Car security: Glossay of Terms

Car security Glossay of Terms


Active Arming
As opposed to passive arming, which turns on the alarm automatically when you lock the car, active arming requires you to arm the alarm by pressing a button on the remote.

Adjustable Volume Confirmation
When arming or disarming, you will hear chirps that confirm your operation. Some security systems allow you to choose to have full-volume chirps or muted ones that are much quieter.

Anti-False Alarm Circuitry
This is special circuitry manufacturers have developed to reduce the number of false alarms. These circuits can be extremely sophisticated. For example: if any alarm zone is activated three times in 60 minutes by things such as thunder, wind, or jackhammers, that zone will be disabled while keeping all other zones active and reactivated after a period of time with no activity. If you don’t like to deal with honking horns and flashing lights every time a semi-truck drives by, this is an excellent feature to look for!

Auxiliary Channel
"Channels" are inputs for additional features you can activate with your remote control. Convenience features you can add include: Remote trunk release, Windows open/close, Remote-start other vehicle, Window roll-up, Remote start, Garage door interface

Back-up Battery
While thieves will typically leave cars with alarms alone, some will try to disable the alarm by cutting the line to or from your car’s battery. A back-up battery will make sure your alarm will work even when disconnected from the main battery or if your car battery has simply failed.

Current Sense Technology
When your car’s door or trunk is opened, a light comes on. The alarm senses the resulting electrical flow and will sound.

Domelight Supervision
As you approach the car and disarm the security system, the domelight will come on and light the car’s interior. When you arm the system, the domelight will flash along with the parking lights as an added deterrent.

Driver Recognition
If you like siren chirps and she doesn’t, she likes ignition-controlled door locks and you don’t, or you like passive arming and she likes active, you can still keep the peace. Some alarms will allow us to program as many as four remote transmitters with individual preferences. The car’s security/convenience system will recognize each user by the remote used to disarm it.

Dual Stage Shock Sensor
Rather than going off when your car is accidentally brushed or buffeted by the wind, it will give a warning chirp. If bumped a second time, the alarm will go into full alarm mode. ESP - Especially Sophisticated Protection system is not a single feature, but a group of features that come with any ESP security system that the manufacturer DEI/Viper offers. Driver Recognition- -system knows who will be driving the car by the remote used to disarm it and sets user-preferences accordingly. Icon remotes- -No more trying to remember which button does what. Buttons on remote have pictures that represent their function.

Hidden Dashboard Disable
An existing switch on your dash, like rear window defrost or the windshield wiper switch, can be used to disable the alarm. No one but you knows which switch is the Ghost Switch and how to disarm the system with it. Adaptive Channel- -Many security systems have outputs that are only designed to work with certain accessories, Adaptive Channel allows you to easily configure the system to operate any features you want.

Hidden Dashboard Disable
A Ghost Switch is a switch you already have on your dash- -like a Hazard or Defrost- -that doubles as an alarm disable switch only you know about. If for whatever reason you can’t use your remote control and your car’s security system is armed, all you have to do is turn on the ignition, operate the assigned Ghost Switch and you’ve disarmed the alarm. Nobody but you has to know which switch on your dash is the Ghost Switch.

High Frequency
High Frequency (HF) systems operate in a range uncluttered by other radio frequency devices and offer increased range. In English that means HF systems will allow you to arm and disarm your security system from further away and with greater reliability- -especially important if you have remote start.

Insurance Protection Plan
Many alarm systems come with a guarantee that will pay the entirety of your deductible if your alarm-equipped and armed car is ever stolen and not recovered. Some manufacturers’ guarantee programs will pay your deductible up to $2500 even if your car is recovered.

Keyless Entry
While lots of new cars come with this feature these days, you may not know that it can be added to any car- -new or old, even if it doesn’t have power locks. The most obvious benefit: being able to open your car with the touch of a button. The least obvious benefit: not having to use your key in the door’s locks means no more scrapes around the keyhole.

Motion Sensor
As the name implies, motion sensors detect movement of the vehicle. Although these sensors can detect the smallest bit of motion, its sensitivity is fully adjustable. When properly adjusted, motion sensors rarely give off a false alarm. Multi-Tone Siren - Some alarms can have anywhere between one and six sounds when in full alarm mode. The advantage of this is that you can choose the combination of tones you want for your car, making the sound of your alarm easy to recognize. Panic/Car Locator- If you’ve ever felt uncomfortable walking to your car, think how nice it would have been to have known you could set off your car’s alarm if needed. All you have to do press and hold one button of your Panic Button-equipped security system and the system will go into full alarm mode. This can not only help protect you, but help you find your car in a crowded parking lot.

Parking Light Flash
When the system is activated, parking lights flash to draw attention to the vehicle. When using the remote: One flash indicates the system is armed Two flashes indicates the system is disarmed Three flashes indicates that the system was activated while you were away Confirmation when the system is armed or disarmed makes it easy to use.

