Secure and automate your entire property with Torxun

Automation for your entire property is imperative

Automating your property is a crucial step in securing your home, business, or property. Automation makes it easier to concentrate on other things and reduces the time you spend worrying about the security of your property. It’s an important part of keeping your family or business safe from intruders and potential threats. Torxun offers complete security automation solutions that are designed to make life easier while ensuring maximum protection of your loved ones at all times.

Driveway Gate Solutions

No two projects or properties are the same. There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to securing your property’s access points. However, Torxun has a solution for many driveway gate scenarios.

The Torxun Quickfold™ gate system is ideal for situations where you need to open and close your gates in tight spaces. Their gate systems are versatile and customizable, so whether your project calls for stainless, aluminum, or steel, Torxun can do it all and they start with a well-engineered gate built in their California facilities to ensure the highest quality production possible. Used in over 100 different application types and environments, Quickfold™ gates systems are site adaptable and often time the only good solution for complex sites where the Quickfold™ format accommodates the complexity or look of a project.

The Model 3 vehicle gate operator can also be used in situations where frequent opening and closing of the gate is required. The Model 3 is a UL 325 Outdoor Rated Folding and Swing Gate Tower Operator. The unit is fully enclosed in a steel case, with all controls and motors encased in a single unit to reduce opportunities for vandalism and improve architectural appearance while providing a full lane opening. Its small 16” footprint ensures simple placement hidden in the fold of the building or on the fence line. The Model 3 is tested to over a million cycles to ensure durability for even the most rigorous applications.

Pedestrian Gate Automation

The Torxun AUTOPED™ pedestrian gate automation system is the ideal solution for pedestrian-accessible areas like schools and universities. It’s also perfect for residential areas, as well as commercial properties like hotels and airports. The AUTOPED™ is the first outdoor-rated automatic pedestrian gate operator of its kind and is compatible to meet ADA requirements. This unit is also ANSI A156.19 And UL325 Standard Compliant. The operator is easy to install and requires minimal maintenance, which helps your property save on costs. You can rest assured that this system will provide reliable safety, security, and easy access for years to come! Click here to learn more about how versatile the AUTOPED™ truly is.

The Architects Leading Choice

Since 1975, Torxun has provided expertly designed and engineered commercial folding gates and access control systems to businesses across the United States. Whether it’s creating a perfectly integrated tower operator that hides in the shadows of a beautifully designed building or providing the ability to automatically open a pedestrian gate on the fence line, Torxun responds with elegant, powerful, and quiet solutions to give architects and installers options for perimeter security previously unavailable. They build their automated gate systems for efficiency, functionality, reliability, and appearance, ensuring your automatic bifold gates don’t just look great but also work consistently and flawlessly. With Torxun’s automatic folding gates, controlling access to your property is easier than ever.


At Torxun, they believe in the power of automation. They know how much time and energy can be wasted doing things manually, and they want to help you save that time for more important things. Automation is not just about convenience; it’s about getting more done in less time, which means more freedom and flexibility throughout your day while also providing the best security possible. Torxun is able to offer you a full line of gate automation to fit your project’s needs no matter how customized you would like it to be.

SAS and Torxun are proudly offering a free webinar training December 7th at 10:00 am CST to show you just how versatile and customizable their AUTOPED™ Pedestrian gate operator, Quickfold™ gate system, and Model 3 vehicle gate operator are.

Please click here to save this Zoom Link and add it to your calendar! 

For more information on Torxun contact your local Southwest Automated Security branch.

How Intercom Systems Help Protect School Campuses featuring Aiphone

As the threat of mass shootings has become a frightening reality, schools and universities around the country have taken to implementing new safety protocols. From hiring armed guards to installing metal detectors, schools are working hard to ensure that students don’t face any danger on campus. Still, this is not enough – there’s always room for improvement when it comes to student safety.

In this article I’ll discuss an often-overlooked aspect of school safety: intercom systems. With so many different uses beyond just announcements, intercom systems can help protect school campuses from dangerous situations.

Security is Everyone’s Business

Security is everyone’s responsibility! All staff members must understand their role in keeping students and faculty safe by providing them with the proper training for an emergency situation. Here are some helpful tips:

Make sure all staff members know what to do in an emergency situation; whether it’s reporting an intruder or evacuating students from a classroom, giving clear instructions will help keep everyone calm during stressful times so they can focus on getting out safely together!

Everyone should be trained in how to use all available equipment on campus; whether it’s fire extinguishers near exits or sprinkler systems overhead, knowing where everything is located will save valuable time when seconds matter most! Within all of these duties, one detail can be the most useful. Communication!

