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7 Keys to a Successful Security Camera Installation

7 Keys to a Successful Security Camera Installation

In our many years in the CCTV and access control industry in Southern Colorado, we have learned that there are certain keys to a successful security camera installation for local homes and businesses. Everything from camera placement to having enough data storage can impact whether or not your security camera system is functioning correctly and capturing the images you need.

This month, we share what we have learned and how you can avoid making costly and time-consuming mistakes.

Keys to a Successful Security Camera Installation

Installing security camera systems can be difficult, as several potential problems can arise during the process. From incorrect camera placement to electrical issues to video storage capacity, understanding and avoiding these issues is essential for a successful installation.

Correct Camera Placement

The first step to ensuring a successful security camera installation is to evaluate the site. A site security survey will determine the best placement for the cameras and the most suitable type of camera for the desired area. This evaluation should also consider lighting, angles, and measures that protect the camera from potential obstructions or dangers.

Incorrect camera placement can be a significant issue when installing CCTV systems. A camera that is not in the correct position will capture the wrong field of view and may also create blurry images because of light flares or inadequate lighting.

Adequate Lighting

Adequate lighting is critical to a successful security camera installation.

With too little lighting, the cameras cannot capture images of sufficient quality for surveillance.In addition, shadows caused by inadequate lighting can be misinterpreted by the system as movement, resulting in a false alarm.

On the other hand, night vision-enabled cameras are so sensitive to light that an outdoor light can create light flares, which can render the captured images useless.

Sufficient Wiring and Cables

SysLinks successful security camera installation requires proper wires and cablesSufficient wiring is also essential for a successful security camera installation. This requires installers to ensure that all wiring is connected correctly and securely and that both the wires and the connectors are the correct type for the system.

Having incorrect wiring during installation can cause system malfunctions and image distortion. If the wiring is not correctly connected, the system may not transmit the signal properly, or the image quality may suffer due to signal interference.

Incorrect wiring can also lead to power surges and other technical issues, damaging equipment and creating false alarms.

If you are monitoring outdoor areas, use wire and cable that are designed for outdoor use, including being insulated, as these are more resistant to the elements.

Once the system is functioning, regularly check the cables to ensure there is no damage from weather or animals that will prevent signal interference.

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Electrical Power

Incorrect wiring and insufficient electrical power can be significant issues that prevent successful security camera installation, as both can lead to system malfunctions and image distortion.

If the power supply is not powerful enough, the system may not be able to handle the power requirements, leading to system instability and potential damage to the hardware. Insufficient power can also cause the image quality to suffer because the system may not have the power to process the signal from the cameras adequately. Finally, insufficient power can lead to false alarms, as the system may not be able to detect movement or other events accurately.

To ensure you have sufficient electrical power for your CCTV system, begin by calculating the power requirements for the system, component by component. Once you know the requirements for the individual pieces, adding them up will determine the total power needed for the system, enabling you to select the suitable power supply.

Prevent Interference From Other Technology

Sometimes homeowners sabotage their own efforts for a successful security camera installation with tools they use everyday. Wi-Fi routers, Bluetooth speakers, cordless phones, and other wireless devices can interfere with the camera signal, causing significant problems that need to be resolved for the system to function correctly.

Interference can cause the signal to become distorted, resulting in poor image quality and unreliable detection of movement or other events, or even causing the system to generate false alarms due to misinterpretation of the signal.

Hardware Compatibility

To guarantee a successful security camera installation, every component—including cameras, cables, power supplies, and servers—must be compatible.

For example, if a camera is not compatible with the power supply, the system will not be able to provide the camera with the necessary power, and the camera will not work.

One easy way to prevent these issues when installing CCTV is to purchase the equipment from your professional CCTV installer. The equipment will be tested for compatibility before installation, preventing problems from cropping up unexpectedly.

DVR Storage Capacity

CCTV systems generate large amounts of data, and to access and analyze that data, your system needs to connect to a DVR or other recording device with adequate storage. If the storage capacity is inadequate, the system cannot store the data and cannot function as expected.

Additionally, inadequate storage capacity can lead to data loss, as new footage will overwrite older footage to make space for the new data.

For a successful security camera installation, we recommend spending slightly more on a storage system that will exceed your current needs.

Successful Security Camera Installation is Possible With System Links

At System Links, we have the knowledge and experience to avoid common issues when installing CCTV systems for our Southern Colorado clients. If you are interested in purchasing and installing a CCTV or access control system installation, System Links has the services you need to get the job done right the first time. Contact us today for your free on-site consultation and quote.

How Access Control and Cybersecurity Systems Work Together To Give Your Business Ultimate Protection

How Access Control and Cybersecurity Systems Work Together To Give Your Business Ultimate Protection

Access control and cybersecurity systems are the two halves of the whole security policy that your Southern Colorado business needs to stay viable in a world with ever-evolving technology.

But that may seem easier said than done. Southern Colorado businesses have to take a multi-faceted approach to protect their data, and that includes installing access control systems to protect their physical assets and systems, and cybersecurity systems to protect proprietary data, client information, and compliance with regulations.

Yes, this may seem overwhelming, but combining these two systems into one robust security policy is easy with the right help.

Access Control and Cybersecurity Go Together Like Peas and Carrots

Does comparing access control and cybersecurity to peas and carrots seem like a strange analogy? Peas and carrots each offer distinct benefits to our physical health, and their tastes complement each other perfectly. Likewise, access control and cybersecurity may bring different benefits to Colorado businesses. But when combined into one security policy, you have the perfect combination of physical and digital security.

What does each system bring to the table on their own, and how can they work together to ensure the health of your business? Keep reading to find out.

Key Differences

Providing secure access to your business is what both access control systems and cybersecurity do – but while one (access control) can protect both physical assets and manage data accessibility, the other (cybersecurity) deals primarily with protecting your systems against data breaches and digital attacks.

Access Control

You see access control systems every day, perhaps without even realizing it. From retail stores to office buildings to schools and everything in between, access control systems are the leading way for businesses to protect their employees and physical assets.

These systems identify and authenticate individuals who try to access a specific resource, determine whether they have the appropriate permissions to access that resource, and grant or deny them access accordingly.

By implementing an access control system, businesses have a greater level of security and control over who can access certain areas of their premises, such as data centers, laboratories, and storage units, to certain employees.

