BASIC COMPONENTS OF A BURGLAR ALARM SYSTEM

Control Panel

The control panel receives the information from the sensors, processes this, and transmits the alarm.  Audio and / or visual indicators, such as sirens or strobe lights, are set off on the premises. Encoded signals are then instantaneously sent to the Central Monitoring Station, reporting exactly what occurred in precisely which area of the building.

Arming Station

The arming station is the devices used to turn the system on and off the protected site. It usually takes the form of a keypad with either an alphanumeric or numeric display.

Sensors

Sensors are located around the building and detect different types of activity.  Sensors send signals to the control panel via wireless radio transmitters or wires when there is a break-in attempt or unauthorized entry.  Several types of sensors have been designed specially for intrusion detection

Magnetic Contacts

Magnetic contacts usually protect doors and windows. The send signals to the control panel when the door or window is being opened while the system is armed. They can also be used to detect the removal of high-value objects and to protect other key points.

Glass break Sensors

Glass break sensors detect the breakage of glass and protect windows, sliding glass doors and skylights.  These sensors come in three variations: shock, acoustic and combination.

Motion Sensors

Motion sensors detect movement in the area of coverage.  They are typically in the form of passive infrared (PIR) sensors for indoor use or photoelectric sensors for outdoor use.