An intercom system is a simple and inexpensive way to protect your school campus against intruders, fires, and other emergencies by being able to communicate. Intercoms provide an excellent means of communication across your entire property—from classrooms, offices, and cafeteria kitchens, many buildings can benefit from this reliable technology. Additionally, intercom systems can be used by school administrators or other responsible parties to contact police or other emergency responders by phone or radio.

Enhance School Safety with Campus-wide Security

Here are 12 key benefits of campus-wide security:

  • Empower your campus security team by providing tools such as cameras, mobile apps, and more
  • Communicate between hallways, common areas, student housing facilities, and exterior entrances
  • Door stations provide calling points for parents/visitors to request access
  • Add HID®, t-coil, touchless call sensors, and call boxes for greater coverage, control, and ease of use for staff, students, and visitors
  • Controlled access points at key entries add an extra barrier of safety between unauthorized visitors and students
  • Empower your security team by utilizing a mobile app to help them keep all areas secure
  • Add HID® for electronic lists and temporary badges to keep track of everyone on campus
  • Protect secondary doors, elevators, amenities, parking areas, and hard-to-patrol areas
  • Secure remote areas with wall boxes and towers in areas such as parking lots, garages, stairwells, and hallways
  • Electronic locks can operate in “fail-safe, fail-secure” mode to remain locked in an emergency
  • Connect multiple buildings in a campus or district with centralized security services
  • Monitor any area where a door station or integrated camera is located

Intercom and Access Control systems are key to protecting school campuses

Intercom and Access Control systems are key to protecting school campuses. These systems allow communication between locations within a building and can be used to connect to the outside world, monitor who is coming into and going out of buildings, control access to restricted areas by using touchscreen monitors, keypads, or operate doors remotely via WiFi. Some systems also feature a “panic button” that will automatically alert emergency responders if pressed during an active shooter situation so they can respond quickly without having to wait for someone else (or worse yet—no one) to call 911!

Make Your Campus Safe, Secure, and Smart with Aiphone’s Integrated Security Solutions

Celebrating over 50 years in North America, Aiphone continues to be the most reliable brand of security communication systems. Their award-winning security systems provide audio and video communication between locations at specific points within a building, across a campus, or throughout an entire district. With reliable intercom systems from Aiphone, you can ensure that your school is safe and secure.

Aiphone provides several options for campus intercom systems to meet your needs. For multiple buildings and dormitories, consider the IXG Commercial Series which combines the power of the IX Series and IXG Series to create an enterprise-level solution with unlimited station capacity.

Mix and match IX Series and IXG Series components for the ultimate hybrid solution. Many solutions are available with certified Technology Partners and Integration Solutions to network with existing VMS, PBX, and access control systems.

IXG Commercial Series-IP Video Intercom with Mobile App


Intercom and Access Control systems are key to protecting school campuses. Aiphone school intercoms provide a simple and effective solution that can be installed with little disruption to the campus. It’s also important to note that there are many different types of Intercom Systems so make sure you know what type before ordering! If you have any other questions about securing a school campus or would like some guidance on which type would be best for your needs, please contact your local Southwest Automated Security branch today!

The importance of installing quality pool gate hardware featuring D&D Technologies

One of the most important aspects of any pool gate is its hardware. If a gate doesn’t have the right hardware it can’t operate at its full capacity, and it could turn into a potential liability. That’s why it’s so vital to make sure that you’re using high-quality hardware that will help your pool area be as safe as possible. D&D Technologies manufactures some of the best hardware in the world so that they can help keep your family safe from tragedy for years to come.

Drownings are a serious risk

Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children of all ages. The statistics are staggering: each year, over 260,000 children under the age of 18 are treated in hospital emergency rooms for drowning injuries. According to the CDC, drowning is responsible for more deaths than any other cause among children aged 1-4 years and is the second leading cause of unintentional death of children ages 5-14! Every year in the United States there is an estimated 11 drownings per day with another 22 non-fatal drownings.

The risk factors vary based on age group and include supervision issues, lack of safety measures around water sources such as pools or ponds, or lack of swimming skills among children who begin learning to swim later in life (usually after they’ve turned 7).

Fences are required around all pools

In the US, the law varies by state, but a fence around an outdoor swimming pool is required and must be at least 4ft in height, with some states requiring them to be a minimum of 5ft tall. However, this isn’t enough to ensure safety and prevent legal ramifications: the fence and gate must also be in good condition, well maintained, and be able to prevent access by children. By installing quality hardware such as D&D Technologies MagnaLatch® and TruClose® hinges, you can have peace of mind knowing that your loved ones are safe as they enjoy their time outdoors.

