I fully recommend that you connect all systems to PC that has an installed automation to control all scenarios. There are a few automations on the market where you can connect fire, access control, CCTV, burglary, perimiter protection, etc. In these type of automations you can create scenarios and trip external relays to activate remote equipment. For example: We did a project that was 65000m2. The perimeter was protected by MW/IR Dual Beams. These were connected to a PC that controlled everything. What do I mean by everything. The dome cameras automatically turned to the point of entry, trip the digital recorder and alerted the security guards. The software also controlled lighting (such as external lighting is activated at certain times), air conditioning (the system automatically activated the air conditioning when the temperatures were increasing. So the offices were cool in the morning before anybody else was at work), Access Control (where some regions were not allowed after certain times), Fire detection (linked and backed up by CCTV). The system connected the whole infrastructure reducing manpower and increasing the security. The best automation for such an application is the one made by Honeywell. But it is the most expensive alternative. The one we used was called SESAM. The only problem with SESAM is that it did not have drivers for all equipment. So we had to develop them ourselves. But in the end it turned out to be alright. Good luck.
18 years ago