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Glossary of Security Terms

CAPO Security, Inc. knows how all of these security and monitoring terms can be overwhelming. Here is a quick glossary of some of our most used terms.

Access Control System- A system that allows your employees to enter restricted premises with an access card.
Alarm Security System - An alarm security system is a device for signaling an emergency. 
Battery Back-up Protection - A battery back-up is protection placed in or around your security control panel. The battery back-up keeps your security safety alarm system online in case of an electrical failure. 
CCTV (Closed-Circuit Television)- Used for surveillance, CCTV Images may be viewed on a monitor, via the internet or digitally recorded for later viewing and submission as evidence of a crime. 
Central Monitoring Station- An agency that receives alarms from customers' security alarm protection systems and requests the dispatch of fire, police or medical authorities, based on the type of emergency. 
Control Panel- The Security Control Panel receives transmissions from alarm sensors and communicates data to the central surveillance monitoring station. 
DVR (Digital Video Recorder)- A device that receives images from several CCTV cameras at once and enables the images to be viewed on a monitor or recorded. 
False Alarm- Any alarm sounded when there is no cause for alarm. 
Fire Alarm- A signal transmitted by heat, fire or smoke detectors. 
Glass-break Detectors- A Glass-break detector is an electronic device that detects frequencies that accompany the breaking of glass. 
Heat Detectors- Heat detectors can determine changes in temperature in your house or building. Heat Detectors can be a standalone fire alarm safety system or can work in conjunction with other safety security systems. 
Motion Sensors- Motion sensors are devices that register changes of state in interior or exterior spaces. Motion sensors are highly effective in intrusion detection. 
Panic Button- A panic button is a remote control device or a button on a security control panel that sends an alarm signal without requiring the use of a security access code. 
Cell Radio Backup- This state of the art technology allows us to install a radio alarm backup system without telephone lines. These cellular backup support systems may also be added to your present alarm protection system as a back-up or a primary form of communication which send alarm signals by radio to the central monitoring station. 
Sensor/Contact- A sensor is a device that detects a change from one state to another. 
Smoke Detector- A smoke detector is an electronic device which senses the presence of smoke and sends a smoke alarm signal to the security control panel. A smoke detector conveys early detection of a fire by an audible alarm warning.
Two Way Voice- is very similar to OnStar but for your home.  When an alarm is triggered, a two-way voice module is activated allowing communication from the central monitoring center directly to you or your location.  This greatly reduces false alarms and increases response times with authorities because they can know the premise status and act accordingly.
Water-flow Alarm- The water-flow alarm is a type of emergency safety alarm which is activated by the flow of water though a fire sprinkler system. This flow alarms the central surveillance monitoring station and alerts the authorities concerned.
Wireless Transmitter- a device that communicates with your security panel through Radio Frequency.  Wireless transmitters are often used in homes that are existing or where a wired system is not feasible