Remote Security System


Old 04-18-18, 01:26 PM
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Remote Security System

Hi I'm the IT guy for a small 1 building school. The teachers wanted a small update to their security system involving a panic button. What they would like is a switch or button that can be pressed that sends a signal to the other rooms, like a light turning on. So if there is something dangerous downstairs, a light or silent alert goes off in the other rooms upstairs. Does anyone have any recommendations for something like this?
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Old 04-18-18, 04:14 PM
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Some security systems incorporate a panic button. I'm not the pro in this forum, but an example might be the Skylink Model: ED100W. PT-434 wireless transmitter... can ring pagers or telephones.

If you wanted some sort of light as a notification/alarm, the same technology that notifies deaf people of a doorbell or phone call could possibly be incorporated. Aka silent call communication.

The problem would be keeping kids from pushing it, or the accidental alarm. (Think fake Hawaii nuclear missile attack)
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Usually a panic device is connected to the main alarm, is active 24 hours a day and will send a duress signal to the central station. If your system is monitored.... you can discuss this with your security company.

If the security system is not monitored.... you'd need to decide who/what the panic button will notify.
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You can always get one of the standalone wireless receivers and use the relay from that to trigger any kind of signaling device you like. The only real limit is your technical ability:
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Just thinking out loud.

The panic part needs to be part of the alarm system. You are going to want help. The lights is a home automation (HA) side. If the the alarm can also send an alert mqtt, ifttt, etc ... HomeAssistant is an open source running on a PI. In HA commands lights on/off easy. The trick is the system may not meet local code and may not be reliable. Not sure what alarm you have currently, but something like Tuxedo would make a great bridge since it contains both Alarm and HA. No matter what the light switches will need to be changed/device added to control lights.

Look at how many rooms/lights you want to control and google some wireless devices. Cost maybe an issue.
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Thanks for all the replies, I was actually looking at Skylink after talking with someone from their business over the phone. For the price their devices seem about what we need for the moment. I agree that a way to call for help that incorporates our security system would be ideal. Currently, we already have a security system that dials 911 and video cameras. The faculty was looking more for something that could let the other people in the building know that there is a danger and to lock their doors and not come out as an addition to what we have. I think the Skylink switch and device that plugs into an outlet are the ideal thing for what we are looking for.
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