How An Alarm System Works



An alarm system is a system of security, medical alert, and fire alarm sensors intended to keep a home/business secured and safe. Although the main purpose of alarm systems is to provide protection and security, they have a range of functions including intruder protection, smoke-and-heat sensor fire alarms, and medical emergency response capabilities. You could very well have an alarm specialized in all three types of potential emergencies depending on your needs. We’ll break them down below:

Different Specializations Of Alarm Systems

Intruder Response Security Systems:
Intruder-specialized systems are secured against burglary by being programmed to search for movement or entry in the house when there shouldn’t be any (through the use of door and window sensors, and motion detectors). Door and window sensors are simple; the sensor has two separate parts which work like magnets, if the magnetic connection between them is broken (by a door or window being opened), the alarm is triggered. Motion detectors are designed to catch any intruder that manages to get in the house without triggering the alarm (such as through an unsecured window). When an intruder crosses the line of sight of a motion detector they’ll then trip the alarm. Typically motion detectors are placed at trap points in the house where intruders are likely to pass. Modern motion detectors detect the movement of objects via infrared (that give off heat energy). They are designed to pick up on larger masses of heat—this is ideal as you can have pet friendly motion detectors that allow pets to remain in the house with the alarm armed. Further, this also prevents false alarms by other non-human movements such as or an ant crawling across the camera lens or a ceiling fan turning on.

Fire and Carbon Monoxide Security Systems:
One great aspect of security systems is the fire alarm technology. Unlike basic smoke detectors which only pick up on smoke, integrated smoke and heat detectors pick up on smoke as well as rapid heat change around the house. The purpose of your fire alarm is to detect fires before they even start by sensing rapid heat change in the walls where an electrical fire is starting. Further, the added benefit of having a monitored smoke and heat detector is with 24/7 monitoring, in case of an actual fire, the monitoring station can pick up on it right away, verify if there is an actual fire going on or not and if there is, to dispatch the fire department. This is particularly important if the household is asleep or away from the home. Monitored carbon monoxide detection has similar benefits in that the 24/7 monitoring can ensure the appropriate response is taken immediately in the case of an emergency. Fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are especially important for families who have kids, Pet Owners, or those who have Older Homes.

Medical Response Security Systems:
Medical response systems are particularly helpful for elderly homeowners who like to remain independent. Some parts of the house can be difficult to navigate or be dangerous for seniors without supervision – particularly the bathtub (which are typically constructed of hard porcelain and unfortunately where many accidents happen). By having a water-proof medical pendant, which can be worn around the neck or a wristband, seniors can conduct their lives with the peace of mind that, in the case of an emergency, they can press their medical pendant and receive a paramedic response. Like most newer systems, we like to verify over the speakerphone (two-way voice) from the panel first before dispatching an ambulance, in order to prevent false alarms. The monitoring station is well trained to determine if there is an actual immediate medical emergency. Because the microphone on the panel is very sensitive, the monitoring center can often hear details around the house such as running shower water running which would suggest what is going on.
Additionally, The medical pendant is handy for anyone who has a medical condition which could require immediate medical protection, and also, importantly, it frees other concerned family members to go on with their lives without being constantly worried, or frequently having to check up.
Finally, the medical response system is also good in case of any kind of medical emergency that could arise such as a child choking, or any other unforeseen incident requiring medical attention. By having a two-way voice system and pressing the medical response button right from the panel, we can begin responding to the situation right away.

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