Selecting a Burglar Alarm Company

Crime can hardly be predicted. It can happen anytime, anywhere. And we can never be sure that we are out of harm’s way – not even in our own homes.

Alarm systems are one of the protective mechanisms being used against crime, particularly burglary. Today, safety alarms are manufactured in electronic forms. Samples of these include easy-to-install door sensors, portable vehicle protection devices, and sophisticated wireless home security systems.

If you want to avail of professional services with your home alarm system, you can hire a burglar alarm company. Using special computers and phone lines, as well as competent staff, alarm system companies look after the security system of homes and commercial businesses. They also coordinate with the appropriate authorities in case of security emergencies. Of course, their service comes with a monthly charge. The experience and quality of service should also be measured if hiring a burglar alarm company is being considered. That is why, it is important that you should make some research before selecting one.

Choosing the most fitting burglar alarm company should not be a tedious job if you know the proper procedures. Below are some useful guidelines you can tag on while considering hiring such companies.

Running an Initial Examination

* Call the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association. Request for a copy of the registered member companies in your locality.

* You can also ask from them copies of brochures or magazines that provide information about home security. Read them so you can get acquainted with the basics of home protection and the terminologies employed by the industry.

* Solicit referrals from your neighbors, relatives, friends, and insurance agents.

* Call the companies suggested by your neighbors, relatives, and insurance agents, as well as those listed by the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association. Make sure that they are duly licensed and recognized by the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association. Moreover, inquire if they take part in the Installation Quality Certification Program.

* Reduce your selections to approximately five companies or less.

* Arrange for a meeting with the representative of the companies. Schedule the appointment in an occasion when all the members of the family can attend. This is to be sure that all of them will know what the representatives have to offer about their systems.

What to inquire to the representative

* During the appointment, ask the agent the following questions:

o For how long has the company been running? This will give you an idea of the experience of the company in the industry.

o Is the monitoring station operating 24 hours in a day? Is the customer service line accessible 24 hours a day, as well?

o Is the monitoring centers’ power supply well backed-up? You should be assured that in cases of power interruptions, your home must still be under continuous monitoring.

o Has the company undergone proper training programs? Are the staffs of the company equipped with the required skills needed for the installation or operation of employed equipment? Are they trained in troubleshooting or repairing the system, as well?

o Ask the representative to make an inspection of your area. In addition, you can also insist that he write recommendations with supportive explanations.

You can make your personal assessment of the company through your interview with its representative. If he has provided you with honest and appropriate answers, it is a sign that you can have a good deal.

The Meeting Planner’s Online Advantage: 8 Surefire Ways To Attract

The Meeting Planner’s Online Advantage: 8 Surefire Ways To Attract 20% More Attendees

8 Ways an automated system makes it easier for attendees, giving you MORE REGISTRATIONS:

1. Provide 24 hour, anywhere access.
Give prospective registrants anytime/anywhere access to your event information so that they can easily find, refer back to, and recommend your event to others. An automated system increases the ease of access, enhancing the chances of people making a decision to attend your event.

2. Auto-fill information and steer attendees to your goal.
Make it easier for registrants to say yes by auto-filling their registration form and auto-selecting their registration type options (member, non-member, sponsor, etc.) Some automated systems allow your form to pre-populate known contact information into a prospective attendee’s registration form and then steer them down the proper registration path based on their registration type.. It’s less confusing for them and you get correct data the first time.

3. Provide payment solutions.
More payment options equals more registrants. Each person typically has a preferred mode of payment that, if not offered, will cause them to hesitate or not enroll at all. Make sure you offer ALL five of the major credit cards (Visa, Master Card, Amex, Diners & Discover), as well as checks, echecks, and PayPal. A good online registration system enables you to easily offer and accept all of these payment options, in real-time, with automatic processing.

4. Implement one-stop shopping.
One of the biggest reasons people dont register immediately for events is because they want to first check into travel arrangements. Using an online system to offer hotel booking options and flight arrangements in your online registration, means you will convince more people to register right away, minimizing the potential to forget about your event.

5. Present more details.
In your online registration, give your registrants as much detail on your event as possible. Provide links to venue maps, further venue details, detailed agendas and speaker bios. It is easy to automatically generate an “Event Details” web page that makes it easy to provide extra details that people need during their registration process.

6. Send instant confirmations
Give your registrants warm-fuzzies by instantly confirming that their registration is complete. Increase your conversion rates by offering an extra e-freebie that you can include in your confirmation email along with their receipt/invoice and other event materials. The immediate follow-up that an automated confirmation email provides will increase your attendees confidence in referring others to attend your event.

7. Notify registrants of incomplete forms.
50% of potential registrants start, but do not complete their registrations. Send them an automated email letting them know that your event is well worth attending along with a link back to your registration form. Give them five more reasons to attend or an extra incentive to complete their registration. There is only one system that currently offers this capability.

8. Provide a self-service option.
Automated services enable users to make changes to their registrations online… versus having to call or email the event organizer. Give the attendee more control and reduce staff time in managing these changes. By promoting this option to registrants, more people will register because they wont feel locked into their registration preferences.

A fully-automated online registration system is specifically designed to make it easier for you and your registrants… attracting 20% more attendees in the process.

Securely Connecting Health Care Communities

The health care industry is using evolving technologies to improve the practice of medicine and lower costs. One example is electronic health records, which are helping to save lives and reduce costs as more of the nation’s hospitals and medical centers adopt such systems.

Electronic health records enable providers to avoid the duplication of exams and procedures, shortening the time it takes for patients to get the treatment they need. Having access to complete patient information at the point of care also helps to improve patient safety, optimize clinical workflow, increase efficiency, and reduce administrative burdens such as faxes and phone calls to exchange patient information. Medical information networks are providing secure access to this information.

Three nationally recognized leaders in health information technology recently teamed up to create a multistate health information network known as The NorthWest Health Information Network. Northwest Physicians Network (NPN) of Tacoma and St. Luke’s Health System of Boise, supported by Siemens Medical Solutions, collaborated on this regional approach to bettering patient care and eliminating waste.

“Patient care requires the right information at the right time at the right place,” said Rick Mac-Cornack, Ph.D., director of Quality Improvement at NPN. “Right now, if a patient is in the emergency room with chest pains, that ER needs to get faxes, printouts and old charts from each of the patient’s health providers before proper care can be delivered.”

Through the network, the patient’s history and clinical information are immediately accessible online to both patient and provider-whether the ER is in Tacoma or Boise or whatever other communities will soon be connected to the system.

“While technology has progressed significantly, the challenge is still the same: connect ‘Main Street’ physicians–who represent 80 percent of the nation’s medical care providers–to information when and where it is needed,” said MacCornack.

What took place in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina is an example of how frail paper records can be. Floodwaters rendered many patients’ medical histories unavailable and unreadable. With secure, electronic records, this would not pose a problem.

It is estimated that if 90 percent of doctors and hospitals successfully adopt health care IT and use it effectively, it could net savings of $77 billion annually.

Health care information technology solutions such as Siemens Soarian Community Access encourage secure information sharing. As these networks adopt standardized ways of sharing data, community-based regional health information organizations will become the base for a nationwide system.

Health care information technology has the ability to transform the way people regard their health and the way they participate in the health care system.