State of False Alarms

Control panel standard and outreach nip dispatch rate


  • Swinger shut down programming—allows the end-user to manually reset the alarm once after 48 hours and is designed to address environmental or other problems such as bad door switches or bugs in a PIR. An optional part is having the swinger trouble signal sent after the first trip.
  • Minimum of 45 second delay for the user to exit a building before the alarm is activated.
  • An audible exit annunciation sounder which increases in frequency ten seconds prior to final activation.
  • Entry and disarming considerations or entry delay feature. A 30-second minimum delay time between the opening of the designated entry door (detection) and alarm activation allows people the time they need to get to the keypad. (This procedure alone has resulted in a 35 percent fewer dispatches, according to Martin.)

“Where would we be today if we didn’t have this standard and enhanced call verification? I think we all know the answer."

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