OAKLAND, Calif.—AT&T’s move to partially disable its 2G service here at the end of August got the attention of California Alarm Association members, but the frequency blackout did not affect operations in the field, according to CAA Executive Director Jerry Lenander.
YARMOUTH, Maine—AT&T will phase out its 2G networks by 2017, setting a long-anticipated timeline for the “sunset” of the technology and giving the alarm industry a target date to upgrade cellular equipment.
ATLANTA—Telguard Corp. is backing its call for alarm companies to prepare for the “2G sunset” with a $5 million program that gives dealers up to $25 for every 2G cellular communicator they replace with a Telguard 3G/4G product.
CARLSBAD, Calif.—2GIG Technologies, a home security systems developer known for its Go!Control panel—an all-in-one security and home automation system with a touchscreen interface—recently announced a voluntary recall of some of the GSM radio modules used with the panels because of a possibility they might overheat.
“We decided to do this out of an abundance of caution,” Todd Santiago, president of the company, which is based here, told Security Systems News in an email interview. He said problems occurred with a miniscule number of modules—just three out of more than 500,000 GSM modules 2GIG has sold are reported to have failed—but he said the company reacted swiftly.
CHICAGO—Wireless connectivity solution provider Telular on Aug. 16 announced the availability of two-way voice over cellular using its Telguard TG-1 Express solution. According to Telular vice president of marketing and business development Shawn Welsh, the TG-1 Express will save time and money for central stations and dealers by becoming the one-stop shop for two-way voice communication from the panel to the central station.
LANCASTER, Pa.—Security Partners—the UL-listed/FM approved/CSAA 5-Diamond certified central monitoring station collocated with Select Security—announced recently it had added more radios and more Internet connections, called IP-links, to its AES Intellinet wireless mesh network, which it has branded Centras. Security Partners began deploying an AES mesh network a year ago and switched to the Centras branding in January of 2011. According to company president Patrick Egan, the growing network is a sign of the times.
YARMOUTH, Maine—Ever since rumblings of a POTS sunset began last year, the security industry has been concerned with where a dependable communications pathway would come from. Most eyes have turned to broadband and GSM as two alternatives. With the March 20 announcement of AT&T’s agreement to buy competitor T-Mobile for $39 billion, a new wrinkle to the communications pathway has been introduced with which the security industry must contend, assuming the acquisition passes muster with the SEC.