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The Importance of Window Films for Enhanced Physical Security

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The Importance of Window Films for Enhanced Physical Security

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The Importance of Window Films for Enhanced Physical Security 

Are window films necessary to safeguard your business or property - both from electronic eavesdropping and physical intruders? For the right type of business or entity, such films can be incredibly beneficial.

Contrary to what many may perceive, laminated window films are versatile products able to offer well-rounded protection for the right environment, including physical protection and protection of sensitive information. In this post, we'll further discuss the importance of laminated window films and the role they play in safeguarding your business.

Understanding the Role of Window Films in Physical Security

Window films have physical security benefits and there are several safety film varieties that work to contain glass on impact in the event of a blast, natural disaster, or active intruder situation. Such films work to help minimize costly damage and prevent injury to anyone near the windows at the time. In the event of an active intruder situation, these safety films also prevent immediate access to an area.

Benefits of Using RF Window Films for Enhanced Protection

RF (Radio Frequency) window film helps prevent sensitive data from getting into the wrong hands. All electronic devices emit some sort of infrared, radio, or electromagnetic frequency. And often, these signals extend beyond the room or building they originate in and have the potential of being intercepted by others. If any third party can pick up a frequency emitted from an electronic device (i.e., computer, phone, recorder, etc.), they could infiltrate systems and access sensitive information.

As windows are the prime source of escaping signals, RF window film works to eliminate the potential for electronic eavesdropping by providing a barrier between the source of these frequencies and others.

Applications of Window Films in Different Establishments

Window films are ideal for a variety of buildings and businesses - whether they're looking for RF protection or to enhance their physical protection. Here's a look at some of the venues that can benefit from this technology the most:

  • Government buildings
  • Military buildings
  • Laboratories
  • Banks
  • Prisons
  • Police buildings and guard booths
  • Medical offices
  • Retail stores
  • Schools and universities

Choosing the Right Window Film for Your Security Needs

Window films aren't one-size-fits-all products. In fact, there are a lot of different types to choose from. So how do you choose the right film for your building? It all depends on what you're looking for in a window film.

For example, if you're looking to enhance RF and IR protection, the SD2500 or SD2510 is designed to exceed Department of Defense requirements for RF attenuation.  As an added benefit, SD2510 is a .010 mil film designed to provide glass fragmentation control and a spall shield to offer a physical security element. However, if you don’t need to increase the level of RF protection, there are many safety films available that will give you the added physical security protection on a glass window or door.

For more information on what laminated film would work best in your building, contact Signals Defense today. Email contactus@signalsdefense.com or call (410) 902-0356.

Installation and Maintenance Tips for Window Films

Window films are installed on existing windows and can be removed if necessary.  They're also very easy to care for. Here's a look at some installation and maintenance information:

  • Apply window films either in the morning or late afternoon/early evening to avoid the hottest part of the day. Excess heat could cause the film to cure too quickly and cause streaking.
  • Make sure windows are cleaned before application. Apply the film carefully, pushing any bubbles to the edges by hand. Make sure you're pressing the film firmly in the corners.
  • Refrain from using commercial cleaners. Instead, opt for a soft, damp rag to clean. Following cleaning, dry any excess moisture with a dry rag or paper towel.
  • Window films are less porous than glass, so you likely won't have to clean it as often as a window that hasn't been treated.

Contact Signals Defense

For more information on the importance of window films and what type of film is best for your business, contact Signals Defense today. Email Contactus@signalsdefense.com or call (410) 902-0356.

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