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Sunday, May 6, 2018


Is it your responsibility to conduct your company’s evacuation drills?

You just completed the drill and things did not go so well…again!  You are having a hard time accounting for everyone.  Things are chaotic and these drills seem to take forever to complete.    There has got to be a better way of doing things….   Many companies experience this same frustration. 

At Protection Plus Security Services, Inc. we are experts at access control and fire alarm systems.  We have been deploying the S2 Security access control system since 2005.  This browser based security platform has many unique features not found in other access control products.   One of these unique features is the Evacuation Management tool contained within the Mobile Security Professional (MSP) smart application.
S2 Security’s Mobile Security Professional Evacuation Management tool allows your employees to check-in at any of the mustering locations.   The mustering officer, equipped with the mobile app, acknowledges their arrival; removing that individual from the unaccounted-for list.  The app is synchronized between the various mustering stations; continuously updating the list of unaccounted-for personnel. 

From the MSP app the mustering officer can email the list of unaccounted-for personnel directly.  Likewise, they can view the individuals last access record to see if they badged into the facility recently.  Providing you real time status of all your personnel and allowing you to efficiently and effectively conduct your evacuation drill.

For more information about the S2 Security access control system contact us a or call 510-770-9900. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

High Defitnition Video System for Small Business or Residential

So my wife has been asking for years to install a video surveillance system at our house.  Although we live in a very good neighborhood in San Jose, California we still get silly and not so silly things happening on our street.  Mostly someone checking car doors to see if they are open then rummaging through the vehicle looking for things of value.  Although the other day my daughter reported that shortly after our mailman delivered our mail a woman dressed similar to our mailman approached the house and went through our mailbox.

I decided to installed an analog video system at the house; mainly because we had the recorder and cameras here in the shop.   I should have known better.  The 480 TV lines of resolution produced by this system were just not enough.  It was like looking through a fish bowl and trying to make things out.  Having installed many high definition video systems and seen the quality of images available with these systems I was not satisfied with the analog system.  About a month later I decided to install a high definition 1080p system at the house. 

Having recently discovered a cost effective coaxial based high definition system produced by LTS I decided to remove the analog system and replace it with this HD system.  What a difference!   The images are crystal clear.  There is no doubt about the activities around my home.  The night time view is equally as impressive -  providing a crystal clear black & white image.

 We are now making this system available to our commercial and residential customers. 

4 Camera, 1080p, Complete Video Surveillance System installed starting at $2,500.

8 Camera, 1080p, complete video surveillance system installed starting at $4,500.

16 Camera, 1080p, complete video surveillance system installed starting at $8,100. 

If you are in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and would like to receive a firm estimate for your application please contact me at 510-770-9900 or

Friday, August 15, 2014

License Plate Recognition

I get asked about license plate recognition all the time.  With the newer high definition megapixel network cameras it has become easier to achieve.  It is all about pixels per foot.  The more pixels on the object the more likely you are to capture a license plate. 
A minimum of 45 pixels per foot are required to be able to capture a license plate.  This is measured in the horizontal field of view.  Meaning the correct camera and lens combination is required to capture a license plate. 


These pictures are captured with an Arecont 5 megapixel day night camera which is recorded to an exacqVision network video recorder. 

We at Protection Plus Security Services are experts in video surveillance systems and have installed numerous high definition video surveillance systems for our customers.  

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Buyer’s Guide for Commercial Intrusion (Burglar) Alarm Systems: Part 3 Special Purpose Detectors

This is the third blog in a series of blogs to provide a comprehensive guide to designing and selecting the intrusion alarm system that is right for your organization. In this blog we will discuss some specific detectors for unique and special purpose applications that can be connected to your alarm system.
ProTech Piramid Outdoor Motion Detector

The Piramid dual technology outdoor motion detector is designed to provide intruder detection for yards and outdoor areas. This highly adjustable dual technology unit utilizes stereo doppler microwave detection with dual element infrared detection requiring both movement and heat in order to produce an alarm condition. It is designed for outdoor applications and adjusts to the normal changes in heat, vibrations, and moving elements (such as the wind blowing). The unit has ten different adjustment settings allowing to adjust the sensitivity of the microwave and infrared detectors, as well as adjustments for bird and small animal immunity.

Protection Plus has deployed these units for monitoring service yards. This is more cost effective then deploying a photoelectric beam system and allows for a large area of coverage.

The Protech Outdoor Motion Detector datasheet can be downloaded from our website at this link:

Honeywell IntelliSense Temperature Sensor

The Honeywell IntelliTemp temperature sensor can provide alarm conditions for both temperature too high and temperature too low.  It provides a digital display of the current temperature.  It is accurate to +/- 2 degrees Farenheit.  The local unit will monitor temperatures from 32 to140 degrees Farenheit.  The remote prob allows for monitoring in the range of -40 to 140 degrees Farenheit.

Protection Plus has deployed these units in computer rooms, greenhouses, and other temperature sensitive areas. 

The Honeywell IntelliSense IntelliTemp product datasheet can be downloaded at this link:

Winland Waterbug Moisture Detection System

The Winland Waterbug moisture detection system is designed to detect the presence of water.  This unit connects to the alarm system and provides an environmental alarm when water is detected in an area.  The unit allows for the connection of up to six probes located up to 100 feet from the base unit. 

Protection Plus has deployed these units in elevator shafts, water drainage areas, sunken patios, office areas, any area where water damage is a concern. 

The Winland Waterbug product datasheet can be downloaded at this link:

Kouba Local Door Alarm - Integrated Alarm and Access Control Systems  

The Kouba Local Door Alarm is designed to monitor the status of a door when the alarm system is integrated with the access control system.  See my previous blog for more information on integrating your alarm system with your access control (card entry) system at this link:

The local door alarm monitors the door status for prop open and forced open conditions.  This unit sounds an intermittent warning horn if the door should be propped open, allowing personnel the opportunity to shut the door before the unit goes into alarm.   If the door is shut it resets, if not it triggers an alarm condition, sounds a constant audible tone, and will trigger the building alarm system if active. 

This unit interfaces with access controlled doors allowing authorized entry without triggering an alarm condition.  Likewise it allows free exit without triggering an alarm.  This unit is essential to the successful deployment of a perimeter alarm system integrated with the access control system. 

Without these local door alarm in place employee generated alarms will occur on a routine and regular basis since there is no warning prior to the alarm occurring, especially on doors that may not close all the time.

Protection Plus has deployed hundreds of these units, saving our customers countless dollars in fines from false alarm fees imposed by the responding police departments.

The Kouba Local Door Alarm product datasheet can be downloaded at this link: