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Panic Buttons in a Business Security System

Posted by Alexa Sandbakken on Sep 11, 2015 1:40:00 PM

Panic buttons, or personal emergency alarm buttons, are buttons that can be pushed in case of an emergency that will notify a response center that help is needed immediately.

In a business setting, panic buttons are typically used in case of a robbery. However, other institutions may want panic buttons, such as courthouses.

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Smoke Detectors in a Security System

Posted by Alexa Sandbakken on Aug 28, 2015 4:27:00 PM

Smoke detectors as part of a security system are designed to detect the presence of smoke. We'll cover the advantages to having a photoelectric smoke detector as part of a security system versus a smoke detector purchased from a box or hardware store.

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Heat Sensors in a Security System

Posted by Alexa Sandbakken on Aug 14, 2015 3:37:00 PM

Heat sensors as part of a security system are fire detection devices that detect when temperatures have reached a certain high level. Heat sensors can be wired or wireless and can be set to trigger when temperatures reach 135 or 200 degrees. There are two kinds of heat sensors: fixed sensors and fixed/rate-of-rise sensors.

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Security Screens in a Security System

Posted by Alexa Sandbakken on Jul 17, 2015 3:54:00 PM

Security screens are good for keeping people in a residence as well as keeping intruders out. They are typically used in group home settings or other monitored facilities, although they may also be helpful in a home with small children. Security screens can be made to fit any size window.

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Window Sensors in a Security System

Posted by Alexa Sandbakken on Jun 26, 2015 4:35:00 PM

Window sensors let you know if a window has been cranked or slid open. These types of sensors tend to be found more in homes rather than businesses, as there are not as many windows that open in commercial buildings. Window sensors are another layer in perimeter protection and can be useful both for guarding against intrusion and for keeping people inside a residence.

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Temperature Sensors in a Security System

Posted by Alexa Sandbakken on May 29, 2015 3:32:00 PM

When you're away from your home or business, you want to have peace of mind that your place will be fine. But what if the furnace stops working at the cabin during winter? What if the freezer in your grocery store malfunctions? Temperature sensors can alert you to extreme conditions and keep you from costly damages and loss.

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A Cellular Communicator in a Security System

Posted by Alexa Sandbakken on May 15, 2015 4:10:00 PM

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No landline? No problem.

Like many households, you probably don't have a landline. Even without a landline, you can still have a monitored security system as long as you get a cellular communicator.

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Water Sensors in a Security System

Posted by Alexa Sandbakken on May 1, 2015 4:17:00 PM

If spring leaves you with a sinking feeling because you know your sump pump will start running, a water sensor could help you. As part of a security system, water sensors are designed to alert you to potential water issues, such as a failing sump pump, drain back-up, or sewer back-up, before costly damage occurs.

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Sirens and Strobes in a Security System

Posted by Chuck Amundson on Apr 17, 2015 4:33:00 PM

As an in-office technician, I get asked a lot of times, “Should I have an outdoor siren or indoor siren for my alarm system?” Many people think their neighbors will check out their house if the siren were blasting in the neighborhood. That may be true in some cases, but not in all cases. For me personally, I can’t hear a siren unless I am outside or the window is open. It begs the question, “Do you stop when a car alarm goes off”?

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Topics: sensors & detectors, home security systems, business security

Key Fobs in a Security System

Posted by Alexa Sandbakken on Jan 23, 2015 4:24:00 PM

Much like a remote start for a vehicle, key fobs provide a convenient way to arm and disarm a security system without standing right by the keypad. Just like a remote start, you must be within a small distance to the house, generally around 50 feet.

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