Not that many years ago, security systems were rudimentary. They were mostly in use in commercial environments. If a home did have one installed, it was likely just hardwired magnet sensors on the first level windows and doors. The computer age has brought microprocessors and wireless technology that is now in use in practically every industry, including alarm systems. Low-power consumption wireless technology has made it possible to manufacture alarm sensors that do not have to be connected to cables, and the batteries in the sensors last for years before needing to be replaced.
Just a few years ago installing something as simple as a motion detector in a home required cutting into the walls, floors and ceilings to hide the cable. A small home may have an alarm system that has more than a dozen different sensors, including smoke and carbon monoxide protection. Running cables to each one is labor intensive. Modern digital security systems are made up of all wireless sensors from the door and window sensors to the combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
A central alarm panel is plugged into household current and has a battery backup. It is also connected to the home’s telephone line. The telephone service can be VOIP and not a landline from the phone company. Many new alarm systems are connected to a built-in cellular communication device. The phone connection allows for 24 hour remote monitoring of the alarm system and sensors.
Perimeter and motion detection are active when the system is armed. Smoke and carbon monoxide detection is continuous around the clock. Early warning provides a lifesaving advantage if a home is breached by an intruder. There is peace of mind knowing that the intrusion will be reported to the monitoring agency so the authorities can be dispatched. However, unlike conventional smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, the ones connected to a monitored home alarm system also report alarm conditions back to the monitoring agency, regardless if the system is armed or not.
A fire in the middle of the night or when no one is home is instantly reported. Carbon monoxide can render occupants unconscious in minutes, and it is immediately reported when detected. This feature alone makes having an alarm system at home of critical value. Many homes today have pets that are left alone while their owners are at work or school. Immediate reporting to an alarm monitoring agency of a fire or carbon monoxide could save their lives.
Another advantage of today’s home alarm systems is cost. The computer age has also greatly reduced manufacturing costs for components, and the wireless design requires much less time for installation, further reducing costs. An additional added benefit is that families can get basic systems installed today that protects the main doors, first floor windows, and provides at least one smoke and carbon monoxide combination sensor. Sensors can then be added as needed later on.
With introductory offers and monitoring agreements, home alarm systems are affordable to most families. Families needing extra protection, including interior and exterior surveillance cameras and nanny cams, can have them added to the system at any time. These cameras are also remotely viewable over a secure Internet connection through smartphones, tablets and computers. Homes today can easily budget basic to advanced alarm system and surveillance protection that was once only affordable to commercial clients.