AvantGuard's Industry Glossary

Holdup Switch

A form of panic button that is similar to a duress code without the complexity of a passcode. When a holdup switch is activated, it sends an alarm to the central monitoring station and requires the immediate dispatch request. These devices are usually mounted underneath a checkout counter or underneath a bank teller’s workstation so that a person in distress can discreetly activate it. When a holdup switch is activated, it does not create an audible alarm so that the intruder is not made aware.