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2GiG Cheat Sheet

2GiG Cheat Sheet

Click link for the PDF Sheet  2gig-cheat-sheet

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Add / Remove user on Honeywell Vista Alarm Panels

Add a user code: [Master Code] + [8] + user # + [New user code]
Delete a user code: [Master Code] + [8] + user # + [#] [0]

If you want to change the master code and you do not currently know the master code, you can also use the installer code to set the master code.

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Free Alarm System Monitoring

Control Your Security System From Anywhere For Free!

Control your security system from your computer or Smartphone. Get Alerts by text or email.

EyezOn’s EnvisAlerts service allows complete control of your new or existing “traditional” security system from a computer or Smartphone anywhere you have an Internet connection.
No Phone Line? Not a problem. EnvisAlerts allows your panel to connect through your Internet connection instead.
“Traditional” panels require telephone line to communicate. More and more people are giving up their “hard” phone lines in favour of VoIP or Cellular.
Full Featured
  • Remote Arm (Away & Stay, Quick Arming)/Disarm/Zone Bypass/PGM Control (depending on panel model)
  • Event Logging
  • Receive Alerts by e-mail or SMS.
  • See at a glance zone status.
  • New “Smart Phone” optimized version of the ESP portal. Works with iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry.
So What Do You Need To Get Started?
A new or existing DSC or Honeywell (Ademco) security system.
EyezOn’s EnvisaLink 3 security interface module.
Available through TRi-D-FX
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False Alarms Calgary

False alarm fees

The Calgary Fire Department (CFD) can assess fees for select, non-emergency services such as response to repeated, preventable false fire alarms.

Through the City of Calgary Fire Fees Bylaw, the ultimate goal of the Calgary Fire Department is to reduce the number of false incidents to which fire crews respond each year.

Fees apply for false alarms within a calendar year:

First false alarm: No charge

Second false alarm: $265

Third false alarm: $265

Four or more false alarms: $530/alarm

The routing of security alarms to the CFD is prohibited and will be subject to a fee of $530 upon a first offence and for every additional alarm.

If a false alarm signal received by the CFD is followed by a secondary call from the building confirming there is no fire and that a fire alarm has been reset, the fee may be reduced by 50 per cent.

For more information about false alarm fees, please call 3-1-1 or 403-268-CITY (2489) if calling from outside Calgary or visit the fire fees bylaw page here.

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Looking For A Quality Alarm System in Alberta

Re post from the Edmonton Police Service.

An alarm system is only as good as the reliability of its power supply. The most dependable system that operates on household electric power, with emergency backup power provided by a battery to assure operation during emergencies. A rechargeable means of automatically reporting battery failure should be included. In addition, a service and maintenance contract that includes automatic battery replacement when needed is highly desirable.

  1. Some visual or audible signal should be provided to alert you to a malfunction in the system prior to operation.
  2. Any components that can turn the system on and off or render it otherwise inoperative or ineffective should be tamper-resistant.
  3. A quality system should carry a reasonable warranty covering both parts and labour, from both the manufacturer and the installer for a period of one year from the date of installation.
  4. The alarm system should be capable of being easily upgraded at minimal cost to meet changing needs, e.g. smoke, fire, medical, water, temperature and any change in legal requirements.
  5. Since any system of this type will require service from time to time, be sure that the company you deal with can provide service promptly.
  6. Make sure you understand your system thoroughly. Be aware of its capabilities. You should be made familiar with all the details of operating the system and receive verbal as well as written instructions covering all circumstances.
  7. The alarm system should also be easy to learn to operate for everyone who may require access to your premises, e.g. children, guests and key holders.

Equally important, you should be sure to cooperate with local crime prevention programs, as well as with all reasonable requests and requirements made of alarm system owners by your police service. By properly registering your system, as well as advising authorities of whom to contact should you be away when your alarm sounds, you will greatly assist them in providing maximum protection to you, your family and your community.  For information on how to register your intrusion alarm system contact the Edmonton Police Service  Alarm Program at (780) 421-3410.

