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Modern-day VARDA® Solutions Impact Private Security

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         As technology continues to advance, portable security devices have become an increasingly important and useful tool in executive protection, domestic violence protection, and general security. For decades, portable security technology has been used by law enforcement personnel to protect people and secure property in situations where other security approaches are not possible.

In 1968, seemingly ahead of its time, the voice-activated radio dispatched alarm (VARDA®), was invented. It is a portable device that, when activated, broadcasts a tailored message directly to the dispatch channel, speeding officer response time. Although VARDA® was originally focused on law enforcement needs such as repeat break-ins, domestic violence, and theft, its concept has expanded beyond it original use to a variety of applications the private sector.

Clients of private security firms including government officials, celebrities, professional athletes, business executives and others are reported to pay anywhere between $250,000 to $1.5 million for this level of protection. With such a high-demand/high-value market for private security teams, the addition of offering a portable personal alarm solution to the totality of their security services is vital. 

Today's solutions provide multiple outputs for alerting first responders, beyond radio.

While the general concept remains the same, technological advancements in wireless sensors have allowed portable security systems to provide greater range and flexibility when securing both property and person. Today's solutions provide multiple outputs for alerting first responders beyond radio. Some systems allow the use of a Bluetooth-enabled cellphone to notify first responders via a phone call. Many portable alarms have an array of sensors beyond the usual motion detector which include pressure mats, panic buttons, tilt switches and cameras that can all trigger the alarms to notify the security provider immediately of any potential issue.

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Law Enforcement & Security personnel can use portable alarms to create secure environments through a variety of sensors such as door and window contacts, motion detectors and trip beams. The devices and sensors tend to be relatively user-friendly, so the user can avoid the complications that often accompany the set up and synching of more permanent types of systems. Further, not only are portable alarms easy to setup, but the briefcase-sized equipment, which no doubt will look familiar to former VARDA® users, is light and easy enough to deploy. It makes a perfect tool for protecting someone who travels frequently.

For example, if security personnel are responsible for securing a restricted executive hotel floor for a client, the procedure is more manageable with this portable security equipment. By setting up door/window contacts on stairwells and motion detectors on elevator bays they can be assured that they will be alerted instantly if someone comes on the floor. This level of notification enables them to be acutely prepared if a situation arises, so their task of ensuring the safety of the designated person or property is extremely well managed.

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Portable alarms are a staple in personal protection and property crime units around the country and when traveling abroad. 

Whether traveling abroad or securing a personal residence, one of the biggest challenges security personnel face is maintaining a balance of being close enough to protect an important client, while providing them with their own personal space at the same time. Portable alarms usually help balance this issue by offering wireless panic button solutions.

These panic buttons have a long enough range that clients can reach their security professional, even if they are down the hall or multiple floors apart. This allows the individual under personal protection the confidence in knowing help is only a button press away and offers them to opportunity to maintain some semblance of privacy.

Portable alarms are a staple in property crime units around the country. Using a similar approach, private sector security personnel acquire these units for loss prevention cases. Portable alarms can be used in cases of internal or external theft, where a temporary setup is required to quickly catch the offender. Particular instances where this is an invaluable resource include inventory theft, or to secure areas with ongoing machinery or building material theft. With a portable alarm, security personnel could be notified immediately and dispatch the proper response to manage the situation.

While the concept started decades ago for law enforcement, thanks to impressive technological advancements, these portable alarms have extensive applications for the private sector. Providing flexibility and versatility to a market that is always evolving, the portable alarm is a tool that can be a great resource for corporate security and executive protection.


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