Security System Glossary

Access Control System - These systems not only control access, they provide security badging options, and track employee and equipment movements in and out of the premises or restricted areas, and can automate time and attendance reporting. Electronic Alarms also works with the leading edge of biometric systems, including hand, fingerprint and facial recognition systems.

Alarm Monitoring - When your alarm is triggered by an intrusion or fire at your property, the signal will transmit to a team of certified operators who will dispatch and make notification of the incident.

Alarm System - An alarm system consists of any mechanism that triggers an audio or visual alert to warn of a problem, such as a fire or a burglar entering.

Burglar Alarm - A burglar alarm is a mechanical system used to scare off burglars if they breach the protected area with a loud bell or siren. When monitored by a certified central station the property has the added protection of the local authorities being notified at the time of the incident.

Business Security System - A business security system protects your business, employees, property and your competitive advantage. In addition to a burglar alarm an integrated business security system can include access control, video surveillance and recording, monitoring of environmental conditions and more.

Carbon Monoxide - Carbon monoxide gas or CO is a by-product of burning fossil fuels. It is a colorless, odorless, and highly toxic gas. A 0.1% concentration of carbon monoxide can be deadly. Some common household sources of carbon monoxide are old or leaky furnaces, blocked gas or appliance vents, fireplaces, stoves, vehicles in attached garages, and even tobacco smoke. Carbon monoxide is a serious and common concern as it is present in almost every home in very small concentrations.

Carbon Monoxide Monitor / Detector - A device that monitors the presence and levels of carbon monoxide gas in a given area. If carbon monoxide is detected an alarm is sounded to notify occupants to vacate the area.

Carbon Monoxide Monitoring - If the Carbon Monoxide Monitor is tripped a signal will be sent to the central station and the proper authorities will be notified to respond.

CCD - CCD (charge-coupled device) is a type of image sensor. In effect, it is the "eye" of a camera phone, digital camera, or video camera. It is a device similar to a computer chip, which senses light focused on its surface, like electronic film.

CCTV - CCTV is frequently used in video surveillance systems. CCTV (closed circuit television) is a television system in which signals are not publicly circulated; cameras are linked to television monitors in a restricted region such as a store, an office building, or on a college campus.

CCTV Surveillance System - Closed circuit television video surveillance systems are often used for security purposes.

Decoders - A tool or program that deciphers encoded data into its original arrangement. The term is frequently utilized in mention to MPEG-2 video and sound data, which must be decoded before it can be produced.

Digital Video Monitoring System - Digital monitoring systems are video security systems that can be used with a VCR, DVR, or personal computer.

DVR - A Digital Video Recorder (DVR) is a device that records video to a hard disk in digital format.

DVR CCTV Recorder - DVR CCTV Recorders record actions on a surveillance camera on closed circuit television that can be used for later viewing.

Electronic Surveillance System - Electronic Surveillance Systems can protect homes from break-ins, burglary, and assault. They can be in the form of burglar alarms that notify the police, security cameras, and closed circuit television systems.

Emergency Response Locator - An emergency response locator is a sign placed in your yard to help deter would be burglars and to assist fire, police and medical personnel find your property easily. The signs are marked with reflective numbers that are easily visible day or night.

Environmental Monitoring - A threat to your home or business that comes from internal mechanical failures or extreme environmental conditions. These failures/conditions include HVAC system failure; extreme temperatures, both hot and cold; a build up of water either from a plumbing failure or flood conditions, or high levels of dangerous gases, such as propane, carbon monoxide or natural gas. Monitoring of these threats is crucial to the safety of your home or work environment.

Fire Alarm - A fire alarm is a mechanical system used to detect smoke and/or heat. When monitored by a certified central station the property has the added protection of the local authorities being notified to respond at the time of the incident. Electronic Alarms proposes all fire alarm systems to be compliant with Massachusetts State building codes and NFPA 72.

Home Security - Home security is crucial in order to protect your family, house, property and possessions.

Home Security System - A home security system is a complete system that secures a home from various threats and catastrophic events.

Proximity Card - Proximity card, also called a “prox card”, is a generic name for contactless integrated circuit device. They are used for security access, control applications, or payment systems. The cards communicate with an external antenna by utilizing their embedded metallic coil. For this RF antenna to be read, close proximity is required.

Remote Video Monitoring - Remote Video Monitoring (RVM) systems supply a method of automatically obtaining video information from isolated locations and transferring them to a central station workstation for processing.

Remote Security Alarm - Remote Video Monitoring (RVM) systems supply a method of automatically obtaining video information from isolated locations and transferring them to a central laboratory workstation for processing.

Remote Video Surveillance - See Remote Video Monitoring.

Remote Access - Remote access is the ability to get access to a computer or a network from a remote distance. In corporations, people at branch offices, telecommuters, and people who are traveling may need access to the corporation's network. Electronic Alarms uses remote access to make simple programming changes to our systems that would have required a service call in the past and to update and make changes to access control system data at the request of our customers.

Smart Card - Smart Cards, also known as integrated circuit cards (ICC), are plastic cards with embedded microchips that can be downloaded with data. Although there is a diverse range of applications, there are two broad categories of ICCs. With a smart card, one can make electronic cash payments, pay for parking, pay for public transportation, give personal information, and make other purchases. As far as personal safety is concerned, they are capable of providing security services (e.g. confidentiality of information in the memory).

Video Surveillance System - Video Surveillance Systems can protect homes and businesses from break-ins, burglary, and assault. They can be in the form of burglar alarms that notify the central station, security cameras, and closed circuit television systems.

VoIP - Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) systems are the new low cost telephone services that send calls over the Internet instead of traditional phone lines or any other IP-based network.

VoIP Alarm - Not all VoIP systems are the same. Many deal with the phone traffic in ways that prevent alarm signal transmission entirely, or during peak calling periods. And because VoIP is currently unregulated by the FCC, companies are not yet required to resolve the potential problems with alarm signal transmission. At Electronic Alarms we’ve been monitoring the development of VoIP systems and we’ve engineered methods to ensure your security system will still be able to send an alarm.

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