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Things to Contemplate When Installing a Residential Surveillance System
One of the most important aspects of a home video surveillance system is its components. For instance, halogen-free systems differ from traditional surveillance systems because of their chemical composition. Halogen compounds such as fluorine, chlorine, bromine or iodine, are particularly stable and resistant to high temperatures. They have been heavily used in the past because they are considered flame-retardant materials. However, when ignited, these chemicals have the disadvantage of generating dark and corrosive fumes. That is why these products are now banned in many residential and commercial areas. There are other benefits of these halogen-free systems, mainly their lighter weight and a lower environmental impact. Halogen-free wiring for alarm installations Public buildings, meaning schools, theaters, gyms, hospitals, and so on, must be done with halogen-free materials. The installation of an alarm system can be expensive in multiple ways. Some people choose to buy their system and install it themselves, which could be a huge issue if they have no clue how to properly install one. Then, there is the option of buying a more expensive system but having a professional install it for little to no extra charge. Keeping this in mind, people should not be surprised to learn that there are additional costs to be concerned about. Recurring charges can be a hassle – people have to consider maintenance charges and security dispatching fees (if applicable). How to ensure proper maintenance of an alarm system Proper maintenance means checking whether the alarm system is working properly, which means there are no false alarms and whether or not it can trigger an actual alarm if there is an intrusion. This is done through the following actions: Control emergency power (batteries)Check the central station and the point of useCheck the control elementsCheck the different camera componentsTest each deviceControl the transmission of alertsCheck the emergency phone numbers installed on the systemInspect the wiring, if applicable Depending on the type of contract selected, a person can determine whether he or she is covered by annual maintenance. Sometimes this is just the price of batteries and replaced equipment and 24/7 troubleshooting and/or customer service. An alarm system is designed for detecting an intrusion, no matter what type of building the system is in. Alarm systems can be installed in residential, commercial, industrial or military facilities, and is designed to protect people against theft or harm. Components of an alarm system Typically, an alarm is composed of the elements following: The control unit is the nerve center of the system. It receives information from sensors, follows the state statutes (armed/disarmed) and reports intrusions.Motion sensors are placed around the property or within it. These are designed to detect intrusions in a variety of methods (opening of doors or windows, movement in a zone deemed unoccupied, sounds, vibrations, etc.).Warning devices have a dual purpose – they alert the occupants and frighten away the intruders. They are made up of sirens, bells or light alerts.The keyboard is usually placed on a wall, with the sole intention of being the interface between the alarm and the user. This is made up of a keypad, light indicators and/or a small screen.Interconnections may consist of direct wiring between the sensors and the control unit. It can also be wireless links with local power supplies.Safety devices are devices used for the detection of thieves: projectors, cameras, lasers, etc. In addition to the system itself, alarm systems are often coupled with a home video surveillance system. In the event of an alarm, the control unit then contacts a monitoring station through certain circuits dedicated to sounding the alarm, which is usually a telephone line or the internet. The operators of the monitoring station, when alerted by the signal, take the appropriate actions: contact the owners, police, and private response forces. Once detected by one of the sensors, the trigger signal is transmitted to the control unit via cables (either wired or wireless. Wired alarm systems Despite their higher installation cost, the advantages of a wired system are many: Operated when sensors require power to function properlyIf properly installed, they are inviolableThey allow for a long-distance transmissionThe maintenance costs are reduced Wireless alarm systems These systems use transmitters operated by batteries. They are therefore easier to install and have significantly lower installation costs. However, reliability can be a challenge, particularly when bad batteries are used. In addition, depending on the distances involved and the materials used, one or more wireless intermediaries may be required to ensure the reliability of the alarm system. Among the advantages: Their mobility (disassembly, relocation, reassembly) is convenientTheir resistance to vandalism is second to noneIt has a fantastic insensitivity to damage Hybrid alarm systems Hybrid systems combine the advantages of both systems, using both wired and wireless sensors: SecurityReliabilityRobustnessEasy installationReduced installation priceLow maintenance costHigh possible number of sensorsPossible extensions Maintenance Regular maintenance of an alarm system is essential for its proper functioning. It is, furthermore, a legal obligation. Indeed, any user is required to have his or her alarm to be maintained annually. If the legal obligation to maintain its alarm system is still in force, there is no constraint on the conclusion of a contract for annual maintenance. Thus, the user can choose to perform maintenance on their own. In this case, the installer must provide the homeowner with the code required to access the programmable information of the alarm system. It is okay to use a licensed security company from time to time to do this, if necessary. If a person decides to go this route, the government may even allow a tax deduction.