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Access Control A system that controls access for authorized persons .

These control systems can identify and record a persons door or area access by access cards, keys, readers and biometric devices. Biometric devices can scan and identify by fingerprint, retina, face recognition or palm print to name a few. See "Cancel" This is a sensor that detects the loss of electrical power to the alarm systems control panel at the protected premises. AC stands for "alternating Current"; An electric current that reverses direction in a circuit at regular intervals. Alarm Alarm Agent (ACE) A State Licensed Alarm Company Employee providing monitoring services to a Central Station or various other services to any licensed alarm company. See "Dealer" An "ACO" is a State Licensed Alarm Company who provides alarm installation and service to the subscriber. An ACQ or the qualified manager is the authorized manager in relation to the Alarm Company Operator License. A transmission usually between the alarm system at the protected premises and the central station. A detection system with signaling devices and control equipment designed for intruder detection and annunciation. A group of components including input devices, control panel and output devices installed so as to minimize loss from burglary, vandalism, fire etc. Alarm Verification Ambush Alarm Ambush Code ANI Methods used to attempt verification of an alarm before the authorities are dispatched. See "Duress Alarm" See "Duress Alarm" Any Number Identification is a caller identification system received by a toll free number. This allows the identification of any number, including ID blocked numbers or private callers. See "Partitioned System" This procedure indicated that the subscriber has entered the alarm code and has turned on the alarm system. This would indicate that the alarm system is armed and is ready to detect any intrusions. Armed - Away Armed - Stay This is an alarm system feature that allows the subscriber to arm the alarm system's perimeter doors or windows only, allowing them to move about the interior without setting off any motion detectors. See "Keypad" Unlawfully and intentionally causing damage, destruction or attempt thereof, property by means of fire This alarm system feature allows the subscriber to arm the systems perimeter and interior detectors. An electrical, electronic, or mechanical device that serves to warn of danger by means of a sound or signal.

Abort AC Power Fail

Alarm Company Alarm Company Operator Alarm Company Qualified Manager Alarm Signal Alarm System Alarm System

Area System Armed

Arming Station Arson

Audio Alarm Verification A direct communication path between the subscriber location and the central station. This is usually accomplished by a microphone and speaker being activated in the event of an alarm at the subscriber location. This allows the subscriber to hear the operator through a speaker at the premises and speak through a microphone also located at the premises. This system is tied into the central station telephone switch allowing the operator to converse through the central station telephone equipment. See "Glass Break Detector" Methods using a person's physical or chemical attributes for identification purposes. An alarm system that when armed, has the ability to detect intruders by use of protected points equipped with various sensing equipment. As an example, a device that responds to a physical stimulus (as heat, light, sound, pressure, magnetism, or a particular motion) and transmits a resulting signal. Burglary The unlawful entry if any building, structure, vehicle or vessel, with or without force, with the intent to commit a larceny constitutes "burglary" Bypass This is usually achieved manually by the user at the protected premises. The user arms the system by intentionally bypassing a sensor or group of sensors such as a window for ventilation, as an example. This can also be done to eliminate a faulty sensor so that the rest or the system can be armed while service is pending. Call List Cancel This is a signal that is transmitted by the control panel from the subscriber location. This signal indicates that an authorized user has disarmed the alarm system after an alarm, using the proper code. Cellular Telephone A stationary cellular telephone may be used to supplement or enhance the communications between the alarm system at the protected premises and the central station. A facility that monitors alarm signals by use of alarm receiving equipment and takes appropriate actions on signals received. See "Zone" Terminology also associated with a supervised open/close account. Closing means that the alarm system has been armed (tunred on) by an authorized user. Property which is zoned for business or industrial use. See "Sensor" A central station that provides monitoring services to the end user under contract with the alarm dealer who is a licensed installation and service company. A central station owned and operated within the protected premises and exclusively monitors only the area in which the alarm system is located. This is a list of authorized contacts and telephone numbers for the subscriber account located in the automation system.

