Security & Smart Home Glossary

Peripheral Security

A security system that includes detectors and cameras which surround the secured premises from the outside, and which provides an external layer of security and access control. This type of system is recommended for private homes, garden apartments, and businesses that are interested in optimal security for their building grounds. 

Internal Security

A security system that includes various detector types (motion, perimeter, heat, and more) which are installed inside the secured premises. 

Zones

Areas in the premises that are protected by a detector. The detector could be of any type, such as motion, contact, smoke, flood, etc.

Smart Home

A "lifestyle system" for control and automation of door locks, lighting, temperature, energy, and electrical appliances at home. The system is controlled from mobile devices and allows for the creation of “preset” scenarios that adjust the system to the lifestyle, habits, and daily schedule of the homeowner.

Security System

The total security-related components installed in a business or house. The number and type of detectors used vary, based on needs, location, size, and so on - but will almost always include several detectors, a central control panel, and alert devices (communicating to the client, security center, or both).

Wireless System

A security system with wireless communication between its components (various detectors, control panel, cameras).

Wired System

A security system with wired communication between its components (various detectors, control panel, cameras) via communication cables.

Hybrid system

A system where various components interact via a combination of cables and wireless communication. This type of system is compatible with most properties and also allows for flexibility in security system planning by combining wired communication with the easy installation of a wireless system.

Siren

Provides audible alerts (external and internal models). A popular option, for example, due to recent municipal bylaws limiting alarm volume to 91 decibels for up to 4 minutes.

Main Unit / Panel / Smart Hub

The panel functions as the system's "brain". One side of the panel is connected to end components (detectors) from which it receives indications, and the other side is connected to its electric power supply and communication channels. The panel receives on-site indications from the detectors, processes the data, and transmits action instructions to the alerting devices.

Smart Home Gateway

The smart home gateway functions as the system's "brain". One side of the gateway is connected to end devices (switches, locks, smart plugs, thermostats, shutters), and the other side is connected via IP to a backend online system for interactive services, such as remote monitoring and control from mobile devices and/or the Web.

Smart Lighting Relay

An in-wall device that converts a regular light switch to a smart switch, which can be controlled by the smart home application.

Smart Lighting Relay with Dimmer

An in-wall device that converts a regular dimmer switch to a smart dimmer switch, which can be controlled by the smart home application.

Smart Plug

A power socket adaptor that enables switching an electrical appliance on and off by the smart home application.

Smart Plug with Dimmer

A power socket adaptor with built-in dimmer that enables switching a lamp on and off and dimming by the smart home application.

Smart Thermostat

A thermostat that can be controlled and adjusted via the smart home application.

Smart Door Lock

A door lock that can be locked and unlocked via the smart home application.

Smart Heater Valve

A battery operated valve that can be controlled and adjusted via the smart home application.

Smart Water Heater Controller

A device that can control and schedule the operation of the water heater from the smart home application.

Smart Roller Shutter Controller

A device that controls the operation of a roller shutter and that can be operated by the smart home application.

Smart Garage Door Opener

A device that controls the opening and closing of a garage door and that can be operated via the smart home application.

Detectors / Sensors

A device that detects motion / intrusion, a hazard, or another designated event.

Motion Detectors

Detectors for the prevention of intrusion, which identify suspicious movement. and which are installed in a space or a room.

  • Passive Infrared Detector
  • A motion detector that constantly monitors the temperature difference between the intruder’s body temperature and room temperature, which triggers an alarm each time it detects entry in the area.

  • Passive Infrared Detector for Pets
  • A motion detector that will trigger an alarm each time it detects a presence above a certain weight or height, which will not be activated in case a pet enters the secured area.

  • DT (Dual Technology) Detector
  • A motion detector that combines two identification technologies - infrared and microwave. Combining both technologies ensures higher detection rates and lower false alarms in the environment.

Peripheral Detectors

Detectors preventing intrusion by identifying suspicious movements, which are installed around the perimeter of a building or fences.

  • Curtain Detector

  • A type of a peripheral detector that operates with a beam (manifold shaped) that crosses the window's width and identifies an intrusion.

  • Magnet (Contact) Detector

  • A type of peripheral detector for detecting the opening of a window or door, it's 2 components are installed on a window and its frame, or on a door and its doorpost.

  • Glass Break Detector

  • A type of peripheral detector that is installed in front of a window and detects shattering glass.

  • Vibration Detector

  • A type of peripheral detector that identifies vibrations from excavation in building walls, or strikes such as hammering.

  • Outdoor Motion Detectors

  • Detectors that are installed outdoors that trigger and alert before intruders can enter the premises.

Safety Detectors

Detectors for identifying safety scenarios and hazards. These detectors also work when the security system is unset.

  • Smoke Detector

  • A safety detector that identifies an excessive amount of smoke in the room. Suitable for kitchens or rooms with a fireplace. There are smoke detectors that are combined with heat detectors which alert upon sharp increases in temperature, even when there is no smoke.

  • Flood Detector

  • A safety detector that alerts in case of flooding. Intended for installation in basements, laundry rooms, kitchens, or any other place exposed to flooding of water.

  • Gas Detector

  • A safety detector that alerts in the case of gas leakage. Recommended for installation in kitchens, service rooms, or other spaces in which gas is used, including heating gases.

  • CO Detector

  • A safety detector for identifying carbon monoxide, a by product from combustion of various materials (for example from car engines). This detector prevents accumulation of this extremly hazardous gas.

  • Distress Button

  • An essential addition, for example, for homes with elderly people, people with physical disabilities, or people who may require urgent medical help.

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