During these dark times that Eskom has forced us into, all we can do is react to the power crisis and ensure that we are protected from criminals that will try and take advantage of the power outages, darkness is a tool that they can use to execute their missions.
In times of power outages, your backup battery is the heartbeat breathing life into your alarm system, but these batteries were never designed to sustain the frequency at which they are currently discharging and recharging which load shedding has brought about.
So, how much can your battery handle?
After supplying power to your system for a long period of time, it can generally take up to 24 hours for your battery to completely recharge (this time frame can vary as different units and setups have different power requirements). The issue with the current energy supply situation is that those batteries are not getting sufficient power to recharge as the power is going off up to 3 times a day. It’s taking more out of the battery than giving back. The constant starvation of power is also causing damage to the cells within the battery, and when a battery is close to failing, the alarm system will start generating multiple emergency signals as a form of “crying for help”.
These emergency signals are received by the Atlas Security Control Room and, according to the standard protocol, need to be dealt with and responded to just like any other alarm activation as the Control Room is unaware as to what will turn out to be a false alarm and what will turn out to be a real emergency. Although when these volumes of signals come flooding into the Control Room, the team does try to prioritise different signals in the effort to notice emergencies over false alarms, all signals still need to be dealt with and none will be ignored.
What can you do?
The volume of failing batteries is increasing hourly due to the extended period of load shedding already having been implemented. We suggest you consider additional backup power options to compliment your existing alarm backup battery such as larger power stores, UPS’, inverters, etc. This will increase the period your alarm system can function on backup power and will go a long way in reducing the risk of your alarm system shutting down, which will leave you completely vulnerable. It will also contribute greatly to reducing the volume of false alarms allowing the Atlas Security Armed Response to focus on real emergency situations.
Should you need a new battery, you can still take advantage of the current special of R425 per battery (including installation).
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