Audio Detector Biometric Identification Burglar Alarm

Central Station Channel Designation Closing

Commercial Property Contact Central Station - Contract Central Station Central Station - Proprietary Central Station

Control Panel Dealer Dedicated Channel Dedicated Circuit Delay Zone Digital Communicator

The alarm system master control and dialer connecting all the system's sensors at the protected premises. An alarm company that provides security system sales, service and installation See "Direct Line" See "Direct Line" See "Entry Exit Door" An output device which upon activation from the control panel, transmits a signal to the monitoring station via the existing subscribers telephone lines.

Direct Line An circuit or channel typically leased from the phone company that has a direct connection to the central station receiving equipment. Direct Inward Dial DID is a service offered by telephone companies that enables callers to dial directly to an extension on a Private Branch Exchange (PBX) or packet voice system without the assistance of an operator or automated call attendant. See "Cancel" This procedure indicates that the subscriber has turned the alarm system off and that it is no longer ready to detect intruders.

Disarm After Alarm Disarmed DNIS

Door Sensor Doppler Effect

Destination Number Identification Systems are used by alarm receivers to identify the receiver number that is being called. By identifying the receiver number being called, this allows the central station to identify the specific dealer without using the old dedicated receiver line method. By using DNIS, the receiver phone number actually becomes the receiver line number. Sensor that detects the opening and closing of a door See "Microwave Sensor" (Austrian physicist and mathematician who first enunciated the principle known as the Doppler effect in 1842.)

Duress Alarm This is a manually triggered silent alarm activated by a special access code which will also disarm the alarm system. The duress code is designed to be used when the customer is being forced to enter the premises and disarm the alarm system. This type of alarm would indicate an attempted or completed robbery carried out with the use of force; at gunpoint for example See "Duress Alarm" This event indicates that the alarm system was armed (closed) earlier than the pre-determined time set by the subscriber. This event indicates that the alarm system has been disarmed (opened) earlier that the pre-determined time set by the subscriber. Emergency Service An emergency repair service provided by the dealer when conditions such as a subscriber being unable to arm or disarm an alarm system due to a malfunction. Emergency medical services is a dispatch center for emergency medical and ambulance personnel.

Duress Code Early Close Early Opening

EMS

Entry/Exit Door

This door is designed to delay the alarm system from activating, allowing a predetermined amount of time for the user to enter or exit after arming or disarming the alarm system. These alarm types are usually related to the external conditions or surroundings such as temperature alerts, sump pumps, pressure gages, water levels or chemical processes that are used in commercial and industrial applications. A signal or alarm transmission An emergency alarm, such as a burglary alarm, that is set off unnecessarily. A signal that has been verified false. An alarm used in announcing the outbreak of a fire. As an example, a device that responds to a physical stimulus such as heat, smoke or manual activation. A Public Agency who responds to fire and medical emergencies. Lead tape that carries electrical current that is applied to windows or glass that activates an alarm when torn or broken. See "Bypass" Sensor that detects the opening and closing of a gate. Sensor that detects specific sound or vibration patterns such as breaking glass. A private company that offers armed or unarmed security personnel to stand post or respond to alarm conditions. A fire alarm sensor that is triggered by heat detection. A manually triggered silent or audible alarm usually transmitted by a button, foot pedal or cash register money clip. This type of alarm would indicate an attempted or completed robbery carried out with the use of force; at gunpoint for example These alarm types indicate a maintenance or trouble condition with the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning System, (HVAC). See "Environmental Alarm" Illegal entry upon or appropriation of the property of another. A user or authorized person who has access to the protected premises in the event of an alarm. A keyfob is wireless remote device that can activate an alarm, allow access to a secured area or unlock a car door for example. The portion of the alarm system used to arm and disarm the alarm system.

