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November 14, 2007

Alarm.com Offers Digital Solutions to Meet Looming FCC Deadline

By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Alarm.com provides wireless, Web-enabled security systems to residential and commercial customers across U.S. and Canada. Their services are offered through security dealers. They currently have more than 500 licensed dealers. They were the first company to launch an all-digital wireless signaling which is based on remote monitoring.


Alarm.com is offering alternatives for home and businesses that will be impacted by the closure of Analog Mobile Services (AMPS) networks. The home and business security systems installed throughout the country are currently dependent on the analog cellular networks. This cannot be continued because cellular carriers will be not allowed to continue their Analog Mobile Phone Services (AMPS) networks. This is because inoperable and unreliable alarms are expected to be sent if the digital technology is not upgraded.

Alarm.com is reportedly looking into the required up gradation of analog radios as a good opportunity for the dealers to get a better stand in the security and monitoring which they offer. They also give support to a suite of web-based remote management and alerting features. This helps the users to continuously monitor and support their systems round the clock from any system, PDA or any other internet connected device. These features let the end users to remotely arm or disarm any of their security system through a web and PDA interfaces. It has a live view video and event-triggered video recording and alerts. It helps to track non-alarm activity which would be reported by door, window and motion sensors. It also receives email, text alerts for any type of activity or prolonged activity, which could be reported during the user defined time frame by the system. It assigns the user’s access codes through the web remotely. It turns the lights on or off through web and set up the light schedules which are automated.

Since 2003 the company has been offering their digital wireless security technology without depending on the AMPS networks. Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) is used in the recent versions of signaling products of Alarm.com.

Steve Trundle, CEO of Alarm.com, said in a press release: "By replacing analog systems with newer, digital technology like Alarm.com's GSM module, security companies can ensure their customers' systems will continue to operate properly after cellular providers turn off the older analog networks. In addition, they can substantially increase the everyday value, appeal, and usability of their current offering with the enhanced web and interactive features that digital technology supports."

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Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.







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