alarms

Submitted on June 16, 2021 | John Adams
We’ve heard of an issue with a retail client whose staff repeatedly activated a panic button yet an alarm event was not reported to the monitoring station - the terminations has been torn out of the button and the issue...
Submitted on May 20, 2021 | John Adams
Can we install wireless alarm systems and expect the same reliability as we’ve got from wired systems? There are some nice RF alarm and automation solutions available, but many techs think wired is more reliable in the long term. What...
Submitted on May 20, 2021 | John Adams
Researcher Parks Associates said self-installation of newly acquired American security systems reached 55 per cent in Q2 2020, up from 40 per cent in 2018, an increase of nearly 40 per cent. The firm’s latest whitepaper, Home Security: A Redefined...
Submitted on April 9, 2021 | John Adams
SEN has been doing some delving into past topics that might warrant revisiting. Some years ago, security consultant, Roger Pearce, had been asked by a large utility to review the effectiveness of duress alarms that had been installed at a...
Submitted on March 9, 2021 | John Adams
Finding a break in a normally open circuit can be a bit of a fiddle but there are procedures you can follow that will ensure fast trouble shooting. Remember there should not normally be any current in a normally open...
Submitted on March 5, 2021 | John Adams
Sudden problems in RF alarm systems that have already been successfully commissioned are often the result of changes in the environment. Look for things recently brought into the area like metal framed pictures, metallic insulation or wallpaper, metal shelving, air...
Submitted on February 26, 2021 | John Adams
Is it really possible to defeat a system by bridging the alarm contact when the system's not armed? I've heard techs and end users talk about incidents where security system was overcome after zones were disabled in this way during...
Submitted on February 26, 2021 | John Adams
In early 2021 it’s difficult not to wonder about the future of alarm and access control solutions. Faced with always-up big band internet support from cabled NBN and 4G/4GX/5G wireless links, and a growing number of hub-free Wi-Fi devices, the...
Submitted on February 5, 2021 | John Adams
What’s the best way to handle very long zone loops? Would you recommend using a large AWG cable, or other there other techniques that would be more effective? If you’re installing long cable runs in zone loops there are going...
Submitted on February 2, 2021 | John Adams
What are the underlying qualities of the best modern alarm panels – are they things like device agnostic comms, cloud functionality, integration, automation, app management? Or are qualities like ease of programming and user operation still vital to installers and...
Submitted on January 27, 2021 | John Adams
Security research from Parks Associates finds COVID-19 is a key factor driving households with security monitoring to upgrade their security system with smart home functionalities. According to research, 41 per cent of monitored households with professional monitoring plan to upgrade...
Submitted on January 27, 2021 | John Adams
What are the basic perimeter protection technologies worth consideration on higher security sites – not video analytics or thermal cameras? How challenging is perimeter protection from the point of view of difficulties these technologies will face? Perimeter protection is demanding...
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