Additionally, access control systems allow Southern Colorado businesses to monitor and track the movements of employees and visitors to ensure everyone follows established security protocols.

Access control systems also provide businesses with an audit trail to track who accessed a particular area and when. Businesses can use this feature to identify potential security threats and maintain high levels of security throughout the business.

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​​You may think cybersecurity is a buzzword that only recently became part of our collective vernacular. But the truth is that, even though the need for a robust cybersecurity policy is more critical to businesses than ever before, the need to protect electronic data has been around since the very beginning of computer science.

What is cybersecurity? Put simply, cybersecurity is the practice of protecting networks, systems, and programs from digital attacks. These strategies, techniques, and tools aim to secure a computer system, network, or program from malicious activities and other security threats.

Cybersecurity requires a comprehensive approach that includes multiple layers of security – including antivirus software, firewalls, encryption, and user authentication and authorization.

As the world becomes ever more digital, the need for even small Colorado businesses to strengthen their cybersecurity policies is growing exponentially.

How The Two Systems Work Together To Protect Your Business

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Separately, both access control systems and cybersecurity policies protect valuable resources from unauthorized access and prevent malicious attacks. And now that we know the differences between the two systems, the next question is they complement each other to provide a comprehensive security policy for Southern Colorado businesses.

Access control allows an organization to define which users have access to which resources and cybersecurity policies provide the framework for how those resources should be used and protected.

When businesses use these two solutions together, they ensure that access to sensitive information and resources are limited to only authorized personnel, while keeping malicious attacks from taking advantage of vulnerable systems.

Together, access control systems and cybersecurity policies provide organizations with the ability to monitor and protect their data and systems, create a secure environment for their users, and ensure the safety of their assets.

SystemLinks Colorado: Access Control Solutions You Can Trust

As you see, merging access control and cybersecurity systems into one cohesive security policy is essential for keeping Southern Colorado businesses secure and operating efficiently.

System Links is the Southern Colorado access control installer you can trust. Not only do we have a phenomenal reputation for taking care of our clients, we also have the knowledge and expertise to integrate access control systems with cybersecurity – ensuring your valuable business assets stay protected.

Contact us today to schedule your free on-site consultation and quote.

7 Ways Home Security Cameras are Superior to Doorbell Cameras

7 Ways Home Security Cameras are Superior to Doorbell Cameras

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive at SystemLinks is whether security cameras are superior to doorbell camera systems. We can emphatically answer yes! However, you may think we are understandably biased, being a CCTV security camera and access control sales and installation company. So, this month we are sharing seven ways home security cameras are superior to doorbell cameras for keeping your home and family safe.

Customizable Field of View

One of the biggest reasons security cameras are superior to doorbell cameras is the ability to change the camera’s field of view to capture more of what is going on around your property. Whereas doorbell cameras such as Ring have a fixed viewing range, security cameras are customizable to capture what you need where you need it.

Do you really need to capture video and receive notifications whenever your neighbor passes your home while walking their dog? Or are you concerned, as most homeowners are, with activities that actually occur on your property?

Better Resolution

Home security cameras typically come with higher resolution than video doorbells. The most common resolution for home security cameras in the market includes 2MP (1080p), 4MP (1440p), 5MP (1920p) and 8MP (4K/2160p).

Doorbell cameras currently max out at 1080p resolution, with some as low as 480p. A higher resolution generally means a sharper image. Home security cameras can capture more detailed footage, making it easier to identify people, objects and events.

Night Vision Capabilities

Most criminals prefer to act under cover of darkness. While doorbell cameras may have night vision, the capabilities are minimal compared to home security cameras.

For instance, most home security cameras have infrared sensors that allow them to see even in total darkness. The night vision range of home security cameras can be anywhere from 10 to 100 feet, depending on the model. Most doorbell cameras provide night vision up to 30 feet.

Additionally, home security cameras usually come with adjustable night vision settings, allowing you to customize the camera’s performance, avoid light flares, and provide better security for you and your family.

Adaptive AI Detection

Motion detection is another area where security cameras are superior to doorbell cameras.

Imagine being in an important work meeting with your phone alerting you whenever a cat crosses your lawn. The word “distracting” does not even begin to describe interruptions.

However, modern security cameras are equipped with state-of-the-art technology that recognizes and learns to ignore the non-threatening movement. This is especially helpful on residential streets with heavy traffic, outdoor pets like cats or other everyday neighborhood activities.

Home security cameras can provide you with the comfort of viewing your entire property from an app on your smartphone, but with greater customization options and notifications.

security cameras are superior to doorbell cameras and still provide remote viewing

Security Cameras Can Provide Quality Plus Quantity

Like most things in life, when choosing between home security cameras installed by a professional and doorbell cameras installed by the average DIYer, you get what you pay for.

Security cameras are superior to doorbell cameras because of the quality of the equipment, available features, and the ease with which you can add additional cameras to your existing security plan.

Home Security Cameras Are Less Susceptible to Tampering

Another way home security cameras are superior to doorbell cameras is that they are less susceptible to tampering because of the equipment’s options for placement, hard-wiring, and durability.

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On the other hand, doorbell cameras are relatively easy to tamper with because they are easy to access. Intruders can tamper with doorbell cameras by physically removing them or disconnecting the power source. They can also disable the camera by blocking its view or accessing its settings.

Additionally, criminals can hack your camera using your WiFi, tricking you into letting in a stranger by showing you a video of someone you know.

Ownership of Equipment and Videos

The final reason why security cameras are superior to doorbell cameras is ownership. With security cameras, you own the cameras, the DVR, and most importantly, the videos.

Most doorbell camera companies require a monthly or yearly subscription to record and keep video footage for later viewing. Even then, there is a time limit on how long you have to access the videos (typically around 60 days). You are out of luck if you need that data after those 60 days.

Conversely, by installing a CCTV system that sends video footage to your own DVR, you can choose how much or how little video data you want to keep and exactly how long you want to keep it. If you want to keep the recording of your spouse slipping on the ice to show at family gatherings 15 years from now, you can. The only limitation to how much video footage you can keep is the size of the expandable hard drive on your DVR.

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With System Links, Home Security Cameras Are More Affordable Than You Think

One of the main reasons many Southern Colorado homeowners choose doorbell cameras with DIY installation is that they think professionally-installed home security cameras are out of their budget.

