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Access Control Systems - Allows employees to enter your building and specific areas of your company with an electronic card or key.

Barrier Bars - Spring tension rods with a contact on one side. Generally used as perimeter protection across standard basement windows.

Battery Back-up - This is placed inside the control panel, and keeps your system running in the event of a power failure.

Bypass - Selectively remove points from the security system.

Doyle Emergency Response Center - Staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year; operators respond to alarms by notifying police or fire of emergency situations. Doyle’s Emergency Response Center is Five Diamond certified, U.L. Listed.

Chime Mode (Watch Mode) - Systems can be set to alert you with a chime whenever a door or window is opened while the system is disarmed. This feature is ideal for parents to keep track of their children going in and out of the home. (Perfect for homes with swimming pools and large front and back yards!) This option is not available on all security systems.

Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) - Camera surveillance that allows people to record activity at their homes and businesses. CCTVs serve as a deterrent to crime by their very presence.

Contacts - These devices detect the opening of protected doors and windows when the system is armed.

Control Panel - The command center of the security system is housed in a tough steel enclosure, typically placed in an inconspicuous location.

Covert Closed Circuit Television - Record activity at your home or business without anyone knowing there is a camera present. This is ideal for office theft problems, and is gaining popularity in the home to secretly watch baby sitters and nannies.

Entry/Exit Delay - A programmed delay of system alarm response that allows you to enter or exit an armed area through designated point(s).

Environmental Devices - Can detect potential home/business disasters such as water/flood, high/low temperature alarms, carbon monoxide, and natural gas.

Fire Protection - This involves a complete system for the detection and warning of a fire and involves devices such as smoke detectors, heat detectors, pull stations, horn strobes, and strobes.

Glass Break Sensors - These sensors detect the unique sound of breaking glass. Used on windows and sliding glass doors.

Heat Detector - This 24-hour detector can determine when there is excessive heat caused by fire in the home or building. This detector can work in conjunction with your security system or with a stand-alone fire system.

Interior Sounder – An audible siren that alerts occupants of an alarm condition.

Intercom-Audio - For added safety, the intercom allows you to talk to the person at your door without having to open it.

Intercom-Video - This intercom system allows you to see and talk to the person at your door without having to open it.

Keypad - Strategically placed, keypads allow arming and disarming of system.

Keypad Panic Button - By pressing a button, an audible alarm will sound and an emergency signal will be sent to our central station to dispatch the police.

Keypad Two-way Wireless - Hand held remote keypad allows you to activate and deactivate the system from outside of your home (average range of 75 feet) by entering in your arm/disarm code.

Master Arm - To turn on (arm) both interior and perimeter points.

Medical Alarm - Alerts the Security Response Center of a medical emergency by means of a wireless transmitter that can be worn around the neck or on the wrist.

Motion Detector - An interior motion detector senses intruder movement in your home or business.

Motion Detector (Pet Resistant) - Allows birds, cats, small and medium sized dogs and other pets less than 50 pounds to roam the home freely without setting off the alarm. Compatible with pet doors to allow pets to come and go from the home.

Pass Code or Personal Identification Code (PIC) - Verbal code (can be a word, a name, a number, etc.) that enables central station operators to verify they are speaking with an authorized person during telephone communications.

Panic Device - This lightweight panic button can be worn with a clip or around your neck. This device activates an alarm to alert our Emergency Response Center operators to dispatch the police for assistance. This can be programmed to transmit the signal silently, or create an audible alarm.

Phone Module - You can also control your wireless system from any touch-tone phone, from your bedroom, car, office or even a pay phone! The program provides the zone description, as well as voice user prompts. Convenient for times when you've forgotten to arm your system.

Point - A detection device or group of devices connected to the security system. Points can be designated as either interior or perimeter and display on the command center. Examples of a point would be a door contact, a motion detector, etc.

Secured Monitoring - Provides radio backup to phone line transmissions, should your line be disabled or disrupted.

Siren (Exterior) - Audible device alerts family and neighbors of an alarm condition.

Smoke Detector - This 24-hour detector gives an audible warning through early detection of fire. When working in conjunction with your security system, the smoke detector will automatically send a signal to our central station in the event of a fire. Our operators will immediately alert the fire department of your emergency.

Strobe - Can be used in conjunction with your siren to indicate an alarm condition and help police or neighbors quickly notice your property. This is distinguished from a Fire Alarm Strobe, which is a xenon strobe that it is an ADA-rated fire alarm notification appliance.

Sump Pump Monitor - Helps prevent basement flooding. When water in a sump pump reaches a dangerously high level, the monitor sends a signal to your alarm panel and communicates this environmental alarm to our security response center.

Temperature Sensor (High/Low) - Thermostat type sensor which can be programmed to alert the alarm control panel and transmit a signal to our security response center when the temperature in your dwelling reaches a preset high or low. Usually used to prevent pipes from freezing when a homeowner is away for extended periods of time.

Five Diamond certified, U.L. Listed - This means the Doyle Emergency Response Center, or any specific device, has passed the rigorous test and standards for the Underwriters Laboratories. Many applications require that the Emergency Response Center and alarm panel, including all of its components, be Five Diamond certified, U.L. Listed.

User ID # - Number that is actually entered into the keypad enabling users to arm or disarm and access the menu of the system.

X-10 Interface - Module, which can be added to certain security systems to turn various electrical appliances or lights on and off.

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