Glossary

Backup Battery
Provides your system with up to 12 hours of auxiliary power in the event of a power failure at your home. (Includes a low-battery sensor and alarm.)

Call List
The list of people you have to be called in the event of an alarm. Call lists can be customized, or we can get you started with our normal setup. Along with the call list, you may include a ‘do not call’ list, i.e., people with access to your business whom we may not call for an alarm.

Carbon Monoxide DetectorCarbon Monoxide Detector
Unlike many hardware store models, our detectors track cumulative levels of carbon monoxide in the air. This is crucial because carbon monoxide builds up in the blood stream and dissipates slowly.

Control Panel
Each system includes a single control panel that runs the system and notifies our Alarm Operations Center of an alarm condition and type. Control Panels can integrate multiple alarm types (burglary, fire, mechanical, etc.), and are available with as few as seven zones or as many as 128, depending on your needs.

We use state-of-the-art equipment from Napco, Ademco and Silent Knight. S.B.

Driveway Protection
The perfect answer for detecting visitors if your driveway is not clearly visible from your home, or is long and winding.

DSL FilterDSL Filter
Filters out the noise caused by having DSL on your phone line. Without it, your alarm signals may not come through to our Alarm Operations Center. In a worst-case scenario, your system can be rendered unable to function locally or to communicate with our Alarm Operations Center. If you already have DSL and are not sure if you have a filter, call us and we can check your records. Note: the filter your cable company provided might not work on our system.

Gate System
Automatic Gate Systems prevent unwanted use of your private driveway, whether you are home or not—perfect for summer or vacation homes.

Glass Break DetectorGlass-break Detector
A great solution in situations where entry can be achieved by breaking glass but a motion detector is not the best choice because of room conditions. It detects the sound of bowing and then breaking glass.

Heat Detector
If exuberant cooking is triggering your smoke alarm, consider a Heat Detector instead. It detects heat at either 135 degrees or 194 degrees, or if the temperature rapidly increases as it would in a fire situation.

KeyfobKeyfob
Just like the key fob you use for your car a Northeast Security Key Fob lets you remotely arm and disarm your system.

Keypad
The keypad is the control center of your system: it shows the status, pinpoints any trouble spots, and lets you arm, disarm, or bypassing zones. Most keypads include panic or emergency functions, and our Alarm Operations Center is trained to immediately dispatch for these types of alarm.

Available with LED or LCD displays, keypads can be located wherever you choose—main entrance, garage, mudroom or kitchen door—and an additional keypad can be installed in the master bedroom so that even in the middle of the night, you can arm the system or, most important, see where an alarm triggered.

Low Temperature SensorLow-Temperature Sensor
Water from burst frozen pipes can wreak havoc on a home, so this is a wise investment for many customers who go away in the winter.

The low temperature device is about the size of light switch plate and can be discretely located wherever pipes are prone to freezing, e.g., under a sink. For example, if you leave for the winter and set the heat back to 55, we will receive an alarm signal at our Alarm Operations Center if your heat drops significantly below that, say to 44 degrees.

Magnetic Card ReaderMagnetic Card Reader
Allows users to swipe their access cards like a credit card to access the building.

Magnetic Door Switch (or Contact)
We specialize in unobtrusive installation of magnetic door switches to protect all exterior doors from unwanted entry.

Medical Emergency (or Panic) Button
Integral to an Emergency Response System, buttons can be worn on the wrist, around the neck or on a belt. When the button is pressed, a signal is sent to the Alarm Operations Center and the dispatcher will follow the call list you have provided for us.

Motion Detector
The primary choice to protect the interior space in your home or business, they’re now available as 'pet-friendly' devices.

Panic ButtonPanic (or Hold Up) Button
An essential tool for banks and stores, panic buttons are available in many different styles, including money clips for cash registers, both hardwired (to mount under a desk or counter) and wireless (for non-stationary employees to carry around the business).

Propane Gas Detector
Gas leak detectors can be located near your stove, range and oven, or propane gas heating system.

Proximity Card Reader
Allows access to a building with access control without swiping.

Security ScreenSecurity Screens
Very often used for first floor bedrooms, they let you keep windows open for ventilation and still protect the perimeter. Regular window screens are laced with nearly invisible low-voltage wiring. If an intruder cuts a screen or removes it from the window, the system will go into alarm.

Siren
While in commercial situations it is sometimes beneficial to have a silent alarm for apprehension of criminals, we strongly recommend audible alarms in residential settings to prevent any confrontations. Interior and exterior sirens can ward off intruders and alert everyone inside and outside of the home of an alarm condition.

Smoke Detector
Monitored smoke detectors not only alert you of a fire when you are home, but also alert our Alarm Operations Center, which is vital if you are away or unable to phone for help.

Surge Protector
Designed to protect electrical devices from voltage spikes, surge protectors attempt to regulate the voltage supplied to an electric device by either blocking or by shorting to ground voltages above a safe threshold.

Water-Sensing System
When the water level is high enough to reach the center of the water sensor, an alarm goes off. Water sensors are located in areas prone to flooding, such as a basement or laundry room (but not directly on the floor in order to prevent false alarms on damp days).

Zones
Having zones lets you know precisely where on your property trouble may be occurring. With only one zone for your system, no matter where and what type of problem occurs, it would always read the same thing on your keypad: ‘House.’

But with zones, you know exactly where the problem is. Your keypad would read ‘Basement’ if the basement door was opened, ‘Back Door’ if that was opened, etc. You’d also know the type of problem: for example, if the downstairs smoke detector were triggered, that would be prcisely indicated on your control panel.

Northeast offers a variety of control panels to give you as many zones as you want your system to have:

  • The FBII XL-2 panel provides seven zones, perfect for a small installation.
  • The FBI31 has 12 zones, ideal for homes that want a few more devices.
  • The Napco P3200 panel comes with eight zones but is capable of expanding to 32 zones, and the Napco 9600 comes with 12 and can expand to 96 zones—perfect for growing businesses.