With the ever-increasing need for security, there are a variety of alarm systems now on the market to suit the needs of any home or office, industrial building or construction site. They can be monitored or automated, and all offer their own strengths depending on their intended use.
Automated systems are ones that do not require you to manually rewire the controls or even go near the control panel, which is where all the alarm systems are controlled and connected. The hardware and software of these alarm systems are configured so they can automatically decide to send notice to the individual, the police, or a central monitoring site in the case of break-in, fire, or other disruption without requiring a consultation first.
Popular types of alarm systems include motion detectors, which uses infrared or ultrasonic beams that, when broken, will indicate motion nearby. Also popular are magnetic reed switches, which set up a connection at a door or window that can set off an alarm when the connection is broken unless a code is rapidly entered into a control panel to deactivate the signal.
Related to these types of alarms are acoustic sensors, which can detect breaking glass or other unusual sounds and are usually situated near windows and doors or other potential points of entry.
Homes as well as businesses are increasingly relying on alarm systems that use closed-circuit television cameras to monitor and record activity in the area. Security guards using a bank of televisions in a central location can monitor these systems. Often, however, the existence of the camera itself and its ability to record unwanted activity are counted on to provide the security needed.
If something unwanted is happening while a person is present — a robbery or break-in for example — homes and businesses can be equipped with a distress alarm system. This is a button that can be pressed to alert the authorities that is often hidden from view or placed in a number of locations for easy access.
Alarm systems that will alert the authorities and the building occupants to unhealthy amounts of smoke or carbon monoxide are typically required in local building codes. Most of the in-home variety can be easily installed by the homeowner and are battery operated.
Alarm system companies are seeing their business continue to grow as homeowners opt to leave the surveillance and protection of their home to professionals who can offer a variety of prepackaged monitoring systems. With round-the-clock live monitoring, many of these companies provide personal alerts via phone calls to the resident in the event of an alarm to further ensure their safety.
Alarm systems are as varied as are the areas that need to be secured. So those seeking the best security system for their needs should research all the options available before making any decision.