How Alarm Systems Work
A system control panel is installed inside your home. Wires are run to specific areas in the home to mount devices to secure doors, windows, and interior "space" that an intruder could enter.
When the system is "armed," it will send a signal to your central monitoring station if a device has been breached. For example, if a window or door was opened (breaking the field) or a motion was activiated or a glass break detecter was set off, the monitoring station receives a signal. (Click Diagram to Enlarge)
The central monitoring station will immediately contact the first number on your call list for verification. If no one answers, the monitoring service will dispatch the local authorities. If someone does answer and gives the monitoring service the wrong password, the local authorities will be dispatched.
If the signal breach is FIRE, for example, if a smoke alarm was set off, Central Station immediately contacts the Fire Department.
Central Monitoring Station
An agency that receives alarms from subscribers' security systems and requests the dispatch of fire, police, or medical authorities based on users call logs. Atronic uses a local, UL listed, 24-hour Central Monitoring Station.
Alarm System Components
Control Panel (System Controller)
The "brains" of the security system. Atronic Alarms installs the control panel in several different areas of the house to keep the intruder element guessing. The control panel receives transmissions from sensors and communicates data to the central monitoring station. The battery is located inside the control panel, which backs up the system if your power is shut down.
Door and Window Contacts
Devices inserted into windows and doorways. When the door or window is open, that contact is broken and a signal will be sent to the panel, and then onto the monitoring station.
Atronic Alarms recommends the DS820i and DS835i series motion detectors that provide immunity to false alarms caused by pets. Passive infrared and microwave processing provides excellent catch performance with freedom from false alarms.
Glass Break Detection
Also known as Audio Detectors, will be installed in rooms that have many fixed windows that can easily be accessed from the outside. If the window is broken, the shattering glass sound will set off the alarm.
The smoke detectors Atronic Alarms recommend tie into the security system and signal the Central Monitoring Station when tripped, and they, in turn, dispatch the fire department to your home. Atronic Alarms offers a fire only program to those who are interested in protecting their property from fire in a cost effecient way.
The smoke and heat detectors that tie into your security system may also possibly provide you with an additional home-owners discount. View our chart or talk to your agent to ask how much you can save.
Heat detectors measure the ambient temperature. When the temperature reaches a certain level while rate-of-rise units monitor for changes in temperature and alarm when it increases at a specific rate. Best locations for heats are areas such as attics and garages.
The Invisible Intruder
Carbon Monoxide is the leading cause of poisoning deaths in North America. Known by the chemical symbol CO, it is an odorless, colorless gas. CO can strike quickly or build up slowly. Prolonged exposures to low levels can be dangerous.
Why a Monitored CO Alarm?
With a CO alarm, that's part of your security system, your safety is monitored day and night. Your monitoring station can automatically send emergency help in the event of an unsafe condition in your home, giving you added peace of mind. Read more . . .
Water Detectors (or Water Bug)
The water detector is a device that is connected to the alarm panel and is placed in areas that are prone to water problems. The Waterbug triggers an alarm when a film of water forms a bridge between the two contacts on the device. The waterbug does not trip due to condensation and humidity.
The recommended use for waterbugs are in vacation homes, basement sump pumps, commercial buildings, offices and computer areas, greenhouses and animal buildings, and all other drain areas.
There are many different temperature sensors that can be set to detect when temperatures reach a particular point. These sensors can help prevent freezing pipes (for vacation homes or other buildings) and are also good in wine cellars, freezers and any other area you might need regulated.
Note: Recently insurance companies have started providing additional discounts if environmental sensors are installed in your home.
Home Automation: Omnistat Thermostats
Omnistat thermostats used with the HAI Omni home automation product line, offers advanced programming features that add comprehensive energy management capabilities to one or more thermostats. The HAI home control system automatically sets the thermostat's time and displays the outdoor temperature when an outdoor sensor has been set up.
Automate Garage Doors
Also available with home automation systems is the ability to add devices to your garage doors to program them for automatic open/close. You never have to worry again if you forgot to shut the garage door.
Home automation systems have the capability to automate lighting in your home. You can have lights automatically turn on and shut off at different times during the day or night. For example, you can program a motion detector to turn on the hallway light when you wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. Also perfect for people who travel to give the home a "lived in" look when they are gone.
Closed-Circuit Television. The use of cameras for surveillance. Images may be viewed on a monitor, via the internet, or digitally recorded for later viewing and submission as evidence.