Environmental Alarm

Event False Alarm Fire Alarm

Fire Department Foil Force Arm Gate Sensor Glass Break Detector Guard Service Heat Sensor Holdup Alarm

HVAC

Industrial Alarm Intrusion Key Holder Keyfob Keypad Larceny

The unlawful taking or attempted taking of property other than a motor vehicle from the possession of another by stealth, without force and deceit, with the intent to deprive the owner of the property Late Closing Late Opening Leased Line This event indicates that the alarm system has not been armed (closed) by the pre-determined time set by the subscriber. This event indicates that the alarm system has not been disarmed (opened) by the pre-determined time set by the subscriber. See "Direct Line"

Line Security A system that monitors the integrity of the communication link between the central station and alarm system or communications company. Local System An alarm system that does not communicate to a monitoring station and only activates audible or visual devices to alert the occupants only. Long Range Radio A network of radio transmitters capable of sending alarm messages used to supplement (back-up) or enhance the communications between the alarm system at the protected premises and the central station. Manual Test Signal This test signal is transmitted by depressing a key at the keypad. The purpose of doing this would be that the end user may assure that the alarm system is communicating properly to the central station. Done by, used by, or operated with the hands See "Pressure Mat" This alarm is manually triggered by button, keyfob or by keypad for example. This alarm is activated when the user may be in need of emergency medical attention. Sensor that utilizes a shift in frequency in accordance with the Doppler effect or Doppler Radar. As an example; detecting a person moving within its protected area. The transmissions may penetrate walls, partitions and floors. Sensor that detects motion within its protected area. This is an alarm system keypad indicator that tells the subscriber that there is an area that is still open and the system is not ready to arm. Outside Stem & Yoke, see "Sprinkler Control Valve" Terminology also associated with a supervised open/close account. Opening means that the alarm system has been disarmed (turned off) by an authorized user. See "Pressure Mat" Panic alarms were designed to indicate a general type of police emergency, a crime in progress for example; the user is witnessing an intrusion, a fight in progress. These alarms are usually treated by the police like a holdup alarm. See "PIR" An alarm system that is operated from a single control panel which allows multiple areas to be armed or disarmed independently. See "Passcode" See "Passcode" A word, number or phrase that identifies the user at the protected premises. PIR Passive Infra-Red is a motion sensor that requires the combination of heat and movement to detect motion within its protected area. See "Guard Service" See "Photo Electric Cell"

Manually Triggered Mat Medical Alarm

Microwave Sensor

Motion Sensor Not-Ready to Arm

OS&Y Opening

Pad Panic Alarm

Passive Infra-Red Partitioned System

Pass Card Pass Word Passcode

Patrol Service PEC

Phone Switch Photo Beam Photo Electric Cell

A telecommunication device located at the central station where all voice and data communications are routed through. See "Photo Electric Cell" An invisible light creating a beam between 2 or more points that would activate an alarm when such beam is broken by a person passing through for example. Post Indicator Valve, see "Sprinkler Control Valve" See "Zone" A Public Agency consisting of law enforcement personnel who respond to pubic requests for assistance relating to criminal activity. Acronym for "plain old telephone system" See "AC Power Fail" Sensor that detects an increase or decrease in pressure such as a floor mat.

PIV Point of Protection Police Department

POTS Power Failure Pressure Mat Proprietary Central Station Protected Premises Public Safety Center Pull Station

See "Central Station" The physical location where the alarm system is installed. A name for a municipal or county emergency communication center. This is a manually activated pull down fire alarm device. These pull stations are commonly found in large commercial buildings and schools. See "Long Range Radio" A voice or communication path using a radio frequency. This is an alarm system keypad indicator that tells the subscriber that all areas are closed and the alarm system is ready to arm. Equipment located at the central station designed to receive alarm transmissions from a control panel located at the protected premises, by telephone lines, radio waves, via the internet or from a satellite station.