Hardware

Perimeter Protection

Perimeter protection refers to sensors installed on doors and windows. They set off the alarm whenever a window or door is forced open. Full perimeter protection means that every possible point of entry has a sensor.

Interior protection, on the other hand, refers to a “motion sensor” being used to detect someone inside.

Installation of the perimeter devices is straightforward, while the installation of interior sensors can be tricky. If you have animals, a “pet alley” will be necessary to avoid false alarms. A “pet alley” is created by using a special lens that prevents a sensor from detecting motion near the floor. This option can allow your pet to roam the area when the system is on, as long as it does not jump or climb on something inside the detection area. The installer must be careful to avoid putting the sensors where heating ducts or the sun’s ray can cause temperature changes to be detected, creating a false alarm. Price of the sensors also determines accuracy. More expensive sensors often have higher immunity to false alarms. More expensive systems have formulas and double checks that reduce the possibility of temperature changes, insects and flapping drapes creating false alarms.

Dual technology sensors, using both infrared and microwave detection, reduce false alarms but cost more. Two sensors may also be aimed at the same area, from different angles, and wired to require dual activation before sending in an alarm. Again, this reduces false alarms and will double the price.

Two or three perimeter detectors backed up by a motion sensor is the most inexpensive possible layout. However, it is easy to violate. Since most false alarms come from the sensor and presumably a cheap layout will use a less expensive sensor, it may tend to cause more false alarms.

Reasonable perimeter protection (cover on the most accessible windows and all doors) with good motion sensors, well placed, gives adequate protection. Audible sirens may be considered to scare away intruders. A good system should have a remote keypad that is at a convenient location for entry/exits. The “brain’ or “guts” to any system is called the “control panel”. It should be in a remote location, hidden.

Glass Break Detectors

A number of companies make glass break detectors. These are devices that set off an alarm when breaking glass is detected. They tend to be sensitive to similar sounds, like jingling car keys or a dropped plate in the kitchen. If adjusted to avoid false alarms from anything other that the actual window panes, they may not work when those panes are actually broken. Fortunately, burglars rarely enter through broken glass. They reach through a broken pane to unlock and open the window frame or door (Burglars don’t want to get cut either). Opening the frame or door then sets off the alarm.

Therefore, these should be used only when a massive glass area represents the obvious entry point and careful calibration must be used for effective detection.

Hard-wired vs. Wireless

Hard-wired systems run wires through your walls and floors to connect the sensors. The advantage of a hard-wired system is dependability. There are no batteries to change. The sensors are easily concealed. The disadvantages to hard-wired systems are that they take longer to install, and require drilling into walls and ceiling as well as lifting carpets during installation.

Wireless systems’ sensors transmit a radio signal when they detect an intrusion. No wires are needed. They can be installed in a few hours with less mess. Changing the system later is easier.

Wireless systems have batteries that must be changed. Most should be replaced annually.

Supervised vs. Unsupervised

Supervised systems tell you when a door or window is open. They indicate if a sensor is not working, usually meaning a battery died. With most, the alarm control panel is able to locate the problem.

When you leave a door or window open, or if a sensor is not working, you won’t know it with an unsupervised system. The danger is that your alarm will be set but a window may be open.

What About Off-Premises Monitoring?

A proper home alarm system should feature a distinct signal on the premises, both inside and outside. In this manner, the occupants, the intruder and the neighbours are alerted at the same time. The alarm signals may be a loud bell, buzzer, siren, horn or other warning device and may also be installed with various automatic lighting features which either turn on the household electric lights or activate special emergency signal lights. Warning decals or similar emblems affixed to the home’s point of entry are also useful in deterring intruders.

The mere fact that an alarm system exists is often sufficient deterrent to discourage a burglar even before he tries to force an entry. In addition, the local alarm signal is generally enough to scare off most intruders once they sound. Silent alarms which do not sound on the premises, but merely alert an off premises monitoring source are not recommended for residences, since they allow the intruder inside where he may be in a position to threaten an occupant while police respond to the silent signal.

