Ricky Jackson, owner and president of A&R Security in Kingwood, Texas, is using Honeywell's GSM radio as primary and backup signaling to cellonly and VoIP customers. "If they have no landlines or VoIP, we tell our customers that it's the only way to go," he said. "We help them understand the importance of cellular signaling.
CENTRAL STATIONS/ WEB MONITORING By Deborah L. O’Mara WIRELESS WAYS: 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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