Redundancy: Two is One, One is None


Redundancy: Two is One, and One is None

Redundancy: Two is One, and One is NoneRedundancy:  Two is One, One is None.

What does Redundancy have to do with Home Security Systems?

Have you ever needed something to work, only to find that at the Worst Possible Time, it didn’t?  Have you ever Absolutely, Positively HAD TO get to an important appointment, only to find that your car wouldn’t start?  Have you ever been pressed by a deadline at work, needed to print out your final report, and the printer wouldn’t work?  Do you trust your lifelong collection of family photos to your computer’s hard drive, or do you backup to a USB memory device?  If your life depended on it, would you trust something to work flawlessly without the possibility of failure, or would you be wiser to have another option?  If the safety of your family was on the line, and your primary system failed, would you appreciate a backup?

This is the premise of redundancy.  If you need something to work, I mean REALLY need it to work without fail, you should not rely on just a Plan A. Have a Plan B.  For that matter, if it is REALLY, REALLY important, having a Plan C, D, and E.   Get it now?  Two is One, and One is None.

How does Redundancy help to keep you safe in a dangerous situation.  If you are the one charged with the comfort, safety, and security of your family and home, then you should take the likely events that you would trust to succeed, and be prepared to succeed without them.

If you Fail to Plan, you Plan to FailIn home security, it means having as many redundant systems as practical to give you the best shot at success.  Your home alarm system requires electricity to operate.  If your primary electrical source fails, do you have a backup power source?  If city electricity dies, do you have a generator.  If the generator dies, do you have batteries.  If the batteries die, do you have spares.  If your spares are dead too, do you have another plan.  What about sirens.  Do you just rely on the one outdoor alarm siren?  If it fails, you have an indoor siren as a fall-back?  If that fails, do you have any other way to attract attention, perhaps a strobe light?  Alarm communication; an alarm is not very useful if it can’t somehow signal for attention and assistance.  If your phone line dies, can the alarm still call for help through a GSM cellular communications pathway?  If the cell communicator dies, can it communicate via a IP internet connection.  Can it alert your neighbors or relatives?  Can you get assistance from stranger’s passing by?

A professional alarm security system has many backups. Why?  Because it provides a potentially life saving mission.  A well designed system will be designed to accomodate the most likely situations, and continue to function beyond an average expected level of failure.

Consider the most likely threats, expect failures, and prepare redundancy’s.  Two is one, and one is none.

Mark Plischke
Aloha Alarm LLC
Home Security Alarm Systems
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

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