Radio Network Radio Transmission Ready to Arm Receiver

Recent Arm Repeater Station

This usually follows another signal transmission which indicates that the alarm system has recently been armed by the subscriber. A separate location from the central station that houses receiving equipment that forwards signal activity to the primary central station. See "Restore" Property which is zoned for single-family homes, apartments, townhouses or condominiums. A system, zone or sensor that has returned back to a normal state. For example; 1. opening a door on a burglary system will cause an alarm, closing it would restore it. 2. Passing in front of a beam or motion detector would cause an alarm, moving away or out of the protection area would restore it. 3. A broken wire may cause a system trouble, repairing it would restore it.

Reset Residential Property Restore

Ring-Down-Line A dedicated circuit similar to a direct line, used for voice communication between the protected premises and the central station. When the line is picked up at one end it automatically rings the other. Such applications are used in elevator phones for example. Robbery Runner Safe Door Contact Satellite Station Security Guard Sensor Sensor Sheriff's Office Signal The unlawful taking of property from another's person by force or threat of force. A person(s) who responds to investigate alarm signals at the protected premises. Sensor that detects the opening and closing of a safe door. See "repeater station" See "Guard Service" A device, such as a photoelectric cell, that receives and responds to a signal or stimulus. See "Zone" See "Police Department" The sound, image, or message transmitted or received in telegraphy, telephony, radio, television, or radar. In alarm applications, a signal is usually transmitted via telephone lines, radio waves and through the internet. A fire alarm sensor that is triggered by smoke detection. A switch that detects that the water control valve position as being on or off. If in the off position; this would indicate that water would not flow through the water flow system in the event of a fire for example. See "Sprinkler System" A bright flashing light mounted on the exterior of the premises to help direct authorities to the location. Sensors within a fire alarm system that detect conditions representing a potential problem or malfunction. An automatic method of bypassing a zone or group of zones to prevent repetitious or "runaway" signals from reporting to the central station. See "Phone Switch"

Smoke Detector Sprinkler Control Valve

Sprinkler Sensor Strobe Supervisory Alarm Swinger Shunt

Switch Tamper

1. When used in connection with a burglary system, the signal indicates a tampering with the instrusion system. An example would be pulling the cover off a motion sensor or opening the alarm system control panel. 2. When used in connection with a fire system it may indicate that the water supply to a fire system has been shut off. Telephone Line Monitor A sensor that monitors telephone communications between the protected premises and the central station. If the phone line fails, this would indicate that some or all sensors would become incapable of reporting alarms to the central station. These sensors detect pre-determined conditions such as high or low temperatures.

Temperature Sensor

Test Test Report Theft

To administer a test of the alarms system to confirm the operation of the equipment and sensors See "Timer Test" The unlawful taking or attempted taking of property other than a motor vehicle from the possession of another by stealth, without force and deceit, with the intent to deprive the owner of the property

Timer Test

An automatic test signal which is scheduled in intervals to assure communication between the alarm panel and central station. This can be scheduled for a daily, weekly or monthly automatic signal. Trouble conditions indicate a malfunction or mechanical problem with the alarm system or a particular sensor. A motion sensor similar to a microwave but operates in a lower frequency range and is not able to penetrate walls, floors etc. The authorized person who operates the alarm system at the protected premises. A verified false alarm is an alarm that has been confirmed false by the authorized user at the premises. This video data is transmitted to the central station displaying video conditions at the subscriber location as a result of an alarm condition. These video transmissions will allow the operator to confirm or deny the validity of the transmission. A fire sprinkler system that detects the flow of water. This sensor is designed to detect a predetermined water level, high or low. See "Foil" Sensor that detects the opening and closing of a window. An operator work area within the central station containing telephone and computer equipment. A sensor/zone/point is connected to the alarm system control panel at the protected premises. A sensor/zone/point may represent different types of protection for fire, burglary or holdup protection to name a few. Zone is also known as channel designation.

Trouble Ultrasonic Sensor User Verified False Alarm Video Alarm Verification

Water flow Sensor Water Sensor Window Foil Window Sensor Workstation Zone