More and more, we hear people who are interested in a GSM Alarm System. I find this interesting primarily because it shows a shift (however, subtle) in homeowners’ thoughts concerning home security. And, on a lesser note, I find it interesting that people are beginning to use the term GSM Alarm System. That may not seem interesting, but to someone in the security industry, it means homeowners are becoming more advanced in doing their research.
So first, for those of you who don’t know: What is a GSM Alarm System? We all know what an alarm system is, so I’ll pass over that. The main question, then, is what is GSM? GSM stands for Global System for Mobile Communications. Basically, its a communications standards used by cell phone companies and other mobile communication platforms. What does it have to do with security?
The way a “normal” monitored alarm system notifies a central monitoring station of events is via a telephone line. It calls out, using your home phone line, and alerts the station to any alarms, including information on the type of alarm being sent. The central station then attempts to contact the homeowner, and if there is no contact made within a short, specified period of time, they dispatch the necessary emergency personnel.
But, what if you don’t have a phone line? Many people today use cell phones as their only home phones, meaning, a traditional set-up simply won’t work for a home alarm system. In that case, what do you do? Well, that’s where a GSM module comes into play. This module attaches to your system and contacts your central station via GSM standards (basically like a cell phone). Its a great and easy option for monitoring for someone who wants a monitored home security system without having phone lines.
That’s the basic nature of a GSM Alarm System. If you’re looking for one, we’d recommend the GE Simon XT. Its a well-respected, reliable system to which you can easily add a GSM module. Stop by and take a look, and see what you think. (Oh, and right now that system comes with a $100 rebate. See page for conditions).