Posts Tagged ‘Choosing a security system for a health club’

Security system battery backups and Should you have your security system for your Fitness Center, Health Club, or Gym monitored by a company.

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Security system battery backups and Should you have your security system for your Fitness Center, Health Club, or Gym monitored by a company.

In my case i don’t.

I have a DVR (digital video recorder) that has a battery backup on it. You can get battery backups from 5 minutes for cheap ,or a few days that are expensive. But always have a battery backup no matter what. The bigger you can afford the better.

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You don’t want the power going out for a few days because of a hurricane and people being able to come in and rob your gym or someone get hurt and you not have any proof they didn’t. 

I have battery backups on everything from my door access system to my computers, a backup not only helps when there’s a power outage, but also protects in the case of power brown outs, which are not the same as a blackout, a brown out simply allows the power to go off for a second and the surge of power coming back on messes a lot of electronics up.

I monitor my own camera system and door access because i don’t have to pay that fee and if something does go missing or someone takes something, all i have to do is look back to see. my DVR records up to 40 days before it starts recording over the first day again.

So, to recap:

  • Have a battery backup on your system
  • Have a big enough dvr to record a long time so you wont have anyworries about looking up something that happened 3 weeks back.

P.S. when selecting a company to install your system, make sure they understand what you need and want your system to do. Write out everything you want it to do and when you both agree on a particular system, Make them sign it. They will say they don’t remember you saying that or they misunderstood you, and that mistake cost me over $4000.

No one is too smart to learn from others experiences.

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Should you have your security system for your fitness center monitored by a company.

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Should you have your security system for your fitness center, gym ,or health club?

I don’t have a company monitor mine, I basically monitor it myself. If i have a problem and need to go back and look at something, i simply go back on my digital recorder and look at it. i can even check it from a mobile location from my laptop.

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The next question i get asked is “what about safety for people coming in late at night or when no ones in the gym to help if they get hurt”.

I use a device called the GUARDIAN ALERT 911 SYSTEM that has a big button on it, and when pressed it dials 911 automatically. The best part about it is its not monitored for a monthly fee. It cost around $150 and that’s it, no fee’s

I have a sign up telling how to use it and also show new members how to use it. it gets used all the time, but no one has had to call on it yet.

It can be found at this link   www.AnActiveLife.com 

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Thanks for reading , and please post any questions or comments you may have or contact shannon at fitnessmarketing@comcast.net   shannon cook

Selecting a company to install your Automated Door access system and security cameras for your gym, health club, or fitness center.

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

“Selecting a company to install your Automated Door access system and security cameras for your gym, health club, or fitness center.”

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I found out the hard way how to select a company such as ADT for installing my access system and my security cameras.

First i called up two companies to give me a price, i should have called 4 or 5.

Next i met the ADT rep at my gym and told him what i need my system to do. this was my second mistake, because i later found out he forgot what i needed and just sent what he thought i needed. I should have written down exactly what i needed and got him to sign it’s upon agreeing to take the job. The written agreement would have looked something like this:

  • Door access system MUST have a PIN PAD for entering numbers or using a card to access the door.    ( I have the HID ENTRYPROX system) **NOTE** this is in case members lose their card and you wont have to go let them in every time they need in and forget it at home or lose it. I stopped giving out the cards and now only use the PIN #’s with my members and they love it. they didn’t like the cards because of the reasons above.
  • Must have software for computer to monitor the PIN #’s being used to get in the door. ( this they told me wasn’t available for the pin pad system, but the salesman told me it was, come to find out they make a handheld PALM device and a computer monitored system called the “EDGE” for my application. Get the computer monitoring system not the PALM it is very confusing to use. I would have to redo my whole system now in order to hook my computer to the “EDGE” system they recommend with the HID system.
  • Must have a battery back up for the door system in case the power goes out. (when they installed mine they didn’t put one in and the power wnet off and the door was unlocked for a day and anyone could come in, with the battery backup it can last aslong as the unit you choose will allow)
  • The security cameras must have a DVR (digital video recorder) and the bigger the better, mine records for up to 40 days continuous without looping back over the 1 day.
  • Security cameras must beable to be monitored from a laptop computer,( man i love this feature. I have caught a few people using other PIN #’s to get in that no longer had a membership #. and believe me when you put up a note that you can monitor the system from home, everyone pays attention!!!!!)
  • Must have a battery backup on the security cameras system in case the power goes down you can still record what’s going on.

**These are the things you MUST have written down and have them sign, they will forget or try to get out of putting some of it in if you don’t.

I have a few friends that had the same problems with ADT, and they are both in different states, so it’s not just Alabama.

The biggest thing that really made me mad was the bill was higher when they got done because the estimate was so confusing, and my other friends had the same exact thing happen to them when the job was done we all paid about $2,000 more than expected. GET IT IN WRITING and make sure if they figure the estimate 2 different ways, like with  4 cameras or 8 cameras, that they put the estimates on different papers. My rep did two estimates on one paper and it was so confusing that it coat me because he said some of it was from here and some from there and it cost $2000 more in the end, but i couldn’t argue because i told them to thinking it was one thing and it was another.

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