Honeywell, Melville, N.Y., arrived at the one million subscribers milestone for GSM alarm radios. The radios are used to transmit signals to central monitoring stations. According to Honeywell, this trend is an indicative of consumers choosing digital communications technology for its ability to provide unique services that have redefined the modern-day security system.

“GSM technology was originally introduced as an alternative to standard, analog phone lines that were rapidly starting to be phased out of our homes and unreliable VoIP systems, but now it’s far more than an alternative — it’s easily a preferred choice,” said Gordon Hope, general manager of Honeywell’s AlarmNet communications network. “GSM networks are continuing to evolve, as we’re seeing with the advent of 3G and 4G radios, which means home and business owners will best be served using radios capable of handling a variety of network speeds. That has been one of the primary drivers of Honeywell’s product roadmap.”

Over the past few years, the rise of GSM as a reliable alarm-communications path opened the door to services that made home and business security a bigger and more-visible part of daily routines. For instance, the ability to manage a security system from a smart phone or mobile tablet allows consumers to stay connected to their homes from any location.

 “Everyone knows that any technology is almost outdated the minute it leaves the store, but you can’t afford to have an outdated security system,” Hope said. “Our GSM solutions help shepherd in the next wave of alarm radios because it improves system longevity, even with a constant churn of technology. That peace of mind is hard to replicate.”

Honeywell recently released its LYNX Touch 5100 self-contained system, which uses GSM communications technology. The system selects a 2G, 3G or 4G network — whichever is available in the immediate location. In the case that a 2G, 3G or 4G network is unavailable, SMS technology is employed as a back-up.

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