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June 2024 - Province of Manitoba $300 security rebate program
 
The Manitoba Provincial Government has just recently released details on the security system subsidy that was promised last fall.  They are offering reimbursement of up to $300.00 for qualifying security improvements.  If you've been considering some upgrades, now might be an ideal time to proceed.  The program also covers qualifying security equipment expenditures dating back to September 1, 2023 so you might be eligible even if you incurred qualifying expenses prior to the details being released.  Further information is available at https://www.manitoba.ca/justice/securityrebate.html
March 2024 - Telephone companies newest offerings may not work during a power outage

 

Many of the major telecommunication companies in Manitoba and across Canada have been diligently working at upgrading aging copper infrastructure and we have recently become aware that in the process of doing so, they have downgraded the telephone service they offer with one of the shortcomings being that their new telephone equipment no longer provides battery backup during a power outage.  As a result your phone line will be dead in the event of a power failure..  That can have significant implications during a power outage e.g. calls to 911 would fail and if your alarm system is monitored via that same landline, signals to the 24-hour Monitoring Centre could also be interrupted.

Since alarm systems are equipped with a backup battery, they will continue to provide protection for quite some time during a power failure, however if the communication path that it relies on to the Monitoring Centre goes down, it can leave your home or business vulnerable.

We are recommending one of two possible solutions:

1. Tower Security is able to supply & install a cellular communicator that is both powered and battery-backed-up by your alarm system.  Not only does this solve the power failure issue, it also allows you the option of cancelling your landline that can result in significant savings over time.  Another benefit is that these modern communicators can be retrofitted to many existing alarm systems, and do a great job of modernizing traditional alarm systems by providing smartphone app access thereby allowing the convenience of being able to check your system status and also arm or disarm your system remotely.  If you are interested in exploring the options specific to your alarm system, feel free to contact our office and we'd be happy to let you know your options.

2. Install an Uninterrupted Power Supply or UPS on all internet and telephone related hardware.  This will provide a limited amount of battery backup to the phone modem in the event of a power failure.

 

If you would like to know more about any of the above, please do not hesitate to call or email.

February 2024 - Tower Security Systems Inc. published in Winnipeg Free Press!

https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/life/2024/02/05/door-to-door-deliberations


 

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