Types of alarm systems
A type – Monitored alarms
These are priority alarms that are signalled to an ” Alarm Receiving Centre “ (ARC). These must be maintained and used in accordance with British Standard 4737/BS EN 50131, BS 7042 (high security systems) or BS 6799 Class VI (wire-free alarms). Police respond to these alarms with assumption that an offence is taking place.
There are various monitored alarms with different functionality.
RedCARE GSM combines a secure RedCARE landline connection with a GSM radio backup path. The secondary GSM path provides maximum protection and ensures alarm activations can continue to get through to the ARC, even if your phone line has been cut or damage.
Dualcom combines a digital communicator with a GSM communicator and if either one of the paths go down, the other takes over. Ensure high security two-way communication with an Alarm Receiving Centre.
3. Digital Communicator
Digital Communicators have one way communication to the Alarm Receiving Centre and this would be in the event an alarm is triggered. Ideal and cost effective to obtain police response.
4. Speechdialer and Text Messaging
A basic way of monitoring, if the alarm is triggered sends text messages or makes phone calls to alert them of an intrusion. One way communication and if the phone line is cut, signal cannot be sent out.
B type – Bells only or audible alarm
These systems are based on a siren being set off alerting neighbours or a passer-by to a suspected burglary. Alarm being set off is not enough for police response. Additional evidence such as a witness or sound of glass breaking is required for a police response.