Learn About Alarm Monitoring
What Types of Monitoring suit your property?
If you want any kind of monitoring to your alarm system, you need to find out how your house or property communicates to the environment before buying a particular alarm equipment. On this site, you can find a variety of system models that are suitable to different communication methods. Before you to decide any alarm equipment, think about the following things:
1. Have you got a Telstra copper phone line connection?
2. Have you got a broadband router that is connected to a copper phone line connection?
3. Have you got a cable broadband router supply to your house?
4. Have you got a cable broadband router supply to your house to be able to connect the telephone to the router?
5. Have you got an NBN router?
6. Have you got a Wi-Fi broadband router?
7. Have you got a satellite broadband router?
In case you don’t have these connections to the house, think about the following:
- Is it necessary to use a gsm dialer?
- Do you need GPRS monitoring?
After you asked yourself the aforementioned questions, now think about the following:
Are you going to monitor the alarm yourself or do you want a monitoring center to do the job for you?
In case you decide to monitor the alarm yourself, you should think whether you want to receive text messages of alarms or you want the system to call you on your phone when the alarm goes off to hear a siren, which tells you that the system is in alarm. Basically, if you decide for text messages, you will receive a message that tells you which zone has gone into alarm. For example, if a thief breaks into your house, you will get a message saying that kitchen alarm detector has been activated and as a thief moves through the house, you will get a message saying lounge room detector has gone off. Basically, it is a genuine alarm saying that someone walked from one zone to the next one. If you decide for domestic dialing option, you will receive a call with the siren in the earpiece and you won’t be able to identify what zone has gone off.
1. Do you want to control and monitor your alarm with your smartphone?
2. Do you want to receive information on your alarms on email?
3. Do you want to receive text messages of alarms?
4. Are text messages that go through a third party messaging service, which converts signals to text more expensive?
Domestic Dial Self-Monitored Alarms
The default form of monitoring is the domestic dial self-monitored alarms. The alarms are connected to the home or business copper phone line via the alarm panel’s PSTN dialer connectors. Mobile phone number is entered into the alarms’ dialer memory for configuration of the alarm system.
The panel immediately dials the given mobile phone number when there is an alarm. You will hear a siren in the earpiece once you answer the phone call, which lets you know that the alarm has been triggered.
There are two disadvantages of using domestic dialing self-monitored alarms. The first issue is that the current copper phone network disconnections as the NBN rollout proceeds across Australia, which means that this form of security has no guarantee about the future circumstances. The second issue is that most of the alarm panels can only transmit a siren sound, which does not notify you of the alarm’s zone number.
It is significant to have an idea of the number of alarm inputs that have triggered the alarm. Having the information about this lets you develop a conclusion of what is going on with your property, home or office. For instance, if you have received an alarm signal from the back door and another alarm from the upstairs, this lets you know that the intruder entered from the back of the house and moved quickly upstairs. The NESS D8X and D16X provide domestic dialing with zone verification out of the box.
Text Message Alarm Monitoring
The benefit of text message self-monitored alarm is that you can receive text messages along with the zone descriptions the moment the alarms are triggered.
The disadvantage, however, with the most alarm panels providing SMS text messages is that the alarm requires to be connected to a copper phone line. As the NBN is rolled out across the Australia, this connection is going to be disconnected.
Another issue with the text message alarm monitoring is the cost. You may not be aware of the Telco companies providing a 13 number, which connects the alarm panel to a server. The server then converts the alarm panels dialed alarm output into an SMS and the Telco Company sends this message to your phone number. Telecommunication companies have premium charges for this kind of services.
If you are searching for an alarm system with SMS notifications directly to your mobile device without the requirements of Telco server, NESS Security Guard III provides the same functionality. If you are searching for an alarm system with SMS notifications and an app for alarm control, Bosch Solution 6000 system with a GSM/GPRS module provides this function.
E-mail Monitored Alarm System
An email alarm self-monitoring offers significant benefits. It is configured through a broadband connection so the future of this system is secured. The cost of this system only requires the initial payment for the interface equipment purchase as well as installation.
Most of the people are using smartphones with configured email accounts. This allows them to receive free detailed report alarm system emails. Hills reliance systems have ComNav communication module installed that lets you receive self-monitored email service using a broadband connection.
Control Room Alarm Monitoring System
This alarm monitoring system allows your alarm system to be connected to a monitoring center 24/7. The advantage of this form of system is that the alarms are being monitored all the time for any issue. The alarm center will immediately identify the intruders’ breaking in.
There are a few disadvantages. The first is the cost, which charges $1 per day for residential alarm monitoring and $1.5 per day for business alarm monitoring. Second is your option how the alarms go into action, which frequently involves a monitoring center operator enacting the process below:
1. Calling the property phone numbers
2. Calling the site contacts
3. When no contacts are available, sends a guard that costs a response call out fee.
If you would require control room monitoring, contact ID dialing out of the box is provided in most alarm panels. This utilizes the current copper phone line network. There are wireless systems available that are using the GPRS phone system that has a monthly cost. These options are preferred for control room connection. We supply and install the Permacon GPRS monitoring unit, which only costs $55 per month.