Understanding the Lifecycle of Security System Equipment 


August 15, 2023

Imagine this: you’ve recently invested heavily in state-of-the-art security system equipment for your business. It feels like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders as your assets are now protected by the latest technology available. But one day, the CCTV feed starts showing blurry images, and the automatic gates are not responding promptly. These hitches are not only inconvenient but also put your security at risk. Why does this happen? The answer lies in understanding the lifecycle of security system equipment.  

One of the most crucial aspects of selecting the right security system for your business or organization is understanding its longevity, scalability, and maintenance requirements. In this post, we’ll guide you through the lifecycle of different security system equipment, helping you make informed decisions about their installation, maintenance, repair, and replacement.  

The Average Lifespan of a Security System  

The lifespan of a security system depends on several factors impacting its overall functionality. One of the most crucial factors is the quality of the equipment used in the installation. If you invest in high-quality equipment, the higher the chance that your system will have a longer lifespan with fewer repairs and maintenance needed.  

Determining the lifespan of security systems can be tricky as it comprises different hardware and software technologies. Here is a general overview of the average lifespan of various security system components:  

  • Automatic Gates: With proper maintenance, automated gates can last 10 to 15 years. However, some parts, like the gate’s motor, may need replacement before this.  
  • Access Control Systems: These systems have a lifespan that varies depending on usage, maintenance, and types of integration. Typically, they last between 5 to 7 years.  
  • Video Surveillance Cameras: A quality security camera should last between 4 to 6 years. However, location, usage, and maintenance can influence this timeline.  

Remember, these lifespans aren’t set in stone. Variables like weather conditions, the intensity of usage, the quality of installation, and the regularity of scheduled maintenance can influence the longevity of your security system equipment.  

Additionally, this doesn’t mean you need to replace your security system every five years. Routine servicing, maintenance, and upgrades can significantly extend your systems’ longevity to ensure ongoing performance and the ability to take advantage of new features and capabilities. When choosing the right solutions for your organization, you should consider its scalability and adaptability to ensure future viability.   

What Are the Benefits of Professional Security System Installation? 

A well-executed installation is the first step towards optimal performance and durability of your security system. Hiring a professional security system company like Access Professionals ensures a smooth installation process without disrupting your operations and qualifies your system for the manufacturer’s warranty.  

In contrast, a state-of-the-art system that is installed poorly significantly decreases its longevity, effectiveness and may increase the need for costly repairs and replacement.  

Regular Maintenance – The Key to Longevity  

Think of maintenance as a regular health check-up for your security system. We recommend comprehensive servicing once a year to keep your components in top shape. However, the frequency and schedule needed for your system can be determined by the manufacturer’s guide or by scheduling a consultation with your security system company.

Quality maintenance and support performed routinely are critical for system performance and uptime. It can extend your system’s life, ensure its peak performance, and save you from potential long-term costs that can result from neglect.  

APS offers tiered maintenance and support programs designed to fit your needs, property, and system. We have over 350 annual customers taking advantage of scheduled preventative maintenance programs to support and maintain their systems proactively.   

How Do I Know If My Security System Needs Repair or Replacement?  

Like any other technology, your security system will show signs when it needs repair or replacement. Over time, components like sensors and cables can degrade, reducing your entire system’s effectiveness.   

This could be frequent system malfunctions, blurry or lagging video surveillance footage, unresponsive access control systems, or malfunctioning automatic gates. Recognizing these signs early on can save you from significant security risks and additional costs in the future.

If you suspect your security system isn’t up to par, get in touch with APS for a security assessment. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.  

The Risks of Outdated Security System Equipment  

An outdated or unmaintained security system is akin to leaving your organization’s front door open. Aging systems can cause disruptions, leaving your property and assets vulnerable.  

Having outdated security equipment can also increase liability and the risk of incidents, leading to far higher expenses in the long run. Regular upgrades, repairs, and maintenance services can extend the longevity of security systems and prevent such vulnerabilities.  

How Technological Advancements Impact Security System Lifespan  

As we shift towards smart devices and advanced capabilities, the lifecycle of security system equipment is changing. Modern surveillance systems are designed with shorter lifecycles to keep up with consumer expectations and technological advancements. While this means more frequent upgrades, it also brings the benefit of improved features and capabilities.  

 Technological advancements are a significant factor in the lifespan of your equipment. As technology evolves, so does the need to update your system to keep up with new features and threats. Security systems without regular updates might become obsolete and expose your business to potential security breaches.   

How to Get the Most Out of Your Investment 

Investing in high-quality equipment and partnering with a reliable security system company like APS, keeping up with technological advancements, and addressing wear and tear with preventative maintenance and support can help extend your system’s lifespan.  

Why Choose Access Professional Systems?  

At APS, we pride ourselves on providing lifetime value to our customers. With 3,450+ customers served annually, our mission is to extend our services beyond initial installation and sales.  

Understanding the lifecycle of your security system equipment is not just about ensuring your organization’s safety. It’s about making sure you get the most out of your investment. Don’t wait until you face security challenges. Reach out to APS today for professional advice on installation, repair, and maintenance services for your security systems.  

 This comprehensive guide should help you navigate the lifecycle of your security system equipment better and empower you to make informed decisions that ensure longevity and optimal performance. Remember, your peace of mind is our top priority at APS.  

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