However, the procedure of transmitting an alarm signal off the premises to a monitoring location is an excellent additional form of protection. Such off-premise alerts mean that help will be on its way.

Keep alarm company signs clean and in plain view and request a replacement decal for your Edmonton Police Service Alarm Permit when damaged or faded. Requests scan be made through the Edmonton Police Service Alarm Program at (780) 421-3410

Alarm signals are generally transmitted via direct connection to a central monitoring station by means of special leased telephone lines, or by various forms of automatic telephone dialers utilizing the existing household telephone line. In the latter approach, there is a dialling device which utilizes a digital dialer which transmits a special coded signal. Where combination alarms are installed, the transmitter should differentiate between the various types of alarm signals., i.e. fire, burglary, medical emergency, etc.

Systems should be capable of pinpointing the location of an intrusion within your home; such a feature is certainly an advantage to the police officer responding to an alarm signal; or to a technician trying to locate a problem sensor. The central station employs trained personnel whose ONLY function is to remain alert for alarm signals and act upon them which usually involves dispatching either alarm company personnel, a private guard service, local police or fire officers to the scene.

 

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Home Security Alberta March 31st 2014

Considering the amount of time we spend in our homes, there is not doubt to why we spend so much time worrying about the safety and security within our homes.

An easy way to make your home feel safe is to lock your doors – if someone is scouting your home, they will see that you always use keys to enter. Invest in an external motion sensor system to trigger a main external light to light up your front step, which is an easy to afford option – lights scare prowlers off. With that in mind, a few extra lights to illuminate your house can not only make the house a little safer, but also accent the house and any landscaping very nicely.

Investing in a basic home security system is worthwhile – if any exterior windows are doors are opened while the system is active, sirens will sound and a signal will be sent to an alarm monitoring company. Of course, by the time the police arrive, it will be 15 minutes or more later, so the monthly fees for monitoring may not be worth it, but the siren that sounds is normally loud enough to alert everyone in the house, as well as for several houses around. Most new houses include the wiring for a system as part of the standard build for the house, making it very easy to roll one out in the future.

Consider investing in a fire-proof and water-proof safe if you have a higher end need for safety and valuable assets to protect. Fire-proof is a necessity, since the biggest risk to a home is fire, and water-proof is a requirement, since water will be used to put out said fire – if you want to keep any irreplaceable documents, they need to be kept in a water-proof environment. Another option is to consider a safety deposit box at a local bank – they are far more affordable on a monthly basis.

Learn about your neighborhood, and if your home is in a neighborhood with a higher rate of crime, consider installing bars on any ground-accessible windows – they are a visible sign of physical security. Also, keep your curtains closed on the main floor – they make it harder to see in if someone is trying to figure out if you have anything worth stealing.

The safest home is one in a safe community. Be involved in your community – a strong community has a better chance of rejecting any negative criminal elements as well as supporting positive ones. Community programs like Neighborhood Watch encourage each member of a community to watch out for each other, and as a result, common crime in those neighborhoods is dramatically lower.

 

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False Alarm Reduction Tips

False alarms not only negatively impact on your home and personal life, but they also affect your security provider and the community. False alarm fees can cost you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. It can also create dissatisfaction with your system, as well as the security provider. Additionally, police resources across the country are limited, and should never be wasted. Thousands of police and fire patrol hours are spent investigating alarm reports that turn out to be false.

Tips for Reducing False Alarms

You can take several steps to reduce false alarms. The first is to identify their causes.

For homeowners, some of the common causes are:
  • Using incorrect keypad codes.
  • Failing to train authorized users.
  • Failure to secure doors and windows once the alarm is turned on.
  • Wandering pets.
  • Re-entering the home just after leaving without disarming (assuming the exit delay is long enough to compensate).
  • Objects hanging by or around motion detectors.
  • Weak system batteries.
  • Faulty equipment.
  • Acts of nature (strong winds, electrical storms, etc.).

False alarms due to faulty equipment or acts of nature are rare. The single largest cause of false alarms is human error.

