Wireless Home Security Alarm System
Alarm system companies using varying degrees of a wireless alarm system or automated security alarm system are all trying to keep up with the latest technological advances in the products.
In general, a basic system comes with a control panel which is attached to sensors via wires or a wireless connection. These are all designed to detect the motion of an intruder and set off an alarm when unwanted movement is detected. Often, these can be DIY (do it yourself) systems installed by the homeowner.
More advanced systems use infrared technology to detect motion, detect smoke and carbon monoxide and are designed to relay an alarm to a central, 24/7 monitoring system. The central monitoring area would then alert the appropriate police, fire or emergency personnel.
Regardless of the price and the technology level, you can customize alarm system parts and components for your particular home needs:
The control panel is the heartbeat of your home security system. All of the operations critical to a properly functioning alarm are centralized in this panel. In fact, you will not be able to access this panel if you have the system professionally installed. That will be up to your security technician.
A keypad is the system component you will be accessing with an automated security alarm system. This device, which is usually placed close to the main home entrance to make for easy access, works by entering pass codes. For example, you will enter certain numbers/letters to turn the alarm on and off or activate it automatically.
Handheld or telephone remotes will act as the keypad with the advantage of being able to activate the alarm functions by accessing the remote device or using a telephone keypad.
Noise will be made when an unauthorized motion is detected. This will usually be an alarm sounding. It is loud and attention getting. The purpose is to scare off the intruders.
To sense movement, motion detectors are used. These devices work with either wires or infrared cameras to detect intruders. A "normal room mode" is used to set the sensor. Then, when a sudden movement or temperature change occurs (depending on the sophistication of the system), an alarm will sound.
Glass sensors can also be a part of the system. These alert you whenever door or window glass is disturbed.
Video monitoring can also be installed. Cameras are set up to monitor entry points. A tape records everything that occurs at those points. Usually, the tape retains activity for a certain period of time and is then erased over to be reused.
A central monitoring system, which consists of a centralized location that monitors your alarm, acts to notify the proper personnel to respond to any intrusion or other emergency situation detected at your home.
You can read alarm system reviews on ADT and several others including many DIY systems on the internet. When deciding on which one to buy, ask how all their components work and how they can best integrate into your household patterns.
In addition to intruder detection, a truly complete home alarm system has devices that also help detect smoke, fire and carbon monoxide.