The cheapest (and easiest) way to secure your facility!

We see it every day – customers spend thousands of dollars on cutting edge security systems designed to keep themselves secure, but regularly neglect one of the most important and least expensive aspects of a solid security site plan: Key Control.

Administrating who carries keys and to which doors is vital to site security. It really is that simple.

Keys are so commonplace that we forget how powerful they are – At many worksites keys passed around without ownership or accountability. This results in missing keys, job delays, and costly security breaches. 

A few notable examples:

·      Olympic Venues!

·      Hospitals!

·      Schools!

·      Nuclear Power Plants!

Missing or lost keys can set an avalanche of costly and panicked reactions – having an efficient key control position can help eliminate both the panic and the lost dollars spent re-keying an entire facility. In the event of a security breach, being able to identify exactly which key is lost, and what areas that key has access to, is valuable information.

Keep in mind, even if every exterior opening is kept secure through electronic access control, typically there are additional closets, drawers, cabinets, carts, etc. that still rely on physical keys to keep assets locked and secure.

For most facilities, the root issue of key control is ineffective management. Clearly establishing the importance and significance of key control is the first and most critical hurdle to overcome. Once you’ve designated a person or department who will maintain your Key Control system, there are three critical elements to keep in mind:

1.     Key Administration: Make a log of who carries which keys and which doors those keys open/lock.

2.     Key Numbers: Implement a process of stamping or marking keys and doors to uniquely identify them in your records.

3.     Written ‘Key Use’ Policy: A formal program that describes how keys are to be checked in/check out and duplicated, usually including a signed agreement of policy awareness and understanding by key holder.

Don’t forget, one you have the basics nailed down, scDataCom is here to help you select a more sophisticated security solution that will work hand in hand with your Key Control policy to keep your facility safe.

The Multiple Benefits of Video Surveillance for Manufacturing & Industrial Customers

The Multiple Benefits of Video Surveillance for Manufacturing & Industrial Customers

As Savannah's economy booms, more manufacturing companies are moving their headquarters to the Low Country. Read on to find out how smart Industrial and Manufacturing customers are improving employee safety, enhancing operations, and increasing profits with scDataCom's customized surveillance solutions.

Types of Connectivity for Commercial Customers

Types of Connectivity - Low Voltage for Commercial Customers

Low Voltage Cabling, also known as “structured wiring” refers to the wiring and cabling infrastructure within your business that supports various technologies, such as your alarm, camera and access control systems.  Cabling can sound complicated with multiple types, such as copper and fiber optic cabling, available. There are many options that your low voltage contractor will consider when deciding which materials to use for your low voltage installation. scDataCom’s Low Voltage Experts have decades of industry experience and make sure our clients reap the benefits of our superior knowledge and installation process.

For smaller systems, cables often run from the device (camera, access point, etc) all the way to the head-end – where the cables terminate and the recording server is located. This is ideal for security installations for small business, retail, restaurant or hospitality.

For larger, more complex systems, such as warehouses or large hospitals, distance limitations and/or physical infrastructure will not permit cable runs back to the MDF.

While coaxial cable is typically associated with analog cameras, an IP camera can be used with the addition of media converters, which allow the cable to deliver power and data over coaxial cable.

Unshielded Twisted Pair, or UTP is typically used for indoor installations. It contains four pairs of twisted wire inside a jacket.

Shielded Twisted Pair, or STP, is recommended for outdoor installations. It’s made more durable by adding a foil wrap for EMI (electromagnetic interference) protection and a drain wire to carry surges. Shielding cabling requires a shielded tip to connect the drain wire.

For customers with long-distance connectivity requirements, fiber will be used. Fiber uses pulses of light traveling inside thin glass or plastic tubes to transmit data, making it nearly insusceptible to EMI and power surges. The low attenuation of light traveling through fiber allows data transmission over further distances than twisted pair and the higher frequency of light waves permits greater bandwidth than copper.

Single Mode Fiber (SMF) has a narrow core and permits data to be transmitted over long distances. The narrower core provides less reflections, permitting data to be transmitted over long distances.

Multi-Mode Fiber (MMF) has a wider core and is used for shorter distances.

Wireless cameras can provide a solution over very short distances when a cabling installation may not be possible, like for rental offices or retail stores.

When wireless solutions are desired for larger installations, dedicated radios can provide connectivity between locations.
     ·      PTMP (Point-to-multipoint) extends a network from one source to multiple locations by using an omnidirectional antenna to transmit over wide areas.
     ·      PTP (Point-to-Point) radios extend a network from one location to another using directional antennas.

Pro-Active Surveillance Programs Prevent Loss

Small businesses report millions of dollars lost from theft every day with the leading causes being employee theft (who may believe their frauds are undetectable) or from customers or intruders perpetrating planned or spur of the moment crimes.  Losses from employee theft, POS fraud, cash register theft, shoplifting and supplier fraud are extremely costly and can be severely impactful to a small business. A high quality camera system is a powerful, reliable and cost-effective tool to help business owners protect their assets. Importantly, they can not only a great tool for identifying crooks after the incident, but can also be used to deter criminals and to prevent theft before it happens


Patient and staff safety are an obvious front line concern in any healthcare facility and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has classified workplace violence into three major categories: Criminal Intent, Customer/Client and Worker on Worker.