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ESX 2017 Final Show Report

The ESX (Electronic Security Expo) day 3 / Thursday is done and the exhibits are over. IPVM was in Nashville covering it in-depth. Below covers days 1, 2, and 3. Inside this report: "It's riskier to be in the alarm industry today" Very str...

By Ari Erenthal - 8 days ago

RMR Integrator Importance Statistics

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How do integrators feel about offering RMR / recurring revenue services? For many, their business revolves around RMR, while others see no benefit.  150+ integrators answered our survey on the importance of RMR to their business. We examine the t...

By Ari Erenthal - 16 days ago

US States Security Licensing Guide

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In the US, many states require integrators to be licensed to install burglar alarms, CCTV, electronic access control, or all three, and requirements vary widely from state to state, making it confusing for those entering the industry to know exact...

By Ari Erenthal - 25 days ago

Alarm Supervision Guide

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Burglar alarms can constantly monitor the health of attached circuits, sensors, and devices to ensure that they remain operational. This is known as supervision. Poor implementation of supervision is a common source of false alarms. However, if pr...

By Ari Erenthal - about 1 month ago

Aura's 'Invisible Ripple' Next Gen Intrusion Detection Tested

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Aura Home is a startup intrusion detection system, but it claims new, high-tech sensing that monitors the 'invisible ripples' movement creates, showing up as spikes in a line in the main app:     We tested the platform to see how well it stack...

By Brian Rhodes - about 1 month ago

Burglar Alarm Partitions Guide

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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 ar...

By Ari Erenthal - about 1 month ago

Alarm Circuits Guide

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Alarm circuits are a fundamental element of wired burglar systems. Designing the alarm circuit greatly affects its performance. In particular, more efficient circuit designs introduce less resistance and cause fewer false alarms. In this note, we ...

By Ari Erenthal - about 2 months ago

Arming States For Burglar Alarms

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Burglar alarms give the user the ability to choose how much of their alarm is active at any time. Activating alarm sensors on windows and doors while deactivating alarm sensors inside allows alarm users to move about their homes without having to ...

By Ari Erenthal - about 2 months ago

Duress Codes For Alarms Systems

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An alarm system can call for help in the event of an attempted break in, but only if it is armed. If an adversary forces an authorized user to disarm the alarm, however, that adversary can gain entry without alerting emergency responders. Therefor...

By Ari Erenthal - about 2 months ago

Burglar Alarm Zoning Guide

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The function of an alarm panel is to gather information from sensors and respond to this information by triggering actions. While it is possible to program these responses manually, most alarm panels have a variety of responses preprogrammed and g...

By Ari Erenthal - about 2 months ago

Xandem Next Gen Intrusion Tested

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Xandem's "full coverage motion tracking technology" is unlike any intrusion technology we have seen. We bought their new system and tested it extensively to better understand its strengths and weaknesses. Below is one of the examples from our tes...

By Brian Rhodes - about 2 months ago

Splicing Alarm Circuits Guide

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Alarm installers commonly connect multiple sensors to a single zone. They do this by splicing the wires together. In this report, we will explain how alarm technicians splice the most common alarm wires, including: What a splice is Common alar...

By Ari Erenthal - 2 months ago

Beware The "Hit List" Ranking

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The hit list. Kirschenbaum's recent newsletter complained about a 'hit list', bemoaning how a company took aim at ADT. Alas, that's the Google racket. When someone searches for a term (like 'ADT'), Google will gladly sell numerous ads for anyone...

By John Honovich - 2 months ago

Bosch B-Series Intrusion Tested

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Bosch is one of the biggest names in intrusion but their B-Series panels, targeted at smaller site installs and available through distribution, are relatively new for intrusion standards. We bought a Bosch B3512 panel and a B942 graphic keypad to...

By Brian Rhodes - 2 months ago

Alarm Panel Quiz - Honeywell vs DSC vs Bosch And More

Intrusion panels are hard to identify, are not always clearly labeled, and often look like other printed circuit boards unless you spot telling characteristics. Compounding the difficulty, panel stickers and labels often fade or get lost, enclosur...

By Brian Rhodes - 3 months ago

Burglar Alarm Strobes Guide

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Strobes provide visual notification of alarm incidents, as sirens are used to give audible notification. Using a strobe gives alarm users and alarm responders another way confirm alarms when they cannot hear the sirens. In this note, we examine ho...

By Ari Erenthal - 3 months ago

2Gig Intrusion Megatest (GC2 & GC3 Panels Tested)

2Gig is one of the most widely used intrusion systems, with two product lines that are the main offering of many alarm companies, huge national installers and small mom & pop shops alike. In this dual-test, IPVM bought both variants of this a...

By Brian Rhodes - 3 months ago

Burglar Alarm Sirens Guide

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Sirens are used to alert users to an alarm condition. In this note, we examine how to choose, locate, and install alarm sirens, including Siren versus speaker Form factors - surface mount, flush mount, horns, self contained sirens, armored sir...

By Ari Erenthal - 3 months ago

Glass Break Sensor Tutorial

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Burglars often break glass windows to get into a house. Using glass break detectors in conjunction with alarm contacts is a good way to protect the entire perimeter of a building. In this note, we examine glass break detectors, including  Shock...

By Ari Erenthal - 3 months ago

Simplisafe Warns Customers About Alarm Fines

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Simplisafe markets themselves as a 'better way' than traditional professional alarm companies. However, in one key way, Simplisafe hides the alarm permitting process from their marketing material, only making it clear after the system is purcha...

By Ari Erenthal - 3 months ago

Alarm Panic Switches Tutorial

Panic switches allow silently triggering an alarm system when it is otherwise disarmed. In this tutorial we explain and contrast the 7 most common types, including: Covered Switch / Hold Up Emergency Button Latching Switch Wireless Keyfob F...

By Ari Erenthal - 3 months ago

Environmental Sensors For Burglar Alarm Tutorials

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Intrusion detection systems can be used to alert users to environmental issues. By connecting sensors that monitor the heat, humidity, and moisture, alarm subscribers can be alerted to potential problems before they grow worse. In this tutorial, w...

By Ari Erenthal - 3 months ago

Burglar Alarm Screens Tutorial

Many residential alarm subscribers arm their alarms before going to bed at night. Wiring window screens allow these subscribers to leave their windows open while still being protected. In this guide, we will examine alarm screens, including: No...

By Ari Erenthal - 3 months ago

DMP Intrusion Tested (XR Series)

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DMP is a major provider of intrusion systems, but lacks the global brand recognition of some of its rivals (such as Bosch, Honeywell, DSC, or 2Gig). How does it compare to competitor systems that have been in widespread use for decades?   We boug...

By Brian Rhodes - 4 months ago

Alarm Contacts Tutorial

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Contacts are the devices that tell an alarm panel when an entryway is open or closed. The act of opening or closing an entryway, such as a door or window, causes a physical change in the contact. This in turn changes the state of the circuit to wh...

By Ari Erenthal - 4 months ago

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