What Is the Best Small Business Security System?
There is no single "best" small business security system. However, there are many security systems that are great for use in a small business. We recommend choosing a wireless security system with a cellular connection. This will ensure that the panel is both easy to use and very reliable.
There are certain things that most small business owners will want in a security system. Since the system may be used by multiple employees, it is helpful to have a system that is easy to use. Most small business owners find that wireless security panels are easier to use than hardwired panels. Wireless systems are also easier to set up and program, and they typically allow for more flexibility in sensor placement. The security panel should also be able to support several user codes so that each worker can have their own entry code. This is great for monitoring which worker last accessed the security system. Finally, the panel should have a cellular connection to make sure that it is as reliable as possible.
With that in mind, there are a couple of wireless security systems that we can wholeheartedly recommend for small businesses. Every panel recommended below supports all the aforementioned features, as well as remote control capabilities using either Total Connect 2.0 (Lyric Controller) or Alarm.com (Qolsys IQ Panel 2 and 2GIG GC3).
The Honeywell Lyric Controller is the flagship security panel from Honeywell, a company that has been highly-respected in the security industry for many years. It is very difficult to find a company with more experience in the security industry than Honeywell. Their Lyric Controller comes with everything that one would expect out of a modern security system. The system can support up to 48 different user codes, and it is compatible with the encrypted Honeywell SiX Series Sensors. These sensors are virtually impossible for others to hack or spoof. They are considered to be some of the most secure sensors available today. However, the one downside to the Lyric Controller is that a cellular communicator will need to be added separately. That said, few panels can match the overall reliability and ease of use of the Lyric Controller.
Another security system that is strongly recommended for small businesses is the Qolsys IQ Panel 2. Qolsys is a relative newcomer to the security industry. However, they have already impressed many with their IQ Panel 2. The system is compatible with Qolsys S-Line Sensors, which are fully protected by 128-bit AES encryption. The IQ Panel 2 is capable of supporting a whopping 242 user codes. This means that everyone in the company will be able to have their own entry code. Additionally, the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 is the only security system that comes pre-included with a built-in cellular communicator. Both AT&T and Verizon models are available so that the user can choose whichever service works best in their area. If you can get past the fact that Qolsys is somewhat of a new and unproven company, the IQ Panel 2 is an outstanding choice for a small business.
Last but not least is the 2GIG GC3. In terms of pure usability, this is one of the easiest panels for quickly arming and disarming. Your employees will enjoy the panel's ease of access. You will like the fact that you can monitor every employee's access to the panel with up to 100 user codes. The company 2GIG was actually founded by two former Honeywell employees, and they brought all their skill and expertise when designing the GC3. This makes the GC3 one of the most reliable systems we offer. The GC3 panel is compatible with both Honeywell 5800 Series Sensors and 2GIG Sensors, giving it an extremely diverse sensor lineup. However, just like the Lyric Controller, a cellular communicator will need to be added to the GC3 separately. Additionally, there are currently no encrypted sensors available for the GC3. But in terms of overall usability and accessibility, it's very hard to top the 2GIG GC3.
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