Modern technology has led to a digital revolution. The hunger for better bandwidth has led to an exponential rise in fibre optic internet since it offers better speeds and is more reliable. However, it can also be used for your own business infrastructure, particularly your security infrastructure.
If you’re trying to monitor a large site with out-of-date equipment, you’re only making life more difficult for yourself and your security team. In this post, we take a look at fibre-optic and why you should have installed it yesterday.
What is fibre optic?
Unlike traditional cabling, fibre optic isn’t made from metal. It’s actually a series of strands of glass, which refract light along their length. They are ‘immune’ from interference like electromagnetism, a point that should interest anyone managing a security system. The signals can be carried much further without ‘loss’, which is why it’s often used to transmit data, especially valuable data.
One of the best parts of a modern, integrated security system for your business is that you can incorporate CCTV cameras. Burglars are extremely reluctant to get caught on camera, since the tapes can be used to track them down, and can be presented as evidence in court.
However, installing a high-quality camera is only half the battle. If it’s connected to your system via a poor quality or older cable, the picture quality will be affected. The sound quality will be poorer too, and when it comes to tracking down thieves who stole valuable items from your business, every detail counts.
Fibre optic maintains quality over much longer distances than traditional cables, and that includes the picture and audio quality. Any security staff using the equipment will have a much clearer view of what’s going on, and the subsequent tapes will be of impeccable quality.
Integrating your system
Experts at Axia Fibrenet offer an example of the responsibilities fibre optic can handle:
“Fibre optic cable is the backbone of the most sophisticated security systems around. Fibre optic security systems are used to protect nuclear weapons storage sites, power stations in the U.S. and data centres.”
An integrated security system means pooling all of your security infrastructure in one place, allowing security operatives to manage your site from one location. They’ll be able to control site access and the gate control too.
However, this connection should be something you can rely on, and that functions quickly and efficiently. You want to know that when you allow visitor access, the security gate opens on time.
With fibre optic, you don’t have to worry about sparks or repeated maintenance. There’s very little chance that your fibre optic cabling will become damaged unless it’s installed improperly, and that means you can focus on keeping the rest of your system up to scratch.
If you’re interested in learning more about what fibre optic cabling can do for your business, get in touch with a member of our friendly team today.