Security Systems

Not only is XMPP instrumental in helping people communicate, but it can also be used to protect people. From single installation IP cameras to entire facility security systems have been monitored and coordinated by XMPP systems. This installation type is common enough that there are extensions dedicated to control and sensor data. Security systems are by their nature modular, a series of door sensors, motion sensors, cameras and other devices can be employed to monitor a space. Because XMPP relies on a push-based system, systems can easily trigger events such as an emergency call, turn lights on, or send alert messages.

Let’s take a look at a basic perimeter security system for doors and windows. Here an easy implantation is using an open circuit detection. When doors or windows are closed, a low voltage circuit is closed allowing electricity to pass from and to the signal box. Once one of them is opened, the circuit is open and a fault is detected. A number of these circuits may be combined into zones for particular sections or rooms. As is typical of older security systems, the system needs to be disabled in order to open doors and windows, or provide enough delay for somebody coming in to disable the alarm. Now let’s improve the system by adding a Tigase XMPP server to control these devices. A relatively minor upgrade to these perimeter sensors can enable them to individually ID themselves to the control box, removing the requirement they be in a single circuit. Each sensor, now having a unique ID, can be pinged by the central server regularly to determine operating status. No longer is it possible to spoof the security system by bypassing the circuit detection. Secure encrypted traffic now takes over the security role making it impossible to spoof the system. A loss in any one of these sensors can trigger an alarm and the central box knows exactly where the breech occurred. This information can then be used to trigger cameras, recording devices to start with that location. These can even be sequenced, so that an initial alert can be sent to a phone with a live video feed rather than an automated call to emergency services. This can dramatically reduce the number of false-positives if somebody opens a door or window and forgets that alarm is armed.

A Tigase based system can handle all sorts of other devices as well. As mentioned earlier, the central server can handle camera feeds and make them available from a connected device both on and off site. Other standard security systems that can be integrated include magnetic locks, motion sensors, and seismic sensors. Tigase can even handle secure ID access, using an encrypted database to unlock locations to store valid ID codes. This flexibility also comes with an ease of scalability allowing a single server to handle thousands of connections with ease. Tigase can even provide redundancy as a clustered system, providing multiple backup systems, again both off and on site if needed, to prevent a single point of failure. Even further, because of Tigase’s low system requirements, it can be embedded in many environments where resources are at a premium. Unmatched security, flexibility, and reliability make Tigase a perfect fit for your security coordination needs.

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