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Hybrid Alarm Systems

 “Hybrid” systems are compatible with both digital (wireless) and analog (hard-wired) security equipment, including sensors, detectors, keypads, sirens and alarms.  It’s typical to find a hybrid system that accommodates wireless sensors yet uses the traditional “POTS” (Plain Old Telephone Service) network to transmit the alarm signal to a central monitoring station.  Since this is the case, hybrid systems must be installed by licensed security professionals or dealers in the same way as standard hard-wired systems.

Due to the convergence of digital equipment on the consumer market at large, manufacturers are trending toward hybrid devices that allow customers to convert their existing system to one that uses a different technology.  IP Alarms’ CellAlarm-GSM is a device that helps customers who want to keep their hard-wired security system, but give up their land-line. It’s a hybrid alarm communication solution that can accommodate 8 hardwire zones and 32 wireless zones and uses the GSM (cell phone) network to transmit the alarm signalto a central monitoring station.

While the majority of home security alarm systems are still monitored using traditional POTS land-lines, the majority of new security systems use some kind of hybrid technology.  Some hybrid alarm systems allow consumers to “co-monitor” or even “self-monitor,” cutting out the central monitoring station altogether. The Sensaphone is an automated monitoring system.  Essentially a hybrid console that can take both analog and digital sensors, it will alert up to eight different phone numbers when there is an alarm event, putting the responsibility for dispatching help to a residence in the hands of the consumer.  

Some automated security systems are labeled “hybrid” because they can integrate both electrical and wireless devices through one main console - or because they have the ability to control various electrical devices, yet they present the data in a digital format.