Security technology and solutions company Seco Alarm, which provides products suited to improving security in the mining and engineering industries, believes that the company’s range of products provides South Africa with a proactive, rather than reactive, response to crime.
Seco Alarm executive member Guenther Wockelmann says that the company’s security solutions, which can be used in conjunction with other security measures, provide instant security access at multiple locations.
The company offers an impact panic button, which incorporates an impact sensor in the design of a gate-access remote control. The product was developed to instantly notify a security service provider during a hijacking or a robbery, setting off an alarm when the remote is dropped. Impact panic button receivers can be installed at multiple locations.
“A panic button is rendered useless if it cannot be instantly activated, as it is either mounted on a wall or not kept on one’s person. However, as the impact panic button is an additional feature of a gate access remote control, it should be on the keyholder at all times,” explains Seco Alarm executive member Vuyiswa Mutshekwane.
The product also includes a light sensor, which activates an alarm when exposed to light. When using this feature, the remote is generally kept in the dark inside a safe, a locked box or cash register.
Another feature of the remote, developed for the retail industry, is a magnetic attachment. A magnet is attached to a bank note that is kept close to the remote, which is kept in a cash register. When this control note is moved away from the remote, an alarm is activated.
To secure movable electronic equipment with a universal serial bus (USB) port, such as laptops, cell phones and cameras, Seco Alarm has developed the USB dongle. The device is linked to a receiver, which has a radio range of up to 100 m and can be hidden anywhere in the range, such as under a desk. As soon as the equipment is unplugged or when the dongle is tampered with or removed, an alarm is activated, notifying the relevant security service provider.
“Companies are not yet employing this technology in their offices, but are increas- ingly investing in laptops instead of desktop computers,” adds Mutshekwane.
Seco Alarm also offers the follower control system, which prevents a person from directly following another person without swiping an access card at any access point, such as a turnstile or electric gate.
The product is installed on either side of an entrance and activates an alarm as soon as a person enters without using an access card. An access card is not needed when exiting a room or premises as the system only detects illegal entry.
The follower control system can also be used when varying security clearances are required to enter certain areas in a building.
Further, Seco Alarm has developed the hybrid fence, which is suited to use in residential areas, mobile applications, caging, and on mining and construction sites.
“Electric fencing, in Johannes-burg, is a security measure that is easily overcome by criminals and is seldom turned on,” says Mutshekwane.
“This fully electrified alu- minium palisade fencing is easily constructed for use in temporary environments and can be powered using a regular electric fence energiser or power point. We also supply an independent mini energiser contained in a connector box, which enables a section of the fence to be electrified for a week,” explains Wockelmann.
The hybrid fence can also be combined with a proximity sensor, which detects an individual at 10 cm from the fence, setting off an alarm before the perimeter is breached, while a diagnostic sensor unit that locates any fault on any electric fence up to 1 m away is also available.