Intrusion Detection: The Advantages of Wireless for Commercial Enterprises

How wireless intrusion detection can make jobs easier and get you access to jobs where hardwiring isn't possible

The economic advantages of wireless are clear, as in this example of a distribution center which presented numerous security challenges arising from multiple entry ways, material goods that need to be tracked and protected and other potential hazards.

A typical distribution center building is characterized by a large number of overhead doors where stock is off-loaded from either trucks or railcars and re-loaded onto freight vehicles for delivery. These facilities have very high ceilings, large open areas and millions of dollars of inventory. Given the amount of inventory that must be managed and tracked, these facilities are large by their nature, translating into multiple entry points that must be monitored. The primary focus is on monitoring against intrusion, including the access gates, the roadways to and from the building and the building itself.

The greater the number of monitored points, the larger the cost savings in implementing a wireless solution. Typical savings of $12,469 to over $51,000 per location are attainable, depending on the size of the facility and the number of monitored detection points. With labor and cable costs on the rise, these savings are likely to increase considerably over time.

Perfect for upgrades and retrofit
While most locations have an existing security and/or monitoring system in place, successful enterprises are usually performing a number of upgrades somewhere in their facilities. This continuous renewal of the underlying security system presents an excellent opportunity to examine the merits of implementing a wireless security solution.

While the number and types of burglary and intrusion detection devices can vary from example to example, the goal of each installation remains the same—to keep assets and employees safe and secure and to reduce losses from robberies and break-ins.

Wireless security has existed in commercial enterprises for decades. Early adopters started with wireless pendants and evolved their solutions over time. Business owners are finding that after they adopt the infrastructure to accommodate wireless sensors, they can easily scale the security system by adding additional monitored points to the platform, reaping greater economic benefits and boosting the system’s value overall.

About the author: Mark Jarman is the president of Inovonics. He has served in the security and wireless industry for more than two decades and can be reached at