Smart Phone App for Security Alarm Systems

January 29, 2012 | 6 Comments »

Sandra C. wrote into the site wanting information on adding the feature of controlling her security system through her “Smart Phone”.

The big national security alarm monitoring company, let’s call them “Another Darn Television commercial, is spending $100 million dollars advertising this feature, and give the impression that they are the only company possessing this exciting capability.

Alarm2000, and just about any other reputable alarm company in San Diego can offer this feature to anyone with a reasonably current Honeywell or GE alarm panel. Platforms are under development for other panels and should be available very soon.

With a Honeywell Vista or Lynx panel, the owner needs to add a Global Satellite Module or “GSM” to their system and sign up for “Total Connect” service. For a demo you can go to www.mytotalconnect.com

With a GE NX, Concord, or Simon XT panel, the owner needs to add a Global Satellite Module to their system as well, and sign up for service with “Alarm.com”, which by no surprise you can learn more about at www.alarm.com

Alarm2000 has the experience of having installed both products and have the relationships with the U/L Listed Central Monitoring Stations to add this service to anyone who would like it.

Carbon Monoxide detectors

January 1, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Cameron L. wrote in to ask if the new California law requiring all homeowners to have carbon monoxide detectors in their house means that he needs to add a CO devise to his monitored security alarm system.

The answer is NO.

Carbon Monoxide  is a gas produced by combustion and when household appliances that produce CO are properly vented, the gas escapes the hope and dissipates into the atmosphere. If your ventilation becomes compromised, the gas can accumulate in your home with potentially harmful results including death. A local alarm only detector will set of a siren to alert home residents when CO levels go above normal levels so that the occupants can open windows to ventilate the home and evacuate until the problem can be resolved.

A Carbon Monoxide detector that is tied into your monitored security alarm system will send a signal to your central monitoring station who will dispatch the fire department to your home. Most homeowners (including me) do not feel that this is a necessary response and therefor elect not to have CO detection as part of their system.

 

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