MELVILLE, N.Y. — A few years after introducing its global system for mobile communications (GSM) alarm radios, Honeywell now has one million subscribers using the technology, the company announced.
Used to transmit signals to central monitoring stations, the GSM radios were introduced to phase out analog phone lines. Since the technology’s release, alarm owners have the ability to manage a security system from a smartphone or mobile tablet, allowing consumers to stay connected to their homes from any location. Consumers can expect even better service offerings in the future, according to 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,” he says. “That 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.”
Currently, Honeywell offers the 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. This approach helps ensure the best signal speed, reliability and system longevity in a world of rapidly changing communications networks. In the case that a 2G, 3G or 4G network is unavailable, SMS technology is employed as a backup, according to the company.
“Everyone knows that any technology is almost outdated the minute it leaves the store, but you can’t afford to have an outdated security system,” Hope says. “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.”