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Converting to a Wireless Door-Alarm System in Self-Storage: Benefits, Pitfalls and Other Considerations

Sean Cargo Comments

Access-control systems have always been the standard for self-storage security. But access-control systems cannot protect your facility against tenants with ill intentions. That’s where door alarms become a critical part of your facility’s overall security strategy.
Many older self-storage facilities have wired door-alarm systems and, unfortunately, some are now realizing the downside to a wired system: It can be difficult to maintain; it makes it impossible to modify your unit mix; and it’s easily susceptible to damage from tenants and rodents. Fortunately, wireless door-alarm technology is reliable and often more cost-effective for new and existing facilities.

Understanding how a wireless door-alarm system works may seem complicated, but the concept is easy to grasp. At its core, the system is made up of three main components:  

  • The wireless sensor, or transmitter, sends the signal back to the office.
  • The base station, or receiver, receives the signal from the wireless sensor. This base station connects to your site security system so you can see the door activity and run reports. (Some security packages allow you to see the activity directly in your management software.)
  • Repeaters, or transceivers, receive a signal from a distant wireless alarm and boost it back to the office. The quantity needed will depend on the size and layout of your facility.

Whether your door alarms are wired or wireless, you’ll still need an integrated access-control system that will notify the alarm system of who is and isn’t on site. 

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