These days, alarm systems can consist of many elements which make up the system – including passive infrared detectors, magnetic contacts, panic buttons, outdoor beams, CCTV systems and electric fencing, amongst other things.
A basic system, however, will always consist of some standard elements:
- A panel
- A keypad
- A number of passive infrared or dual infrared/microwave detectors
- Several sets of magnetic contacts
- One or more fixed or mobile panic buttons
- A radio or digital transmitter
YOUR ALARM PANEL
This is normally situated at least 1.5 metres below your ceiling of your premises and is the nerve centre of your alarm system. This should always be additionally ‘guarded’ by a specialised dual detection sensor, as the panel is, in effect, the brain of your alarm system and if tampered with could mean negative consequences.. This should always be additionally ‘guarded’ by a specialised dual detection sensor, as the panel is, in effect, the brain of your alarm system and if tampered with could mean negative consequences.
The panel contains all the connections to the various detection elements of your system, your keypad and your transmitter (whether digital or radio based).
Your keypad is your window to your system. The keypad stores various programmes and is how you activate and deactivate your system, set stay modes and bypass zones. The keypad is connected to the detection elements of your system via your panel.
Please see individual user guides regarding programming on your keypad for the various brand-name systems which Atlas installs. If you do not have one, please contact your sales consultant or our technical team for your copy.
Passive infrared detectors (PIRs)
Dual PIR and microwave detectors
Radio or digital transmitter
ATLAS SECURITY TIP
Test your Alarm on a regular basis at least once a month.
- Advise ATLAS of any faults as soon as possible
- Test your fixed and remote panic buttons regularly
- Dropping or bumping these items could render them inoperable
- Ensure your alarm system communicates both via radio & telephone links
- Make sure all alarm users, domestics & babysitters are familiar with our emergency call centre phone number and program it as a pre-set number in your home phone and mobile phone – 0861 585 585
- Advise Atlas of any changes to your risk profile i.e. alterations to your building or new equipment housed in areas
The use of Magnetic door and window contacts on all your external doors and windows are strongly recommended by Atlas Security and are one of the minimum specification standards required by all South African Insurance Association (SAIA) Approved alarm installations. Failure to install these door contacts can seriously compromise your security.