A central station is a center with highly trained operators who immediately respond to any incoming alarm events. The top-priority at a central monitoring station is to make sure that the people they monitor are safe and to send out any emergency dispatch if needed. The difference between central station monitoring and self monitoring is that if you are in distress you do not dial out for any emergency services, they are already on their way to you. When there are life threatening issues such as fire, carbon monoxide or an armed intruder you could be in a serious situation where you are unable to leave your home and or dial out for help. In this case, the central station dials out for you so emergency services are on their way to aid in your life threatening issue. Please consider life safety of your loved ones when determining if a central station monitored system is a necessity for you.