There is a lot to think about, from a security perspective, in the city that never sleeps. As a cultural and financial hub of the world, New York City offers unique security challenges for businesses, residents and visitors. Having the right the right combination of everyday security features in place makes all the difference in simplifying and safeguarding your life:
Access control systems put every aspect of controlling your home in your hands. They can be integrated to work with wireless locks, intercoms, cloud-based cameras, thermostats and more, all from a single dashboard. Access control systems allow you to control who and when doors can be unlocked, no matter where you are. Entry to specific locations of your home can be narrowed down by person, day of the week, and time of day, using biometic or proximity devices.
The days of losing keys, forgetting to lock the door or having keys for pet-sitters, contractor or houseguests will soon be a thing of the past. Once a luxury only for the rich and famous, electronic door locks, also known as keyless entry systems or smart locks, can now grace the door to your home.
For NYC residents, especially those who make heavy use of on-demand deliveries, keyless entry systems provide remarkable control and convenience. Log records show the times and dates of all comings and goings of your home. So teenagers can’t sneak in after curfew and babysitters, dog walkers and cleaning people can be better monitored.
Keyless entry systems like Latch, are now being used at a range of properties, from East Village walk-ups to luxury doorman rentals. Another keyless entry provider, Kisi is turning its attention toward residences, with plans to roll out the system at a new 570-unit development on Staten Island.
In New York City, the intercom is your best friend. It saves you from having to run down to the lobby to let every appointment, delivery person, friend, worker or other visitor in that arrives. It can also be your first line defense against uninvited visitors or intruders. Many of today’s intercom systems have video capabilities, meaning homeowners can ask for identification to check and see if the person has the right credentials, has a parcel under his or her arm or is empty-handed malevolently looking in the window. Individuals should also think about hiring a professional locksmith to change any delicate locks around the house or consult a trusted security systems provider to leverage a silent alarm and round-the-clock monitoring.
Whether an office, loft, condo, or apartment building, secure delivery of mail is essential to safeguarding confidential information.
There are a wide variety of mailbox solutions to meet both residential and commercial mail security requirements. This includes a variety of shapes and sizes for both indoor and outdoor use. Indoor building mailboxes are sold in individual units or groups to suit apartment buildings and offices. They are typically made of aluminum or steel and come in vertical or horizontal units. Freestanding mailboxes for outdoor use are designed to withstand heavy weather. They can be either column, post, or wall mount styles. The outdoor mailboxes we provide are large enough to accommodate different sized parcels and protect them from both tampering and bad weather conditions.
Among the latest “internet of things” are electronic letterboxes. With the advances of our digital world, they offer an ideal addition to an electronic access control system. Electronic letterboxes know when to expect your mail, notifies when it arrives and locks after delivery. Electric letterboxes can be opened using a fingerprint, code lock or electronic key. Using a companion app, users can check the status of their mail delivery, remotely lock or unlock the box and even dole out virtual keys to allow neighbors to pick up mail in the absence.
Innovations in digital technology and security make it possible for cities like New York to keep ahead of the curve. Advanced security providers like Paragon, turn these innovations into reality for residents, offices, apartment managers, retail businesses, developers, hospitals, schools and city facilities throughout the five boroughs and beyond. The best way to remain secure in the city that never sleeps is working with a qualified, locally trusted security provider. Combining locksmith services with a variety of advanced security solutions, such as access control, high security locks systems, surveillance cameras and alarms, can help create a holistic protection strategy. Paragon Security has been proudly serving customers all across the city including in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island for over 25 years. Don’t miss out on the experience of new locks and keys with the Paragon Security move-in special. Call today for more details 212.203.0821.
Posted on Sunday, June 11, 2017 by Paragon Security
The First Smartphone Video Intercom Platform: ButterflyMX
A Revolution in Intercoms
ButterflyMX™ was built from the ground up with developers, property managers and residents in mind. Our cloud-based intercom format is efficient, customizable, and cost effective, providing game-changing functionality to existing and new construction projects.
Plug & Go Connectivity
ButterflyMX™ is simple to install and maintain. Three basic connections are all that is required to get started. And our streamlined, 14×14″ footprint and weatherproof touch screen housing integrate seamlessly with existing PMS systems. Runs on 4 Connections: Internet, Door, 100v Power, Phone (Optional).
