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Smart Security Buying Guide

Posted by on 10/12/2016 to News

Retail shops and markets are filled with security gadgets and surveillance systems protecting the interests of their proprietors. It is easy to be confused and feel overwhelmed if you are setting out to buy such a system for your home or business. It is a massive and growing market that includes various types of cameras, surveillance systems, sensors, and networking equipment along with a host of other paraphernalia. Some pointers mentioned here can aid your search for a smart security system. 

The basic elements of a smart security system are the control panel, keypad, siren, motion detector, door and window contacts, and a central monitoring system. 

Here, a control panel is the location where system wiring terminates and a backup battery is located. The keypad works as the interface of the system that arms or disarms the system with the correct key combination. The siren produces a loud noise as an indication of an alert prompt from the system. The motion detector can be a passive infrared, microwave, or a photoelectric detector. It is designed to detect human movement. People who have pets at their homes pets need to use special detectors to that only humans can trip them off. Door and window contacts are magnetic devices that create a circuit between the door and the frame. The system can detect if the door or window is opened or not. A central monitoring station is a complex system that can call for help, usually from the nearest police station, fire station, and medical services in an emergency. It is a 24-hour monitoring station that keeps track of the entire security system. 

Security systems are of two types – monitored and non-monitored. Monitored systems trigger a response to a central command office. On the other hand, non-monitored systems directly inform the police when triggered. If you install a monitored system, you have to pay a monthly charge for the monitoring service from security companies. Monitored security systems are also costly. But, if you install a non-monitored system you would not have to pay any type of monthly fee. Additionally, non-monitored systems are also cost effective. However, you run the risk of paying an extra fine in the case of a false alarm since they will contact local law enforcement directly. 

Keeping these features in mind will help you choose a smart security system for your home or business that fits your budget and you needs.