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Alarm Systems: Keypads

Keypads are the interface to your alarm system and allow you to activate and control its devices and features.  Some keypads are built-into the control panel (which receives and transmits the alarm signalfrom sensorsto the central monitoring station), while others are stand-alone or portable units.  Some keypads are touch-screen and controlled by entering an alphanumeric pass-code; others are voice activated.  Some work with wireless and digital technologies and others are “hard-wired.”

All keypads have a similar function, which is to arm and disarm your alarm system - either as a whole or in parts (referred to as “zones”).  With the keypad, you can also check the status of your back-up battery.  Some systems are even set up to send “silent alarms” to your monitoring station in case of an intrusion or emergency while you are at home.  These features are often referred to as “panic buttons.”

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