DGA Security Blog

Business Security Insights & Guides

April, 30 2021

Are Motion Sensors Necessary in Business Security Systems?

INTRUSION

When we are designing business security systems, we sometimes get pushback from clients about whether they really need motion sensors in addition to door/window contacts. At other times, we get pushba[...] Read More

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April, 29 2021

Installing Glass Break Sensors Can be Tricky: Here’s What You Need to Know.

INTRUSION

Modern electronic glass break sensors are smart devices that are highly effective at detecting a breaking glass window. But the truth is glass break sensors can be tricky in a business security alarm [...] Read More

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August, 31 2020

What Are Emergency Control Function Interfaces in Fire Alarm Systems?

FIRE

Emergency Control Function Interfaces allow fire alarm systems to communicate with other critical building systems during a fire emergency to ensure the safe evacuation of occupants. Think of Emergenc[...] Read More

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August, 27 2020

What Are Remote Annunciators in Fire Alarm Systems?

FIRE

Remote annunciators are smaller panels that provide a fire system status and a limited set of functional switches (e.g., acknowledge a signal or silence an alarm). They are installed in easily accessi[...] Read More

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August, 26 2020

Notification Devices: Strobes, Horn Strobes, Speakers & Speaker Strobes

FIRE

This article provides an overview of different types of fire alarm notification devices, which alert the building occupants to evacuate the premises or relocate using both audible and visual alarms wh[...] Read More

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August, 14 2020

Top 5 Checklist for Evaluating Fire System Monitoring Centers

FIRE

All commercial fire alarm systems are required to be monitored 24/7 by an outside monitoring center that is equipped to respond to and handle fire alarm events. But what should you look for when selec[...] Read More

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August, 04 2020

How to Integrate Access Control Systems With Automatic Door Openers

ACCESS CONTROL

As businesses everywhere are working their way through the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve been getting calls from our clients to help them open their doors safely – and we mean that literally. We have been [...] Read More

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June, 24 2020

Supervisory Switches: Valve Tamper Switch, Water Level Switch, Air Pressure Switch, Low Temperature Switch

FIRE

Supervisory switches are a group of initiating devices that are installed at different parts of the automatic fire sprinkler system and are monitored by the Fire Alarm Control Panel (FACP). Their job [...] Read More

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June, 23 2020

Initiating Devices: Manual Pull Stations and Waterflow Switches

FIRE

This article provides an overview of manual pull stations and waterflow switches, which are both fire alarm initiating devices. We'll explain what they are, how they work and where they are used. In c[...] Read More

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June, 23 2020

Initiating Devices: Heat Detectors, CO Detectors, Multi-Sensor Detectors

FIRE

This article provides an overview of heat detectors, carbon monoxide (CO) detectors and multi-sensor detectors, which are all fire alarm initiating devices. We'll explain what they are, how they work [...] Read More

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June, 23 2020

Initiating Devices: Smoke Detectors, Duct Smoke Detectors, Beam Detectors

FIRE

This article provides an overview of smoke detectors, duct smoke detectors and beam detectors, which are all fire alarm initiating devices. We'll explain what they are, how they work and where they ar[...] Read More

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June, 22 2020

What is a Fire Alarm Control Panel (FACP)?

FIRE

The exact design of a commercial fire alarm system is determined by the commercial space’s occupancy classification and the local codes mandated by the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) for that spe[...] Read More

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