Home Security Monitoring: What You Need to Know
No one expects an emergency to happen, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared. With 24/7 security monitoring, provide your loved ones and most precious belongings with maximum protection.
How Does Home Monitoring Work?
Equipment (e.g. security system, smoke detectors, personal emergency responses systems, etc.) can be connected to your vendor’s monitoring center in a few ways:
- Telephone line: Also known as “POTS” (Plain Old Telephone Service), this connection is considered more traditional, may warrant a slower connection and can leave equipment vulnerable to tampering.
- Cellular monitoring: Receive faster data transmission using cellular signals. This type of connection would require a backup battery in the event of a power outage.
- Wi-Fi monitoring: Have easier accessibility to connections with this feature-rich option. Consider this as a backup to the above options to ensure maximum reliability.
Once connected, your monitoring center will be notified whenever an alarm is triggered. Operators will then call you to confirm there is an emergency that needs to be addressed, and dispatch appropriate emergency personnel (police, fire, medical).
The major benefit is that you are not responsible for contacting authorities yourself—protecting your home should an emergency arise when you are gone or unavailable.
Other Notification Options
In addition to professional monitoring through a central station, homeowners can also
receive alerts straight to their smartphones, tablets or computers.
Example events that can trigger mobile alerts include:
- Someone entering or leaving a home.
- Windows, doors or garages being open or closed.
- Power failures or shortages.
- Activity triggered by image sensors, motion sensors or video surveillance footage.
To determine which type of monitoring equipment is most essential for you, sit down with a trusted vendor to evaluate your unique vulnerabilities.
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