How remote monitoring works

Modern security systems consist of much more than a simple alarm. Nowadays, it’s possible to add a variety of technological innovations to your integrated security system, for home and business needs. You might consider perimeter monitoring, a way of alerting you to any intruder entering the bounds of your property. Others might prefer to invest in a remote-controlled security gate to maintain their site’s integrity. However, one of the most popular additions to any security system is a remote monitoring component. In this post, we’ll discuss how it works, and what your options are.

Set the scene

Burglars are typically opportunistic. They are looking for homes with security vulnerabilities or signs that the owner is absent. In the majority of cases, a visible deterrent like a functioning alarm box or CCTV cameras will be enough to deter a would-be intruder. However, if an experienced burglar believes that the value of breaking in would outweigh the risk of being identified and caught, they might try to burgle your home or business anyway.

In this scenario, it’s possible that they will try to circumvent your security system somehow. They might try to smash the cameras or the alarm, climb over fencing or even attack your business’ security team. However, if they do try to interfere with your system, they’re in for a nasty surprise.

A system like BT Redcare or Dualcom will monitor your security system through your phone line. If an intruder trips the system, an alert will be sent to a remote monitoring station, where professionals are able to alert the relevant authorities. But that’s not all. If an intruder tries to cut the phone line or otherwise disconnect the security system it will also send an alert. That’s because remote monitoring systems continuously check your phone line to prevent just such an attempt.

Wireless monitoring

One of the reasons that the Redcare and Dualcom ranges are so popular is because they are able to send alerts even when the phone line is cut (or otherwise unavailable); the system uses a ‘dual path’. This means your security system can send an alert wirelessly via a 4G signal instead, ensuring that the message gets through. And response times are fast – for some of the packages required at so-called ‘high-risk’ sites, authorities can be alerted within 90 seconds of the signal being sent. With this kind of speed, it makes it all the more likely that burglars will be caught in the act.

Surviving a power cut

The new breed of remote monitoring systems from BT Redcare also offer the ability to navigate through a power cut. Whether it’s a malicious attempt to shut off power and make a burglary easier, or simply an unfortunate coincidence, Redcare can still send its signal. The new models can feature a special battery pack to keep the system running in the event of mains power being down. It’s this kind of inclusion that makes remote monitoring so valuable, to both homes and high-value businesses alike.

If you are interested in hearing more or want to incorporate a remote monitoring technology like Redcare into your existing security system, get in touch with us today. Our expert team will be able to find the right product for you.

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