Factory Packaged Security System Kits
There are several different components that go into a single security system. The most important is the control panel. This device serves as the central hub for the rest of the system. The panel is the device that the user will most commonly use to arm or disarm their system. All sensors and other system add-ons will communicate with the panel in some way. The panel is also the device that will send outgoing alerts to the user or a central monitoring station whenever an alarm event occurs. Since a user will typically be interacting with their panel on a daily basis, it’s important to choose one that is easy to navigate and use. Alarm Grid offers both wireless and hardwired systems. We find that wireless systems are typically easier for new users to get started with. They also require fewer add-ons than hardwired systems.
The security devices that are used with an alarm panel are referred to as sensors. These devices are designed to identify when certain events take place so that they can alert the system. The system will then perform a predetermined action based on the Response Type for that zone. This could include requiring the system to be disarmed within a certain period or immediately triggering an alarm. Some common types of security sensors include door and window contacts, motion detectors and glass break detectors. Every type of security sensor will work to monitor the system in a unique way.
In addition to security sensors, there are also life-safety sensors that are commonly used with alarm systems. A life-safety sensor is a device that is designed to alert any building occupants about a possible life-threatening emergency. When a life-safety sensor activates, it will send an alert to the security system to activate an immediate alarm. Life-safety sensors include devices such as smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. These are an absolute must have for a security system, and we recommend them for every setup.
Once you have a security system, you will need to obtain a monitoring plan to oversee your system. There are two main types of monitoring plans. These are central station monitoring plans and self-monitoring plans. A central station plan will connect your system with a monitoring station that operates 24/7. When an alarm event occurs, the central station will receive an alert from the system. An operator can then request that emergency dispatch be sent out to the area immediately. This is great for users who may not always be available to request for help in an emergency situation. If a user doesn’t require central station monitoring, they can receive a self-monitoring plan instead. With this type of plan, a user will receive a text or email alert whenever an alarm event occurs on their system. The alert will let them know which sensor on their system activated so that they can respond accordingly. It will then be up to the user to contact emergency services for any help that is needed.