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Alarm Relay introduces interactive mobile features

May 7, 2014SSN Staff

*/ SAN DIEGO—Alarm Relay, a UL-listed central station based here, is rolling out new products and services to enable interactive features designed for use on iPhone and Android mobile phones, according to a news release. The offerings allow clients to remotely manage lights, locks, thermostats and security systems through a mobile app. Alarm Relay's units are capable of communicating with most existing alarm panels on the market, the release noted. The company also released a CDMA and IP...

Alarm Relay, CDMA, central station alarm monitoring, Physical Security

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

September 5, 2012Rich Miller

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, which announced on Aug. 3 that it would phase out its 2G networks nationwide by 2017, temporarily shut down its 850 MHz frequency on 16 cell towers in Oakland after city officials notified the company that the towers...

2G sunset, Alarm Industry Communications Committee (AICC), AT&T, California Alarm Association, California Alarm Association (CAA), CDMA, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), GSM, Jerry Lenander, Lou Fiore, Security Systems News (SSN)

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

August 15, 2012Rich Miller

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. The telecom giant made the announcement on Aug. 3 in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company cited “significant spectrum and capacity constraints on its wireless network in certain markets” as it continues to transition customers to 3G...

2G sunset, 3G, 4G, AT&T, CDMA, Code Division Multiple Access, Global System for Mobile Communications, Gordon Hope, GSM, Honeywell, Security Systems News (SSN), Shawn Welsh, Telguard

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

March 24, 2011Daniel Gelinas

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...

AT&T, CDMA, Digital Monitoring Products (DMP), EVDO, GPRS, GSM, Mace CSSS, Mark Hillenburg, Morgan Hertel, Shawn Welsh, Sprint, T-Mobile, Telular, Verizon

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