Setting up the Alarm System


The Citizens’ Association Ekosol, with the help of a kind donation, has received a complete alarm system, which will allow our space and property in it to be protected from burglars and fires. Since we love practical work, we decided to set up the system ourselves. We first did a little research and discovered the type of system and found connection schemes and instructions for the same. It is a DSC alarm system that is very popular in our area, especially when securing public buildings and you have probably already seen it somewhere! This system consists of a central panel located in the switchboard and connected to it by all further peripherals of which we have a control panel, motion and smoke sensors, an external siren and a keypad as a data entry device. The following photo shows all the material we received:

The material we received

At first glance, it seems like connecting the guides is the complicated part of the job, but it turns out not to be the case. DSC systems are very versatile, so the control panel offers a variety of settings that can be changed and customized for every peripheral, and in the age of modern computers, it never occurred to us that sometimes there is simply no practical LCD screen that shows us what we do at all. The programming of this system is done entirely via the keyboard, which has the same number of keys as with the phone, numbers from 0 to 9, asterisk and hashtag sine. Fortunately on the internet we found the manual and the correct master code of the system, otherwise we would not be able to do anything.

A more detailed description:

Keypad

Navigation is via the three-digit codes and options are selected via two-digit codes, the only confirmation for the desired options is obtained through several indicator lights and a beep signal.

The setup of the system itself went smoothly, although at first glance the coupling schemes look complicated, but they are essentially easy. Each sensor needs a 12V power supply and its signal line, so you just have to decide where to use it. All leads end up in a switch cabinet that houses a power transformer for the 230 / 16V control panel and a 12V battery to serve as a backup in the event of a power failure. The photo below shows what the switchboard looks like and the components in it:

Control cabinet

After hooking up and programming, we tried out the system, to the surprise of random passersby who had the opportunity to hear our siren! And we found that everything was working as it should. Right now, we just have to get the door and window sensors so we can further upgrade our system to make it even safer.