access control system giving the ability to set these parameters upfront, creating a map or chart would be helpful for administrators to keep on-hand for security questions or issues with building access. Role-based Access Control Regulates Access Depending on user roles within the company, access can be granted or limited. Identifying roles for each employee through various methods, including keycards, guides this process. Import and Export Cardholders and Reports to and from Excel Spreadsheets Having the capability to easily add and subtract cardholders and reports to and from spreadsheets helps keep access control organized and consistent. Security Personnel can View Live

Top 5 Access Control Considerations

Top 5 Access Control Considerations

Posted By Ryan Temple
February 17, 2018 Category: Access Control

Access control technology can add value within a workforce of any size. But when it comes to large companies, access control has become more of a necessity than a desire in the business world. In order to understand the scope of solutions that access control provides companies, start with looking at the following: your industry’s evolution, your current employee access control process, benefits of access control, and the emerging trends in technology which ultimately lead to predictions for the

Top 3 Considerations for Integrated Video Surveillance and Intrusion System Design

Top 3 Considerations for Integrated Video Surveillance and Intrusion System Design

Posted By Ryan Temple
February 17, 2018 Category: Video Surveillance

Today, Commercial Video Surveillance Systems are able to be integrated with many devices making them user friendly and often very easy for an IT professional to manage. Still, there are several considerations that one should take prior to implementing a video surveillance & intrusion system design. Below, we’ve outlined 3 of the top considerations: 1. Integration Is the system you’re buying proprietary or does it offer an open architecture? You want to avoid buying a system that is proprietary. While one stop shopping can look very attractive on paper, they cost more upfront and have higher ongoing fees. Another complication that can arise from proprietary system is the maintenance and equipment replacement contract that you can get locked into. Even if you’re not getting the maintenance service you need, you’re often stuck with your provider. And lastly, due to the proprietary nature of the software, it might not support new devices that you intend on using down the road. 2. Open Architecture Does the system you’re purchasing offer open architecture? Open architecture will make your life much easier because it affords you the ability to swap out products when desired. Two great products that we suggest for open architecture systems are Honeywell Vista or DMP. 3. Quality of the Contractor There are numerous security contractors working within the alarm industry and video surveillance industry. When selecting your perfect contractor

How to Facilitate a Large Deployment of IP Surveillance Cameras

How to Facilitate a Large Deployment of IP Surveillance Cameras

Posted By Ryan Temple
February 17, 2018 Category: Video Surveillance

How do you manage 100, 500, or even 1,000 IP video surveillance cameras? By planning and partnering with the right technology vendorWhen implementing a large scale of IP surveillance cameras it is key that the technology is appropriately connected, operated and strategically placed. Doing so is an integral part of setting your company up for long-term success in monitoring the daily activity of its facilities. However, when partnering with a vendor inadequately suited for the job, you open your business up to risk of blind surveillance spots, inadequate coverage and malfunctioning connections. Simply put, you’ll want to do your homework ahead of time to ensure that you embark on this process with a trusted security technology vendor. Below, we outline five key questions to ask yourself and your vendor to ensure that you are setting yourself up for success in managing a large deployment of IP cameras: 1. Is Product Integration Important to Your Surveillance Needs? An IP video surveillance solution should be one aspect of your business’ greater security plan. Consider all of the security technologies you currently use or plan to use; then, decide whether it is appropriate to integrate these technologies into your video surveillance plan. For example, consider pairing your video surveillance process with access control technology for greater visibility into your facility’s day-to-day activities. To best prepare for your large deployment of IP cameras

10 Reasons Fire Alarms for Business are the Smart Way to Go

10 Reasons Fire Alarms for Business are the Smart Way to Go

Posted By Ryan Temple
February 17, 2018 Category: Fire

Fire disaster destroys or damages thousands of businesses each year. It may not seem like it, but one fire can kill a business. There are ten very sound reasons to consider the installation of an advanced fire alarm system: 1. Alarms Save Lives According to the NFPA 3,275 people died in fires of all types in 2014. Early warning alerted via alarm systems represents a key aspect to preventing fire deaths and injuries to employees or customers. 2. Building Asset Losses are Minimized If a fire does happen within a company building, the loss of building and vehicle assets are minimized by rapid emergency response. Therefore, thousands of dollars in assets may be preserved by having an updated, advanced fire alarm system. 3. Insurance Benefits Insurance premiums are generally lower when fire alarm systems are installed. The Insurance Information Institute reports that an alarm system that includes fire protection can lower premiums by as much as 5% to 20%. The reduced cost of insurance can help offset the cost of the alarm system. 4. Job and Income Losses are Reduced Job and income loss are reduced, or eliminated with the installation of an advanced fire alarm. Not only do alarms protect employees from injury, but they also reduce potential building damage caused by fire tragedies. 5.  Important Documents Vital business records may be preserved with early warning if an advanced fire alarm system has been put into place. The preservation of these

Don't Kill Your Business with a Fire

Dont Kill Your Business with a Fire

Posted By Ryan Temple
February 17, 2018 Category: Fire

Sometimes, it doesn’t take months or years. Rather, it can happen in a matter of minutes. Without warning, a successful, well-managed business can lose everything: profitability, inventory, buildings, vehicles, records and customer orders can go up in smoke due to a building fire. Fire disaster destroys or damages thousands of businesses each year. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that there were 82,000 non-residential structure fires of all types in 2013. Financial loss from these fires was estimated at $2.6 billion. Even more significant, they resulted in 1,500 injuries and 70 fatalities. What do these figures mean? The answer is simple: a building fire can kill a business. Do the Benefits Outweigh the Costs? Even in today’s world of low-cost, advanced technology, some business owners are reluctant to make the investment in a fire alarm system. Some say, “Fires don’t happen that often. We’ve never had a fire. We are careful, so there won’t be a fire in our business.” One safety professional consulted with a senior business manager in a big-city high rise. The manager was not convinced of the importance of a fire alarm system, stating that the building had fire sprinklers in every room, so no alarm system was necessary. The safety professional explained that by the time the ambient air temperature at the ceiling was high enough to activate the sprinklers, the fire would already be raging. Property and l

