What is Verkada Alarms?

Verkada Alarms, also known in the industry as intrusion detection or simply intrusion, joins cameras, access control, and environmental sensors as our fourth major product line. Verkada Alarms provide fully integrated 24/7 professional monitoring with emergency dispatch services using your existing Verkada devices without purchasing any additional hardware.

Through leveraging the intuitive Command web interface, advanced hardware, and cloud capabilities we solve two main problems regarding traditional intrusion and monitoring services:

Customization without Complexity

We allow for full customization of your alarm settings through the Command interface. You can create or use existing sites and sub-sites to become an alarm site to configure and set alarm triggers with different arm schedules, video verification, and notification lists ad hoc to ensure that you have the most accurate threat response as the needs of your organizations change.

Elimination of False Alarms

By leveraging existing Verkada cameras we are able to provide real-time contextual video of trigger events virtually eliminating false alarms by providing a 30-second video clip to our monitoring agents to filter out true threats at no extra cost.

You can experience the simple and intuitive process firsthand by starting your free 30-day Alarm Trial.


What Alarms Hardware is being Introduced?

BP41 Alarm Panel

The 32-input BP41 alarm panel can be used to integrate 32 new or existing 3rd party NO/NC devices in your building - such as door/window contacts, motion sensors, glass break sensors, or panic/hold up buttons. The panel includes 2 programmable 12V power outputs so that sirens, bells, or strobe lights can be turned on in response to an alarm.

BC51 Alarm Console

The alarm console replaces the role of the traditional alarm keypad with enhanced functionality. In addition to arming + disarming a site, the BC51 acts as a camera, recording live video and storing historical recordings of arm & disarm events. In addition, the console itself can display a live event feed and a device status page. The console can also act as a digital panic button to call emergency services. Finally, Command users can make video calls to the Verkada console. The BC51 ships with an all-metal secure wall mount from Heckler and is powered over PoE via an included lightning->PoE adapter.

BR11 Wired PIR Motion Sensor

This is a wired PIR Sensor that can detect motion from human activity, has a field of view of 90 Degrees up to 15Meters.

BR12 Surface Mount Contact

This is a wired surface mount contact and can detect if a door or window is open or closed.

BR13 Recessed Mount Contact

This is a wired surface mount contact and can detect if a door or window is open or closed.


How do I set up my Alarms Environment?

Getting started is as simple as designating your existing sites or creating a new site to be an alarm site. All Verkada devices that exist in this alarm site can be configured as triggers to raise an alarm.

Adding an Alarms Site

This guide will show you how to turn an existing site into an alarm site or how to create a new alarm site and add your existing Verkada devices to that alarm site to be configured.

How to Configure your Alarm Site

This guide will show you how to configure your dispatch address, existing Verkada devices as alarm triggers/actions, notification list, emergency dispatch/video verification settings, as well as how to customize different rule sets to fit your organization's needs.

Configuring and Wiring Your BP41 Alarm Panel

This guide will show you how to configure and wire inputs and outputs to your BP41 Alarm Panel.

Setting up your BC51 Alarm Console

This guide will show you how to set up your BC51 alarm console and initiate a talk-down from Command down to the console.


How do I Specify User Permissions?

Alarms User Permissions

The ability to arm/disarm alarm sites can be explicitly granted to users beneath the level of Site Admin. For example, Site Admins by default will have explicit permissions to arm/disarm their alarm site. Site Viewers, Live-Only Viewers, and even No Access users by default do not have the ability to arm/disarm, but, can be granted permissions by existing Alarms Site Admins. The arm/disarm capability is denoted by the Alarm User Checkbox in the user settings profile.

  • Site Admins: By default can arm/disarm sites. They also have the capability to set up new alarm sites and change all alarm site settings, including trigger events and alarm response notifications/actions. They can also add/remove Verkada devices and wired inputs/outputs in the alarm site. Site Admins are able to view all alarm activity and event history with historical video. They also have full capability of the console and are able to listen in and initiate talk-downs to the alarm console.

  • Site Viewers: By default do not have the ability to arm/disarm alarm sites, these users will have to be explicitly granted alarm user permissions. Site Viewers can view all alarm activity and event history with historical footage. Site Viewers are able to listen in and initiate talk-downs to the alarm console.

  • Live-Only Viewers: By default do not have the ability to arm/disarm alarm sites, these users will have to be explicitly granted alarm user permissions. Live-Only viewers can see live video and new events on the alarm site page.

  • No Access Users: By default do not have the ability to arm/disarm or view any details regarding alarm sites in Command. If explicitly granted alarm user permissions they will have the ability to arm/disarm an alarm site from the Alarms mobile app.

How does Alarm Licensing Work?

LIC-BA-1/3/5/10Y Alarm License [REQUIRED]

The Alarms license is what gives users access to Alarms functionality in Command, including the ability to arm/disarm sites, and 24/7 professional monitoring with video verification and emergency dispatch capabilities. The Alarms license covers up to 32 devices in any combination configured as triggers at a single address (a single camera, door, environmental sensor, or input on the BP41 count as a single device).

For example, at a single address, if you configured 10 cameras + 20 BP41 inputs + 2 doors as triggers, you have used up 32 devices and will need to purchase an additional license before you can monitor additional devices.

You can also choose to just cover 32 cameras or cover all 32 inputs on a BP41 Alarm panel. If you require monitoring and dispatch to more than a single address, an additional Alarms license is required for each address.

LIC-BC-1/3/5/10Y Console License

This license covers a single BC51 alarm console. The console has elements of a keypad, camera, panic button, and intercom combined in a single platform.


Please see Compliance and Availability for service in your state.

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