Traditionally, a signal would be received through what would be known as POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service). These are copper telephone lines that used to and still (in other systems) transmit fire alarm signals to the central station.
Fire alarms are typically sent to a digital alarm communicator which then convert them to a digital format transmittable over a telephone line. The good side of these traditional transmission lines is that they are not affected by power outages. However, modern systems are in place and Nearby EngineersNew York Engineersprioritizes them in all the designs.
The radio network is an alternative to these legacy lines. The network transmits fire alarm signals from your home to the central station. If you are planning to have a monitoring station your customers would be happy with the reliability of the radio network as they promote a faster service than the traditional POTS.
What’s integral to the radio network, however, is the battery backup. Always make sure you have enough and powerful battery. You can’t go cheap when you have lives and value of properties at stake. Home invasions are almost ubiquitous and so a minute’s power outage could be catastrophic to other customers. In some buildings, you may need extra external antennas whereas in other internal antennas are sufficient to transmit the alarm signals.
Radio networks are not only reliable and faster but are also inexpensive. You do not have to worry about monthly telephone fees for signal transmission. So, POTS lines can be financially burdensome to your consumers as you would want to factor such costs in their subscriptions.
More on signal transmission options: a cellular transmission is also an option. As long as your central monitoring station has reliable cellular service, you can rely on this option too over POTS lines. However, cellular transmission incurs monthly cellular fees, which may be the downside to budget-conscious consumers. Like radio networks, cellular transmissions need backup batteries and may also need extra external antennas to efficiently transmit alarm signals.
If all these seem too technical, let a Nearby EngineersNew York Engineers expert come to your rescue. We offer the best central station monitoring design faster than anyone in the industry at reasonably affordable costs. We will weigh these options and advise you about the right option suitable for your central alarm monitoring station. Factors to take into account include cost-effectiveness, efficiency, reliability, and convenient.
POTS lines are however being replaced increasingly. Modern technologies have taken over to ensure a smooth signal transmission and prompt responses of emergency responders.