What is Alarm System Monitoring?
When an alarm system is connected to an alarm system monitoring service a signal is sent to the alarm monitoring company when a break-in, fire or other event triggers the alarm. The alarm monitoring company will then notify the police, fire brigade or other appropriate authority or person.
Why Monitor an Alarm?
Alarm system monitoring has a number of benefits.
- fast emergency response
- prompt notification to police or security guard in the event of an intruder
- prompt notification to fire brigade in the event of fire or carbon monoxide detection
- peace of mind that your family and property is protected 24/7
- reduced insurance premiums
- telephone line or wireless network connection to alarm monitoring service
How Does Alarm Monitoring Work?
When an event such as a burglary or fire is triggered by your alarm system, signals are sent via phone line or wireless network from your alarm system control panel to the alarm monitoring company. The alarm monitoring company will then quickly contact you, the police, fire brigade, ambulance or security guard, depending on the cause of the alarm and your particular monitoring plan. Types of Alarm System Monitoring
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The digital dialler is a back-to-base alarm monitoring system which uses your telephone line to send alarm events to your alarm monitoring service. When an alarm is triggered the alarm system triggers a phone call to your alarm monitoring service who will then notify police, fire brigade, ambulance or other designated contact that an event is or has occurred.
A GSM alarm system uses your personal mobile phone SIM card to notify you of an alarm activation. GSM security alarm monitoring is best suited for those who do not wish to engage the services of an alarm system monitoring service.
GPRS (General Packet Radio Service)
A GPRS alarm monitoring service uses the mobile telephone network to send communications between your alarm system control panel and your alarm monitoring service. GPRS security systems are designed for use with multiple systems on multiple sites and are flexible enough to cope with frequent access to sites over numerous and varied time frames.
IP (Internet Protocol) Monitoring
IP Monitoring allows your security alarm system to communicate via the Internet without the need for a telephone line. IP alarm system monitoring is faster, more reliable and secure and saves on phone call costs. IP alarm monitoring also allows for future advances and services to be added to your alarm monitoring.