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AFPCall: 131AFP (131 237)Australian Federal Police
ACCCall: 1800 088 225Australian Crime Commission
000Call: 000Australian Emergency Services
Crime StoppersCall: 1800 333 000(if you are witness to a crime)
Police LinkCall: 131 444(if you are a victim of a non life threatening crime)



Definitions to help with security terminology



Access ControlCan be an integrated or standalone system to allow access to entry and exit points with the use of Tokens, Cards and Key-Fobs etc.
AreaAn area is one or more zones grouped together for greater security system flexibility
Back-to-baseIs the terminology used to describe the communication between a security system and the monitoring company who are notified of any alarms and problems. Back-to-base monitoring is optional and incurs a fee if used, however this feature normally attracts discounts from insurance organisations.
BulletIs a descriptive term used for a security camera and the way it looks. Generally an external camera mounted on an arm.
BNCBayonet Neill Concelman connector used to terminate RG59 cable for use with security cameras
Cat5eCategory 5e cable is a twisted pair high signal integrity cable. Most Category-5 cables are unshielded, relying on the twisted pair design for noise rejection
Cat6Category 6 cable is a twisted pair high signal integrity cable and is capable of Gigabit Ethernet speeds
Cat6aCategory 6a is a cable slightly thicker then Cat6 capable of data speed up to 10Gb/s
CCDInstead of film, a digital camera has a sensor that converts light into electrical charges. The image sensor employed by most digital cameras is a charge coupled device.
CCTVClosed-Circuit Television
DomeIs a descriptive term used for a security camera and the way it looks. Internal and external cameras representing the shape of a dome.
DVRDigital Video Recorder (security system recorder)
External PIRA Passive Infrared Sensor (PIR Sensor) used outside of a premises
F-TypeIs one connection type used to terminate RG6 cable
Flame DetectorA device that can detect the frequency of a flame to generate a security system trigger or alarm
GBData storage unit describing size - 1 x Gigabyte = 1024Mb = 1048576Kb
GPRSGeneral Packet Radio Service. A standard for wireless communications which runs at speeds up to 115 kilobits per second. GPRS is much like GSM but with a much higher bandwidth.
GSMGlobal System for Mobile Communication. The mobile communication standard. Used to communicate with a security alarm or surveillance system to send and receive commands by communication other than by traditional telephone line.
HDHigh Definition in Australia this is the terminology used to describe video quality exceeding 720 horizontal lines.
HDDHard Disc Drive - Hardware used to store data, consisting of magnetic rotating discs (platers) HDD's are non-volatile random access memory.
HDMIHigh Definition Multimedia Interface is a compact audio/video digital interface for transferring uncompressed digital audio/video data.
HDSDIHigh Definition Serial Digital Interface a high quality security camera system technology for excellent security video detail in HD (1080p). Perfect for upgrading without the need to run new cables as this technology runs on coaxial cable.
IPInternet Protocol is the principal communications protocol used for relaying data over a network or internet. This is a digital protocol also used for security system video transmission and camera control.
IRInfra Red - The illumination technology used on cameras to illuminate dark and poorly lit areas
Key FobIs the remote control used to control a security alarm system as well as possible attached devices to the security alarm system.
KeypadUsed to arm and disarm a security system
LCDLiquid Crystal Display. A technology used in TV screens and monitors. LCD is a common name for a display TV, monitor or screen.
Mega PixelThis is the way resolution is calculated on digital security cameras - exactly the same way resolution is calculated on a digital photo cameras. 1 mega pixel = 1 million pixels
PanelThe main board of a security system
PINPersonal Identification Number used for arming and disarming a security alarm system (generally 4 or 6 digits)
PIRPassive Infrared Sensor (PIR sensor) is an electronic sensor that measures infrared (IR) light radiating from objects in its field of view, most commonly referred to as motion detectors.
PixelIs one dot of an image in its smallest form, usually refering to a dot on an LCD Screen or digital display. Pixel is combination of the words: picture and element
PizoThe technology used in internal sirens to amplify an audible alarm to extreme decibels.
ProxProximity control is when access control devices such as cards and tokens are used to unlock, open or trigger a door and/or arm and disarm a security alarm system
NVRNetwork Video Recorder (security system recorder - for IP based security systems)
Reed SwitchIs a device that magnetically detects 2 items coming together to generate a security system trigger or alarm. Generally used on doors, windows and roller doors to detect them being open or closed.
Remote AccessAccessing your security system from anywhere in the world other then locally. Commonly referred to as connecting remotely.
Remote ConnectionAccessing your security system from anywhere in the world other then locally. Commonly referred to as connecting remotely.
RG6Coaxial Cable primarily used for video signal transfer
RG59Slightly thinner then RG6, RG59 is also Coaxial Cable primarily used for video signal transfer
Shatter DetectorA device that can detect the frequency of breaking glass to generate a security system trigger or alarm
SirenThe siren is the device to alert persons by an audible alarm usually at extremely high decibels.
Smoke DetectorA device that can detect smoke and generate a security system trigger or alarm
SSDSolid State Drives is a data storage device that uses integrated circuit assemblies as memory to store data persistently. SSD technology uses electronic interfaces compatible with traditional block input/output (I/O) hard disk drives. SSDs do not employ any moving mechanical components, which distinguishes them from traditional magnetic disks such as hard disk drives (HDDs)
STPShielded Twisted Pair cable type
StrobeThe visual element of an alarm generally used externally of the premises. Also used to alert owners that an alarm has occurred
TBData storage unit describing size - 1 x Terabyte = 1024Gb = 1048576Mb
TokenIs an item used (generally shaped like a token) to arm and disarm a security system or used for access control.
TVLTelevision lines used to describe resolution quality on analogue cameras
USBUniversal Serial Bus used to connect peripherals such as keyboard and mouse to computer based devices such as computers and digital video recorders (DVR)
UTPUnshielded Twisted Pair cable type
Varifocalis a security camera lens feature allowing the user to zoom in and out and also allow them to focus accordingly
Wi-FiTechnology that allows an electronic device to exchange data wirelessly
ZoneA zone is often a single device used to secure an area. A zone can be represented by a PIR, smoke detector, door reed, etc.