Schools and universities – we’re here to help!

At TAS Security, we’ve been providing security services to the educational industry for over 40 years. We understand that schools and universities come with their own risks and challenges and our business model and services are designed with the provision of expert school security services at its core.

We’re here to help with:

  • electronic Security sales, installation and maintenance
  • static security officers
  • mobile security patrols
  • lock-ups and unlocks
  • escorts and staff welfare checks
  • alarm responses
  • security consultancy.

Take advantage of our expertise

Our team of highly experienced personnel can consult with you to help with the design, sale, installation and maintenance of tailored security systems. Whether you need systems for access control, alarms, CCTV or security management we’ll get the job done in an efficient, timely and cost effective manner.

Get to know our trusted team

All TAS educational security staff are experienced and trained specifically for this roles and all possess Working with Children Blue cards, National Police checks and current security licenses. These have been provided and/ or re-validated through our training organisation, the Australian Training Academy to ensure they have the skills and knowledge to provide you with the absolute best security services.

Our electronic security technicians are also experts in their field with extensive experience working on large-scale sites, including schools, universities and large commercial sites.

Contact us today

Speak with us today about your school, university or institution. We service educational facilities across Queensland.

Schools we’ve worked with

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Sommerville-house
St-Clare-Primary-school
St-John-Vianney
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Canterbury

CCTV systems – your options

Advances in CCTV technology have been huge over the past 10 years. This along with the substantial reductions in costs, CCTV is becoming a budget-friendly and essential security measure for any site or residential premises.

A basic CCTV system now comes with 6MP cameras as standard, and the difference in products comes down to the reliability and technology which may be required for your site.

CCTV features

CCTV systems are now capable of more than just providing footage of an event, they can offer many other useful features. These include:

  • virtual line cross detection
  • temperature testing of personnel
  • target tracking
  • people counting
  • license plate recognition and recording.

These features when triggered can send a notification to the end-user or be programmed to send an alarm via an output to trigger additional actions through a third-party device or a monitoring room.

Video management systems

We are also able to offer assistance with Video Management Systems (VMS) which can integrate with other security systems and become your ‘security hub’. With this you’re able to control the full site security and access controls via one management system. Put simply, a VMS will provide an easy and user-friendly platform for viewing and managing your CCTV system.

TAS Security can have one of our security advisors attend your site to review your coverage, storage and integration requirements to deliverer a detailed proposal and quote for your consideration.

What we recommend

AT TAS security we recommend the following CCTV and VMS brands. We can have one of our security advisors attend your site to review your coverage, storage and integration requirements, and provide a detailed proposal and quote. Contact us today for more information.

axis
milestone
hikvision
mobotix
bosch

Electronic alarm systems – your options

An alarm system is a perfect solution to act as a deterrent and alert of an intrusion at your site or premises. It can also be a great solution to providing other alerts through peripheral devices such as glass break detectors, temperature sensors, water sensors to even playing an integral role in your smart home. Alarm systems now come in a variety of shapes and sizes with varying capabilities which are dependent on your requirements.

Wireless alarm systems

Many residential and small business customers now opt for a wireless security system due to ease of installation, maintenance, ability to re-locate, ease of use and expandability with most systems capable of accepting 30+ wireless devices. Some of these wireless devices include:

  • Passive Infra-Red (PIR) detectors coming in indoor, outdoor, pet immune and long-range and even PIR’s with cameras to offer video verification of the event
  • Keypads and remotes
  • Door Reed Switches
  • Glass Break Sensors
  • Water and Temperature sensors
  • Relay outputs (to control auxiliary devices such as roller doors, gates etc.

Hardwired alarm systems

A hardwired system can offer all of the features a wireless system can and more. The only downside is the devices are hardwired therefore increasing costs for installation, however also increasing the reliability of the system and eliminating the need to replace batteries in wireless devices. A hardwired system is going to be the ideal option for a permanent installation on a larger site which may require expandability, added features such as access control or require a higher level of security where wireless devices may not meet these security requirements.

What we recommend

TAS Security supplies and recommends the following brands of the alarm systems. For further information about alarms feel free to get in touch with us and we will be happy to assist.

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inception
bosch
paradox
hills

What’s in an electronic security system

Electronic security (eSecurity) is the first step in protecting your home, business, belongings and loved ones. It include things like alarms, CCTV, access control, electric gates, intercoms and electronic security fencing solutions.

In this article we’ll explore how each of these options works and how you can use these options to protect your assets.

Know your options

Alarm systems

An alarm system is an invaluable asset that will deter intruders and alert you if there is an intrusion at your site or premises. It is a perfect solution to providing other alerts through peripheral devices such as glass break detectors, temperature sensors, water sensors to even playing an integral role in your smart home. Alarm systems now come in a variety of shapes and sizes with varying capabilities which are dependent on your requirements.

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CCTV monitoring systems

CCTV systems will provide you the ability to view your site from anywhere in the world. You’ll be able to check what’s happening at home while you’re away, monitor your staff or verify the cause for an activation on your alarm system. CCTV is becoming budget-friendly and is an essential security measure for any site or residential premises

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Access control systems

An access control systems can control access to your site. For example, you can control electronic locking systems on doors, with access granted through access cards and card readers or other credentials. You can also use the system to monitor the number of personnel onsite and even their times onsite for time tracking purposes. These systems can also control elevators, and site automations like lighting, air-conditioning, and other peripheral devices.

Intercoms

An intercom system is another great method of controlling entry and exit to your site. An Intercom provides your visitors the ability to announce their presence via an intercom Door Station, and you the ability to receive notification, talk to your visitor and provide access to your site via an Intercom Room Station or with an App from anywhere there is cellular service.

