Honeywell Power has announced a fire alarm communications panel that allows installers to easily select IP, GSM (cellular) or both for fire alarm reporting to a central station. The IPGSM-4G is compatible with virtually any brand of fire alarm control panel and simply connects to both ports on the panel’s digital alarm communications transmitter (DACT). This new version’s biggest upgrade is its ability to operate over 2G, 3G or 4G networks, automatically choosing the best available cellular signal in the area.
The imminent sunset of plain old telephone service (POTS) lines, as well as 2G cellular networks, places many installers in the position of needing to update the systems they currently service to an available and reliable communications technology. Updating systems to report over IP and/or cellular networks also eliminates the two costly phone lines traditionally used for fire alarm communications. The IPGSM-4G offers installers the opportunity to upgrade current accounts and capture new business through this money-saving solution.
The IPGSM-4G is easy to install with no additional fire alarm panel configuration needed. An installer can configure this product for IP or GSM as the sole communication path or, for maximum reliability, IP as primary with GSM as backup. The IPGSM-4G seamlessly connects to the dialer of any Contact-ID fire alarm control panel, making it ideal for new installations or retrofit applications. The unit is also compact and able to be mounted up to 20 feet away from the fire alarm control panel.