Security 101 | System Component Descriptions

The following information should be considered proprietary and for your use only. To provide the type of full perimeter protection we recommend, glassbreak detectors are in each room on the first floor of all buildings.

Control Panel
This is the heart of any system. It contains the system power supply with a battery backup, the I/O circuits from the detection devices and to the horns and sirens, and the modem that transmits alarms to the monitoring station.
Keypad
These come in a standard and custom version. They both function as information and control stations for the system. The standard keypad gives more limited information, such as zone numbers. Custom keypads provide English descriptions, i.e. “Front Door” instead of “zone 1”.
Glassbreak Sensors
These devices are installed in the upper or lower part of a wall facing the windows to be protected in each room. They are flush mounted in single gang boxes electrical boxes. These devices are very stable as they require both the sound and the impact of breaking glass.
Door Contacts
These are magnetic contacts that are drilled into the door and doorframe. If the door is opened, the contact is broken, causing an alarm.
Motions Sensors
Motion Sensors are not really "motion" sensors at all. They sense changes in infrared heat signatures of the area they are viewing. An object (not necessarily a person) moving across the viewing area changes this heat signature. Because of this method of operation, these sensors are vulnerable to environmental changes that may result in false alarms.
Smoke Detectors
Everyone has smoke detectors in their houses. But, the standard ones installed by electricians do nothing to protect the house when no one is home. Our system smoke detectors are always on, whether the security system is armed or not. In a monitored system, the fire department will be dispatched while there is still time to save the house.
Heat Detectors
Same as above, except these devices only detect heat. They are used in areas where smoke detectors are not suitable. Such as attics, garages, laundry rooms, and kitchens
Sirens
These devices alert the occupants to an alarm, and are usually installed inside the building. These units are attractive and semi-flush mounted.
Wireless Arm/Disarm/Panic keyfobs
These keyfobs are small enough to attach to a key ring, and control the arming state of the system. They also contain a panic button.