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5 Things You Might Not Know About Alarm Systems

Updated: Feb 28, 2023

Security alarm systems are designed to protect the property of a home or business property. If someone breaks in, they can be detected by the security alarm system, and eventually, help is called.

Businesses and homes alike can benefit from alarm systems. Alarms help prevent theft, vandalism, fire, and other disasters from occurring within the vicinity of a premise. They also alert if something goes wrong to respond quickly.

Alarm systems aren’t just for large properties with high-security risks. Smaller properties also gain from having security alarms installed because they protect against crime, fire hazards, and other problems that could arise on any property whether it is day or night.

The Security Alarm System: What Is It?

It’s easy to think that a burglar or an unwelcome intruder would never bother to break into a building complex, but many have experienced this in recent times.

An alarm system is a method of protecting premises or property from theft, intrusion, fire, or other threats. The system can be monitored by a security company, a 24-hour self-monitoring centre, or in some cases by using a telephone.

A typical alarm system consists of the following main components:

  • Sensors detect movement or vibration and transmit an alert to the control panel. Sensors may be installed at doors, windows, and other entry points, as well as in hallways.

  • Control Panel receives signals from the sensors, processes them, and decides whether to send out an alert or turn on any audible alarms.

  • Keypads allow you to arm and disarm your alarm from inside the premises. Some keypads can control other features such as lighting and heating/cooling systems.

  • Alarms are loud sirens that will sound if an intruder triggers an alarm while they are still within the property. The sirens may also be connected to strobe lights or horns so that they can be heard even if someone is asleep or wearing hearing aids.

What Happens When a Threat is Detected?

An alarm system consists of sensors and an alarm panel. The sensors detect intrusions, such as movement (slight or rough), temperature changes, or smoke. When a sensor detects something unusual, it sends a signal to the alarm panel.

The panel then starts sounding an alert, which is usually either loud sirens or beeping sounds.

If an intruder doesn’t leave after being warned by the alarm, the guard or military officers will be called automatically because most alarms are connected to emergency response services.

Interesting Facts You Might Not Know

1. They are not just for businesses anymore

In the past, the security alarm systems in Singapore were used primarily by businesses because they were expensive and complicated devices that required a lot of training to use properly.

Nowadays, residential homes have access to the same technology that businesses do, thereby affordable to purchase and utilise.

2. They are more than just alarm systems

The term ‘alarm system’ covers many variants of security equipment such as burglar alarms, fire alarms, and CCTV surveillance systems. While these devices all serve different purposes, they all interact with one another in some way so that they can communicate if there is an emergency at your home or business.

Various pieces of equipment can integrate because they share a common protocol known as ‘Z-Wave’ which allows communication without any additional hardware or software– it’s built into every device.

3. Alarm systems are always necessary

There are many security alarm systems, including wireless, hardwired, and hybrid models. They all have distinctive features and benefits; so the right one must be purchased with careful consideration.

For instance, if you like the idea of being able to remotely control your system from anywhere using an app on a digital device, a wireless system may be the best fit.

However, a hardwired system may be more suitable in the case of securing multiple points in your building complex.

4. You can have multiple sensors

Sensors can be added to a security alarm system more than once to be able to detect different motion signals and sounds. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors may be added to prevent fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.

5. A hassle-free setup with good noise levels

Initially, when an alarm is activated, it sends out a radio signal that triggers all other alarms in the building. This way, everyone knows there’s a problem. The radio signal also triggers a call to the police or fire department, so they can respond quickly.

The noise level of a siren on an alarm system is usually about 120 dB (decibels). This is equivalent to the sound level of a jet taking off from an airport. The alarm will continue to sound for about 30 seconds until the monitoring system receives it.

Help keep your building safe

Security systems are installed for the utmost safety and security of a building premise and its assets. In today’s world, there is no shortage of crime; burglary, robbery, theft, and a host of crimes are committed every day. A wise precaution is to install home security alarms from Keydence Systems. It’s one smart risk management decision you can make hereon. Interested? Give us a call.


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