Intruder Alarm Systems can be designed for almost any situation. The purpose of an Intruder Alarm is to detect unauthorized entry into a protected premises, or part of the premises. Once the system has detected unauthorized entry it is generally pre-programmed to alert an audible alarm at the premises and in most commercial sites the system will report the relevant signals to a Central Monitoring Centre.
A system installed in a commercial site is typically different to that installed in a residential building, and whilst they both perform similar functions, commercial grade systems have many additional features to enhance your security levels. Monitored Alarms offer a wide range of commercial Intruder Alarms and security components to protect your site. A Monitored Intruder Alarm is still one of the most cost effective and efficient ways of protecting commercial premises and will provide around the clock coverage for your peace of mind.
Commercial Intruder Alarms generally consist of a combination of the following components. Monitored Alarms will tailor a system to suit your requirements to ensure you have the most secure system to suit your security budget.
The Control Panel and Remote Arming Station (or Keypad) is the central panel used to process all of the signals received by each alarm component and controls what is done with the signal once it has been received. Control Panels vary greatly and the type used for your premises will ultimately depend on the functions you need the system to perform, both now and in the future. Whilst Control Panels vary with complexity and functions available, they all share a common function which is the ability to allow the user to arm or disarm the system, or parts of the system.
Passive Infra Red Sensor
Passive Infra-Red (PIR) is the most successful detection technology, providing the most economical means of intrusion detection. PIRs have evolved into a highly stable and effective detection technology and are commonly found connected to most Intruder Alarms. PIR Sensors are usually installed in a stable environment, such as an office or showroom and are not designed to function in windy or unstable areas such as warehouses or sheds.
Dual Technology Sensors
Dual Technology Sensors combine the stability of a PIR Sensor, but with the added technology of using a Microwave detector. Dual Technology Sensors can be installed in harsh environments because they utilize two technologies to determine if the alarm is genuine or not. Dual Technology Sensors are usually installed in areas such as factories, garages or in storage sheds where wind, insects and rodents may cause a standard PIR Sensor to false alarm.
Reed Switch Sensors
Reed Switch Sensors are magnetic switches which are generally used to detect the opening of doors or windows. Reed Switch Sensors can be used to provide perimeter protection of a site and are available in many different forms. Reed Switches can be hidden within a door frame or heavy duty versions are available for Roller Doors or Gates.
Smoke Detectors are designed to detect the presence of smoke particles in the air and are very cost effective when installing as part of your security installation. Smoke Detectors are set up to function 24-hours a day and will alert the Monitoring Centre if they are activated. Some commercial sites will require an independent Fire or Sprinkler System however Smoke Detectors can still be connected to your Intruder Alarm for that extra peace of mind.
Panic Buttons are switches which are used to trigger the alarm system in the event of a hold up or duress situation. Panic Buttons can be located strategically throughout a site to ensure that the use of the device will not be noticed in a hold up situation. (Panic Buttons are also referred to as Emergency Alarms, Duress Alarms and Hold Up Buttons).
Glassbreak Detectors are most commonly installed on a ceiling near a window that is to be protected. These sophisticated sensors detect the frequency of breaking glass and are most effective when protecting glass that is not obscured by blinds, curtains or other coverings. Glassbreak Detectors are even more effective when combined with the use of Reed Switch Sensors and PIR Sensors to secure an area.
Vibration Sensors are used to detect forced entry and / or glass breakage. Depending on your requirements, Vibration Sensors can be installed on doors or windows and can be adjusted to suit the sensitivity required for each application. Another form of Vibration Sensor is a Seismic Sensor which is used for protection of a safe. Seismic Sensors are an advanced technology device that can detect even the smallest vibration to prevent theft or attempted damage to a safe.
Photoelectric Beams are used where there is a clear line of sight area that requires protection. The most common application for a set of Photoelectric Beams is in outdoor areas to provide perimeter protection, however can be used inside warehouses or in car parks to ensure some or all the perimeter is protected. Photoelectric Beams will generally cover more area than by using individual Alarm Sensors and are also weather resistant.