At System Links, however, we believe that every homeowner, every Southern Colorado family, deserves to feel safe and secure in their home. We have camera packages that include installation at reasonable prices. And every installation we do comes with three years of free basic service calls, a warranty unprecedented in the security camera and access control industry.

Call today to schedule your free, in-home security consultation and quote. We look forward to working with you toward a more secure future!

How Much Will An Access Control System Cost in 2023?

How Much Will An Access Control System Cost in 2023?

When we answer the phone at SystemLinks, we often hear the question, “how much will an access control system cost me?” Many variables are involved with installing access control systems – the system itself and the number of doors or access points, for starters – but that doesn’t mean your budget and options are unattainable.

The following is a summary of the average costs per door for some of the most popular types of access control systems:

Traditional, Physical Keys and Locks

Traditional lock and key solutions may be the most affordable solution for access control, but more and more Southern Colorado businesses are exploring other options. Why?

When an employee leaves the company, physical keys are often lost or forgotten, resulting in a substantial cost for rekeying locks and replacing keys. In such a situation, it is critical to maintain a secure environment and replace door locks or rekey locks.

For an experienced locksmith, cutting a new key should take less than two minutes, and replacement keys will vary in price from $2 for a simple key to $70 for a coded one. If you rekey your doors, you will spend between $500 and $2400 on them.

Changing the lock is more time-consuming and costly, and you will still need new keys. Furthermore, you’ll have to pay even more if you need an emergency or after-hours service.

Keypad Access Control

On average, access control system costs for keypads range from $500 to over $1,500 per door. Keypad entry systems install quickly, but the wiring in your building will ultimately determine how long it takes. In most cases, the installation of hardware on the exterior of the building is required.

One drawback to keypad-enabled access control is that hacking the keypad is relatively easy for an experienced intruder. In fact, even a novice can hack a keypad by watching videos on YouTube.

Additionally, while changing the code on a keypad is relatively easy, the system administrator must be physically present. Another hidden cost with keypads is that when you change the code, everyone accessing the building must remember it, which often results in lockouts and support calls.

Key Card and Key Fob Access Control System Cost

Access control system cost for key cards and key fob entry ranges from $1,000 to $3,000 per door. In addition to the hard costs of readers, panels, wiring networks, and training, $3 to $10 is added per card or $5 to $50 per key fob.

Key cards and fobs generally require more installation time than keypad entry systems but are quicker to install than biometric systems. You must install some hardware outside the building for this entry system to work. Because getting a card or key fob to the user requires an on-site presence (or mailing them out), adding and removing users will require physical contact with the user.

If a network is available on-site, remote management is available for many entry systems. However, to manage the system, many installers charge a service fee from $10 to $100 per door per month. And to have the latest features, you will need to upgrade your software annually.

When a key card or key fob is lost, the property manager must remove the lost fob and manually add a new one to the system. The time it takes the property manager to administer the system is an estimated 15 minutes per tenant per year. Managing a system with 500 employees or residents every year would cost an additional $2,500.

Intercom (Buzzer) Access Control Systems

There are various price points when it comes to intercom systems for access control. A basic buzzer system is typically $750 per door, and integrated video storage and access control system costs can reach up to $10,000 per door.

The installation will take at least 4 hours per intercom, depending on how complex the wiring is in your building, and an administrator must actively manage the system. Adding or deleting a new user can take as much as 15 minutes, and the more sophisticated systems might come with hefty monthly support fees.

Biometric Access Control Systems

access control system cost rises with biometic featuresRather than using physical key cards, key fobs, keypads, or traditional locks and keys for access control, many businesses invest in biometric systems that authenticate users by scanning their fingerprints, handprints, hand geometry, iris patterns, and facial features.

Because of the increased security available, biometric access control systems cost one of the most expensive out there, at $2,500 to $10,000 per door. In addition to your electronic locking hardware, you must install a biometric scanner, a network connection, and computer hardware and software, all of which increase the access control system cost.

Installation of biometric hardware should take about 1 to 2 hours per door, but setting up the software and connecting it to the network may take several hours. As with most other technologies, hardware will need to be installed on the exterior of the building.

While biometric access control is one of the most secure systems available, they have drawbacks. The systems are vulnerable to false positives (allowing someone in who should not be) or false negatives (keeping someone out who should be allowed in).

Smartphone-Enabled Access Control

One of the most cost-efficient access control systems, and one that we are excited about at System Links Colorado, is smartphone-enabled access control.

The cost of installing smartphone access control systems depends on the manufacturer and the type of access. An existing electronic door lock can be wired to a smartphone reader or a commercial smart lock.

If your smartphone reader uses NFC, outdoor installation may be necessary. If it uses WiFi, ZigBee, or Z Wave, you will require the support of a large-scale network. The cost for these types of smartphone-enabled access control ranges from around $500 per door to over $10,000,

However, emerging technology from manufacturers like VIZPin, which uses Bluetooth, allows Southern Colorado businesses to avoid a significant financial outlay and retain high levels of control of their building access and assets.

VIZpin’s Bluetooth access door controller with an integrated Bluetooth reader can be installed in seconds and does not require any hardware installation outside the structure. The prices start at $299 per door.

That is an access control system cost most businesses can live with!

The Best Way to Know How Much Installing An Access Control System Costs is to Request a Free Quote

In this article, we have provided rough estimates of per-door costs for access control systems. However, the best way to find out your cost and ensure you select the proper access control system installation for your Southern Colorado business is to request a free quote from System Links.

We will start by scheduling a free, on-site security assessment, where we learn about your business, your assets, and your security needs. Then, we will prepare a custom quote with the best options. We stand by our quotes, so you never need to worry about hidden costs or fees.

Get started today by speaking with one of our security and service advisors.

Stay Safe This Season With These Holiday Home Security Tips

Stay Safe This Season With These Holiday Home Security Tips

Another holiday season is upon us, and whether you are staying home or traveling, you are likely interested in holiday home security tips to keep you and your loved ones thoroughly enjoying the festivities.

As your safe haven, home security is likely a concern year-round. But alongside the pleasant traditions that accompany the holiday season, home burglaries also increase during the holidays. Taking simple precautions can significantly enhance your home’s safety and security during the holidays and throughout the year.


