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How Shield differs from ADT Kansas City

One of our favorite questions is “How are you different from ADT Kansas City?” It is a good question and the answers to the question are important.  To start with, ADT Home Security Systems is a dealer program which makes it difficult to answer the question precisely, because there are a multitude of “authorized Kansas City ADT Dealers” in the Kansas City area.  They are all competing with one another with a non differentiated product, so offers may vary between them.

The main product of ADT Kansas City is usually a security system that they tell you is worth over $800 that they are giving away for free.  You will often have door knockers disturb you from multiple dealers, especially if you recently moved.  You will also receive annoying phone calls attempting to lure you with “free ADT security systems”.  In most cases, the offer is to give you the equipment for free with only a $99 installation fee.  the catch is the 3 year contract that usually is required.  Essentially, your monitoring rate is raised by enough to pay for the ADT equipment in those three years, but after the equipment is paid for, you continue to pay the inflated monitoring rate.

At Shield, we can usually monitor your existing land-line security system for just $21.95 per month, and if you want to upgrade to tamper resistant cellular monitoring it is only $11 more.  If you don’t have an existing system, we will sell you one at a very competitive price and then monitor your security system without requiring the expensive multi year agreement.

Everyone’s security system needs are different, but we would recommend checking reviews and ratings on Google, Angie’s List, and the Kansas City Better Business Bureau, before making your final decision.

How to Silence Security System Siren

How to Silence Security System Siren without Passcode

When your alarm system goes off there are recommended ways of silencing the siren and cancelling the alarm.  There are situation though where the Siren won’t stop with normal means.  Such causes include:

  • Security System was powered off in alarm and when plugged back in the siren started
  • A power surge damaged system
  • System was armed accidentally and the user code is not known

Regardless of the cause, when that siren sounds, people are in a hurry to find a way to silence it.  In most cases, the following steps will work:

  1. For a traditional security system, find the alarm control box (figure 1), which is often hidden out of sight in a closet or in the basement.  It will usually be a large metal box with many wires running into it.
  2. Open the box with the key that should be nearby.  Some boxes are held shut with a screw.
  3. Remove either the red or black wire from a terminal on the security system battery (figure 2).  The battery will be a large rectangular object measuring roughly 4″ x 4″ x 3″
  4. Next Find the transformer (figure 3) that is plugged into the wall near the security system.  It is usually a tan cube about 3″x3″x3″ with a wire leading to the security system control panel.  Unplug the transformer.  Sometimes it will be screwed to the outlet in which case you will need to remove the screw first.

Once you have removed all of the power from the system, the siren will be silenced.

Note! Very often, people will call us to silence an alarm only to find out that it was not the security system that was making the noise.  It was often a smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector near by.

Important Note! If you are unsure of what you are doing, call your security system company to talk you through the steps to make sure that you have identified the correct components and are removing the correct wires, etc.

Figure 3: Security System Transformer

Figure 3: Security System Transformer

Honeywell Security Panel

Figure 1: Security Panel

Security System Battery

Figure 2: Security System Battery

How to Delete User on Honeywell Vista Security System

Honeywell 6150 KeypadHow to Delete User

From time to time there will come the need to delete a user from your security system.  This might happen when an employee leaves, switch baby sitters, or any number of other circumstances.

To delete a user from a Honeywell Vista 10p/15p/20p/21ip, you do the following:

  • Enter your 4-digit master code
  • press the 8/code button
  • press the 2-digit user number, example 03
  • press #0

Should you have any other questions, you can consult your honeywell user’s guide or call our Kansas City office at (913) 667-7500

Mega-Pixel Security Cameras

Video surveillance has made tremendous advances in the last five years.  One of the significant advances is in IP video surveillance.  IP or internet prootcol has revolutionized video surveillance in several different respects.

  1. Quality.  IP cameras are able to achieve resolutions of 8 mega-pixels or more.  That is higher than high-definition TV and 100 times the standard resolution (320×200) that many CCTV systems support.  This resolution is extremely valuable for two types of applications.  First, any application where detail is important, like point of sale, facial recognition and licence plate recognition will benefit from the ultra high resolution.  Second, One IP camera can provide the same coverage as more than 10 traditional cctv cameras in applications where large areas are to me monitored like warehouses and factories.
  2. Simplicity.  IP cameras can utilize existing IT infrastructure for connectivity.  This reduces the expense and speeds installation.  Many can also utilize POE or Power over ethernet so that separate power is not even required by the cameras.
  3. Analytics.  IP cameras also benefit from advanced analytics.  That means that complex processing can be done like tying cash register transactions to video, tracking people and vehicles, reading license plates, and much more.
  4. Evolution to IP.  There are several products that are helping client migrate to IP.  Hybrid DVRs can terminate a combination of IP and analog security cameras so that you can leverage your existing investment and tailor the system to leverage the benefits of both technologies.  Cat 5 transmission is now possible on analog cctv cameras which means that you can use ethernet cabling for analog cameras today and then reuse it for IP cameras in the future.
  5. Cost.  The cost Of mega pixel systems continues to drop and is now between 2 and three times the cost of traditional systems, but with far greater performance, depending on the application.

In conclusion, IP cameras are a remarkable tool for many applicaitons, but traditional analog cameras are rugged, reliable, and cost effective, so they’ll likely be around for years to come.

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