NextAlarm.com releases upgrade allowing remote programming over IP
OJAI, Calif.Ã¢â‚¬â€NextAlarm.com, an alarm monitoring services and technology company based here, on Dec. 20 released an upgrade to its VoIPAlarm 2 alarm signal transmission platform giving its dealers the ability to remotely access and program alarm panels over IP.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Dealers need to have the ability to call into alarm systems to program and change the alarm systems,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Bryan Field-Elliot, chief technology officer for NextAlarm.com. Ã¢â‚¬Å“They lose that ability when their customers move to broadband and now we are giving them a way to call back into the system.Ã¢â‚¬Â
NextAlarm.com uses its Alarm Broadband Network (ABN) technology to convert existing telephone-based security alarm systems to communicate over a broadband connection. This new upgrade, which is free for VoIPAlarm dealers, allows its dealers to reconfigure their existing ABN adapters specifically for downloading, allowing their customersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ systems to be programmed over broadband exactly as if over a telephone line.
The VoIPAlarm technology transcodes the subscriberÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s alarm signal from analog to digital through to VoIPAlarmÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s head-end and then transmits the signal to the central station via POTS or IP, creating a Contact ID signal exactly like an alarm panel calling a central station directly.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I certainly see an opportunity for this kind of product,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Wells Sampson, president of American Alarm & Communications in Arlington, Mass. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The idea of being able to remotely program over the Internet virtually instantaneously as opposed to four or five minutes to download, there can be a big advantage there.Ã¢â‚¬Â