Wireless systems have been around for many years. We fitted some as early as late 1980’s as specialist solutions to a problem but early versions were extremely unreliable and very battery “hungry” with batteries being changed every 3-4 months. Other than a very few “professional” models, wireless was predominately the domain of DIY systems, perhaps unfairly being tarnished with reliability views.
Over the years wireless systems have evolved to become extremely reliable with very long battery life in comparison with the early versions. Reliability is now as good as wired systems, sometimes better. Typical battery life will be up to 2-3 years and sometimes longer although we do recommend replacement every 2 years. Some devices are shorter life expectancy, such as smoke detectors, but we will advise at the time of survey and also again at installation.
Battery changes are really the only downside to wireless system’s but battery cost can be seen as being offset to a certain extent as wireless is usually much speedier to install, thus cutting down on labour costs.
The main benefit of wireless apart from speed of installation and no cables, is virtually total lack of inconvenience during the install stage. No carpets to be lifted, furniture moved and very little disturbance in your day to day life, allowing you to carry on with work etc whilst we fit your new alarm.
The control system for both wired and wireless systems is basically the same. To this can be added wireless PIR movement detectors, DualTech movement detectors, contacts, shock sensors, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and special external sensors which although won’t trigger the main alarm, can be used to notify you remotely if they are triggered or activate external lighting. These work well in an enclosed garden but can be triggered by wildlife getting too close.
Our main system is the Texecom Premier Elite with Ricochet Mesh wireless technology.
RICOCHET enabled wireless devices receive and repeat wireless transmissions from other devices. The size, scalability and range of the entire system are extended as wireless signalling is no longer limited by point-to-point communications.
The range of a RICOCHET enabled wireless system is greater than previous systems, with multiple devices capable of relaying messages to and from even the most remote locations in a building.
Each RICOCHET enabled device provides signalling routes to and from Texecom Premier Control Panels. Should wireless connection between two devices weaken, the network will 'self-heal' and automatically re-route communications via alternate RICOCHET enabled devices. With more RICOCHET enabled devices installed, the greater the reliability of the system.
When linked to the Texecom Smart Connect, you have a fully wireless solution to your security alarm, off-site signally and remote control.
We can also offer the excellent Orisec range of equipment although we tend to use this more for upgrades and smaller residential premises.
Hybrid Wireless and Wired Alarm Systems
Using the same systems, Care Guard may also recommend and specify a hybrid system where we use the best of both worlds. An example of this would be our Texecom 64W control panel using a wired keypad and and external sounder but wireless devices. Equally, if you require an upgrade due to having an extension fitted or wanting perimeter protection added, then we can retain existing devices and just change the panel or add a wireless interface.
Each job is unique so discussing your requirements with our surveyor would be the first stage in deciding what system to choose.
Can I add a wireless alarm extension to a wired security system?
Yes, depending on the current system, adding wireless devices is easily achievable either through a stand-alone receiver wired into spare circuits on the original panel or by changing the panel to a hybrid version. The latter is the best option as it provides a higher degree of security as elements such as “jamming” or low signal can be communicated directly to the key pad to advise of status.
Why Use Care Guard?
Established in 1984 as R.I.C. Alarms, we changed our name and became a limited company in 1989, achieving NSI/NACOSS standard in 1996 having previously been a member of the SSAIB achieving their “Certificate of Merit” for many years.
We have well over 100 years combined experience, initially working predominately within the new housing sector for both small and national developers across the south of England. In fact we were one of the very first companies in the UK and certainly the South, to bring affordable systems to the new build housing market as part of the standard home specification. Previously this would have been a retro fit extra and then for only the more exclusive homes.
From this beginning, we diversified into general residential, commercial, industrial & specialist properties and projects across the South, installing, maintaining and servicing all types of electronic property security.
Our direct employed, fully vetted engineers receive extensive training before being allowed to work unsupervised in your property. We carry full insurance for your added security and peace of mind.
NSI Approved Security Systems Installers
We are NSI (NACOSS) GOLD APPROVED and ISO9002 Quality Accredited for intruder alarms, CCTV and access control systems.
This will ensure you have total peace of mind that the service we provide is to the highest possible standards.
Whatever your requirements, we can design and install a system to suit your needs and budget
For help and advice call our team on 01256 477472