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How Remote Monitoring eliminates security false alarms

Tim Pavlov
How Remote Monitoring eliminates security false alarms

How Remote Monitoring eliminates security false alarms

False alarms are the bane of security systems worldwide. Costly, annoying, and possibly threatening, they are a real burden to any property’s security. Modern security systems incorporating remote monitored security cameras integrated into an alarm system with sensors can now virtually eliminate all false alarms.

What are Remote Monitored security systems?

Remote monitored security systems are security systems that utilise network connected CCTV cameras. These systems also consist of sensors, alarms, electronic locks and other devices that are installed in a property. They are widely used in homes and businesses, to detect and deter potential intruders or threats. You can access the video feed from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Either you can manage them yourself, or hire a special company to monitor and manage them such as a security company or a remote monitoring service provider.

You or your security monitoring company gets a notification whenever an alarm or alert is triggered by the security system. You can then view live video footage or other data from the security system to determine whether a real threat exists. If the threat is confirmed, the provider can then take appropriate action, such as contacting the property owner, dispatching emergency services, or notifying law enforcement.

Remote monitored security systems can be an effective way to protect a property and provide peace of mind to property owners. They can also be a cost-effective alternative to hiring a security guard or relying on local law enforcement to respond to alarms and alerts.

Example: Motion detection false alarm

You can use remote monitoring to identify a false alarm triggered by a motion detection sensor by reviewing the footage or data from the security system. In real time.

When a motion detection sensor is triggered, the security system will typically send an alert to you or a security monitoring company. You can then access your live camera feed, locate the camera that covers the same area seen by the motion detection sensor. And look at the live footage as well as the timestamps of the motion alarm.

If there is a real intruder, it means you have a lightning fast response time to a real threat. If it was a false alarm, you’ve saved a costly trip from yourself, a security officer, or a police offer to a non issue.

In the case of a false alarm, it means you don’t have to take any further action. Additionally you can use the experience to adjust the sensitivity of the motion detection sensor or other sensors to prevent future false alarms.

Some newer remote monitoring systems use advanced technology, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms. These improve the accuracy of their detection and minimize false alarms. These systems can be trained to distinguish between actual threats and false alarms, further reducing the likelihood of unnecessary actions and improving the overall effectiveness of the security system.

Example: Fire or Smoke alarm

Just like the motion detector case, a fire false alarm is a expensive happening. Just calling out the firefighters for a false alarm can cost $800 or upwards depending on your location. Fighting false alarms on this front is very similar to the motion detector.

You can install a variety of smart sensors that integrate into your network capable security system. Upon receiving an alarm from them, you can use your remote monitored cameras in the same exact way as before to validate the threat. Launch your remote viewing app, locate the camera looking at the sensor, and check out the footage. Presence of smoke or fire will be instantly obvious.

If there is a fire, congratulations. You’ve managed to catch it well before any passer-by’s or neighbours would have noticed it. Every second counts in a house or business fire, costing you thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, in structural and property damages.

If there isn’t a fire, you’ve just saved yourself an expensive fire fighter call out.

Smart fire detecting Cameras

Modern cameras don’t just use machine learning and advanced capabilities to spot intruders or motion-type false alarms. They can use smart video analysis to detect the presence of smoke, or a thermal camera to detect fire, even if dedicated smoke/fire sensors aren’t present in the security system.

These cameras make the job even faster as they can be programmed to take still images of the moment when the fire/smoke is detected. Launching them straight to you instead of making you waste time opening the video feed and locating the correct cameras to verify.


In conclusion, remote monitoring is an amazing solution to eliminate security false alarms. Both in motion detection and fire/smoke detection systems. With the help of a remote monitoring service provider, property owners can ensure that any alarm or alert triggered by their security system is promptly reviewed and acted upon only if necessary.

By using advanced technology such as artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms, remote monitoring systems can also autonomously accurately distinguish between actual threats and false alarms. Further reducing the likelihood of unnecessary actions and improving the overall effectiveness of the security system.

And with the added benefit of smart fire detecting cameras, property owners can ensure that their homes and businesses are safeguarded against potential fires or smoke incidents.

Overall, remote monitoring is a very reliable and cost-effective solution for property owners seeking to ensure the safety and security of their property and its occupants.

Tim Pavlov
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