The History of How Home Alarm Systems Have Evolved
Security alarm systems have evolved drastically with the passage of time. Older models may go off instantly when a point of entry such as a door or a window is opened. Nowadays, home security alarm systems have changed for the better. More and more innovative ideas are being implemented with the advancement of technology, which is good for homeowners.
Introducing the Central Monitoring Station
Traditional home security alarm systems had a sole purpose: make loud noise so that the people in the vicinity are alerted of an intruder. As the technology advanced, new systems were built that would send out a signal or a code to a central monitoring station informing them of the location of the alarm so that the police could be dispatched. Home phone lines were used to send out these signals. But it had a flaw; thieves realized that they could get more time to steal by simply cutting the phone line. The system would still make noise, but because there would be no signal sent to the central monitoring station, the authorities would not be dispatched.
Adding Cell Phones to the Mix
Some years later, a new phase of communication was introduced in order to overcome the flaw described above. Cellular networks got involved and helped communicating signals wirelessly to the central station. The main advantage of using this mode of communication is that thieves cannot do anything to prevent the signal from reaching the central monitoring station.
Additional Features of Using Cellular Communication
Over the years, cell phones have transformed drastically. Phone lines are not necessary nowadays to set up security alarm at a home. These days, you can upgrade your home alarm system to use with your cell phone and forget about a traditional phone line. You also gain access to remote control of your entire home security system, which means you can simply login via your smartphone, check your system, and enable/disable the security alarm remotely.
With the remote access available on your smartphone, you can easily control various security devices with the tap of your finger. Such devices include thermostats, lighting, door locks, etc.
The Next Phase of Alarm Communication
Apart from the change in overall alarm system communication, there have also been changes in the information that these systems send to a central monitoring station. Over the years, alarm systems have sent a lot of false alarms. Because of this, there have been a lot of cases where the police have been misused and in some other cases, the authorities did not respond at all. This issue has been dealt with by the introduction of video verification (described below).
The latest improvement in the home security alarm system is the introduction of video verification. Alarm systems with this feature not only detect an alarm, but they also send out a few seconds video clip to central monitoring station. The personnel there can then review the video clip and when it is confirmed that there is an intruder in the house, they dispatch the police. This has resulted in a much higher arrest rate as well as faster response time.
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