How Much Does a Commercial Security System Cost?

A commercial security system is made up of many different hardware components and technologies. All these things integrated together correctly should create an operational turnkey system, for monitoring and securing your premises.

There are many factors and variables to consider when trying to price and build a security system, such as component types, design and installation costs, and cost of components.

Let us break down some of the integrated components, and other things to consider that may contribute to the total cost of a commercial security system.

Knowing What Security Equipment You Need

Intrusion Detection System (Perimeter)

Intrusion Detection System component examples:

  • Motion sensors
  • Glass break sensors
  • Switch contacts – for entry/exit doors, perimeter doors, rollup doors, security gates
  • Switch contacts – for sliding windows
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Perimeter ground sensors
  • Loudspeakers or Horns
  • Master control panels and auxiliary panels
  • Keypads (to monitor and control system)

The cost of these components can range from $30-$150 for contact sensors.  A control panel can range anywhere from $300-$1500. Cost greatly varies from manufacturer, and features they provide.

Other things to consider for your Intrusion Detection System is a Battery Backup System or (UPS) to keep your system up and running during power outages.  This will add another important layer of protection to your (IDS).

Surveillance System

Surveillance System component examples:

  • Fixed Cameras
  • Multi-Sensor Cameras
  • Pan-Tilt-Zoom Cameras
  • Thermal Cameras
  • Network Switches
  • PoE Network Switches
  • Recording Servers
  • Operator Workstations
  • Video Management Software (VMS)
  • UPS battery backup systems (UPS)

The cost of cameras can range from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars each.  Knowing what features and requirement you may have for your site, will impact camera options and cost.

Viewing and recording your cameras can be done through recording servers and operator workstations, with your choice of Video Management Software.  Budget anywhere from $1,500-$20,000 depending on your needs.  There are also cloud based viewing/recording application platforms, that charge monthly fees for each camera connection to the cloud for video viewing and recording storage.

Other factors that greatly impact the cost of your Surveillance System will be the number of cameras, types of cameras and features, how many days of recorded video that needs to be stored on or off site, and how many operators or users need to access the system.  System design, installation, cabling, and integration with other existing technologies, will all impact cost as well.

Access Control Hardware

Access Control Hardware component examples:

  • Door card/fob readers
  • Mechanical locking door strikes
  • Magnetic locks
  • Entry/Exit motion detectors
  • Biometric face and palm scanners
  • License plate readers
  • Master control panels and auxiliary panels
  • Power Supplies
  • UPS battery backup systems

Typically, door readers are priced between $75 and $300 dollars.  Locking hardware can range from $200-$1000 dollars.  Master control panels and auxiliary panels can range from the $1,500 to $5,500 dollar range.  Costs of components will vary from each manufacturer.  Depending on   the costs associated with hardware choices, pricing your access control system is largely impacted by how many doors you have, types of doors you are securing, and what kind of design/integration needs your facility may have.

Environmental Monitoring

A Commercial Security System can be utilized for Environmental Monitoring.  Having the capability to do this will allow you to protect people, monitor expensive equipment, and any critical facility processes.  From monitoring water drainage pumps, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and operating temperatures of machinery, programmable alerts can be sent to the appropriate personnel through these technologies.

The costs of integrating monitored devices varies.  Some devices have such capabilities built in from the manufacturer, so will only require connecting a few wires or enabling simple software settings.  Other devices may require a more creative solution to achieve the desired monitored outcome.

Contact AES Systems for Your Commercial Security Needs

Pricing and designing a commercial grade security system can be a massive undertaking.  Working with a qualified and experienced Security Systems Integrator will help alleviate much of the stress by answering those crucial questions.

At AES Systems we can provide you with over 40 years of experience designing, building, installing, and maintaining commercial security systems. Contact us today.