The idea that keeping your lights on can deter burglaries should be no surprise. Thieves are less likely to break into well-lit homes. Start by replacing bulbs in your outdoor lamps and make sure sensors on solar lights are not obstructed during the day so they can have a strong glow throughout the night. If your yard is very dark, consider installing motion-sensor lighting to deter criminals from approaching your home.

Indoors, install timers on lamps and TVs, or consider converting your home into a smart home, where your smartphone controls the lighting.

Lock Your Doors and Windows

Locking doors and windows is an obvious security measure for all homeowners. We include this reminder for holiday home security because the holidays increase activities and visits from friends and family. Remembering to lock your doors and windows after deliveries or coming into the home with your hands full can be a challenge. Prioritize this simple step, and your holiday home security will increase exponentially.

Another of our holiday home security tips is to avoid hiding a spare house key under a rock, window ledge, or flower pot near the door. If you are afraid of locking yourself out of your home or want to leave a key for a visiting family member, a better idea is to leave the key with a trusted neighbor, or if that’s not possible, move it to a location away from the door. Better yet, upgrade your door handle and lock to a smart lock. These modern innovations make keys obsolete and can make your home more secure.

Enlist the Help of Your Neighbors

Home burglaries affect more than just the individual homeowner. Everyone in the neighborhood has a vested interest in keeping crime away from their homes. Introduce yourself to your neighbors, and develop an acquaintance that can benefit you both by keeping an eye on each other’s property. If you are traveling this season, see if they are willing to keep your house looking ‘lived in’ by getting the mail, parking in your driveway occasionally, or clearing the snow off your walkway.

Be Careful With Your Garbage

You may not have thought about this holiday home security tip, but your trash could invite thieves to break into your home. Think about it. If you are a criminal looking for a good target, are you more likely to hit the home where you cannot see what they got for Christmas or the home that places boxes from Apple, Samsung, or other high-ticket items on the curb next to their garbage can?

The best idea is to break down your boxes, put them in opaque trash bags, and then place the bags inside the garbage can.

holiday home security tip - put out presents on christmas eveTake a Tip From Santa

Old St. Nick may have it right by dropping off gifts on Christmas Eve. A Christmas tree positioned in front of a window is a beautiful sight. However, placing your tree where a trespasser can easily see beautifully wrapped presents may provide all the temptation needed to mark your house as an easy target. Move your tree to a less visible spot and delay putting presents out until Christmas Eve, just as Santa does.

Package Delivery

One of the most significant issues for holiday home security is package delivery. The convenience and economic benefits of online shopping are indisputable. Unfortunately, you are not the only one who has noticed. So-called porch pirates relish in the knowledge that in any given neighborhood, half of the homeowners use online shopping to complete their holiday to-do lists. So what can be done to lessen the odds of your home being the target of porch pirates?

Being home to accept all deliveries is generally not an option for most busy homeowners in Colorado Springs. Consider changing your delivery locations to your office, Amazon Hubs, or a trusted friend or neighbor who is home and can hold onto your packages until you can retrieve them. If these not are viable options, just being aware of your projected deliveries and collecting them from your doorstep as soon as possible can keep you from falling victim to criminals looking for an easy score.

Save Your Social Media Posts

A holiday home security tip that many need to remember is to refrain from publishing your travel plans and pictures on social media until after you return home. The excitement of seeing new places or reconnecting with friends and family is undeniable, and you should take all the pictures your phone or SD card can hold! But immediately posting these memories on social media can alert criminals that you are gone and your home is ripe for plundering.

Instead, stay in the moment and keep your posts to a minimum.

Increase Holiday Home Security with Surveillance Cameras

Time and time again, statistics have shown that installing security cameras is one of the most effective ways to prevent theft and vandalism. Criminals are less likely to target your home or business if they know there is a possibility of El Paso County prosecutors using security video as legal evidence to seek their conviction. The possible score is not worth the risk.

Are You Ready to Amp Up Your Holiday Home Security?

If ensuring holiday home security is on the top of your to-do list, there is good reason to contact a fully licensed and insured professional home security camera installer rather than going the DIY route.

Professional installers know where to install home security cameras and can ensure they are correctly calibrated to capture vulnerable areas where criminals can sneak in. Too often, DIYers find out too late that the camera meant to capture activity at their doorstep points to the sky or that the recordings are out of focus.

System Links has the experience, cameras, and know-how you need to secure your home year-round. Contact us today to schedule your free security assessment and receive your free security camera installation quote.

Why Smartphone-Enabled Access Control is the Future of Security

Why Smartphone-Enabled Access Control is the Future of Security

As industry leaders in access control and asset security, System Links is always on the lookout for cutting-edge technologies, and one of the trends we have been watching is the emergence of smartphone-enabled access control systems. But what exactly is smartphone-enabled access control, how does it differ from token-based systems, and why is this technology the future of access control?

What is Smartphone-Enabled Access Control?

By smartphone-enabled access control, we mean allowing access to a secure location based on the connection of a smartphone (and not a physical token or a biometric device). Typically, you grant this access the same way your phone connects to your car, Alexa, or other smartphone-enabled devices – via Bluetooth.

Smartphone As An Alternative To Token-Based Access Control

Smartphone-enabled access control is an alternative to the more traditional token-based access control systems where employees need to use physical proximity cards or fobs to enter secure areas such as the workplace or office buildings. Smartphone-enabled access control systems authenticate users through an app or software installed on the smartphone.

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Why Using Smartphones Is The Next Step For Access Control

Allowing entry with a smartphone, the most widely used device in the world, is the next logical step for the security of a building, room, or system. Why? For four main reasons:

Smartphones Eliminate the Need for Tokens

One of the biggest challenges to Colorado businesses that utilize traditional access control systems is their employees. Even the best employees can share, lose, or be victims of theft. And worse yet, employees are often not anxious to reveal their indiscretions to their employers, leaving the security of the building and the business at risk.

Some businesses have gone another route for access control and utilize keypads for entry. However, this system is fraught with issues as well. First, forgetful employees may need to write down the code, and the note can be easily lost. Second, sharing codes between employees and visitors is even easier than sharing a keycard.

Switching to smartphone-enabled systems eliminates the above potential security risks. Very few individuals share their phones with others, and most individuals carry their phones with them at all times.

