Honeywell IP/GSM fire alarm communicatorHoneywell (NYSE: HON) has released a fire alarm communicator that offers a choice of single or dual pathways using IP (Internet Protocol) or GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) for reporting alarms to a central monitoring station.  The IPGSM-DPC fire alarm communicator's ability to utilize both Internet and cellular technologies greatly improves the reliability of communications over single path  technology devices while solving many fire alarm reporting dilemmas associated with challenging applications. The IPGSM-DPC also eliminates the costly telephone lines historically employed for fire alarm reporting.
A simple configuration setup on the IPGSM-DPC allows installers to select one of three communication modes: cellular only, IP only, or IP primary with cellular backup. Along with regular supervision of all communications pathways, the IPGSM-DPC's dual-path configuration offers a more reliable means for reporting alarms and maintenance alerts as compared to legacy telecommunications networks. When utilizing a facility's existing IP network or a Rogers GSM cellular network, the reduction of two phone lines per fire alarm control panel can deliver a substantial cost savings.

Communicating via IP or GSM can solve the challenges present in new commercial facilities where building plans do not include the installation of phone lines because they are deemed unnecessary or too expensive. Challenging applications such as remote buildings on school campuses, military posts, islands surrounded by water and more, are also ideal candidates for IP or GSM fire alarm reporting.

The IPGSM-DPC connects directly to the primary and secondary telephone ports on the communicator of a fire alarm control panel and does not require any fire alarm system programming. The addition of a simple line fault monitor (HFS-659EN) on the connection between the IPGSM-DPC communicator and fire alarm control panel will provide full Contact ID data reporting that is ULC-Listed for virtually any brand of fire alarm control panel.

Signals sent via IP and GSM are communicated to central monitoring stations through Honeywell's AlarmNet network. A 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard is used to secure data traveling through each pathway.
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