EN 50131 is a European standard series for intruder alarms and hold-up systems. It is not the easiest task to understand and implement all the documentation, so we will try to be brief and helpful here.
Some modern history
In 1997 European Standards Organization (CEN, CENELEC or ETSI) published EN 50131-1 standard which introduced Security system grading. Almost a decade later that same organization updated that standard to EN 50131-1:2006 which further described alarm system requirements and basically unchanged it serves it’s purpose to this day.
Let’s take a look at what benefits this document brought with it. Initially,it unifies the understanding of what an electronic alarm system is. The standard is there to help insurers, intruder alarm companies, customers and the police in achieving a complete and accurate specification of the supervision required security in individual premises. Naturally it covers all aspects of alarm systems from authorization, redundancy, user roles, tampers to name just a few, but we will cover only the main aspects here.