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Easy Integration with Current Access Control Systems

One of the things that we love about smartphone-enabled access control is how easily these systems are to integrate into a business. Companies with access control via traditional tokens can smoothly integrate smartphone technology into their existing systems. This can be a valuable consideration for companies desiring to transition into a modern access control system gradually.

Convenience of Software Upgrades vs. Hardware Upgrades

Any Southern Colorado business owner with experience in traditional access control systems knows that the initial cost of installation and maintenance of the included hardware can be inconvenient and costly.

On the other hand, smartphone-enabled access control has comparatively low installation costs, and most maintenance is as easy as updating software or an app on your phone.

Granting and Revoking Credentials With the Swipe of Your Finger

A considerable advantage of smartphone-enabled access control is the ease with which administrators can grant and revoke user access. With a simple swipe of the finger, a new employee can access all business areas relevant to their position. Conversely, employees who are no longer part of the company can have their permissions quickly revoked by the same simple swipe of the administrator.

Additionally, business owners and managers can permit access during specific times and receive alerts when employees attempt entry at unauthorized times. Again, all of this is done efficiently through your smartphone.

Smartphone-Enabled Access Control is the Future of Security

As with many other sectors, the security camera and access control industry is shifting into new territories. Modern access control has come a long way since the days of tokens and keypads. We have moved from being a hardware-centric industry to a software-driven industry. This shift paves the way for innovations and growth opportunities.

Smartphone-enabled access control systems are one emerging trend that System Links is proud to promote in Southern Colorado. This exciting technology is not only cutting-edge but also provides a cost-effective solution for local businesses seeking to protect their assets through asset control.

If you want to learn more about smartphone-based security for your home or business, please contact us to schedule your free consultation. We look forward to being your guide to the future of security!

Speak with one of our security camera and access control specialists today!

The True Value of Security Cameras for Large Rural Properties

The True Value of Security Cameras for Large Rural Properties

Why are installing security cameras for large rural properties an absolute must for the many families and individuals who call these remote areas home?

If you live on a remote property, chances are you already know the answer to that question. From safety and security, asset protection to keeping an eye on crops, livestock and more, installing security cameras for large rural properties makes sense.

Keep reading for more information on how a surveillance system can benefit your property and cutting-edge features to consider including in your system.

Why Invest in Security Cameras for Large Rural Properties?

Safety and Security

While small urban properties and suburban dwellings often rely on their tight-knit communities to help keep them safe from potential threats, large rural properties tend to be much more isolated from assistance. This makes securing your sprawling estate with effective video surveillance systems an essential part of any security plan.

Like their suburban counterparts, rural properties benefit from security cameras throughout the property, including barns, outbuildings, equipment storage areas and the property’s perimeter.

Many large estates on the Front Range rely on gates to control access. The perfect complement to these access control systems is a security camera system that provides intercom capability and license plate recognition.

Monitoring of Crops and Livestock

Installing security cameras for large rural properties is especially beneficial for ranching or farming estates. Imagine the time saved by pulling up a live feed from your pasture to see where your livestock is grazing today or monitoring the irrigation of your crops while working on other vital operational tasks.

Additionally, surveillance cameras placed in barns can keep you alert and ready for birthing during foaling and calving seasons and can also catch that sneaky fox raiding your chicken coop.

Weather and Emergency Disaster Preparedness

If there is one certainty of Colorado living, it is that the weather can and will change at any moment. Surveillance cameras can prepare property owners for weather events, so they can take precautions before the weather comes into contact with valuable assets or structures. And most importantly, knowing a weather event is coming can allow property owners to get themselves and their beloved animals to safety.

Colorado is immune to many of the natural disasters other parts of the country struggle with, but one area that is always of concern here is the danger of wildfires.

When the Black Forest Fire started in June 2013, many residents were unaware of how quickly wildfires jump and spread in dry conditions.

Mandatory evacuations forced many Colorado Springs residents to flee without knowing if they would ever see their homes intact again. Seconds and minutes count in these emergencies, and live feeds from security cameras can provide those extra moments that save lives.

Additionally, property owners who installed security cameras on their properties large rural properties could monitor the fire’s progress and reduce the anxiety of not knowing if their home was (literally) in the line of fire.

Choosing Security Cameras for Large Rural Properties

Modern security camera systems provide cutting-edge technology that protects people, animals and assets. Some of the features to consider when choosing security cameras for large rural properties include the following:

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Choose cameras with long-range capabilities and place them correctly to maximize their field of view. Even the best long-range cameras are ineffective if they capture mainly the sky and no pasture.


How high of definition you need depends on the application. Many farm and ranch owners opt for the highest definition in areas with ingress and egress from their property, barns, equipment storage areas, and utility sheds.

Night-Vision and Thermal Imaging

Since most security events happen under cover of darkness, consider investing in cameras with night-vision and thermal imaging capabilities. Never again will you be caught unawares by an intruder in the middle of the night.

Related: Advantages of Installing Thermal Imaging Cameras for Access Control

Motion Detection and Monitoring

One of the most significant benefits of modern security cameras for large rural properties is the ability to detect and monitor motion throughout your property. The cameras can be programmed to detect motion as small as a mouse or as broad as a moose. The settings are customizable to the needs of your estate.

Once the motion parameters are set, a CCTV camera system can automatically mark the exact time of a motion event, so you do not have to watch hours of recorded video to see what is happening.

Push Notifications

Push notifications are invaluable in maintaining the security of your large property. Knowing when outsiders are approaching your property before their arrival allows you time to decide if and how you want to grant access.

2-Way Radio Communication

Many security camera systems now come equipped with 2-way radio, so you can communicate with visitors at the gate or alert your spouse when dinner is almost ready, so they can start coming in from the ‘south forty.’

Which security camera system is suitable for your estate will depend on the size of your property, how you intend to use the system, and of course, your budget.


If you are considering security cameras for your sizable rural property, you are in the right place. System Links is Southern Colorado’s leader in CCTV installation and access control systems.

Call us today to schedule your free, on-site needs assessment. This one simple step will result in a reliable free quote, with no surprises once the installation is complete.

Pros and Cons of Different Types of Access Control Systems

Pros and Cons of Different Types of Access Control Systems

Throughout Colorado Springs, you will find various types of access control systems. These systems are constantly monitoring who can access what and when. There are many ways in which an access control system can be implemented and tailored to the needs of a specific organization or business.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common types of access control systems.

