It is surprising today that still many Intruder Alarm Systems are still installed as standalone systems. The major drawback with this type of alarm is that if your home or business is burgled while you are out you are not being notified of the intrusion. In fact it is widely acknowledged that an external siren/bell ringing only indicates that the particular house or business is vacant at that particular time.
There are two different types of monitored alarm systems. An alarm can be remotely monitored by a third party or you can decide to self monitor your own alarm system.
A self monitored alarm system involves you (and other persons you specify) being alerted directly on your phone should the intruder alarm activate. The remotely monitored alarm involves an Alarm Monitoring Centre protecting your home or premises 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
So how does an alarm remotely monitor premises?
In Ireland traditionally an alarm was connected to the phone line in a building via a digital communicator – this is where the name Telecom PhoneWatch, now known as PhoneWatch , originated. The major drawback with this technology from day one was that if the phone line was cut outside the building then the monitoring service did not work. With a self monitored phone line alarm you can also receive a text when your alarm activates but unfortunately eircom have announced that from June of this year they will no longer support this service.
So if you own a home, your intruder alarm should have a GSM/GPRS communicator connected to your alarm. You can have this connected to a monitoring station and the staff will notify you and specified persons should the alarm activate. If you decide to self monitor your alarm the alarm will send you a text and other nominated numbers if activated. With a GSM installed you can also check the status of your alarm on your mobile phone and set & unset the alarm. It is highly recommended to install a smoke detector as part of your alarm system hence you are immediately notified if activated. All GSM units use a sim card to communicate so if you decide to opt for a ‘ready to go’ sim card remember to top the sim up.
All businesses should have their intruder alarm monitored by a third party monitoring station. They should also have their Fire Alarm System connected to the intruder alarm so that in the event of a fire the monitoring station can contact the relevant parties immediately. Traditionally a business would have their land line as a mechanism for monitoring the alarm which is then backed up by a radio which will poll a signal to the monitoring station at regular intervals. Nowadays a commercial premises will install a GSM/GPRS communicator with their alarm and may also provide a back up to this device with a radio. The majority of Insurance companies are now insisting on commercial premises having a monitored alarm.
Whether self monitored or remotely monitored it is a major advantage to have CCTV Cameras installed at your home or business premises. Monitoring stations can now provide CCTV verification as a service and this has become quite cost effective as an add-on to your intruder alarm monitoring. CCTV verification allows the monitoring station to immediately view the CCTV Cameras if the alarm activates and they can determine if genuine alarm activation has occurred.
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