3 Security Considerations for Long-Term Care Facilities

3 Security Considerations for Long Term Care Facilities

Posted By Ryan Temple
February 17, 2018 Category: Senior Living

Long-term care facilities exist to properly care for those who cannot care for themselves. Often taking the form of assisted living or nursing homes, long-term care facilities face security challenges that differ from other healthcare related industries. Security systems and procedures aim to protect both residents and caregivers. Below, we’ve outlined the three biggest security considerations for long-term care facilities. 1. Unobtrusive Visitor Management A home-like atmosphere is a top selling point for many assisted living facilities. That said, the facility's security technology and processes need to be both effective and covert and should leverage an integrated visitor management system to easily capture visitor information and whereabouts. Best systems have the capability to do the following: Capture a visitor's image and creates “one-day-pass” credentials. Keep a running log of the date and time visitors arrived and exited the facility. Log deliveries. Provide visitor analytics to give better insight on the comings and goings of persons in the facility. A visitor management system is paired well with video surveillance. Together, you obtain a full view of the happenings within the facility. Pro Tip: Keep cameras tucked away and out of sight. This will help keep the facility home-like while providing the level of security needed. 2. Providing Resident Independence Many residents in long-term care covet their independence. In an attem

Top 3 Security Trends for 2016

Top 3 Security Trends for 2016

Posted By Ryan Temple
February 17, 2018 Category: General Security

The year of 2016 is positioned to be another incredible year for the world of technology and innovation. In the security space, trend-spotting is key to keeping security at its pinnacle for our own internal organizations, as well as for the organizations of our clients and employers. These trends are poised to be among the most influential in the coming year and are on the tip of the tongue for tech and security enthusiasts worldwide. 1. Biometric Access Systems While traditional access control systems are high-tech and 100% functional, adding biometrics to these systems only create enhanced protection of access. Biometric access systems use information like the following to allow employees to swipe into company buildings, for example: fingerprints iris and retinal scans hand geometry facial recognition technology With that all being said, and while fingerprints and retinal scans are immensely difficult to forge or spoof, the vulnerability aspect is not entirely eliminated. 2. Wearable Technology Poised to become a legitimate rival to the smartphone in terms of mobile computing, the wearable technology represents a relevant trend that is looking to gain a much greater footing in 2016. The smartwatch is one of the most well-known applications to this day, but wearable technology can take the form of a number of different form factors including eyeglasses, clothing, rings, and more!. 3. Internet of Things With countless smart devices becoming available each succeeding qu

3 Top Security Technology Trends of 2015

3 Top Security Technology Trends of 2015

Posted By Ryan Temple
February 17, 2018 Category: General Security

2015 has been a revolutionary year as far as security is concerned, with some exciting breakthroughs all across the industry. From Apple’s HomeKit introduced with the iOS 8 to Samsung’s SmartThings, we are seeing innovative technologies that have truly changed how we address security at home, in the office, and everywhere else. And, it’s all so welcome! So, which were the year’s top security trends? 1. Trends in Residential Alarms & Intrusion Detection Systems More home security companies are grabbing the opportunity to ride on the coattails of cable and telephone companies, resulting in clearer video images and plenty of other opportunities. Costs have also come down significantly. Today, a motion detector with a camera isn’t much more expensive than one without a camera. In fact, it is predicted that over the next few years, costs for the two will probably be the same. Apps and remote control also became key security features in 2015. However, one thing that makes 2015 completely different is what people are doing with information collected using the apps, video surveillance data, and so on. By analyzing this information and using it to design residential security systems that automatically turn on lights, adjust thermostats, and alert homeowners that there is an intrusion, providers have made security an attractive option for a lot more consumers. 2. Commercial Video Surveillance Breaking New Grounds Vector USA has identified three key

Do they Mesh or Collide?

Do they Mesh or Collide

Posted By Ryan Temple
February 17, 2018 Category: General Security

With Cerberus DMS, you can manage even complex security and fire safety systems with ease. The Cerberus DMS building safety technology platform is quick and reliable, providing you with an overview of security-related events through a fail-proof integration with your safety and security systems. Our customizable danger management station gives you reliable, uniform access to your fire safety, video surveillance, access control, and intrusion detection systems across a geographically extended area, enabling you to handle emergency situations with confidence.  Our management system reports all events, from maintenance activities to incidents; so that you have all the information you need at your fingertips.  Cerberus DMS also enables you to quickly and correctly guide intervention forces where necessary by giving you clear and immediate notifications.  All activities surveyed by the system are automatically logged so that detailed reports can be easily generated.   Powerful and Scalable For Maximum Protection Cerberus DMS is based on Siemens leading technology, addressing the immediate needs of your system while also accommodating future expansions.  The Cerberus DMS system integrates multi-disciplines like video surveillance and intrusion detection, or access control with fire safety and security, providing you with seamless security coverage wherever you need it most. Here are just a few of the capabilities that Cerberus DMS has to

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