Allan B. Colombo

Freelance Writer

Allan Colombo is a 35-year veteran in the security and life safety markets. He is director with FireNetOnline.com and a nationally recognized trade journalist in East Canton, Ohio. Reach him at abc@alcolombo.us

Articles by Allan B. Colombo

July 2008
There's a real need for authorities to receive timely, accurate information when an alarm occurs. Police officers respond more effectively when they’re armed with the exact sensor location that causes an alarm. Knowing the location of the alarm based on information provided by the central station enables responding authorities to go directly to the correct section of the building. READ MORE
June 2008
Robbery is a serious offense commonly associated with crimes of violence by the FBI. According to the agency, there were 447,403 robberies during 2006, a 7.2 percent increase over the previous year. In terms of dollars and cents, this represents a loss of $567 million. READ MORE
June 2008
False alarms are a growing problem for local law enforcement, consuming undue time and effort. Because unwanted alarms have reached epidemic proportions for some jurisdictions, communities have set about tracking offenders and charging them a fine when the number of unwanted alarms reaches a predetermined level. READ MORE
June 2008
Biometrics is one of the fastest growing technologies in the access control industry. Advances in data processing, systems integration, biometric technology and smart card manufacturing makes identifying people much easier. These advances are taking place at break-neck speed, and it’s important that electrical contractors understand this lucrative market. READ MORE
May 2008
False alarms take up a good bit of police and fire department resources. Low-voltage specialty companies have long struggled with this issue, as local law enforcement and fire departments have decidedly cracked down on those with chronic false trips. Recently, Freetown, Mass., made a public statement regarding the false alarm ordinance it passed in 1994. READ MORE
May 2008
Reliable, dependable fire detection depends on electrical contractors (ECs) installing the correct cable. Quality is just as important as wire gauge. The internal and external characteristics of the product must fit the application. READ MORE
April 2008
According to the federal bureau of investigation, reported burglaries increased by 3.5 percent in municipalities with a population of 1 million or more during the first six months of 2007. Violent crime increased by 1.1 percent in nonmetropolitan counties and in cities with a population of 10,000 to 24,999. READ MORE
April 2008
The need to control access to buildings and internal areas within them has led to the proliferation of electronic locking systems. Their primary mission is to determine the identity of those who wish to enter through a protected door. Only those authorized to enter can unlock these electronic locks. READ MORE
April 2008
ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS (ECs) and low-voltage installation firms that want to maximize their profits can do so in a number of ways. One is to sell maintenance agreements that contain a recurring revenue component. An even better way is to offer 24/7 central station monitoring with every fire and burglar alarm system installed. READ MORE

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