Systems are now available in IP, 2-wire, 4-wire and wifi formats capable of facilitating numerous room stations with access control features and door stations capable of communicating via a SIP Server to an App on the device of the end-user to answer the visitor and provide access if approved.

TAS Security can supply and install a variety of intercom systems which will be selected based on the application and existing equipment that you may wish to integrate. We can assist with systems for large scale commercial and residential buildings to small residential dwelling.

Security fencing

Security fencing is the ultimate in perimeter detection, providing early notification of a potential intruder from the moment the fence receives a sufficient amount of motion to exceed the programmable thresholds and then trigger an alarm or alert. Security fencing technology is another area that has improved dramatically over the years with systems now capable of eliminating 99% of false alarms.

Designing your system

AT TAS Security, we can help you set up a comprehensive electronic security system, tailored to your needs. Our Electronic Security Systems are available to customers in Brisbane, Redlands, Ipswich, Logan, Scenic Rim and Gold Coast Council areas.

Contact us today for expert advice that will give you peace of mind.

Know your security monitoring options

Security monitoring can come in multiple forms and be delivered through various methods. In this article, we explain the following types of monitoring and their varying levels of security, along with their pros and cons:

  • CCTV monitoring
  • duress monitoring
  • self-monitoring
  • back-to-base monitoring.

CCTV monitoring allows for our monitoring room staff to log in to your CCTV remotely to carry out various duties. These may include a virtual patrol of your site, verifying the cause of an alarm or tracking an intruder leading authorities to their whereabouts. CCTV monitoring can be an invaluable tool in ensuring the security of your premises, minimising costs and reducing false alarms.

Duress alarms can be installed in instances where the risk of a hold-up or event where you may need to discreetly signal for help are high. They can be installed on most alarm systems and when activated will lead to an immediate response from our monitoring room staff who will action this exactly as per your instructions, whether that be to dispatch one of our response team or to alert the Police.

Self monitoring options

To self monitor your system will require an internet or 4G connection which will generally send alerts to a mobile app on your phone. Whilst this is a useful feature, it is the least secure option if relying on this only.

Back-to-base monitoring

Back-to-base monitoring allows us to monitor your system for you. We can provide this through different methods of connection to our monitoring room, each with its own pros and cons.

Some of the most common methods include:

IP monitoring

This uses your internet connection to allow the alarm system to communicate to with monitoring room. Whilst a cheaper monthly fee, this is a less reliable and secure method of monitoring your alarm as it is susceptible to loss of communications in the event of a power failure if you do not have a backup power supply for your modem and network. Most new alarm systems will either have an ethernet port or IP Module which allows for an ethernet connection to the local network and the internet. This allows the system to report to our monitoring room via the internet. This can be a cheap alternative to 4G monitoring, if power is lost, so will be the systems ability to communicate to our monitoring room. This can be avoided if the alarm system has 4G cellular ability.

PSTN or fixed line monitoring

This type of monitoring uses fixed copper line phone services to communicate with our monitoring room via your fixed line service. Since NBN has rolled out in most of Queensland we encourage our clients to select an alternate monitoring option as this option will not be around for long.

4G communications module

This is a device which as mentioned above is connected to your alarm panel. It is power by the same power supply and backup power supply as the alarm system ensuring it’s continued operation in the event of power loss. It’s ability to communicate with our monitoring room will also go uninterrupted as it uses a data sim to communicate over the 4G cellular network to our monitoring room. These devices will sometimes have dual sim cards with different providers to ensure continued operations if there is a network outage with one provider.This system is able to be monitored with Back-to-base monitoring and is our preferred method. The most reliable and secure option is a 4G Communications module. This option is connected to your alarm panel, using the alarms battery backup in the event of main power loss. It’s ability to communicate with our monitoring room will also go uninterrupted as it uses a data sim to communicate over the 4G cellular network.

4G monitoring is provided by installing a 4G Communications Module with your alarm system to allow communication with our monitoring room via the 4G cellular network. TAS Security encourages its clients to opt for alarm monitoring via a 4G Cellular Communication Module as this is the most secure option. This device is installed with your alarm panel receiving power from it, and its backup battery in the event of a main power outage or failure, allowing for ongoing communication even in the event of power loss.
4G cellular alarms

Some new alarm systems are able to have a sim card inserted directly into the alarm system. As long as you maintain the data plan for the system this avoids the initial cost of purchasing a 4G Communications module. This does have a slightly reduced level of security as it will typically only have one sim, this is still a very good option in conjunction with IP Monitoring services.

5 ways to maintain a healthy video security system

To ensure you’re getting your moneys worth from your CCTV system there are some basic maintenance steps you should know and follow. These steps will assist in ensuring image clarity, data integrity, and system functionality and security is maintained.

  1. Clean lenses and protective covers – To ensure a clean, clear, crisp image is displayed and recorded, you should ensure your camera lenses are cleaned regularly. Even though they may seem clear during the day, spider webs and dust can reflect the Infra-Red light emitted by your camera, creating light flair, and blurring out the entire image.
  2. Check system time & date – You should regularly check your systems time & date, ensuring accuracy.
  3. Update your system password regularly – Failure to maintain secure passwords is one of the biggest causes of data breaches in the world. It’s recommended passwords for security systems are updated fortnightly.
  4. Hard disk health monitoring – Due to continuous operation, vibration and other factors, hard drives are prone to failure. It is essential these are monitored through the S.M.A.R.T setting and bad sector detection within the programming of your CCTV recorder.
  5. Security system management services – This enables us to monitor the overall health of your system. Things like hard drive failures decreased image quality and image loss will be sent to us via the Hik-Connect Pro application, ensuring a speedy response to the problem eliminating system downtime and the possibility of something going undetected.

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