Card Access Systems

One of the most common types of access control utilizes cards coded to the system and assigned to a specific user. The system scans the card to determine if the user is authorized to access the program or area in question.


Card access systems are very versatile for a wide variety of situations. They are affordable, making them an excellent choice for small businesses and organizations in Colorado Springs that want to implement access control but don’t have the budget for a robust system.


One downside to card access systems is that they can be less secure than other systems. Even newer types of cards that boast greater security (such as RFID) are susceptible to hacking if not kept in a safe place. Additionally, many businesses find that tracking who does and does not have a card is difficult. There is always a risk that an authorized user will let an unauthorized user borrow their card, negating the system’s benefits.

Automated Identification and Authorization System

An automated identification and authorization system (AIDA) tracks who enters and exits a building or area using ID cards or badges.


AIDA systems are popular in larger organizations, like hospitals or hotels, where controlling access and monitoring who comes and goes is vital to security. These systems are often a smaller part of a more powerful system.


The main downside to AIDA systems is cost – they are more expensive than other access control systems. They can be challenging to maintain and update, especially when compliance auditors want to examine the system to verify its functionality.

Proximity Card Access Systems

types of access control for your colorado businessA proximity card access system uses cards emitting radio waves that grant access to the user when near a card reader.


Like AIDA systems, proximity card systems are popular in larger organizations – like factories or warehouses. They are also relatively inexpensive and easy to maintain.


One major downside to proximity card systems is that they require line-of-sight to work correctly and may be susceptible to interference. This means the card must be near the reader to unlock the system. Proximity cards are usually part of another, more secure system, like biometric authentication (more on those below).

Smart Card Access Systems

Closely related to proximity cards, smart cards grant access through specific information about the person holding the card. This can include name, job title, and access permissions for specific programs. The system scans and authenticates the card, granting access if everything is correct. These systems are popular in healthcare and academic settings.


Updating the information on smart cards to reflect promotions, changes in job descriptions, or employee departures, is easy.


Smart card access control systems often come with a higher price tag than other types of access control, making them more suitable for larger organizations. Additionally, these systems require an expansive infrastructure and regular maintenance to ensure cybersecurity.

Biometric Access Systems

Biometric access systems use fingerprints, hand scans, eye mapping, or other biometric features to grant user access.


These types of access control systems tend to be very secure, as they only grant access to authorized individuals. Biometric access systems are an excellent choice for healthcare or law enforcement industries, where security is a top priority.


Biometric access systems can be expensive, making them more suitable for large organizations than small Colorado Springs businesses. Additionally, these systems require a lot of upkeep. Getting them back up and running can be difficult if the system breaks down.

Affordable and Convenient Access Control Through Your SmartPhone

At System Links Colorado, we have experience installing and maintaining all of the above types of access control systems. However, one access control system has caught our eye because of its affordability, security, and convenience. This system relies on the one object most of us keep on our person at all times – our smartphones – to provide access control via Bluetooth technology.

While there are many options for access control, our favorite is the VIZPin access control system. Why?


Using your smartphone, you can grant access (and revoke access) to anyone at any time, from anywhere. No more cards, FOBs, or PINs. Your phone does everything via Bluetooth, so no internet connection is necessary.


Because your VIZpin SmartKey app is encrypted and uses Bluetooth, no wi-fi is needed. This means VIZpin access control systems are essentially impossible to hack. And, unlike physical cards or fobs, most people don’t let others borrow their phones, so the chances of users sharing their credentials are significantly reduced.


One of the best features of VIZpin is the affordability of the system. Because VIZpin smart keys do not require expensive panels, networks and wiring, the installation and maintenance costs can be much lower than other types of access control systems.

VIZpin may be the access control solution your small Colorado business needs!


These are some of the many different types of access control systems available today. With so many options available, how can you select the right one for your business and budget?

System Links provides Colorado Springs business owners with the peace of mind that they are securing what is essential to operations – their data, employees, and assets. When you schedule your free on-site security evaluation, our experienced installation technicians will assess the needs of your specific business. We will never try to up-sale you an access control system or security camera installation you do not need. And once the installation is complete, we will be there for questions, system maintenance, and repair with our CCTV and access control service agreements.

Contact System Links today to schedule your free on-site security evaluation and quote.

5 Reasons Why You Need a Surveillance Camera for Your Home

5 Reasons Why You Need a Surveillance Camera for Your Home

Security cameras are popular for businesses up and down the front range, but did you know there are good reasons you should install a surveillance camera for your home?

When people think of security cameras, they typically picture cameras mounted outdoors or indoors to monitor business or retail spaces. But home security cameras offer many benefits for personal usage as well. For instance, if you’re going out of town, you may want to monitor activities at your house from your smartphone. Do you want to keep an eye on your kids while working in the basement? Or what if you want to ensure nothing creepy is happening in your home when you aren’t there? For all these reasons and more installing a surveillance camera for your home may be the right decision. With the help of our insight, this article will explore some reasons why you might find a surveillance camera useful at home – and how they can come in handy.

Protect the things you care about

If you own expensive items, the last thing you want to do is leave them unprotected. If someone breaks into your home, they could steal your valuables, break or destroy them, or even set your house on fire – destroying your items and putting your safety at risk. A surveillance camera for your home can help you protect your valuables. You can set up a camera in a location where you can easily monitor your expensive goods, such as a hallway adjacent to your living room.

Monitor who approaches your home

If you live near your neighbors or have a lot of foot traffic in your neighborhood, you may want surveillance cameras to help you keep an eye on who approaches your home. Many modern security cameras have motion sensors that automatically record when they detect motion nearby. This way, you don’t have to actively monitor the cameras to see who comes and goes.

Deter possible intruders

Some burglars are just looking for easy targets, so installing a surveillance camera for your home can result in thieves and vandals avoiding your house altogether. For most burglars, the risk of getting caught is not worth the possible gain of breaking into your property.

In addition, surveillance cameras can provide extra security for your Colorado Springs Neighborhood Watch Program. Burglars that know a neighborhood has not only residents keeping an eye out for each other but can also provide security video as legal evidence of suspicious activities are less likely to target homes in that area.

Have peace of mind while you’re away

Now that the COVID-19 pandemic is largely at bay in Colorado, many people are returning to travel. Whether you are gone for work or pleasure, monitoring your home from afar via smartphone or computer can ease worries about break-ins, water pipes bursting, or even package delivery while you are away.

