Burglar Alarm Partitions Guide

By: Ari Erenthal, Published on May 10, 2017

Many burglar alarm systems have a single designated level of access for users. A user can arm or disarm the entire alarm by entering a single code. Some alarm applications require alarm installers to design the alarm with multiple sections that are kept separate from each other. These sections are called partitions. In this guide, we examine alarm partitions, including

  • What is a partition?
  • Common partition applications
  • Implementing partitions

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Comments (4)

Good explanation Ari, thanks. Another common name used in the industry for Partition is "Area" and many manufacturers use the term Area instead of Partition. Personally, I prefer Partition.

Same goes for "zones" and "inputs" and "alarm points" which all mean exactly the same thing for most manufacturers. I kinda prefer the term "Inputs" over "zones" because some manufacturers use "zones" to mean Partitions (where a "zone" would be a group of inputs that would be armed and disarmed together)

Yes, hearing partitions (or areas) referred to as 'zones' always rubs me the wrong way.

The varied naming conventions used in the industry are a pain. I start presentations with dealers and end-users now by defining what my presentation terms will mean "when I talk about a zone I mean a detection point" and "a group of detection points is a Partition or an Area"

Zones used to also be called "Loops"...

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