Electronic security products, Ballarat

Not all security systems are the same. All systems rely on movement detectors, all report to an alarm cabinet, but the more effective systems report back to a 24-hour control centre and can be interrogated by the control centre, i.e. two-way communication.

Direct-line monitored systems

These systems are the ‘Rolls Royce’ of detector systems, without the Rolls Royce price-tag. Direct-line monitored systems are directly linked to a central control centre by Telstra cable. They are remotely monitored 24 hours per day. Trained operators are able to determine the system status system and whether it is intact. Faulty lines, cut lines or other tampering is detected immediately. False alarm rates are extremely low, the system is very reliable and the system carries no hidden costs. The most significant disadvantage of this system (compared to radio systems) is the higher monitoring costs resulting from Telstra’s cable charges.

Radio-monitored systems

Virtually identical to direct-line systems except that monitoring is by radio instead of direct line. As a result, monitoring costs are significantly less (no cable charge). False alarm rates are low, reliability is excellent and there are no hidden costs. System tampering is detected immediately. This system does not provide quite the same level of quality of security compared to direct line but this compromise is minimal. This system is regarded as the best value for money, high-quality security system on the market. The greatest difficulty with radio is that clients outside radio range cannot select radio as an option.

An additional benefit of both direct-line and radio-controlled systems, is the ability to monitor intruder movements through client premises. This information is invaluable to police in apprehending the intruder. It also addresses safety issues for Sectrol Security and Geelong Monitoring Services attendance staff in determining the actions they should take when attending breaks.

Both systems can also be fitted with smoke detectors, personal duress alarms, flood alerts and appliance or machinery breakdown alarms also monitored 24 hours per day.

Telephone-dialler monitored systems

As the name implies, diallers are monitored via telephone. A telephone call is made each time the system is activated, deactivated, or alarmed, by the panel to our control centre. The significant weakness in this system is reliance on the telephone system. It can be tampered with without the knowledge of the control centre. A telephone dialler does not provide continuous communication between control centre and security panel. Telephone systems are not as reliable as radio and direct line systems, nor do they provide ongoing information when triggered.

Sectrol Security recommends the addition of a digital GPRS communications unit for all of our clients outside the range of our radio system. When added to a telephone dialler, the GPRS unit becomes the primary source of communication enabling the security panel to report all intrusion alarms and on off reports without phone call costs. The panel is also continually polled through the GPRS network ensuring it has not been removed. Should the primary communication be disrupted or interfered with, the GSM network becomes a backup form of communication should this fail the normal telephone (PSTN) network takes over. This invokes an extremely high degree of security, is a cost effective addition, and would be suggested as the minimum upgrade.

  • no telephone call costs – a telephone dialler makes a telephone call to the Control Centre each time it needs to inform us of an event and the average home or small business may have as many as four entry/exits (events) each day costing around $90 a quarter in telephone calls.
  • two-way communication – the GPRS system is interrogated by the Control Centre every 90 seconds or each hour depending on the selected option and the system must answer or an alarm is generated. A telephone dialler without this upgrade cannot be interrogated and if the telephone line is inoperable the dialler cannot communicate and the Control Centre will not know!

CCTV installation and monitoring

Ask us at Sectrol Security for a free quote and we will perform an assessment of your home, investment property, retail business, commercial business or industrial complex to give you advice on CCTV installation in Ballarat. We can design, install and maintain all levels of CCTV, IP systems and can provide small (one camera) to larger multiple CCTV systems (16 or more cameras) depending on your needs.

Our state-of-the-art monitoring centre can provide your home or business with security and peace of mind 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you are considering CCTV installtion, be sure that it is fully customised to meet the specific security requirements of your business.

Take a look at our audible alarm systems in Ballarat and district, too.