There is a buzz about plugging in a panic button into the USB port of a computer to be able to operate the hardware device. Why do people want a USB button? Well, because there is no hard wiring involved. You don’t need to have someone from your alarm company come and wire through your phone system. Furthermore, if you change your office around, the panic button provider has to come back and relocate the panic button. The construction can create a lot of chaos in the office and could also be very costly. A USB button takes away from that so you can change your office around whenever you want. You also have the flexibility to move the USB button to another computer at any time.
What is the Difference Between a Traditional and Technology Driven USB Button System?
There is a major problem with the traditional panic buttons. This type of panic button system is a blanket product that usually requires a construction crew to install which interrupts daily office activities. Many traditional buttons are offered through local alarm companies. The alarm company hardwires the panic devices in through your phone system to be able to send out alerts. The problem with that is, you do not know how long it takes to contact responders or if it is even working. CRS tested some old-fashioned panic systems a few years ago. We are still waiting for the confirmation to go through that the alert was received. The old school panic button defaulted, and no one knew. Imagine a situation where you think the signal went through to responders and it did not. What do you guess is going to happen?
Software driven alert systems offer security initiatives in a panic button for your company that is technology based. There are systems in today’s market that integrate internal and external notification alerts to multiple people, using multiple channels ALL at the push of a button. You also get the benefit of multiple alert levels instead of just the one alert level offered by traditional panic systems. Some of the new age notification systems also provide E911 integration. Meaning the warning system will notify employees through multiple channels, but it will also call your local 911 dispatch. Furthermore, modern notification systems are easier to manage. You can usually make changes from one centralized point without contacting your local alarm company for assistance. We also offer the option of a USB button for the convenience of your facility.
When Choosing a Panic Button System Consider the Facts
In conclusion, the USB button systems of today are far more reliable than the old school panic buttons of yesterday. New age software alert systems are also far less expensive and easier to install. When choosing a panic buttons for your facility, step into the 21st century. Leave the outdated panic button systems in the past where they belong. USB button systems should be updated regularly to combat our country’s growing statistics of crime. Don’t be left behind in the technology revolution.