Two-way Video Intercom System at a Fraction of the Cost
ButterflyMX™ is more than just a state-of-the-art video intercom system; it’s a cost-saving tool for builders and developers. Instead of expensive legacy systems with significant hardware and installation costs, ButterflyMX™ replaces in-unit hardware with tenant Smart Phone Technology.
Securely Capture & Search All of Your Events in One Place
ButterflyMX™ offers a host of security focused features never available before, including the first ever database of door release events with a time/date stamp and picture of every visitor let in via the system. The building management tools are simple and easy to use. ButterflyMX™ allows property managers and residents to track activity and feel an extra level of comfort.
For Property Management
Easy to Manage
Take control of all building intercom features via intuitive web portal for building managers. Communicate with residents easily by utilizing the building-wide messaging capability. Add tenants to the front entrance touch screen contact directory instantly or via an existing Property Management System (PMS).
Integrates with PMS System
Database level integration with most PMSs allows for automatic updates to the ButterflyMX system Reduce data entry errors and speed up processing time for new tenants by integrating with PMS.
Enhanced Security Features
Keep track of visitors and guests going in and out of the building: A photo and time-stamp will capture and log all door access events.
Leave a message for residents via the building-wide messaging feature. Communicate with residents easily by utilizing the building-wide messaging capability. Or send a manager message on the intercom panel that the residents cannot miss.
Cloud-based Data Storage
Cloud based database stores all door release events and tenant records. Elastic Cloud allows for virtually unlimited storage of photos and videos.
“Always Home” Video Access
Via a video call, residents can use smartphones to receive calls from visitors using the front entrance touch screen intercom. Open front door for a visitor using mobile app, even when not at home!
Residents without smartphones receive a phone call via the front entrance touch screen and can still receive messages and view door release events via their web account.
Virtual Key Access for Delivery
Don’t feel safe giving out a pair of keys to your contractor or your maid? Send them a Virtual Key that will expire when you please. Tenants can send timed Virtual Keys to allow timed access (2-24 hours) for guests or service personnel.
Visitors can send a text or voice message when a tenant is not home or unavailable. Residents receive a text message notification and can view the message on the ButterflyMX mobile app Virtual Key Access for Visitors and Deliveries. Don’t feel safe giving out a pair of keys to your contractor or your maid? Send them a Virtual Key that will expire when you please. Tenants can send timed Virtual Keys to allow timed access (2-24 hours) for guests or service personnel.
Electronic Door Time Stamp
Manage records of guests and service personnel by checking the electronic door time and photo stamp of every virtual key access or door release activity issued by your unit.
Easy Smart Phone Interface
Intuitive and simple mobile app interface for receiving video calls, and opening the front entrance. Keep an organized log of messages and door release history using the ButterflyMX mobile app interface.
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 by Paragon
Siedle USA CEO Showcases Next Generation Intercom Security Technology
Siedle USA CEO, Karl Lamprecht recently stopped by to showcase the next generation of Intercom security technology including 3D face recognition, touch panel, mobile phone video connectivity, and many more features.
3D FACE RECOGNITION
Adatis TouchEntry / FaceEntry biometric features such as the face are unique and identify a person without any doubt. Face detection also provides a high level of acceptance because it€˜s safe, quick and easy to use. It requires no contact and is therefore harmless and hygienic. The technology which is used by Adatis is based on latest research results, working with a three-dimensional acquisition of the face in the invisible infrared range. When a face in front of the camera is detected, it is measured three dimensional and the extracted features are compared against features stored in a database of the unit. All this takes less than one second. As only abstract features are stored a reconstruction of a face from the features is not possible. Operation does not require any user interaction: If the person standing in front of the door is enrolled, i.e. in the data base, the door opens automatically.
ACCESS CONTROL – TIME AND ATTENDANCE
For small installations with a single door or a few doors FaceEntry-XT/TouchEntry-XT operates in stand-alone mode without a server. Authorized and enrolled staff members are stored in an internal database. If several systems are installed at a site, operation in server mode is recommended: Access data is centrally stored and managed in a server database. For integration into existing or large installations the system works in reader mode: User data is gathered via biometry, RFID card or PIN code and transmitted to a centralized management system. Communication is accomplished either via Ethernet (TCP/IP) or via a serial port with appropriate protocols. The management system grants or denies access and controls the FaceEntry/TouchEntry terminal. The flexibility of the LCD touch screen allows the system also to be used for time and attendance.
BIOMETRY, RFID, PIN-CODE
FaceEntry® allows the combination of biometry using 3D face detection, RFID and PIN code. So you can enhance the security according to your requirements or migrate from traditional access cards to a state-of-the-art biometric system
INTUITIVE TOUCH INTERFACE
Ever since the proliferation of smartphones, everyone knows the benefits of touch technology. By pointing a finger you ring the door bell or choose a contact from the phone list – nice to have this now also available for your entrance.
Visitors either choose their desired point of contact directly using the built-in phone book – or ring the door bell for the receptionist. As the unit is networked, distance does not matter any more and the receiving station can be anywhere in the world. The high quality echo cancellation allows for natural voice communication, without loosing a word. At the same time you will see the person and the situation in front of the door, live and in color, anytime, even if no one is ringing.
Contact us to learn more about Siedle’s next generation of Intercom security technology. The Paragon team can help make the most of your security investments with an integrated system solution. Paragon Security proudly serves customers throughout New York, including in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, and elsewhere in NYC.
Customer needs drive every business, and this has never been more true than in the security and locksmith industry. As the world becomes more digital and fast-paced to accommodate our busy lives, the security industry has moved with it. The industry is shifting toward high-tech solutions. Cutting-edge security brands like Brivo work to keep homeowners and office managers ahead of the curve.
Mastering classic security measures has been a hallmark of successful businesses in the past, but combining them with electronic systems protects us from unwanted guests in the digital age. High-tech security solutions aren’t just for corporations in summer blockbusters—they are very real, and very affordable for homeowners too.
When it comes in full force, the Internet of Things will revolutionize the way that we protect our homes and offices. It will become an era of unprecedented interconnectivity. What will it look like? You don’t need to guess—you can already find advanced security and locksmith products on the market.
Don’t you want a key that only you can use? That’s what wireless locks do—they recognize your digital signature as you approach, meaning that you choose exactly who can access your building who cannot.
Say goodbye to changing your lock every time someone loses a key! This innovation is here to stay because it keeps us a few steps ahead of unauthorized visitors.
Wireless locks are among the most common and reliable digital security products available, as natural extensions for low-tech locks. They can unlock as you approach and automatically lock behind you while you carry groceries inside, as well as letting only certain people inside based on the corresponding authorization on your phone or keychain. They’re as important as traditional locks now, intertwining security for the home and the personal device. When everything is connected, everything needs to be secure.
Not everyone lives according to the popular 9-5 schedule, and those who do can’t always spend much time at home. Monitoring our safest places can give us the security we need when we can’t be there in person. Even low-tech offices frequently have affordable cloud-based cameras installed in the event of a theft, altercation, or vandalism. Setting up a cloud-based camera gives you added layers of security, accountability, and the ability to respond quickly during emergencies.
Connect to your workplace computer and even your phone with real-time updates of the camera feed. This is particularly useful to keep tabs on teens, shops, or even just to secure your home while away on vacation.
Its real value is in having control over your home, whether it’s for an intercom system, the temperature, or security. These systems bring every facet of your home in front of you like a dashboard. When it comes to security, you need to have all the details in front of you. They work with wireless locks, cloud-based cameras, and your devices, all of which will connect our homes to the Internet of Things in the near future.
Access control systems don’t just rely on physical keys as we know them, either. Installing one can change the very way you access your home and everything in it. They work with facial recognition, key codes, fingerprints, card keys, and even proximity readers. Most of these measures can’t be stolen or illegally copied like physical keys, making them the next logical step in security.
Installing even one of these security features goes a long way toward protecting your home or office. Customer needs drive the industry, and those needs call for security measures that can’t be faked, stolen, or duplicated.
Brivo Inc. is the worldwide leader of cloud-based physical access control systems. Currently servicing over eight million users, the company’s award-winning Brivo OnAir® provides unmatched scalability and centralized security management for global enterprises, while retaining the ease of use for small and medium sized customers. The Brivo OnAir security management system is unique in providing combined access and video management in a single cloud platform. Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, Brivo was founded in 1999.
Paragon Security is New York's leading locksmith and security company. For more than 25 years. Paragon jas offered locksmith and security services to customers all across New York City. We are proud to serve areas including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten island, Queens, The Bronx, and more. We offer 24/7 emergency locksmith services as well as security solutions including intercominstallation and repair, security systems, keyless locks, alarm systems, security cameras and much more. To learn more about Paragon please contact us today.