The MagnaLatch® child safety device has revolutionized child safety around swimming pools and hot tubs. This innovative latch allows for easy opening when adults need it but locks automatically when closed so infants cannot open them without adult supervision or assistance.

Child safety gate hinges that are reliable and rust-free are what D&D became famous for. TruClose® Safety Hinges set new standards for self-closing child, swimming pool, and pet safety gates. Their polymer gate hinges never rust, bind, sag or stain!

While a locking gate latch and self-closing hinge can prevent children from entering unsupervised, it also prevents adults who are not familiar with your pool from accidentally falling into it while they’re trying to access something else such as their phone, or if they’ve had too much to drink. If you want to keep EVERYONE safe around the pool and ensure that they don’t try to swim without proper supervision, you should strongly consider going with D&D’s MagnaLatch® and TruClose® gate hardware!

D&D Technologies provides hardware to make sure that your pool is safe for everyone

Who is D&D, and what are they all about? D&D Technologies is a leading supplier of gate hardware, with a comprehensive range of products from safety latches to self-closing hinges. Their products are Australian-made and are used by businesses and homeowners around the world. Since their founding in 1985, D&D Technologies has understood that your child’s safety is paramount when it comes to swimming pools. That’s why they’ve developed their own award-winning unique technology to ensure that your child can enjoy the water without putting themselves at risk by accessing the pool area or entering in through an improperly installed gate. Below are some of their featured hardware devices to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones:



Though it’s not the only factor, quality pool gate hardware can go a long way in preventing your children from drowning in the water. D&D Technologies is committed to saving lives by providing high-quality pool safety products for families around the globe. For over 28 years, millions of D&D’s MagnaLatches have been installed on gates around the world, assisting in saving countless children’s lives and making generations of families safer.
Their strength and reliability make this combination of pool gate hardware the perfect choice where child safety is paramount!

To learn more about pool safety measures and D&D Technologies products, contact your local Southwest Automated Security branch today!

The 5 W’s of Access Control

Access control is a great security option for any business. It’s one of the best ways to keep your property safe, prevent theft and protect your employees. However, there are so many access control options out there that it can be hard to choose which one is right for you. In this article we’ll cover the 5 W’s of access control that will help determine the best option for your situation:


Who needs access?

This is perhaps the most important question to answer. Who will be using your access control system, and do they need it? These are not easy questions to answer, but they’re essential to understanding which access control system will work best for you. For example, if only one person in your organization needs an ID badge, then a card-based system may be overkill. In that case, a simple keypad would be more practical than an expensive access control panel with full biometrics and facial recognition capabilities.

It’s also important for you to understand who shouldn’t have access—or at least how hard it should be for them to gain access if necessary. Do any of your employees have previous criminal convictions that disqualify them from working around hazardous materials?


What needs to be protected?

Access Control is what grants you permission or restriction to properties, rooms, buildings, and resources. The two categories are mechanical and electronic. Mechanical access is traditionally keyed entry. Keys aren’t going away anytime soon, but who wants to carry keys everywhere they go? Electronic access is as simple as a gate operator “clicker” and as advanced as multidoor, limited access, maximum security, all managed from the cloud. The use of access control can help protect the new college student on their own for the first time or even limit the number of people in a sterile room. Users are assigned identities or credentials with defined limits on what they are allowed to access.


When does it need to be protected?

Ask yourself this question: “When do I need to know who is coming and going?” When do you need to know who is entering or leaving the building, specifically? For example, if your business uses security guards at the front door and they can be easily identified by their uniform, then an access control system may not be necessary. However, if your building has multiple exits or entrances that are often left unlocked after business hours and it’s common for people to enter without checking in with anyone first, then an access control system would help manage this risk.


Where do you want to control access?

The first step in an effective security strategy is knowing what assets are valuable and why. Your organization’s data, devices, systems, and people have personal value to the business. How high should your security be for these assets? The answer depends on how well protected they are by default. If something isn’t protected well enough to begin with, then it won’t matter if you increase your defenses after the fact—your attacker will just bypass them anyway! So always start by mapping out where it makes sense for you to control access with a more restrictive policy.


Why is it important to secure and protect?

Access control is a great security option for any business. It’s easy to implement and maintain, and it’s cost-effective, flexible, scalable, and customizable.

