Home alarm systems have come a long, long way since their introduction to the open market back in 1966. Technological advancements have been growing at an exponential rate since that time, with security systems keeping right up with cutting-edge advancements.
Home security systems utilize advanced technology to alert residents of emergencies in the home, which include fire and resident intrusion systems.
The main component of the entire security system is the Control Panel, where all alarm system programming and data is stored. Each programmed device in the system, whether they be the smoke alarms, motion detectors, door contacts, or other areas, are assigned a zone number. If there is a violation in any area of the home, the system will indicate which zone it came from. When armed, and an alarm signal is received by the control panel, the central monitoring system will receive a signal containing the data from the alarm.
Door contacts are the first line of defense in the system, typically installed on all doors on the home’s exterior. Magnets and transmitters are installed on each door. When the system is armed, and the door is closed, the transmitter and magnet make a connection. When that connection is broken, an alarm signal will be transmitted from that zone.
Typically installed on walls across from monitored glass doors and windows, Glassbreak Detectors listen for the sound of breaking glass, and will generate an alarm in this zone, whether the system is either armed or unarmed.
Motion Detectors are installed, typically in corners of large spaces, as a further measure of protection within the home itself. Even if intruders should somehow bypass glassbreak detectors or door contacts, the motion detectors provide yet another method of detection.
A Keyfob is available, making arming and disarming the system as simple as a one-button push. Keyfobs have programmed