For additional information about protecting your home while you and your family are away on vacation, read our article, Four Powerful Ways to Improve Security While on Vacation.

Make sure your kids arrive home safely

surveillance camera for your home when kids are home alone As far back as 1944, the term “latch-key kids” was coined to describe the increasing number of children who return from school to an empty home because their parents or guardians are still at work.

If your home circumstances dictate that your children are at home at times by themselves, installing a surveillance camera for your home provides added security for them and peace of mind for you. Seeing your children open the front door right on schedule is priceless when you aren’t there to welcome them in person. And, if they are not home on time, you can quickly take steps to contact them.

Many surveillance systems come with two-way audio, meaning you can communicate with your kids or pets when you are not home, and many systems are equipped with night vision, so you can keep track of your kids or pets even if they are in a dark room.

Wrapping up

If any of the above situations apply to you, it may be a good idea to invest in a surveillance camera for your home. But with the many options out there, how do you know the best option for your situation and budget? And where is the best location to install a surveillance camera for your home?

The answer to these questions and many more can be easily found by contacting an experienced Colorado Springs home security camera installer. At System Links Colorado, we will perform a home security assessment and provide you with a custom quote based on our recommendations. The assessment and the quote are both free of charge.

Contact us today to see why we are Colorado Springs’ most trusted source for surveillance camera installation for home use.

Why Access Control For Daycare Centers Is A Worthwhile Investment

Why Access Control For Daycare Centers Is A Worthwhile Investment

Access control for daycare centers is one feature Southern Colorado parents demand when selecting a childcare facility. And really, who can blame them? They are entrusting the care and safety of their precious child to someone else. Parents want to know that their child’s well-being is in the hands of responsible individuals who will care for them as well as they would themselves. But does that mean that access control for daycare centers only benefits the parents, or is this a worthwhile investment for daycare operators as well? This blog will give solid reasons to consider installing or upgrading the access control system for your Colorado Springs childcare facility.

Why Consider Access Control for Daycare Centers?

There are four reasons why installing or upgrading access control in your daycare is a good idea.

Access Control Gives Parents Peace of Mind

As mentioned, the number one reason more parents seek childcare facilities with access control systems is to give them peace of mind. The knowledge that only authorized personnel and visitors are allowed in the center assures parents that their child or children are in a safe and secure environment. They know that only those with permission to pick up their child will be allowed into the building – a true blessing when a couple goes through a contentious divorce or other concerns for the child’s safety are present.

When access control for daycare centers is present, along with a professionally installed security camera system, moms and dads can get the extra reassurance throughout the day that their child is happy and receiving appropriate attention and care.

Access Control Increases Staff Safety

Especially for daycare centers, having happy staff members can make or break the business. These hard-working and dedicated employees are on-site first thing in the morning to accommodate early risers and late into the day until the last child is (finally) picked up. Since this often means opening and closing while it is dark outside, think of the security you are providing when they know they are the first ones in the door, and no one can enter until they are ready to receive them.

Related Reading: How To Pick the Right Key Card Entry System for Your Business

Access Control Benefits the Daycare Center Operator

system Links-access control for daycare centers late parentsEvery daycare center has that one parent (hopefully just one) who is consistently late to pick up their child at the end of the day. Worse yet, this parent often doesn’t realize how late they are regularly and does not believe they should pay for the additional time. However, access control for daycare centers can provide detailed drop-off and pick-up times is as easy as clicking a button. Imagine the benefits of not arguing with parents and guardians over billing issues! Parents will know not only what time they are picking up their child, but if the responsibility is shared between two guardians, they can track who is timely and who is late.

In addition, daycare operators can remove the complications of unbilled time and manage employees better. Knowing that one staff member who is supposed to open each day is consistently 15 minutes late to work can help you decide if another staff member might be a better fit for an opening shift.

Access Control Can Assist Compliance with Colorado Regulations for Daycare Centers

As any daycare operator knows, the Colorado Department of Early Childhood has many rules and regulations that centers must follow to maintain their license. These standards are non-negotiable and include precise record-keeping such as monitoring staff movement, logs for sign-in and sign-out for each child each day, and which individuals have the authorization to pick up the child at the end of each day. Access control systems for daycare centers can make compliance with these and many other regulations easy.

Choosing the Right Access Control for Daycare Centers

As discussed, there are many reasons why access control for daycare centers is a worthwhile investment. The many benefits to daycare operators are second only to the peace of mind given to parents and staff.

Many options are available to daycare centers concerned with access control. From keypads to card and fob readers to Bluetooth access through smartphones, the only challenge you face is deciding which system is suitable for your facility and budget. And fortunately, there is a straightforward answer to that as well. The easiest way to evaluate the options available is to contact a professional access control installer. When you schedule your free, on-site security evaluation with System Links, you get access to decades of experience from a local access control expert.

Parents trust you to take care of their most valuable asset. You can trust System Links to provide friendly, timely, and professional service to keep your daycare center secure.

The Newbie’s Guide to Security Camera Installation

The Newbie’s Guide to Security Camera Installation

If you are venturing into the world of CCTV for the first time, you likely have many questions – and our guide to security cameras can answer those questions! In this article, we’ll take you through some of the most frequently asked questions about security camera installation so you can make an informed decision.

Why Do I Need Security Cameras?

The website Neighborhood Scout reports that one out of every 29 Colorado Springs residents will fall victim to property crimes. As these statistics continue to increase, Southern Colorado residents and business owners are seeking video surveillance solutions as the first line of defense against outside threats such as theft and other personal crimes.

Which Security Camera System is Right for Me?

This is an excellent question with many potential answers. With so many different camera types on the market, each with their own features, pros, and cons, you may be unsure which type is best for your home or business.

The first step to deciding which system is right for you or your business is determining your needs. For instance: Are you concerned about intruders to your home or business? Then security camera placement by entrances is likely your top priority. Do you need to monitor activity in your storefront to prevent theft? Then placing security cameras that record events on your showroom floor will be most helpful.

Guide to Security Camera Types

Security camera systems come in three variations:

Analog Cameras – These cameras use a coaxial cable to connect to a digital video recorder (DVR). The cable transmits power and data, making it efficient for long distances and outdoor use. In terms of quality, analog cameras are generally lower in resolution than other security camera types.

