Burglaries and robberies represent some of the most common crimes in the urban environment. Fortunately, experience shows that alarm systems may significantly decrease the chances of such invasions by deterring intruders and thieves from entering your home or business. Alarm systems emit a shrill noise in response to a present and immediate danger. Additional advantages of a loud alarm sound include its ability to alert neighbors and passersby, and potentially even frighten intruders from the scene. The sight of an alarm system alone may be enough to discourage would-be thieves. Highly effective and often easy to use, this electronic security solution is a popular way to provide peace of mind for homeowners and business operators.
Alarm systems emit a shrill noise in response to a present and immediate danger. Additional advantages of a loud alarm sound include its ability to alert neighbors and passersby, and potentially even frighten intruders from the scene. The sight of an alarm system alone may be enough to discourage would-be thieves. Highly effective and often easy to use, this electronic security solution is a popular way to provide peace of mind for homeowners and business operators.
All alarms use sensors connected to a control unit via hardwire or wireless link. Sensors commonly detect changes in the environment such as the opening of a window or inside motion. Types of alarm systems range from small, all-in- one noisemakers to sophisticated, multi-zoned systems with color-coded computer outputs.
The most basic alarm systems feature elements including a control panel, keypad, siren, indoor motion detector, door and window contacts, and a central monitoring station, if the system is monitored. More sophisticated features that can be added include glass break detectors, panic buttons, pressure mats under carpeting, and alarm screens for windows.
AUCAM installs alarm systems for both residential and commercial buildings in the Victoria. Our alarm systems could be connected to remote monitoring stations of your choice or one of our allies and remain fully integrated into access control, intercom and CCTV systems. We are Authorised Bosch Security Dealer so we use and recommend Bosch Security products, but some customers like to have Ness or Risco security products so we are happy to assist you on those.
Alarm Systems Normally consists of
- ALARM SENSORS
- ALARM SYSTEM CONTROL PANELS
- ALARM SYSTEM REPORTS
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Sensors are the heart of an alarm system. These sensitive devices detect rapid changes in the environment, such as a window opening or glass breaking, that indicate an intrusion or breach of security. The information is sent to the alarm system’s controller, which notifies the central monitoring station, if a client uses a monitoring service.
Alarm sensors come in a variety of types and price ranges. Some detect motion, while others sense door and window openings, and still others sense glass breaking or the pressure of a footstep on carpeting. Here are some of the most common alarm types and how they operate.
PIR (PASSIVE INFRARED) MOTION DETECTOR
Passive infared motion detector sensors are very popular because of their reliability. They detect movement within the range of the sensor and are included in nearly all alarm systems.
Based on an established technology, infrared motion detection senses changes in temperature over time using infared energy. The purpose is to detect a rapid increase in human body temperature, a likely indication of an intruder.
MICROWAVE MOTION SENSORS
Microwave motion sensors relay signals to alarm control panels when they detect motion or movement using microwave energy. The microwave energy completely fills the area of detection, and can penetrate most surfaces except metal. This limitation makes microwave motion sensors less reliable than other types. Microwave motion sensors also can detect motion behind walls, a sensitivity that may contribute to false alarms. The sensors are used effectively to control the opening and closing of automatic doors in large stores.
ULTRASONIC MOTION SENSORS
Ultrasonic motion sensors, which come in active and passive types, are among the most sensitive of alarm detection systems, and consequently come at higher cost. The active sensors emit ultrasonic sounds beyond the frequency of the human ear, while the passive sensors consist only of receivers that listen for sounds. Both are among the most comprehensive of detection systems.
SOUND DETECTORS (GLASS BREAK DETECTORS)
Sound detectors, or acoustic detectors, use acoustic signatures to recognize patterns such as breaking glass. One of the most common applications for a sound detector is the glass break detector, which can use sound analysis and/or air pressure to determine if a window is being broken. When installed properly and free of interference from other window devices such as air conditioners, glass break detectors can be an ideal way to protect against burglars entering your home or business through a window.
MAGNETIC DETECTORS (DOOR & WINDOW CONTACTS)
Magnetic detectors, a very common form of home burglar alarm sensor, are used to detect when windows and doors are opened. When a door or window opens, the magnet triggers a switch that alerts the control panel to the intrusion. Because magnetic sensors are basic, they are very reliable and used on windows and doors in many home alarm systems.
ALARM SYSTEM CONTROL PANELS
If sensors act as the heart of an alarm system, control panel act as the brains. The control panel take information from the sensors and process this into a code that alerts the central monitoring station about what part of the monitored area is being intruded. The control can connect to the central monitoring station in a few ways. Some high-end systems, such as those in government buildings and school campuses, use direct phone wires, or tamper-resistant fiber optic cable. More commonly in recent years, systems use a digital telephone dialer unit to dial the central station via the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) and raise the alarm, either with a synthesized voice or increasingly via an encoded message string that the central station decodes. This call cuts off any other active calls from the premises and takes priority. Many systems are equipped with a backup dialer capability in case the primary PSTN circuit does not function.
Increasingly, voice over IP technology is being used to drive broadband signaling for alarm reporting. Older analog systems can be migrated to broadband with the addition of an alarm server device that converts telephone signaling signals or data port traffic to IP messages suitable for broadband transmission.
ALARM SYSTEM REPORTS
AUCAM customers who opt for alarm system monitoring receive reports to notify them of the activity related to the system being monitored. Reports are delivered to their specifications, in the form, such as e-mail or text message, that is convenient for them. Some subscribers, especially business owners, find it helpful to receive news of all the comings and going related to their operation. They benefit from reports of daily activities, such as the movements surrounding the opening and closing of a store. Others only want to receive urgent notifications in the event of a security breach. A common form of report is delivered monthly by e-mail.