Auto-diallers and Hybrid Alarms

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What are Hybrid Alarms or Auto-dialers


These intruder alarms also have internal & external audible ringers or sirens. As with “audible-only” systems, the external bell will ring for a maximum of 20 minutes in the UK.

There are 2 main products, one that uses a land-line (speech dialler), one that uses the GSM network.

Speech Diallers

These are designed to be connected to your burglar alarm using a standard home phone “land-line” in order to send an alert to pre-set phone number(s) when your alarm is triggered. It’s a good way of being informed of an alert when you are away from the property.

Similar in some ways to an answerphone, you record you chosen message and input the contact numbers of the person(s) you want the dialler to call in the event of an alert.

In the event that the alarm goes off, it will call the pre-set numbers in the order programmed into the system and the recipient of the call will hear your recorded message. Your message should be clear about what you want the person to do.

The recipient of the call can then prevent the dialler from calling the next number on the list, usually by entering some code on the keypad of the phone.

Positives

  • You get notified of an alert in real-time when you are away from the property
  • Inexpensive to operate, as no call are made unless an alarm is triggered
  • Your existing phone line is used – no need to buy a new phone or rent a line.
  • No monthly fees or ongoing service contracts
  • Can list multiple contacts (key-holders) on dialler system
  • Potential to record & send alternate messages for fire / smoke / attack
  • Audible internal & external alarm bells /sirens

Negatives

  • Cannot operate without a fixed landline
  • Suitably skilled burglars may be able cut phone lines
  • You need trusted backup person(s) to put on dialler if you’re unable to respond
  • Higher purchase cost than “audible only” alarm

What items can be included

  • External Alarm box with strobe light
  • Internal audible alarm
  • Passive infra-red sensors
  • Movement detectors
  • Window & door contacts
  • Wall mounted key pad
  • Wireless or hard wired
  • Auto dialling machine linked to alarm

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Mobile or GSM Dialler Systems

Mobile phone networks or GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) can be taken advantage of to contact owners or key-holders.

GSM diallers that are connected to your burglar alarm can not only make calls, they can also send text messages.

You need to programme the GSM dialler with your mobile contact number & the number(s) of your chosen responsible person(s).

Features include reply to the text with a code that will stop further messages for this alert going out on the listed numbers. Some systems will allow remote disarm or re-set – handy for false alarms.

It is prudent, to only list persons (apart from yourself) who can get to the scene quite quickly, otherwise it will defeat the purpose of this function.

In order to use a GSM dialler, you have to put a SIM card into it. If you use a “pay-as-you-go” SIM, then don’t forget to make sure it has enough credit at all times.

Positives

  • Does not need a hard line or landline to operate
  • GSM diallers are not that expensive to purchase
  • GSM line cannot be “cut” like a landline
  • Send SMS or voice messages
  • Can get in touch with you almost anywhere
  • Remote disarm

Negatives

  • Needs a SIM card & connectivity
  • You may have poor connectivity in your home area
  • You may be in bad signal reception at time of alert
  • You need to keep the SIM card funded
  • It could be possible to not notice an SMS message if your mobile is on silent.

What items can be included

  • External Alarm box with strobe light
  • Internal audible alarm
  • Passive infra-red sensors
  • Movement detectors
  • Window & door contacts
  • Wall mounted key pad
  • Wireless or hard wired
  • Electronic Code Key fobs
  • GSM Dialler linked to alarm system

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