What is a security system?
A security system is a set of components installed to detect and prevent potentially dangerous situations. They are generally made up of detection components, a control module, a keypad, and a siren. Its effectiveness is significantly improved when the system is connected to a monitoring center. This guarantees a rapid response by the appropriate authorities and thus increases security.
What is monitoring?
When a monitored security system is activated, it is connected to a monitoring center via the phone line. If a detector goes off while the system is activated, the phone line automatically sends a signal to our monitoring center.
Is the security system linked to a police station?
No. The security system is connected to Alarme Doven’s monitoring center. Our staffs confirms each alarm signal and determines how to respond based on the situation (check for false alarm or call the fire department, police, or emergency medical services as required).
What is the role of a security company and remote monitoring center?
The security company takes care of selling, installing, maintaining, and repairing security system components and handles customer service. The monitoring center dispatchers receive process and follow up on the various alarm signals received.
Where is the remote monitoring center located?
Our ULC monitoring center is located in Montreal. Our equipments combine a specialized technology in surveillance.
What is a ULC certification?
ULC stands for Underwriters' Laboratories of Canada. ULC certification indicates that a product or system has been evaluated and tested for compliance under the ULC Canadian standards.
Can I use a security system even if I have a pet?
Yes. Although pets can be a challenge for security systems, particularly if they have free access to protected area or weigh over 100 pounds, specially adapted motion detectors are available at an additional cost. Alarme Doven specialists will be happy to discuss this option with you.
Is the system easy to use?
Yes. The installation technician will explain how the system works upon completing the installation. The system comes with a complete user’s manual and instruction guide. You can always call Alarme Doven’s Customer Service Department any time.
When and how often should I check my security system?
Check your system regularly to avoid being caught off guard in an emergency situation. Test your system once a month to be sure your communications link is operational.
Your security system is connected to a monitoring center. Every time your system goes off, it sends a signal to the center. To avoid unnecessary dispatched, first call the center and identify yourself with your password or PIN (personal identification number) and tell the operator how long you’ll be testing your system or ask for assistance.
What do I do when I contact the monitoring center operator?
Give the main phone number of the protected property
Identify yourself using your password or PIN
Give your name.
Describe the reason for your call or the cause of the alarm.
What is the role of the people listed on my call list?
When your security system is triggered, an operator dials the number of the protected site. If no one answers or if the person who does answer cannot identify him or herself using a password or PIN, the operator will call the police (depending on your preset instructions)
The operator will try to contact a person on your call list.
Remember to notify your contact people if you plan to be gone for an extended period. When one of the people listed on your call list arrives at the site after an alarm goes off while you’re gone, they must first check the outside of the premise before entering the protected site. It is strongly recommended to wait until the police arrive before entering the premises.
For an effective response, the people listed on your call list should live near the protected location, have keys to the site, an access code to arm and disarm the alarm system, and a password or PIN to identify themselves. We recommend that you review your call list every year.
How do I update my file and emergency call list?
Simply call Alarme Doven’s customers service at 514-866-4664 between 8 :00 am and 5 :00 pm, Monday to Friday, identify yourself with your password or PIN, and indicate the changes you wish to make.
Why doesn’t my phone work when my alarm goes off?
When you arm or disarm your security system, the phone line may be busy for 20 to 50 seconds (depending on the type of system). The system transmits a signal to our monitoring center indicating its status.
Will my alarm system function in the event of a power outage?
Yes. In the event of a power outage, the backup battery will take over for a number of hours. If the battery is low, the system will alert the monitoring center, who will then notify you of the low battery signal.
What do I do if I set off my security system and cause a false alarm?
The siren will sound. If you accidentally set off the alarm, stay calm. Enter your code on the keypad, making sure you carefully press each button to deactivate the alarm. Wait by the phone and the monitoring center will call you.
Can my warranty be extended?
No, because a system that has been properly installed doesn’t need an extended warranty.
Is the information in my file up to date?
It is very important to notify us of any changes that could affect the operation of your security system. For your security, you should immediately notify Alarme Doven if you:
Change your home or work phone number
Make changes to your emergency contact list
Add a new user (babysitter, housekeeper, roommate, etc)
Get a pet (which could require the addition of a special motion detector for pets
You must also inform us of any renovations that could interfere with the operation of your security system. If your telephone service provider needs to work on your phone line, please test your security system after their technician leaves. Please call the monitoring center to let them know you're testing.
To notify us of a change in your file, call 514-866-4664.
How do I avoid paying a fee for having the police respond to a false alarm?
Many municipalities now charge fees when police are dispatched to respond to false alarms. By-laws vary from one municipality to another.
Check with your municipality to find out about current by-laws.
Be sure that all system users have a good understanding of how to operate the system.
Avoid leaving objects in the home that could move or blow about and set off an alarm (balloon etc.).
Pets can be given free reign of the house as long as proper motion detectors are in place To avoid high dispatch fees,
What telephony services are compatible with my security system?
Your security system uses your phone line to transmit alarms to the monitoring center.
A special type of installation allows the security system to use the phone line even if you are using it for a call or sending a fax. In other words, your security system only uses your phone in priority cases.
A quality phone service will allow your security system to transmit alarms to the monitoring center at any time. In the event of a power outage, the phone service must remain operational for four hours or more, just like your security system which is equipped with a back-up battery. (The vast majority of power outages last less than four hours.)
To ensure optimal operations for your security system, Reliance Alarme Doven recommends that you use suppliers for whom transmission tests have been conducted and whose installation standards have been validated.
Note: Alarme Doven recommends the use of high-performance communications technologies; however, we cannot guarantee perfect operations since no technology is considered completely invulnerable or infallible. Consequently, Alarme Doven cannot accept any responsibility regarding the choice of telephony service made by our customers.
Is Voice over IP (VoIP) compatible?
Voice over IP -that is, Internet-based phone service- differs from cable telephony and traditional phone service. Often, it does not give priority to security systems. Generally, it is not equipped with a back-up system in case of a power outage. In addition, it is not always compatible with the communications “language” used by security systems. We don’t recommend using VoIP with a security system since it does not possess the reliability needed to complement your security system.
How can I enhance my security system?
Whatever the supplier or technology, no phone service is completely infallible. To protect your system from phone-service malfunctions or breaches in a phone-network wire, we offer the UpLink service, which uses the latest wireless technology. This attractively priced service is offered in two versions – high security and very high security – to answer our customers’ needs. This service requires the purchase and installation of a communication module and is available only in areas served by a wireless network using GSM or CDMA technology.
Find out more by calling Customer Service at 514-866-4664.
I don’t have a land line at home any more. Can I still keep my security system?
The widespread use of mobile or wireless telephony has resulted in a major change, with many consumers deciding not to subscribe to traditional phone service and to use only mobile technology. To serve you better, Alarme Doven has designed its UpLink family of services to enable customers to enjoy complete security without having to rely on a land line. When you subscribe to this very affordable service, you can choose the phone service you wish, and your security system will operate normally and efficiently. This service requires the purchase and installation of a communication module and is available only in areas served by a wireless network using GSM or CDMA technology.
Find out more by calling Customer Service at 514-866-4664.
Can my system send alarms over the Internet?
Yes, that’s a possibility. However, transmission over Internet requires a special type of installation to ensure appropriate security.
Find out more by calling Customer Service at 514 866-4664.