Access control solutions can be used to secure entrances and exits of a building by using electronic devices such as magnetic cards or biometrics. They can be used to monitor employee activity by providing real-time information about who entered/exited the building at what time in addition to controlling building access rights based on employee IDs or visitor IDs. Finally, they are a great option to protect your employees from harm. The more secure your building is, the safer your employees will feel while there. This means they can be more productive because they don’t have to worry about any immediate threats.


Access control is a great security option for any business. It can be used to restrict access to sensitive areas, keep an eye on who enters and exits your building, and ensure that people aren’t stealing from you. Here are a few access control systems that we have been impressed with lately:

Security Brands Ascent M-7
Cellgate Watchman WXL
Kantech KT-300

If you are looking for the right access control for your business, contact your local SAS branch today and we can connect you with one of our many trusted dealer partners that would love to assist you with all of your security needs!

Is the Security Industry recession-proof?

The security industry has been booming over the last few years due to many reasons. First of all, there has been an increase in the electronics market which has resulted in more companies purchasing security products and services. Secondly, there is an upsurge of mobile applications where people can access their homes remotely using apps such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home. This means that people are becoming more aware about securing their homes digitally as well as physically and are making use of technology for their benefit instead of harm (Hackers).

In the last twenty years, there has been a huge transformation in the security industry.

In the last twenty years, there has been a huge transformation in the security industry. We can see this from the growth of electronic solutions to combat crime and terrorism, as well as the introduction of new technologies like drones and facial recognition systems. This trend is expected to continue over the next five years as many big companies are investing heavily in these types of solutions because they see them as being effective at preventing crime and saving lives.

The security industry has been growing steadily at 3% Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) since 1997 with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. In fact, it’s estimated that in 2022, over 1 trillion dollars will be spent on global physical security alone! This makes it one of the fastest-growing industries out there!

The security industry is doing extremely well right now because of the rise of electronic solutions.

The security industry is doing extremely well right now because of the rise of electronic solutions. When it comes to physical security, there are many factors that can affect it. For example, if your building has been burglarized and someone steals all your equipment, you will be forced to replace it from scratch. However, with electronic solutions, this process can be simplified because most providers offer cloud storage that allows customers to access their data from anywhere in the world. Another thing that makes these services so popular today is their affordability compared with traditional options like vaults or safes.

The full recovery of GDP around 2022 will keep security companies on a high trajectory for the next decade.

The security industry is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.6% between 2022-2030 and is recession-proof, so there should be no problem in getting enough new jobs or opportunities in this field. What this means is that we can see the annual average rate of revenue growth between two given years and it’s on the rise!

Fence has a 5.5% CAGR from 2022-2030. The overwhelming demand for fencing is due to industrial and residential construction nationwide. Product innovation also helps. New tools and installation products fill a need for the installer, allowing them to provide the best service for the consumer.

Gate operators have a 4.6% CAGR from 2022-2028. The pandemic created an upward-trending need for gate operators worldwide, and the supply chain disruptions did not slow the industry down. There remain solutions for the average homeowner to high-end industrial infrastructure.

Access control’s 9% CAGR is forecasted through 2030. The pandemics need to remain contactless has driven this industry. Temperature-controlled entry systems, cellular technology advances, and rising crime rates motivate the market.

CCTV (closed circuit television) will have 13.1% CAGR by 2030. Advanced analytics such as line crossing and facial recognition mixed with affordable options, makes this industry highly desirable. Whether you need a simple analog system or a highly scalable IP option with all the bells and whistles, just know CCTV will be around for a long time.


Is the security industry recession-proof? The answer is proving to be yes. The security industry is a booming sector, and it’s only going to get better. One thing we all learned when the Pandemic hit is that we are in an almost recession-proof industry. Fences still had to go up, gate operators still needed to open and close, access control systems still needed to keep people out and CCTV still needed to be monitored and recorded. All of these factors mean the Security industry is a great place to be working for years to come!


* All statistics were sourced by Market Research Future on Global News Wire

Access control for an ever-changing world of technology featuring Security Brands

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Who isn’t excited about the future of technology? Everything is getting smarter, from our homes to our cars. We’re living in an exciting time where we can access information on demand and connect with anyone, anywhere in the world. But this new reality also comes with a host of challenges. How do you protect your family from threats? How do you keep track of everyone coming in and going out of your property? And how do you stay updated in real-time on everything happening on site? The good news is that there are ways to address these issues—including making sure your home has a cellular-based access control system featuring the SecurePass proximity reader from Security Brands Inc. In this article, we will share how this technology can give you the peace of mind you need to know your family and property are safe and secure, no matter where you are in the world.

