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									     CENTRAL STATIONS/
     WEB MONITORING                            By Deborah L. O’Mara

GPS & Cellular Parlays RMR
Not just for back up or burg

            W        hen a Chicago couple initiated their On-
                     Star tracking system to alert of a recent
                     ambush shooting, the case for global
            positioning systems (GPS) captured the public’s
                                                                   cellular communicator the primary path without
                                                                   a backup.”
                                                                      He added that wireless is a simpler installa-
                                                                   tion and provides dealers with new recurring
            attention. When the shooter was captured, the          revenue from monthly cellular service charges.
            spotlight shined brightly on the value of satel-          Security integrators continue the exodus from
            lite and wireless tracking.                            landlines to the GSM digital cellular radio net-
               While OnStar is not specifically a security ap-      work. Global Satellite for Mobile Communication
            plication, it’s the wave of the future. GPS is used    (GSM) is one of the world’s most widely used
            in this way for crash notification, duress, etc.        cellular networks. Alarm radios that communi-
            but it can also be another tool in an integrator’s     cate via GSM typically use General Packet Radio
            arsenal of recurring monthly revenue (RMR) al-         Service to transmit signals, according to AlarmNet
            lowing users to deploy it as a management tool         General Manager Gordon Hope, Melville, N.Y.
            to track vehicles and personnel and their mo-             Gordon advised central station companies
            bile activities while on the clock. On the home        and systems integrators to proactively approach
            front, it can protect against vehicle theft or the     customers and “get in front of the issue”—the
            wayward teenage driver on the lam.                     demise of hardwired phone lines and the un-
               Much of the activity and interest in cellular for   reliability of VoIP as well as the dangers of cut
            security and the migration to radio signaling for      phone lines. He said companies have to posi-
            primary alarm and now fire signal transmission          tion their offerings as lifestyle and remote ser-
            is tied to the demise of landlines in the home,        vices and discuss the changing landscape with
            cell-only homes and the move to broadband              customers.
            such as VoIP.                                             “Let them [customers] know that radio is inde-
                                                                   pendent of any other technology and it gives them
            Commercial fire cellular as primary                    the freedom to make changes. Once they invest in
               Cellular for dedicated burglar alarm transmis-      radio, they’ve made an investment in new technol-
            sion and especially UL-listed fire signaling has        ogy and now the integrator can offer messaging
            been elusive, but not untouchable.                     and control and remote services,” Hope said.
               “Dealers are increasingly adding cellular com-
            munication paths between panels and the cen-           The future is now
            tral station,” said Mark NeSmith, DMP’s vice              “Dealers want to future-proof their business-
            president of Sales. (DMP, Springfield, Mo., an-         es and certainly this is also being driven by the
            nounced that its 436G Digital Cellular Commu-          sunset of analog cellular and now POTS lines,”
            nicator achieved a UL Standard 864 listing and         commented Michael Gregor
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