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Internet Phone Services

 Important notice:

Companies have been aggressively marketing the packaging of high speed internet/phone services/cable TV. This technology is VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) that converts analog telephone calls into digital packets which are transported over the Internet or a privately owned and managed network to the destination, where the packets are reconverted into an analog stream. 

Carbon Monoxide

Because of a new State Law which went into effect on July 1, 2011 the California State Fire Marshal has created  a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding carbon monoxide devices.   

Link to PDF.

Solar Panels

Another Redwood Security First!

Redwood Security's own state of the art alarm monitoring facility was the first commercial building in Marin County to be solar powered.

The solar panels, which were installed in June of 2001, are capable of providing over 3000 watts of power during daylight hours.

At times, during low usage of power in the office, the electrical meter actually rotates backwards, banking power for nighttime use.

Although the system was expected to pay for itself within 5 years, the decision to install solar power stemmed from the desire to provide a clean source of supplemental electricity to power the central station. According to the U.S. Governments "Clean Power Estimator," using this system instead of fossil fuel power, eliminate 6,794 lbs. of Carbon Dioxide and 2 lbs. of Nitrous Oxide emissions per year alone.

Of course, even in California, the sun doesn't always shine, and for those times when power goes out, Redwood's industrial-rated generator automatically powers up.

The generator runs on whatever source of fuel is available: natural gas, propane gas, or gasoline. Additionally, should the generator need servicing during an extended power outage, a bank of deep-cycle batteries will operate Redwood's central station. Redwood's central station facility can run indefinitely without P.G. & E. power.

Security Terminology

  • Door or Window Contact: Concealed magnetic switch detects the opening of a door or window.
  • Alarm Window Screen: These screens appear to be a normal bug screen, but will activate the alarm when the screen is either cut or removed. Allows ventilation and protection at the same time.
  • Double Position Window/Door Contact: A second magnetic switch is installed so that a sliding door or window can be partially opened for ventilation while the system is armed.
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