Back to base or Security monitoring can come in multiple forms delivered via various methods and offering varying levels of security. The most reliable and secure option is a 4G Communications module. This option is connected to your alarm panel, using the alarms battery backup in the event of main power loss. It’s ability to communicate with our monitoring room will also go uninterupted as it uses a data sim to communicate over the 4G cellular network.
Here are some of the ways we can monitor your alarm or to setup for self monitoring-
- 4G Communications Module: This is a device which as mentioned above is connected to your alarm panel. It is power by the same power supply and backup power supply as the alarm system ensuring it’s continued operation in the event of power loss. It’s ability to communicate with our monitoring room will also go uninterupted as it uses a data sim to communicate over the 4G cellular network to our monitoring room. These devices will sometimes have dual sim cards with different providers to ensure continued operations if there is a network outage with one provider.
This system is able to be monitored with Back to base monitoring and is our preferred method.
- 4G Cellular Alarms: Some new alarm systems are able to have a sim card inserted directly into the alarm system. As long as you maintain the data plan for the system this avoids the initial cost of purchasing a 4G Communications module. This does have a slightly reduced level of security as it will typically only have one sim, this is still a very good option in conjunction with IP Monitoring services.
- IP Monitoring: Most new alarm systems will either have an ethernet port or IP Module which allows for an ethernet connection to the local network and the internet. This allows the system to report to our monitoring room via the internet. This can be a cheap alternative to 4G monitoring, if power is lost, so will be the systems ability to communicate to our monitoring room. This can be avoided if the alarm system has 4G cellular ability.
- Self Monitoring: To self monitor your system will require an internet or 4G connection which will generally send alerts to a mobile app on your phone. Whilst this is a useful feature, it is the least secure option if relying on this only.
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Alarm monitoring can be provided by different methods of connection to our monitoring room, each having its pros and cons. Some of the most common methods include;