Selecting a security system to protect your business or residence is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Most people understand that and the importance of choosing the right components to form the most effective system possible. However, most people do not realize that even the most technically advanced components are impacted by the signal delivery system. Understanding the options in signal delivery can make all the difference if you experience an emergency event.
Traditional Alarm Signal Transmission isn’t All It’s cracked Up to Be
When an alarm is tripped, the signal must be transmitted to a central alarm monitoring station who immediately alerts authorities. Traditional alarm systems rely on the signal being sent via landline phone or via a GSM cellular alarm communicator. The problem in using these modes of alarm signal transmission is that more and more people and communities are abandoning landline communications and frequent sunsets in GSM cellular technologies makes frequent upgrades necessary and costly. Some people opt to use VoIP transmission, which is not only unreliable but renders may systems of alarm transmission useless.
Common current communication methods include:
- Telephone line
- Direct wire
- Derived channel
- Private tower-based radio
Mesh Radio Changes Everything
Multi-hop wireless mesh networks is a technology that disrupts the current alarm system delivery protocol system which relies on traditional phone lines and cellular systems to transmit security signals. Wireless mesh networks provide multiple paths for swift data transmission. The data may be transmitted directly to the central station or may take the fastest available path to its destination, always taking the fastest most reliable path.
Redundancy is the Key Attribute of Wireless Mesh Networks
When it comes to alarm signal transmission, speed and accuracy is everything when seconds matter. In wireless mesh technology, each user uses a Smart Subscriber Transceiver (SST), a device that acts as a transmitter, receiver, repeater, and router and links each one to the Central Receiver. In the mesh network, each SST is capable of sending and receiving data from another SST or Central Station receiver. If any one SST in the network is unable to store and forward the data, the intelligent network analyzes they system and chooses an alternate route. This means the system constantly self-adjusts to optimize the flow of information.
Wireless Mesh Enhances the Alarm Industry
The electronic security industry relies on quick and reliable alarm data transmission. The basic industry requirements state that the central station must receive the alarm within 2 to 90 seconds from incident occurrence, in addition to other requirements. That is a broad range when you are thinking about the gravity of the situation. Wireless mesh network offers unique advantages that meets the many alarm industry standards, including the fastest transmission speed. Additionally, since it uses existing and proven technologies at its foundation, it will never see sunsets and other problems common to other alarm communication technologies.
Reliability, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness should be at the foundation of every fire and security system and that’s why Guardian Security offers one of the largest wireless mesh networks in the country. Call Guardian Security for more information.