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AT&T’s 2G shutdown in Oakland false alarm for industry

Frequency blackout didn’t affect alarm companies, CAA says
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09/05/2012

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.

AT&T: 2017 end of the line for 2G

Cell carrier’s ‘sunset’ for GSM will force upgrade to 3G and 4G radios
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08/15/2012

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.

Telguard offers dealers incentive to go to 3G

Protection from ‘2G sunset’ worth up to $25 per unit
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07/11/2012

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.

2GIG voluntarily recalls some panel components

Company says overheating problem rare but wants to be extra-cautious
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11/14/2011

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.

Telular delivers manufacturer-agnostic, cellular, two-way voice solution

Says solution eliminates need for manufacturer-specific receivers
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08/25/2011

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.

Security Partners adds radios, grows Centras Network footprint

'In the next three to five years, we'll have the whole mid-Atlantic area covered'
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06/02/2011

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.

Does AT&T’s purchase of T-Mobile threaten the industry?

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03/24/2011

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.