Security System Glossary of Terms

Away Arming: This simply means that when you turn your alarm system "on", all perimeter devices (door contacts, window contacts, glass break detectors) and interior devices (motion sensors) are activated. Use away arming when you are "away", or not in the house when the system is armed.

Stay Arming: With stay arming, only the perimeter devices (door and window contacts, glass break detectors) are activated, and not the interior devices (motion sensors). This allows you to arm your system while you are in your home, without tripping the motion sensors.

Battery Back-up: A battery back-up is placed in or around the control panel. This keeps your system on line in case of an electrical failure.

Bells/Sirens (interior and external): Visual and audible bells alert your family and neighbors of an alarm situation in your home.

Central Monitoring Center: Our certified central station operators are on duty 24 hour a day.  When an alarm is tripped, they notify the proper authorities and someone on your emergency call list.

Cellular Monitoring: Usually used as a backup to regular phone monitoring.  In the event of an alarm, your alarm system will attempt to send the signal through your regular phone line. If it does not detect a dial tone, it automatically switches to the cellular transmitter, and makes a "cellular call" to the monitoring station.

Chime or Bell Mode: This programmable internal system notifies you if your system has been transgressed while the system is disarmed. This is ideal for large yards with pools.

Contacts: Concealed and visible devices that detect the opening of protected windows and doors.

Control Panel: This is the metal "box" that holds the circuit board or "brains" of the alarm system, along with the backup battery that powers your alarm during a blackout. In a normal installation, it is installed in the basement, usually somewhere near the circuit panel and telephone demarcation point (where the telephone line first enters your home). In an apartment or condo, it may be installed in a closet or above a drop ceiling.  Be sure your panel is installed in an area where it cannot easily be tampered with.

Fire Protection: Can consist of services such as smoke detectors, manual pull stations,  water flow and gate valve switches (fire sprinkler systems).  These fire alarms are monitored by our 24-Hour Local Central Station the operators will in turn dispatch the proper fire department.

Glass break Sensors: These sensor devises sense or detect the special sound of breaking window glass along with the air pressure that it creates.  When the sound is detected an alarm is sent to our 24-Hour Local Monitoring Station. The alarm system must be armed.

Hard Wired: Each device (motion sensors, door sensors, etc) is physically attached, or "hard wired" to the panel in the basement. It is always best to have a hard wired system if at all possible. Obviously, a device that is physically attached to the panel will be more reliable than a wireless device that is not. 

Hostage Code: Your alarm can be disarmed in a forced entry or hostage situation by entering this preset four digit code into the keypad. The system automatically notifies the central monitoring station that a hostage situation is taking place and will dispatch the local police department.

Hybrid System: A system that uses both hard wired and wireless devices. This is sometimes used in a home with two stories, where the first floor devices can be hardwired, but the second floor devices cannot. Or, a home is hardwired, and a detached garage needs a door contact, motion sensor, etc..

Interior Sounder/Bell: An audible siren or bell will notify your family of fire or an intrusion.  There are separate signals for each.

Keypads: All of our entry keypads have illuminated push buttons for night time as well as day time operation. The arrangement of the buttons is similar to a telephone touch pad for easier operation. We offer both English read-out display and LED (lighted zone indicators). The Keypad also contains the systems panic buttons.

Keypad Panic Buttons: Through pressing a combination of buttons simultaneously a silent alarm will be sent to our 24-Hour Local Monitoring Station. The two button combination is a safety feature to prevent accidental activation.

Motion Detector: The interior motion detector will sense an intruders movement within your home or business.  A signal is sent to our 24-Hour Local Monitoring Station, where appropriate action will be taken.

Motion Detector - Pet Resistant: This detector allows cats, birds, small and medium sized dogs and other pets less than 80 pounds to roam freely.

Executive Security Consultants do not recommend the use of pet resistant motion detectors because of the possibility of false alarms.


Pre-Wired: Many new home builders will offer to run wiring for any future alarm system you may install. Many alarm companies offer a small discount if your house is prewired, as the cost of hard wiring and paying the installers are included in the price of the alarm. Many of the "free" alarm system companies will insist on using wireless equipment  whether your home is pre-wired or not, as it costs them much less in labor to install a hard wired system.

Smoke Detectors: This system gives early detection of a fire by an audible warning. This detector system will detect smoke, other products or combustion. The detection in conjunction with a fire or burglar alarm system and send a signal to our 24-Hour Local Monitoring Station.  Our qualified operators will immediately notify the proper fire department of your emergency.

User Code: Your alarm can be armed and disarmed with a standard (usually four digit) user code. 

Water Flow Detectors:
This type of alarm is activated by the flow of water though a fire sprinkler system which notifies our 24-Hour Local Monitoring Station where we notify the appropriate fire department.

Wireless Receiver" and "Wireless Devices: The wireless receiver is a device attached to the "panel" which communicates with any of the wireless devices (motion sensors, door sensors, etc) that you may have installed.