IP Cameras – Sometimes called “smart cameras,” internet protocol (or IP for short) cameras use a network connection to stream footage to your computer or smartphone. These cameras are great options for homeowners and business owners who want to monitor their property wherever they may be.

IP cameras connect to a local network (or a router, which allows multiple cameras on one network). These cameras also can be linked to a cloud-based recording system or a traditional DVR. While IP cameras are more expensive than analog ones, they do not have the same distance limitations as analog cameras, making them a popular choice.

Video Cameras – Unlike the security cameras already mentioned, video cameras do not record footage. Instead, they send a live feed to your computer or smartphone. With video cameras, you’ll see what’s happening in real-time rather than reviewing footage after the fact.

How Many Cameras Should I Install?

While there is no definitive guide to security camera numbers, you should consider the layout of your home or building, the viewing range of the cameras you choose, and the level of security you want to achieve.

A novice in the field of security camera systems does not have to guess about the number (and placement) of cameras. A Colorado Springs security camera installer can determine needs during a free, on-site home or business security assessment.

Where Should I Place Security Cameras?

Again, your guide to security camera placement will depend on your specific needs. However, general guidelines to follow are to focus on places most likely to appeal to criminals.

For instance, homeowners typically choose to install security cameras to monitor traffic outside the home, at doors and windows, and in rooms that contain valuables.

guide to security camera installation for business

More Details: Best Places to Install Home Security Cameras

In contrast, we recommend businesses have at least one camera in every public area, including entrances, loading docks, and parking lots.

Of course, any guide to security cameras for businesses would be incomplete without reference to access control. By integrating security camera features with the installation of access control systems, Southern Colorado businesses can more conveniently protect employees, visitors, and their valuable assets.

What’s the Difference Between WiFi and Wired Security Cameras?

The main difference between WiFi and wired security cameras is the method of data transmission. WiFi cameras transmit data over WiFi networks, while wired cameras plug directly into your router or modem.

For a complete analysis of the pros and cons of each, check out our article Wired vs. Wireless Security Camera Systems.

System Links: Colorado Springs Ultimate Guide to Security Camera Installation

If you are new to the world of CCTV and access control, having an experienced guide can make all the difference. A guide can help you stay within your budget while ensuring everything is installed and working correctly. A guide will know best where to install each camera, how many are needed, and how high to place them. They will also understand how to integrate your cameras with your WiFi network, DVR, and other equipment.

System Links is the ultimate guide for security systems in Colorado Springs. Our knowledge, expertise, and unparalleled customer service combine to give you the best security system sales and installation experience.

Contact us today to schedule your free, on-site security assessment. We look forward to securing your world.

5 Advantages of Access Control for Fitness Centers

5 Advantages of Access Control for Fitness Centers

If you are a gym owner looking for ways to help your gym stand out from the competition, consider upgrading your client experience with access control for fitness centers. Installing access control technology specifically designed for fitness centers that integrate seamlessly with membership programs can help your gym stay ahead of the curve and remain relevant in a highly competitive industry.

Benefits of Access Control for Fitness Centers

Enhance Client Experience

Fitness centers help newbies and veterans alike get and stay in shape. And access control designed for fitness center can make their client experience as easy and seamless as possible. When clients swipe their card or use an app on their phone, the system recognizes their credentials and allows them to enter. They do not have to stop by the front desk to sign in and out unless they want to say hello or check on services. And with new advancements in access control for fitness centers, clients can keep their credentials on their smartphones. This means that clients who forget their keycard at home can still come in for their workout. Easy access to the facility makes the experience more seamless.

In addition to providing a better client experience, access control can also collect data related to client attendance, which can help fitness facility owners better understand how clients use the facility. This data can help owners improve client service and make client satisfaction a top priority.

Provide A Better Trainer and Employee Experience

Fitness center owners can also use access control systems to provide a better experience for their trainers. When it comes to scheduling, installing an access control system can allow owners to track clients utilizing this valuable perk, which will help manage employee schedules. If your trainers have access to their client profiles, they can arrange to be there when their clients need them.

Safer Environment for Clients and Employees

One of the largest benefits of installing access control for fitness centers is the increase in safety and protection for clients and employees. When clients swipe their keycard at the door, the system recognizes their ID and verifies their identity. This, in effect, keeps a log of who is in the facility at any given time.

Imagine how this knowledge will reassure clients and employees that their safety is your top concern. Especially in fitness facilities that boast 24/7 access, clients will feel more comfortable accessing the gym facilities at a time convenient to them, without fear of unauthorized or suspicious characters hanging around inside the building.

Related: The Benefits of Modern Access Control Systems

Increases in Fitness Center Usage

Another benefit of investing in access control for fitness centers is increased facility usage. When clients can quickly swipe their cards and enter the building, they will likely be more likely to come to the facility.

system links access control for fitness centers keeps clients coming backNew clients can be self-conscious about coming to the gym for the first time. The seeming anonymity of simply scanning their card or using their phone to enter can remove some of this self-consciousness and increase their desire to come regularly. And regular gym users increase facility usage and boost overall profits.

Not only does this boost profits, but access control for fitness centers allows owners to monitor when the gym is not busy. For instance, knowing that the facility is empty every night starting at 9:00 pm or that on Sundays, the first clients do not come in until 7:00 am will help fitness center owners gauge what hours they should staff the facility.

Insight for More Effective Marketing Campaigns

Access control systems can be an extremely effective marketing tool for fitness centers. How? First, gym owners can track their clients’ engagement, learn their client’s needs and wants, and tailor special offers or coupons to keep them engaged.

And as an added benefit to gym owners, turning access on and off is as straightforward as clicking a toggle on a former client or employee’s profile. If clients are delinquent in payments, denying facility access until their account is up-to-date is easy. Likewise, turning facility access off for trainers or employees no longer employed by the gym can be accomplished with the click of a mouse.

Installing Access Control for Fitness Centers is Easy with System Links

There are many benefits associated with installing access control for fitness centers. Not only do they help to make clients’ and employees’ experiences more seamless, but they can also help owners to understand their client’s needs better, manage employee schedules, and, most importantly, boost profits.

At System Links, we know that security cameras and access control can be as overwhelming as they are necessary for Colorado businesses. That is why we tailor our CCTV and access control installation services to your needs, budget, and industry.

Contact us today to schedule your free on-site consultation and quote.