What type of security alarm system should I get?
Is it for a residential, apartment or commercial premises?
Consider what level of security you need.
Are you a renter or owner occupier? Renters should choose a wireless system as it can be moved when you do.
Homeowners or Business can choose any affordable security system that suits the home or commercial layout.
Is a Wireless or Hardwired security system more suitable?
There are home security system packages to suit all needs and budgets.
Choose to get installed a reputable brand (PrimeTech’s preference of choice is the Paradox brand)
Consider what extras you may want to add to the system at a later stage and what technology and home automation capabilities are available.
Contact us now for a free no-obligation quote to put a solution together that meets your needs for your new security system
What are Keyfob remotes?
A remote Keyfob control for your alarm allows the convenience to arm/disarm your alarm from the comfort of your car/driveway, without the need to rush to your keypad and remember your security code to enter. If compatible, the keyfob remote can also be used to control your garage door opener. Your Control Keypad on the wall still works as usual.
What is Night arming or Partial arming?
If you’re not comfortable having all your interior sensors unarmed, don’t worry. The “Stay” mode allows you to specify certain sensors to remain armed. (this is Partial arming) This is perfect for any areas in your home eg. when you are upstairs for the night or want to allow movement between the bedroom and bathroom, but still have the rest of the house armed.
Can my remote open the automatic garage door?
If compatible, the key fob remote can be used to control your garage door opener, and may need a relay fitted.
What is a Panic Button?
The wireless remote, or key fob, for your home security system that arms and disarms the security system in your home also includes a panic button which will activate the internal and external sirens and if you are monitored it will notify the monitoring company that a security breach is in progress, or another home emergency such as medical assistance may be sought.
What is a PIR?
What is a Pet Friendly PIR?
Should I be Monitored?
What is a monitored smoke detector?
What if I self monitor?
Phone or Fibre monitoring?
How often should my security alarm be serviced?
We advise our residential customers to have their alarms serviced annually. We send a reminder to our monitored customers yearly to book their maintenance service. Our commercial customers are advised to have their maintenance service bi-annually.
What are Glass Break and Shock sensors?
A glass break detector is a sensor used in electronic burglar alarms that detects the vibration and sound of breaking glass, if a pane of glass is shattered or broken. The sensor has the ability to detect and analyse seismic vibrations caused by attempted break-ins before the intruder is able to enter the premise. These sensors are commonly used near glass doors or glass store-front windows.
What is a Door Contact or Reed Switch?
Door and Window Contacts: Protect doors, ranch sliders and windows against forced entry by using magnetic contacts which activates the alarm when contact is broken. The sensor is installed on the window or door frame and the magnet is attached to the window or door itself. Another use of these
reed switches is to put them on pool gates, firearms lockers, roller doors etc and link to your chime feature. These are available for both wireless or
hardwired alarm systems.
What happens to the alarm if the power goes off?
Connected to the alarm control is a rechargeable battery which will run the alarm for many hours in case of a power failure. When the power is restored, the battery will automatically recharge. The battery has a life of 3-4 years. This is always good to test when we service your System regularly.
Will the alarm go off for ages and annoy the neighbours?
No! An electronic timer in the control unit will automatically stop the sirens after a pre-set time. Technicians usually set the sirens to run for about 4 minutes after which time they close down and the alarm system automatically resets itself unless it is reactivated by an intruder.
Can burglars get at siren outside?
The external siren has a polycarbonate cover for protection and is securely fastened to the building. Within are devices known as ‘tamper switches’ which will detect interference with the siren and activate the alarm if this happens.
What if I need to Know more?
If you need to know anything else, get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help.
Glossary of Terms for monitoring
UFB ( Ultra Fast Broadband )
UFB entails replacing your old copper line with state-of-the-art fibre-optic cable. The addition of a communicator should allow telephone devices (including your alarm) to work with fibre-optic.
IP Monitoring ( Internet Protocol )
Normally your monitored alarm connects to the Monitoring Station through your standard copper phone line and every time that there is an activation, your alram panel connects to the monitoring station who then contacts you.
IP Monotoring is when the alarm communities with the monitoring station through an internet connection, without needing a landline or mobile phone.
more on IP
GPRS ( General Packet Radio Service )
GPRS is a packet orientated mobile data service on the 2G and 3G/4G cellular communication system’s global system for mobile communications (GSM).
GPRS usage is typically charged based on the volume of data, and is probably better known as Mobile Broadband with GPRS (Data), you pay for the volume of data and each ‘call’ made is tiny, which means a very low data usage.
more on GPRS
GSM ( Global System for mobile Communications )
GSM is a standard set developed by the European Telecommunications Standars Institute (ETSI) to describe the protocols for second-generation digital cellular networks used by mobile devices such as tablets and is usually charged per minute of usage.
PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network )
This is your standard existing copper paired telephone wiring to your home. When you update to ultra fast broadband your alarm will not communicate to the monitoring station without an upgrade to your alarm.
A Static IP is when the IPS (Internet Service Provider) assigns you a specific IP address that is only your and is necessary for logging into your network from an external location eg. To view camera images or to playback recorded video.
UPS ( Uninterrupted Power Supply )
An uninterruptable power supply, or uninterruptable power source, UPS or batter/flywheel backup, is an electrical apparatus that provides emergency power to a load when the input power source, typically mains power, fails.
A UPS is typically used to protect hardware such as computers, data centers, telecommunication equipment or other electrical equipment where an unexpected power disruption could cause serious business disruption or data loss. UPS units range in size and cost.
While your alarm has a back up battery, your router for the internet connection doesn’t and you want the alarm to communicate to the monitoring station during a power outage if required.