January 20, 2021
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Magnetic contacts on doors and windows is the usual way to sensor these openings. Most often they are concealed and home run to the alarm control panel. Alarm screens which cover the entire window (allowing light and air) maybe used instead of window frame opening contacts. Alarm screens protect the entire window opening and detect attempted intrusion before a burglar gains entry thru a window.

Interior Motion Sensors: These products are designed to detect motion within a protected area. They are passive infrareds, photoelectric beam sets, ultrasonics, and microwave units. The best motion sensor to use to suppress false alarms, is to utilize a dual technology sensor. Passive infrared and microwave units are an example of a combined technology that can surpress false alarms from environmental conditions, yet detect an intruder. In homes that have pets, photoelectric beam sets are used to prevent accidental activations of the alarm while it is armed.

Panic Buttons: A manual alarm can be instantly activated by two means:

  1. From any keypad by pushing a single or combination of numbers.
  2. From a wireless transmitter button, used with a receiver connected to the control panel. This feature is always available and has no bearing on the status of whether the burglar alarm is armed or not. Panic alarms usually activate the bell/siren to alert others and the central station that there is an immediate personnel hazard occurring. This gets a high response from our central station over any burglar alarm dispatch.

Ambush Feature: All of our systems offer a feature to have the means to send a silent ambush signal to our central station. In the event that an operator is under duress or ambush condition to disarm the system, or has an emergency, a silent signal will be sent to our central station, which also has a high priority of response.

Supervised: Usually used on business/commercial security systems to remind employees to arm the system by a certain pre-designated time. It can also determine if employees disarm the system outside of pre-designated times. Individual codes can further be assigned so that each arming and disarming signal is logged to the individual employee or user.

Non-Supervised: Usually used for home security systems. It does not require arming or disarming times, and one code can be shared for all family members or individual codes could be assigned as well.