THe Best Way To Use Your Security System
So there are primarily 5 ways to Arm/Disarm a security system.I want to speak to the features and benefits of each.
The 5 ways are 1. Touching the Keypad of the system itself.
2. Using a SmartLock or Keyswitch onsite.
3. Voice Annunciation onsite.
4. Using a remote app on any device that has internet connection from anywhere in the world
5. Using a Keychain/Keyfob onsite.
Being in the security industry for over 20 years, I have been able to use systems in every conceivable fashion.Like most endusers, I am looking for the quickest,easiest way to use a system that provides my personal peace of mind and level of security I desire per application.
At first glance the most obvious method is to 1. Touch the keypad of the system itself. Interestingly enough it is something I rarely do.The main reason is not that I have 4 other methods but, it is the Level of Security.Method 1 traditionally requires the enduser to access the system thru an enter/exit door that has a delay programmed in order to get to the keypad.That means that the monitoring station is going to wait a certain amount of time(generally 30-60 seconds) in order for the enduser to disarm the system.If there is an illegal intrusion thru that door that is giving the intruder an extra 60 seconds to wreak havic. So I like all my openings to be programmed to instant.Of course this require disarming from outside the protected area. All four of the next ways can allow that.
Way 2 Using a Smart Lock or Keyswitch is a convenient alternative. There were over 1 million electronic smart locks sold in the US last year alone.Using a keypad outside on these devices is easy and alows unlocking a door and disarming the system at the same time if you like. Keyswitches are an oldschool method that basically you use a key into a hardwired switch that armed/disarmed the sytem and usually had an LED indicator to distinquish the mode.
Way 3 Voice Annunciation is the new kid on the block. With the arrival of Alexa in the AmazonEcho,and a host of more to come like Google Home ,Apple,etc. etc. we are seeing the future now.I think time will render this as the best way but it still has a long way to go in reference to effectiveness,security levels etc.
Way 4 Using an App is the most marketed by the industry and for good reason.Cell phones have become part of our hands! Apps are cool and allow the enduser the ability to do control everything the system is capable of.If I am not onsite it is generally my prefered method.
Way 5 Using a keychain/keyfob onsite is still my favorite method of interaction with a system. First of all i have a ton of systems at a variety of locations.I have One Interlogix 4- button Chrome keyfob that is on my person at all times and is programmed into all my systems. This means I don't have to remember any codes,I can open things,turn on things,arm and disarm the system.But it is also a walking panic button. It is the fastest,simplest,most reliable interaction I can use. I highly recommend it!
So what do you think?