Monitored alarm systems are a great way to provide a feeling of security and safety for your home and family in Calgary. Alarm systems that are monitored are available for both the newer wireless systems and also for the standard hard-wired setups, and are dependent on reliable connections in order to communicate with the central monitoring center.
The cost of buying the equipment and installing an alarm system varies greatly depending on how elaborate a system is needed to properly secure your home, and depending on whether you attempt a do-it-yourself or call in the professionals to install. Monitored systems generally also have a monthly service fee in addition to the equipment and installation costs.
The monthly monitoring service will likely be part of the contract with the package deal if you purchase the bundle of equipment with the installation, which is a common arrangement. It is wise to read your contract carefully to see if you are locked into a specific monitoring service, and for how long, as this could be a problem if you are not happy with the quality of service they provide.
There are many alarm monitoring companies in Calgary that would like to compete for your business, but some monitored alarm systems require you to use a specific service that is either owned by or affiliated with the company that installs your equipment. Sometimes your contract obligates you to use that service for a specified length of time before you can use a competitive monitoring service, so be sure that you check this part of the contract before signing it.
Whenever your security system is triggered, the base station of your security system will send a signal, usually via a landline phone, to the monitoring facility and indicates what type of problem the sensor or sensors in your home are detecting.
Depending on the type of the problem being reported, and whether the a dispatcher can make telephone contact with the home owner or not, the monitoring facility will take the necessary steps to notify authorities and have emergency services dispatched to your home if the situation calls for it.
Depending on a landline does present some inherent difficulties in that if phone service in the area is out, or if the line has been tampered with by an intruder, or damaged due to fire, there will be no way your home security system to communicate with the central monitoring agency.
Two options have recently been introduced to address that concern. One is a cellular based system that uses a dedicated wireless connection to assure the communications between your home and the monitoring center, and the second is a broadband monitoring service that uses your broadband internet to connect with monitoring services. Technology is rapidly changing the standards in this area, so be sure to ask questions about the latest and best communication solutions.
Monitored alarm systems help to deter crime, reduce false alarms that might otherwise be reported to authorities, and increase your sense of peace and security even when you are away from your property and family. Because the quality and dependability of the monitoring service is so important, you should choose a professional home security company such as Union Alarm – Calgary alarm monitoring to get the job done, if you want to be perfectly sure that you new home security system will work and keep your family and your home safe for years.