Wire Free Alarm Systems Vs Wired Alarm Systems

April 20th, 2016

In this article we discuss the differences between wire free fire alarm systems and wired fire alarm systems to help you decide which may be best for your application.

Radio wire free alarms are becoming a more favoured option to a traditional wired alarm fire alarm system, but what are the differences between them? Which one provides a better service? Which one is less likely to false alarm? Which one is more reliable in case there is an emergency?

Wire free alarm systems

Cost: Wireless alarm technology costs more than wired alarms.
Installation: Very easy to install as there are no wires and cables which causes less disruption and cheaper construction maintenance.
Flexibility: Can easily be expanded when the layout of the building has changed.
Monitoring: Can alert the police if it is an intruder alarm. Will tell you the location of the active alarm.
Maintenance: Easy to maintain as there are no wires, need to check the batteries and software. Batteries last up to 5 years.
Aesthetics: Simple and small without wires
Limitations: Wire free alarm systems are better for small or temporary buildings. The wireless signal transmission can be a limitation as the radio signals can be interrupted.

Wired alarm systems
Cost: The technology is cheaper but the cost of labour to install increases the initial investment cost
Installation: Longer to install, but can be ideal when installing a fire alarm into a new build. More time consuming.
Flexibility: A lot of time and work if it needs to be expanded or changed in any way.
Monitoring: Can alert the police if it is an intruder alarm. Will tell you the location of the active alarm.
Maintenance: More maintenance as there are wires throughout the building that must be checked.
Aesthetics: Wires are ugly and are hidden within the fabric of the building.
Limitations: Can disrupt your business if they are being installed in an existing building as the fabric of the building will have to be compromised.