Honeywell Home Security Systems – An Overview

In this article, I’d like to try to help you figure out the size and scope of product solutions offered by Honeywell.

Let me say right up front that I’m not Honeywell rep. I do not make any money buying or selling Honeywell products. I’m just like you — I’m a homeowner who wants to figure out what sorts of products Honeywell offers; the names that they’re sold under and what they do. Once I’ve done that, I can make an informed decision about the best solution for me and my family.

By now, you probably know that Honeywell is (among other things) a global supplier and distributor of residential and commercial security systems. In addition, Honeywell monitors millions of private homes commercial businesses and government facilities all over the world.

Honeywell’s residential security systems are installed through a network of local dealers.These dealers are trained to understand your needs and respond in a way that’s appropriate. They’ll discuss your lifestyle with you and build a system that meets your needs.

For example, some families have young children. If that describes your family then perhaps you want a system that alerts you when your kids come home from school. Your Honeywell dealer can design a home security system for you that meets that need.

On the other hand if you’re business owner with an small office or home office, you might have an area that needs extra protection (expensive office equipment, valuable records, etc.). If that describes your situation, then your Honeywell dealer can discuss with you the installation of a system that includes motion detectors or cameras.

Ademco Home Security Systems: The Relationship To Honeywell

When considering the scope of possibilities, be aware that Honeywell offers a wide range of products marketed under many different labels. You probably are already aware of the Ademco line, but there are quite a few other brands in the Honeywell home security system family.

The Honeywell product family can be divided into broad categories of hardware including (but not limited to):

  • Control Panels: Ademco, Apex, Omni, Lynx
  • Keypads: Ademco, Apex, Omni
  • Expansion Modules: Ademco, Apex, Omni
  • DIY Kits: Ademco, Omni, Lynx
  • Wireless Accessories: Apex, Street Smart, Life Safety
  • Alarm Communications: Optiflex
  • Sensors: Dual Tec, V-Plex
  • Smoke Detectors: V-Plex
  • …and much more.

Who, Or What, Is AlarmNet?

One last thing that I found interesting: As you might know, most alarm systems communicate with the monitoring company using telephone lines. But for those of you who were concerned that the phone line might be cut during a burglary, Honeywell has a reliable alternative called AlarmNet.

AlarmNet is a radio network run by Honeywell that has extensive coverage in the United States and Canada. It gives you a second layer of protection — beyond your phone line — in the event of a home intrusion or other kind of emergency. This means peace of mind for you and your family. And isn’t that what a home security system is all about?

Conclusion

Again, in closing: I am not a Honeywell representative, nor do I make any money by recommending their products. It’s just that Honeywell offers a complete line of excellent products. When considering a security solution for your family and/or business, you should consider them when making an informed decision.

The Advantages Of Having A Proper Home Security System

Nowadays most of us worry about leaving our property empty, even for a short while as it only takes a few seconds for a burglar to enter and ransack a property. Installing a decent home security system can definitely help. It not only gives peace of mind, but can help bring down your insurance costs as well, as a lot of companies will give a discount to homeowners who have a decent system in place.

It is worthwhile spending a decent amount of money on a proper burglar alarm, and consulting with an expert company. They will be able to suggest the best ways of protecting your property, and may come up with a few innovations that will surprise you. For example if you live in a remote area, or have areas where a burglar could take their time entering your property, then it may be worthwhile having security cameras.

Other measures include motion detection sensors in your house, and these are usually coupled up with vibration detectors on doors and windows which will signal an alert even before the intruder enters the home. Choosing cameras combined with vibration detectors can help ensure the burglar is scared off, even before they have a chance to enter your house.

This can be a very valuable thing to consider, as a lot of people feel extremely violated once their property has been burgled. It can often be quite difficult to return to a place where a burglary has occurred, even if you previously felt safe and were very happy living there. It is difficult to put a price on security and peace of mind.

A vital part of protecting your home is to ensure you have a lighting system in place. Intelligently placed lights can greatly increase this protection. These lighting systems can even be integrated with alarm systems.

For instance if you are away then the lights can be turned on at dusk. If an intruder should enter then the internal lights can be programmed to come on at full brightness. The external lights can begin to flash, alerting anyone outside to the problem.

In short, a smart home security system may well be one of the best investments you ever make in your property. You will be able to leave your home unattended knowing it is protected. If a burglar happens to see your house has a decent burglar alarm then they are far more likely to move on to an unprotected house.

The Top Advanced Home Security Innovations

Our society is increasingly becoming more and more dependent in technological advances that help improve our everyday life, and the field of home security systems is a good example. Security measures like video surveillance cameras were considered the territory of only businesses and the rich in past years, but today that technology is easily afforded by most homeowners as well.

If a simple, inexpensive alarm system is all that your current budget allows, that is fine and it will certainly enhance your security level over not having one at all. But if you can afford the best security measures that technology can offer there is an ever increasing number of high tech choices that you can make to increase your home security level.

For instance, today it is getting more common to see all-in-one systems that not only monitor your security from a burglary standpoint, but also integrates home fire alarms and medical alarms into the same system. Of course, home security can mean more than just protecting against home intrusion and these sophisticated systems can care for protecting you and your family in the case of almost any emergency that can arise. They are smart enough to detect the difference between a fire, a home intrusion and a medical emergency, and can alert the proper authorities for you in each case. They can even operate in case the power is out for any reason due to having backup batteries and using cell phones to communicate.

Beyond these advanced alarm systems are more high tech means of identification for gaining access to your home or to your computer information. These include fingerprint, voice recognition and eye retinal scanners that have a very high accuracy rate. It is extremely hard to fool these systems and so for those that have highly sensitive or extremely valuable data or possessions that they wish to protect, these technologies are now becoming available to the home security market.

To take it even further, there are detectors that are temperature sensitive and so can sense a subtle change in temperature when someone unauthorized enter a room. Granted this is technology that seems to come straight out of a spy movie, but it is available now for those who feel that their valuables warrant it.

Of course, all of these technological advances are still extremely expensive and would be well beyond the needs of the average homeowner at this point. But the prices on these products are consistently falling and will no doubt become more commonplace as time goes on.

In the meantime they are available even now for those who can afford them and for those who have special and sophisticated home security needs.