Once the causes are identified, some basic steps should help reduce false alarms:
  • Properly train all users (e.g., babysitters, relatives, children, visitors, etc.).
  • Secure doors and windows before turning on alarm.
  • Inform the monitoring center of new pass codes and arming codes, and new or removed authorized users.
  • Service and maintain the system (including batteries) properly.

If there is a question as to whether or not the system is working properly, immediately contact the security provider to check the status of the system and devices.

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How do i program a key-chain and the smoke detector Simon GE

To program any new sensors first you must access the installer menu by opening the front cover and using buttons typing in the installers code,(4321) is the default code.

Once that is done press the add button, then the sensor/remote button, then trip sensor(keyfob by pressing both the lock and unlock buttons together until the system beeps) or (removing the smoke detector from the base until it beeps).

Once the sensor has been learned it will say keychain remote, press the sensor/remote button repeatedly until it says the correct location, then press done. then enter group code 01 for the keyfob and 26 for the smoke detector. then done.

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Are you giving out details that help a thief?

If a burglar calls, and hears on your voice mail that you’ll be on vacation in the sunny Caribbean for two weeks, those will be the sweetest words he could hear.

 

Technology has helped burglars. It’s easy to do an Internet search to match an address with a phone number, especially if you have your last name written anywhere outside your home. And it’s easy to call to make sure someone is out — especially if there’s a message confirming it on their voice mail. Additionally, with the rise of Facebook and Twitter as social media tools, you should consider what you are posting or tweeting. Are you telling the world that you are away on vacation?

While there may be times that you need to leave a message for someone detailing where you are and what you are doing, you should always ensure that this is done with the security of your home in mind. Don’t divulge unnecessary or compromising information, since you can’t control who will hear or see it.

 

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How to Get Started with an Existing Home Alarm System- Tip Sheet

For recent home buyers, purchasing a new home with an existing alarm system can be valuable, if the system is properly activated. The home security professionals at TRi-D-FX created a list of tips to help homeowners get started using an existing alarm system.

For recent home buyers who are lucky enough to have purchased a home with an existing alarm system, it can be a great asset.

Top rated alarm systems are the best way to prevent break-ins, and protect the safety of a family and the valuables within a home. Unfortunately, often alarm systems are installed in homes, but go unused. A homeowner may not even realize how simple it is to activate an existing alarm system, and enjoy all the safety and security benefits provided.

The security professionals at TRi-D-FX, a site offering reviews of top alarm companies, including Honeywell, DSC and others, created a list of tips to help homeowners get started using an existing alarm system.

1.    Locate the panel to the alarm system, and ensure the system is receiving power. Often, a seller will turn off power to an alarm system before moving, so a new homeowner may need to locate the power source for the system, which is often located in a basement or crawl space. Restoring power to an alarm system is usually as easy as plugging a cord into an outlet.

2.    Once the panel and power source for an alarm system are located, new homeowners should immediately change the codes. There’s always the possibility that the code of the previous owners has fallen into the wrong hands, so it’s generally better to be safe than sorry. To change the code or operate the system, the new homeowner will likely want to locate the owner’s manual. If the owner’s manual wasn’t left by the previous owners, they can often be located online. This is also a good time to find the brand name and model of the alarm system, because this information will be needed by the new monitoring company.

3.    Select an alarm system company like us here at TRi-D-FX to provide monitoring services. A site like TRi-D-FX is a great resource to compare top monitoring companies and choose an alarm system company that will work best. Many alarm companies may try to convince homeowners to upgrade to a new system, but this probably isn’t necessary. Be cautious of potential installation fees, new equipment and upgrades. When selecting a monitoring company, carefully review any contracts, and look for hidden costs or long-term commitments, which are common with security system contracts.

4.    The alarm company will activate the system, upon the homeowner’s request, which will likely occur through the use of an activation code. Upon activation, the homeowner should arm and disarm the system and perform a full system test, to ensure everything is in proper working order. If there are battery or wireless components that are part of the system, it’s important to remember to check that all batteries and systems are working properly. For example, this is a good time to test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors,and flood detectors if they were already present upon moving into a new home.

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