Tuning in to wireless security [Herald, The (Plymouth, England)]
(Herald, The (Plymouth, England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) DEVELOPMENTS in intruder alarm technology over recent years have led to wireless systems becoming increasingly popular in residential applications. In the past it was the listed buildings that specified wireless installations but the simplicity of the installation and the increasingly competitive pricing has led the mainstream domestic market steadily down the path of wire-free intruder and fire alarms.
Improvements in the technology itself have helped us forget the early systems that struggled with building layouts, as we now have greater freedom in where the components of the alarm system can be positioned.
Just as our wi-fi expectations have been met by manufacturers, the wireless alarm experience is now widely approved. It is, in fact, generally accepted that wireless technology provides exactly the same levels of operation and protection as an equivalent wired system, with many of the myths being dispelled over recent years. In some cases the only reason that a wired alarm system mht be installed is down to the fact that the wiring is already in place, such is the efficiency of wireless intruder technology. Traditionally wireless technology has worked well in some buildings and not so well in others, so you will probably need to carry out a wireless survey beforehand to be absolutely certain that the system you choose to fit will work at its optimum level. However, it should be reiterated that the wireless systems of today area far cry from those of the past.
There is the feeling that if you install something at the end of a piece of wire it should work, while if you are using wireless sometimes the connection is a bit hit and miss, which is not at all suitable for security systems.
Today we can put systems in and prove that they will work and then people gain the confidence in the technology and as a result wireless is now a genuinely viable alternative to cabled equipment.
The installation time and disruption caused now in comparison to fitting a wired security system is kept to a minimum, allowing in most instances normal working conditions to continue throughout the installation.
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