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(Consult the glossary at the bottom of this page to learn more about alarm system and home security)
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Glossary of Terms for Alarm systems

Access Control System: This system allows your employees to enter your premises and/or specific areas with an access card.

Battery Back-up
A battery back-up is placed in or around the control panel.  This keeps your system on line in case of an electrical failure. 

Bells/Sirens (interior and external): Visual and audible bells alert your family and neighbors of an alarm situation in your home.

Casino Security Systems: This system is computerized and sends a signal in nano seconds to the casino's in-house security and any other designated area within the casino or hotel.  This signal pin points the exact position of the origination of the signal.

Central Monitoring Center: Central station where operators are on duty 24 hour a day.  These operators respond to the burglar alarms by phone or radio, informing police.  Fire alarms are answered by our operators who dispatch the proper fire department immediately of the emergency situation.

CCTV - Closed Circuit Television: A video surveillance system (closed circuit television) that allows you to observe high risk areas and/or sensitive transactions.

Chime or Bell Mode: This programmable internal system notifies you if your system has been transgressed while the system is disarmed. This is ideal for large yards with pools.

Contacts: Concealed and visible devices that detect the opening of  protected windows and doors.  (When the system is armed, turned on).

Control Panel: This command control of the security system is placed inside a heavy steel box.  This enclosure is usually placed where it cannot be seen (usually a closet).  The control panel is the "brains" of the security system.

Elevator Phone Monitoring: Emergency phones placed in an elevator which are usualy monitored aound the clock.

Fire Protection: Can consist of services such as smoke detectors, manual pull stations,  water flow and gate valve switches (fire sprinkler systems).  These fire alarms are monitored 24/7 by the central monitoring center where the operators will in turn dispatch the proper fire department.

Glass break Sensors: These sensor devises sense or detect the special sound of breaking window glass.  When the sound is detected an alarm is sent to a 24-Hour Local Monitoring Station.  The alarm system must be armed.

Keypads : Entry keypads have illuminated push buttons for night time as well as day time operation.  The arrangement of the buttons is similar to a telephone touch pad for easier operation.  It generally offers both read-out display and LED (lighted zone indicators).

Keypad Panic Buttons: Through pressing a combination of buttons simultaneously a silent alarm will be sent to a 24-Hour Local Monitoring Station.  The two button combination is a safety feature to prevent accidental activation.

Keypad Two-Way Wireless: You can activate or deactivate the alarm system from outside of your home (approximately 75 foot range).  You can punch your secret code on this stylish and sleek, hand held keypad.  It also will alert you (audible and visually) of the status of your system.

Heat Detectors: This "Rate of Rise" system, which means the detection can determine excessive heat in your house or building.  This can be a stand alone fire system or can work in conjunction with other security systems.

Interior Sounder/Bell: An audible siren or bell will notify your family of fire or an intrusion.  There are separate signals for each.

Motion Detector: The interior motion detector will sense an intruders movement within your home or business.  A signal is sent to a 24-Hour Local Monitoring Station, where appropriate action will be taken.

Motion Detector - Pet Resistant: This detector allows cats, birds, small and medium sized dogs and other pets under 80 pounds to roam freely.

Radio Back-Up: This state of the art technology now allows to install a Radio System without telephone lines.  These radio alarms may also be added to your present system as a back-up which send signals by radio to a 24-Hour Local Monitoring Station.  These radio systems can be for burglar or fire or both.

Smoke Detectors: This system gives early detection of a fire by an audible warning.  This detector system will detect smoke, other products or combustion.  The detection in conjunction with a fire or burglar alarm system and send a signal to a 24-Hour Local Monitoring Station.  Qualified operators notify the proper fire department of your emergency.

Water Flow Detectors: This type of alarm is activated by the flow of water though a fire sprinkler system which notifies a 24-Hour Local Monitoring Station where we notify the appropriate fire department.

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