How Your Security Systems Works

Introduction

With the help of this short summary you will learn that our security systems are extremely straightforward and easy to use.

Let’s break it down into five components: keypads, securing the perimeter, interior – second line of defence, environment monitoring, monitoring centre.

Did you know?

While most security systems are connected with a wiring system that we install, a wireless option is now available. This wireless system has all the security features of the wired system.

Keypads

We’re going to use the building diagram (of a house) to show where components are located.

All systems have at least one keypad located adjacent to the commonly used entrance (home or business). The keypad allows the occupants to enable (arm) and disable (unarm) the security system as they enter or leave the building.

An additional option is a wireless key. With this wireless device, the press of a single button will arm or disarm the security system.

Perimeter

Securing the perimeter is the first line of defence against intruders. For a security system it means sensors are installed on doors and windows easily accessible from the ground level. These sensors tell the security system when the door or window is opened or closed.

Security systems are often programmed with a time delay on the main access door – to give authorized people time to disarm the system – or to throw the intruder into a panic. The time delay can be changed – just let us know.

Interior

Protecting the interior is the second line of defence. Sensors used to protect the interior include motion detectors and glass break detectors.

The purpose of motion detectors is to indicate to a security system when a person is moving inside. Many motion detectors are “immune” to pets weighing up to 60lbs (27 Kg). If you have a pet or small child mention it to us. This immunity allows the child or pet to move freely around the building without putting the security system into alarm mode – while the security system is armed against intruders.

Environment Monitoring

You can extend the security system to monitor the environment of the building – with sensors that monitor for smoke, carbon monoxide, low temperatures, and flooding.

Smoke and carbon monoxide sensors can be connected to the security system. If the sensors are triggered due to smoke or a dangerous level of carbon monoxide, an alert signal is sent to the monitoring center and the emergency response is initiated.
Low temperature monitors are ideal when occupants are away from the premises for an extended period of time. The security system can initiate a warning that the temperature is low enough to be dangerous for uninsulated pipes (potentially leading to cracks or breaks).

Flood detectors are a great way to alert a home or business owner of a high water situation – potentially reducing the impact of a basement flood. If you have a sump pump – you know you have a potential flood problem. Combine the sump pump with a nearby flood sensor and you will be alerted when the water levels rise beyond a safe level.

Monitoring Centre

A security system is a deterrent to an intruder, but a monitored security system can initiate a response to an emergency situation. When a monitoring centre receives an alarm they will contact the home or business owner immediately by phone to verify the alarm. Depending on the response, the centre will then contact emergency responders.

A security system can communicate to a monitoring station through a telephone line, an internet connection or by GSM (similar to cell phone technology). Telephone and internet communications are usually the most common form of communication with a monitoring station. GSM communication is often used as a back-up (in the event of a telephone or internet failure) communication method.

A security system will provide you with peace of mind by protecting what you value most, your family and your home or business.