Glossary of Terms


Find Security related vocabulary here in the Glossary of Terms.

  • Armed: The alarm system is armed when it is activated by entering in a user/master code on your keypad or pressing the arm button on your keyfob. Arming your alarm systems allows for the detection of any unauthorised entry.
  • Cancel Code: By punching in your user/master code on the keypad you will shut off the siren and send a cancel code to the On Guard monitoring station. This lets us know that no further action is required and that an authorised user is on site and will therefore not call you.
  • Disarmed: When the Alarm system is deactivated by punching in a user/master code on the keypad or pressing the disarm button on your keyfob. Disarming your system will disable the detection of any unauthorised entry.
  • Trapping Device: Detectors such as door contacts, motion detectors and Glass breaks. These devices are used to detect unauthorised entry into the building.
  • Intrusion: The type of alarm signal generated when the system is armed and has been violated.
  • Duress: A special code that is punched into the keypad when disarming to generate a panic alarm to the monitoring station.
  • Panic: The type of alarm signal generated by pressing a special button on your keypad or keyfob. This signal will reach the monitoring station even if the system is armed or disarmed.
  • Fire: The type of alarm signal generated by pressing a special button on your keypad or activated by a fire detection devices such as a smoke or carbon monoxide detector. This signal will reach the monitoring station even if the system is armed or disarmed.
  • Medical: The type of alarm signal generated by pressing a medical alert button or a medical pendent. This signal will reach the monitoring station even if the system is armed or disarmed.
  • Supervisory: An alarm generated by devices such as water detectors and low temperature detectors. This signal will reach the monitoring station regardless of whether the system is armed or disarmed.
  • Zones: A sub-division of the different devices in an alarm system devices. e.g. Front door, Back door, bedroom motion etc.
  • Dispatch: Action takein by the monitoring station where the correct authorities are contacted in response to an alarm signal
  • False alarm: Receving an alarm signal that does not require dispatch.
  • False dispatch: Receiving an alarm signal in which the appropiate authorities were contacted in response to a signal that was false.

 

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