What is the difference between a Hardware Alarm and a Software Alarm?

Issue

What is the difference between a Hardware Alarm and a Software Alarm?

Product Line

Pelco Matrix

Environment

CM9760 Matrix system

Cause

Type of alarms supported on the Matrix system.

Resolution

Hardware Alarms are physically attached to the CM9700 system. Software Alarms are usually commands sent to the CC1 alerting the system of an action being trigger through commands generated through external devices.  ASCII strings commands sent by external Access Control Systems,  Video Loss Alarms on the Matrix Bay, etc.