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What is Monitoring

It’s how your system calls the Police and Fire Brigade

An alarm monitoring device is an automated way of alerting someone of an activation on your system (for example Fire or Burglary). This is often referred to by the name ‘Redcare’ which is a brand name for a particular alarm monitoring company and is a bit like saying ‘Hoover’ for a vacuum cleaner. The key players in the market are

Dualcom or
Dualcom GPRS

Redcare or Redcare Classic,
Redcare GSM and Redcare Agile


What can be monitored

You can use the Dualcom GPRS or Redcare monitoring devices to monitor alarms in your building, including:

  • Water leak detection
  • Fire Alarm
  • Panic Alarm
  • Fault monitoring
  • CCTV Activation
  • Intruder
  • Temperature monitoring
    (Fridges etc)
  • And many more...

You want Monitoring installed because:

Your insurance provider requires it.

You are conscious of your building when no one is there.


By installing Monitoring at your premises you will:

Be covered by most insurers
(check with your insurer to see what grade is required)

Have peace of mind knowing that the people who will be needed
i.e. Police or Fire Brigade, will be called instantly.

The benefits to you of having Monitoring at your Premises:

If you have dual path monitoring, two channels will
be used therefore you are nearly 100% guaranteed
that the system will call the emergency services

You will also receive a notification if there is a
problem, meaning that you can get to your premises
before or at the same time as the emergency
services if you are closer. So that you may explain
the building and aid in any procedures.

So how much does Alarm Monitoring Cost?

The average ‘rule of thumb’ for alarm monitoring is £1.00 a day which will cover the ongoing monitoring of the system (excluding any line rental charges – if applicable) which is value for money. In addition to this, there is a cost to purchase the equipment and have this installed in your premises, which will depend on a number of factors, however on average you are looking at £650.00

Quick Tip: How can you get value for money from
monitoring your alarms?

The first thing that we suggest is that you check what type of monitoring you have, in the last 5-10 years there has been many new entrants to the market and this has greatly affected the costs to the consumer, you could be paying prices set at a time when things were less competitive, in addition to this you could be paying an additional line rental for a dedicated monitoring device which could in fact be removed or used for monitoring more than one system.

So it is really worth checking what you are paying for and what you are getting for your money.

Why WFP?

Professional, Personable, Caring, Responsive

The WFP All-In-One Service

One more thing that you will find really interesting and useful, is how much you can benefit from WFP working on all your
systems! We call this the WFP All-In-One Service.
WFP can work on the following systems, and if we work on more than one of them for you, you will benefit massively.

  • Fire Alarms BS5839 (Including Air Sampling and Gas Suppression)
  • CCTV
  • Door Entry
  • Dry & Wet Risers and Hydrants
  • Intruder Alarms (Burglar alarms)
  • Access Control
  • Sprinklers
  • Fire Extinguishers

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