Secure Your Building with Smart Access Control

Any solid building security strategy should resemble an onion. To secure the integrity of your home or business, layers upon layers of protocols, trained personnel, and future-proof technology have to form the ecosystem that constitutes your buildings’ security. The more layers you have, the better. One of the core components of this security ecosystem is Access Control, or the ability to manage who can and who cannot enter the property. 

Types of Access Control Systems

Today, quick and simple access is required in many buildings to facilitate the steady flow of traffic, employees, cleaning services, maintenance, emergency responders, or utility workers. At the same time, not every single person can access all parts of the building equally. Because different access control products are designed to satisfy different security concerns, building managers and property owners must first decide what and who they need to protect. 

Let’s take a look at some of the available access control solutions available on the market today that can help secure your building:


Proximity-based access control systems use radio frequency technology (RFID) to wirelessly open doors once they are within range of a proximity card reader.


Considered to be one of the most secure authentication systems, biometric-based access control uses a system to match human features to grant or deny access.

Smart-Card Readers 

All-in-one smart-card readers are equipped with a programmable computer chip that allows building managers to get very granular as to which access points an individual is allowed to enter. A significant benefit of using this technology is that smart cards can be integrated with other systems and different technology readers.

There is no such thing as “overdoing it” when it comes to security. American Security has implemented a wide variety of access control solutions from proximity, biometric, fingerprint, to all-in-one smart-card readers all over New York and New Jersey. Systems can range from 1 to 65,000 users, and 1 to 1,000 doors.

At American Security, we believe in keeping you, your property, and your business safe at every level. We offer advanced and customizable security options from video surveillance to fire alarms and beyond. American Security is proud to be the New York area’s top choice for multi-tiered security since 1979. Give us a call today to speak with an expert and experience the American Security difference.

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Top 3 Things Every Building Manager Should Know

If you’re a building manager, odds are you wear a lot of hats. While the job description itself is fairly straightforward, your day to day responsibilities are ever fluctuating. Not only is it your responsibility to look after the building itself, but when issues arise, you are the first point of contact for tenants and landlords alike. From conflict resolution to maintenance repairs, good building managers are able to shift focus and priorities quickly and effectively. We’ve gathered the top 3 things every building manager should know to make your difficult job just a little bit easier. 

1. Communication is Key

A huge part of a building manager’s job involves communicating with people on a daily basis. Whether it’s tenants, landlords, or other professionals, knowing how to properly communicate and interact with people is key to making your job run more smoothly. The building you manage is an integral part of your tenant’s lives. That’s where they sleep, raise their families, and sometimes even work. When something goes wrong, as the building manager you are the first point of contact for them. As such, you may often get the brunt of people’s frustration and maybe even anger when there is an urgent matter they would like fixed. It’s important to remember not to take it personally. Their frustration is most likely with the issue itself, not with you. By remaining calm, cool, and collected, you can ensure that everyone feels heard and understood while assuring them that you are on their side and will work with them to get the problem resolved in a timely and effective manner.

2. Building a Network

Things break, that’s just a fact of life. When the AC stops working or the pipes decide to leak, you may find yourself scrambling to find someone to come fix it as soon as possible. This can be tricky in and of itself, depending on the time and situation regarding the issue. By building a network of professionals you trust and have communicated with beforehand, you can help make your job easier if, and when, things go wrong. Take the time to interview and vet professionals ahead of time in a variety of different areas, from plumbers to electricians. Ask them how much notice they need, if they are willing to come out on nights, weekends, or holidays, and what their fees will be. Next time something goes wrong, you’ll know exactly who to call, how much it will cost, and what the timing will be. This is information that you can pass along to your tenants and landlord, to assure them you have it all under control.

3. Surveillance in Advance

Unfortunately, video surveillance and alarm systems are one of those things that you don’t realize you need until it’s often too late.  American Security offers an array of top-notch security systems, from fire alarms to video surveillance, burglar alarms, video intercom systems, and more. If there is one thing tenants, landlords, and building managers can agree on, it’s that security and protection are of the utmost importance.  At American Security, we are the industry experts when it comes to protecting homes and businesses in New York City and the surrounding area. We customize each plan to fit exactly what your unique building needs. By partnering with American Security, you can have peace of mind knowing that your building is safe and secure.  

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#BackUpYourVideo Protecting Residents and Yourself

Protect your tenants and investments with our Video as a Service solution.   

A simple and effective way to make sure both residents of buildings as well as owners who are subject to potential fraudulent slip-and fall claims is to ensure you always have a video backup.  American Security offers 24/7 CCTV surveillance systems which utilize color digital cameras, and state-of-the-art digital video recorders that will provide you with all the legal back-up you could need.  

What sets us apart from other security companies? 

These days many properties are equipped with surveillance cameras, but the problem lies within video storage. Specifically, where video is stored and for what duration. No one can predict exactly when they’ll need to pull their security footage and storage capacity is limited to less than 30 days.  American Security offers an innovative data storage solution that is changing the face of archiving security surveillance data. No longer will you have to worry about your video surveillance being overwritten or lost due to lack of space. Now, for as little as $8/month, you can back up your video for up to 3 years. 

Our company will visit your site, assess the situation based on what is necessary, install the equipment, monitor your properties, train building managers on how our systems operate and follow up periodically to keep your plan current and efficient. This tried and true method is what has kept our clients happy since 1979. 


Let us demonstrate how we can turn around the most challenging environments. 

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What Is a Video Doorman?

These days, everything is going virtual.

 You can’t make it to the bank? Scan your check and deposit it via the app. Are you going to miss Grandma’s birthday? FaceTime your dad and it’s like you’re there the whole time. Too lazy to shop for bananas? You get the picture…

Here at American Security, we are devoted to bringing the highest level of security technology to our customers, minus the hefty price tag. Hence, the video doorman was born.

When it comes to building security, building managers and security personnel know that human error is inevitable.  Building entrances may be compromised, costing YOU money, time, effort, and sometimes, the trust of your tenants. American Security has devised a better way for you to keep your lobby safe.

How does it work?

We’ve put a foolproof system in place to ensure you’re building is expertly monitored using top-quality software. Here is the process you can expect to experience when you opt for a video doorman system:

  1. Our team visits your site to better understand the configurations and specific needs of your lobby.
  2. We craft a customized plan determining which types of CCTV, card access door control, and intercoms are the right fit your business.
  3. Then we launch into overdrive: we install the hardware, implement the software, and get you all set up and ready to go.
  4. We consistently monitor and keep you informed on the goings-on of your building.
  5. If necessary, we train everyone on your team, as well as your residents, on how the new system works (and how they’re now safer than ever!)
  6. Follow up: we keep the lines of communication open. We’re always available to answer any questions, address any concerns, and obviously, neutralize any potential emergencies, 24/7.

Want to learn more about our safe lobby and video doorman systems? Get in touch with a member of our team to today to learn more!