IControl adds cellular back-up to platform
PALO ALTO, Calif.--IControl Networks, a provider of home security software and services, is currently testing a cellular addition to its Home Security 2.0 platform, which will provide users a third means of communication for its system.
IControl partnered with Telit Wireless Solutions, a machine-to-machine mobile technology company based in Raleigh, N.C., to incorporate cellular technology as a back-up communication path for its home security solution. The company began working with Telit more than a year ago, and began trial testing the enhanced solution in August, said Reza Raji, president and chief operating officer of iControl Networks.
IControl incorporated TelitÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s GE864-QUAD GSM/GPRS module into its iHub router, which wirelessly connects the home network to security panels, IP cameras and other home control devices. If the telephone or broadband connection fails, TelitÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s module will relay the data via GPRS.
Raji said one of the key features of the Telit cellular technology is its anti-jamming capabilities. Ã¢â‚¬Å“With broadband, the line can be cut so you want to be able to fall back on cellular, but with cellular people can also jam or hack the deviceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s signal,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Telit will notify the user if someone is intentionally jamming the connection.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Both the end user and monitoring station can be notified if the cellular signal is disturbed, said Raji. TelitÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Jamming Detection and Report feature alerts central stations and consumers of network interference.
Raji said TelitÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s cellular technology will Ã¢â‚¬Å“work with any cellular networkÃ¢â‚¬Â and the systemÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s SIM card will determine the network.