A unique triple-path technology utilizes IP for primary communications and GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) for backup. If GPRS is unavailable, the system automatically switches over to SMS (text message) communications. A 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard is used to secure data traveling through any pathway.
The IPGSM-COM is UL-listed to offer full Contact ID data reporting and upload/download capabilities for the majority of Honeywell’s commercial fire alarm systems, including Fire-Lite Alarms, Gamewell-FCI, Notifier and Silent Knight. Zone inputs and optional dialer capture features enable compatibility with alternative brands of fire alarm control panels for dry contact reporting.
Fire alarm signals are transmitted to central stations through Honeywell’s AlarmNet network. AlarmNet has built a network of redundant hardware servers and communication paths. The AlarmNet Direct suite of web-based tools provides dealers an easy means to register, program, monitor and command compatible products such as the IPGSM-COM.
Migration of the telecommunications circuit-switched legacy network to broadband and IP-based communications, as outlined in the National Broadband Plan Public Notice #25 from AT&T, has caused many dealers and facility managers to seek alternative methods for the reporting of fire alarm signals. By utilizing a facility’s existing IP network for communications and eliminating two phone lines per fire alarm control panel, the IPGSM-COM offers a potential cost-savings of $60 per phone line, per month.
Multiple building owners associated with retail and hotel chains, office parks, hospital and school campuses, retirement communities and more are prime candidates for the IPGSM-COM. This IP and cellular technology is also ideal for facilities where phone lines are not available.
The IPGSM-COM will be available at security equipment distributor locations in the