Cellular technology is the future of remote access control. Cellular-based security systems are the perfect solution for homes that need to secure their premises but lack landline service or wish to establish remote access points in areas that aren’t currently serviced by a landline provider. Cellular allows you to add more users and access points because it offers faster response times and more bandwidth than previous generations of cellular connectivity (3G/4G). With this type of equipment, you can manage your access control system from anywhere on earth at any time with faster response times as well!

Cloud-based access control management

Cloud-based access control management allows you to remotely manage and monitor your access control system using a centralized, web-based portal. The cloud-based deployment also allows for easy scalability, so you can easily add users and doors.

Access control systems are backed by cellular technology, which means no more worrying about signal interference from other wireless devices. Additionally, because there’s no need for Wi-Fi or Ethernet connectivity to the networked access control panel, it’s easy to install in areas where these services may not be available (like remote or offsite locations).

Keypads and card readers that use the latest cellular technology are backed by a powerful network of more than 100 million cell sites across the United States. This network allows for maximum coverage in all areas where your business operates on a daily basis. The reliability of this connection ensures that your customers can gain access when they need it so they can get in or out quickly when they visit your location or stop at one of your retail stores or service centers — no matter where you are located!

High-definition Ascent Camera for still photos

Security Brands Ascent family of access control, with its high-definition camera, allows you to capture still photos of the premises and visitors. This makes it a great tool for capturing people who may wish to damage or steal from your property. The device is also useful for monitoring invitees—it can be used in tandem with Security Brands’ Summit Control App when setting up an account, allowing you to check in on guests as they arrive at your home. You can also schedule maintenance crews to have access on certain days of the week, such as a lawn crew. The Ascent will grant them access during this time period while also documenting when they arrive and when they leave. This feature is available for both iOS and Android devices!

Photo push notifications

It is important to be aware of your premises at all times. Photo push notifications are a great way to keep track of who enters and goes out of your premises. You’ll get a photo push notification when the camera takes a photo, and you can also set it up so that you receive notification when someone enters or exits the property. This helps you determine if there was an intruder or if someone just forgot their key as well as aids in security for your home, making sure nothing gets stolen or damaged by accident.

Up to 10,000 app, text, and voice users

You can add up to 10,000 app, text, and voice users with the Ascent family of products. These versatile devices are backed by cellular technology that allows you to connect them in a number of different locations. Control up to two access points from one location! With Ascent keypads, card readers, and telephone entry from Security Brands, you have the ability to grant access via app, text message, or phone call from anywhere in the world. With this technology at your fingertips—and at an affordable price point—you can ensure your home has 24/7 access no matter where you are.

SecurePass™ proximity card reader from Security Brands Inc.

Your business or neighborhood may already have an existing access control system, but it might just need a little extra something to make it more secure and easily accessible. The SecurePass proximity card reader, which is used by thousands of businesses in a variety of industries, is the perfect addition to any existing system. The SecurePass proximity card reader is a reliable and secure option for access control applications and works with existing access control systems. It’s easy to install, so you can get started quickly—and you don’t need to worry about ongoing maintenance costs. The SecurePass Proximity card reader utilizes the industry standard 26-bit Weigand protocol and reads SecurePass, HID®, and HID-compatiblecards and fobs. Its simplistic design means there’s no guessing if access is granted. Remember, green means go, that’s all there is to know. The SecurePass Prox reader is tough and durable. Its polycarbonate construction, potted circuitry, and tamper-resistant cover allow this card reader to stand up to the elements. To top it off, these readers and cards are in stock and ready to be purchased today, so there are no waiting months before your property can become secured and safe for you and your family!

* Spec sheet for the SecurePass proximity card reader


In a constantly changing world of technology, it’s important to have access control solutions that keep pace with your needs. We believe that Security Brands Cellular Access Control and SecurePass Prox readers line of products will help you stay ahead of the curve and be ready for anything. If you have any questions about Security Brands’ extensive family of products, please contact your local Southwest automated Security branch today. We would love to hear from you!

SAS and Security Brands are proudly offering a free webinar training November 23rd at 10:00AM Central to show you just how versatile their cellular access control systems and Securepass Prox readers are.

Please click here to save this Zoom Link and add it to your calendar! There will be special offers for everyone who attends this webinar, so make sure you sign up before spots run out!

For more information on Security Brands visit their website or contact your local Southwest Automated Security branch.

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