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What is a monitored alarm system and why do I need monitoring?

A monitored alarm or fire system uses sensors and control electronics at your home or business to automatically communicate any alarm or critical event to a central monitoring facility, where trained operators review software processed signals and assess threats and notify the owners and any appropriate emergency response authorities.

Monitoring is key to achieving the full the benefit of your system. Monitoring assures that someone responds to your emergencies even if you can’t. This is especially true for fire and duress alarms. Monitoring also allows you to test your signal to verify operation. Finally, with a monitored system, you can also capitalize on reporting features, supervision, and any insurance discounts.

Is an alarm system expensive?

The cost of a system depends on your individual needs, but technology and design skill can be applied to assure an appropriate return on your investment. AST also offers a rental option to minimize your initial investment if you so choose.

What financial benefits can I enjoy from a security system at home or in my business?

Most insurance companies provide discounts for systems of various types. Beyond this, there are any number of financial benefits, many significant, that you can realize with a well-designed system based on the principle of maximizing Return on Investment. AST can provide a Risk Appraisal for you to identify many of these benefits.

What is an Integrated System?

An integrated system applies two or more of the core security systems, Intrusion, Fire, Access Control, or CCTV in a coordinated system in which the components work seamlessly through computer and technical linkages to address security and life safety needs for a facility.

What happens if my phone lines are cut?

Most systems communicate with the central station through the phone lines, so interruption will not allow the signal into the central station. Local alarms will still sound. AST recommends that you supplement your system with a Cellular Back-up system using a wireless signal to transmit the emergency condition by providing a secondary path.

What happens if my AC Power fails?

All AST systems are equipped with substantial back-up battery power that should run your system for several hours in case of power failure. If you choose, you can also configure the system to automatically send a Power Fail signal to our Central Station and may designate that we notify you in case of such an event. This is particularly useful for refrigeration sensors. Finally, we will also receive a low battery signals to help identify exposure.

How do you manage complex customers?

AST management and personnel have years of experience serving customers with specific and complex needs, including multiple and revolving user pools, multiple sties and multi-tenant facilities, high security facilities, etc. We have applied that experience in developing an infrastructure and processes necessary to provide you the excellence in key account service that you expect and require.

What features are available to help me manage my systems?

AST offers a wide variety of services and reporting capabilities to maximize the benefits of the systems you employ, primary of which is of course monitoring. This feature is particularly beneficial in CCTV applications. Additionally, AST will service your system for a monthly fee to allow you to budget and avoid repair charges, while maximizing up-time. AST also devotes personnel to help you manage your Access Control database, so you don’t have to. AST can also configure your service to report on usage of your system and to assure that it is turned on and off when you expect. All these and more can be reviewed in the Risk Appraisal and design process to maximize the benefits of your security and life safety systems.


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