Home Security Glossary

Home Security Glossary

There are many different terms your home security team may use. This glossary includes some of the industry-specific terms you might hear a home safety professional use. Study these terms so that you can accurately understand the system you have in place, order parts or learn more about how they function. Here are some of the most common terms in the industry:

  • Automated Gate – This entrance way can be placed in a wall or gate and will automatically react based on predetermined settings when someone approaches.
  • Automated Security – This term refers to a security system that automatically denies unauthorized access to areas, rather than having a human surveillance them.
  • Battery Back-up – A secondary power source that can be accessed, usually automatically, should the main power source fail.
  • CCTV Camera – This specially-designed camera, also called a closed circuit television camera, captures pictures of moving objects and transmits them. This type of camera is often chosen for its ability to distinguish colors.
  • Cellular Radio – These frequencies are used to help improve bandwith and avoid interface. The cells provide a radio coverage that can cover a large area.
  • Control Panel – The center of an automated system that houses all of the options. The homeowner will access the control panel to change the settings of their alarm system, for example.
  • Deadbolt – A special lock, typically a steel latch, used for extra-protection and harder-to-open doors.
  • Electronic Surveillance – Electronic devices used to monitor areas and activity such as televisions and digital video recorders.
  • Emergency Phone – A telephone line dedicated to contacting only emergency numbers.
  • Home Alarm Systems – These systems are used to alert both homeowners and the authorities that an unwanted intruder has entered the home. There are many different systems available.
  • Home Security – A home security system often refers to a unit that goes above and beyond a standard alarm. It may include security cameras, fingerprint scanners or keypads.
  • IP Surveillance – An IP-based system that allows a security team to take advantage of many cameras and video encoders. While the surveillance equipment shares the same network, it can be either wired or wireless.
  • Traditional Phone Lines – These telephone lines are land based, and therefore they are not mobile and significantly more reliable.
  • VoIP – Also known as Voice over Internet Protocol, this hardware or software is what enables people to use the Internet to make telephone calls. The voice data is sent over an IP, rather than through traditional means.