An initiating alarm is an alarm that notifies system administrators of an issue or threat. When you think of a traditional alarm, you’re thinking of an initiating alarm — a message that lets you know there’s an urgent problem somewhere in your facility. Common examples include alerts about smoke, forced entry or even too many swipes by one cardholder at a reader. Not all of them are emergencies, but they help you keep tabs on any potential issues in your space, which makes security much easier.
When an initiating alarm is sent out to system administrators, it must be acknowledged and investigated. After any threat has been disproven or neutralized, a canceling alarm deletes it from the system, keeping anyone else from unnecessarily repeating the process. Initiating alarms are only removed from the system after the proper process is followed, so make sure you do your due diligence when responding to one.