The most basic definition of any security system is found in its name. It is a means in which something is secured through a system of interworking components and devices. The world is connected more than ever before through the advancements made in technology and engineering. People are sharing their thoughts and ideas with others all the way on the other side of the world. With smart phones in our lives, knowledge of any inquiry is at a person’s fingertips. With so much emerging, we aim to understand these devices that we use on a daily basis. One of these technological advancements that might be overlooked, is home security. However, how exactly does a home alarm system work? Understanding how your home alarm system works will make your life easier when you are testing or servicing your system.


The Parts of Your System:

Protect America’s line of home security packages uses a smartphone application that allows you to control the entire system with a single touch. You can arm, disarm or view the status of your system in real time, control lights and other appliances from your phone or computer and link to video surveillance of your home. At Protect America, each package comes with a set amount of start-up equipment. Our most basic package includes:

  • 1 Simon XT Control Panel
  • 3 Door or Window Sensors
  • 1 Motion Detector
  • 1 Yard Sign / 3 Window Decals

All home security systems work on the same basic principle, securing entry points with sensors, like doors and windows, as well as interior space with motion detectors. Regardless of the size of your home, or the number of doors and windows you have in it. The difference in security is in the amount of devices that are wirelessly connected to your main control panel.

The Panel is the Brain

The panel is probably the most important part of your alarm system. Without it, nothing would be connected. Your main control panel varies at different home security companies. However, at Protect America, it is called the Simon XT. The Simon XT is essentially a small computer that takes orders to arm and disarm your home. It communicates with each installed component, sounds the alarm when a security zone is breached, and communicates with an alarm monitoring company.

How It Works During a Break-In:


With our 24/7 alarm monitoring service, the Simon XT or your panel will notify the monitoring station if someone attempts to break into your home. The panel will notify the central monitoring station about the problem in your home by sending the signals either through your landline telephone, cellular, or broadband Internet connection. The monitoring station will allow you enough time to cancel the alarm from your home by entering your correct 4-digit code.

If the code is not entered after the alarm goes off and your panel assesses the situation, your system will assume it is an emergency and call for help. Our monitoring facility will immediately attempt to dispatch the appropriate emergency authorities to your home. At that point, we would then attempt to call your emergency contact numbers to notify you, your family, and any friends or neighbors on the list about the problem at your house.

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