Passive Arming
Unlike active arming, which requires you to arm the security system, passive arming will automatically arm the security system 30 seconds after you leave the vehicle. You have the option to use this feature in conjunction with power door locks and windows to fully secure the vehicle.

PC Compatible
Programming a security system has never been this sophisticated or simple. Using a computer, you can chose the features you want to use and program them to work the way you want them to. You can even chose to get a printout of your choices for reference.

Perimeter Sensor
Perimeter sensors help keep damage from happening in the first place by protecting the area around your car. Thieves and vandals won’t have a chance to get close enough to do any damage before being frightened off.

Progressive Door Trigger
One reason some people are reluctant to get a security system is they’re worried they’ll set it off by accident. That can be embarrassing and annoying. The progressive door trigger means that if you open the door without disarming the system, the alarm will deliver a series of chirps before going into full alarm mode, giving you ample time to disarm the system.

Progressive Warning
Can a security system tell the difference between an accidental bump and an attempted theft or vandalism? Some can. Anything that brushes the car will set off a series of chirps and flashes, while more sustained impact to the vehicle will cause the system to sound the alarm and flash the lights for a full 60 seconds. Note: Optional voice modules may also be used to warn intruders.

Random Coding
Some car thieves have gotten so high-tech that they can use a device called a scanner to "grab" your code when you arm or disarm your alarm. Once they have this code, they can disarm any standard alarm. Fortunately, random code alarms never send the same code twice, making useless any code they get from you. Remote Control Auxiliary Channels - "Channels" are the auxiliary ports on a security system that allow you to add a variety of remote-controlled safety and convenience features. For instance: Trunk pop, Remote start, Vent power windows, Turn on headlights

Remote Keyless Entry
While lots of new cars come with this feature these days, you may not know that it can be added to any car- -new or old, even if it doesn’t have power locks. The most obvious benefit: being able to open your car with the touch of a button. The least obvious benefit: not having to use your key in the door’s locks means no more scrapes around the keyhole.

Remote Start
Yes, this is exactly what it sounds like- -you can start your car from inside your home or office. Why would anyone want to do this? In most parts of the country, it’s either too hot or too cold most of the time. A few minutes before you leave in the morning, just start your car from inside and by the time you get in it the air conditioner or heater will have brought your car to just the right temperature. This is an especially nice add-on for parents of small children. The only limitation for this feature is that your car must have an automatic transmission.

Silent Arming
Sometimes you want to arm your security system without waking the entire neighborhood. In these cases, you can choose to activate your alarm without any audible confirmation. Starter Kill - If a thief attempts to start your car, whether with your key or by hot wiring, the car will not start. In addition to knowing that your car is going to be there when you return, many times insurers will give discounts for having this feature. Status LED - The Status LED serves a couple purposes. First, it alerts would-be thieves that your car has an alarm system and that it won’t be an easy target. Second, using varying flashing rates the LED can report on any violations that occurred since it was last armed.

Transmitter Code Linking (TCL)
Transmitter Code Linking is what allows a security system to know who will be getting into the car next. Based on this information, all preferences, like memory seat position, will be ready for you.

Valet Mode
Security systems give peace of mind, but sometimes you have to turn your car over to someone else- -a mechanic or valet, for instance. On those occasions, you can put your security system into the Valet mode using your remote. When in the Valet mode, your security system will shut off its security functions, but leave on convenience features like remote locks and trunk pop.

Vehicle Recovery System (VRS)
Increasingly, car-jackings are a fact of life. If you’re ever in this frightening position, one press of a button before you get out of the car will begin a series of events that will help you recover your car and apprehend the thief. First, the LED on your dash will begin to flash. Second, the siren will begin to pulse and the parking lights will flash. Finally, the car will engage the starter interrupt, stopping the car. If our store price is lower on the day you pick up your purchase, we will automatically adjust your purchase price to match the lower price. We cannot ship items outside of the USA due to manufacturer agreements.


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PASSLOCK 1 and PASSLOCK 2 are similar but different. VATS (pellet in the key) is different than both of them. PASSLOCK 1 will require about 5 relays depending on the remote start you are using. GM has a total of three systems that require a resister to bypass. The original system is PASSLOCK (no number), which is better known in the industry as VATS. This system was first introduced in the corvettes and has a pellet in the key. PASSLOCK was first introduced in top of the line 1995 GM N and J-body vehicles (Pontiac Grand Am, Pontiac Sunfire, Chevrolet Cavalier, Oldsmobile Achieva, and Buick Skylark). This system had the resister built into the key cylinder. PASSLOCK 2 was first introduced in the 1998 GM trucks. This system was similar in the fact that the resister is in the key cylinder but work in a completely different manner.

Attached you should find the diagram. If this does not help you need to this tech call should be able to be solved with a 30 minute tech call at the most. Please call 1-800-MR.ALARM (672-5276) or 1-800-554-4053 for help or a dealer in your area which ever you will need.

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