Existing Cellular 2G Alarm Systems are at Risk!

Dont let your alarm system be rendered by this transformation.

Don’t let your alarm system be effected by this transition.

To all of our valued followers,

We really want to emphasize the importance of upgrading your 2G wireless cellular communicators before the sunset clause takes place. Existing 2G devices will no longer work after Dec 31, 2015 according to the cellular providers. Our sales team would love to assist you in finding the most cost effective and compatible route in order to keep your security system operating correctly. Here at GEOARM, we don’t want your property or loved ones to be left unprotected for any period of time.

Over the past few months, we have been sending emails to all of those that will be affected by this cellular transition. So, please check that you have received said emails, as this is one of our methods of contacting you regarding important security topics.

In summary, if you have an older 2G model, please upgrade to a new 3G wireless cellular communicator as soon as possible!

Please contact us if you have any further questions.

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 How will the 2G Cellular Sunset Affect my Security System?

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Some may be asking how will the 2G sunset affect my security system and why are they getting rid of it? What exactly is 2g technology? 2G stands for second generation wireless cellular technology. This mode of communication has been around for quite some time since 1991 actually and has been used in security systems for years. 2G was a huge innovation for its time it replaced the old 1G format which was analog signals. There was a huge difference between 1g and 2g in two different manors. The first being 1g analog signals were much slower as far as getting the information from one point to another. Second, the signals from 1g were not encrypted so data could be intercepted much easier. 2G signals marked the first digital cellular signals meaning information could be processed at a much higher rate of speed and the data it sends will be encrypted making it significantly more difficult for someone to steal the information.

It has been a long time since the release of the 2g cellular equipment and as we all now technology has become leaps and bounds better than it once was. Now that the 2g radios have seen their last day that means 3g/4g cellular towers are taking the top position. Some of the benefits of the cellular companies doing away with the 2g services as follows. 2G radios even though in their day were thought to be very fast, they have become outdated and 3g/4g towers will be able to get their information across much swifter. Which means the signals from your security system will send to our central alarm monitoring station even quicker! You can also sleep a bit easier knowing that the 3g/4g  encryption factor has added many more layers of encryption to make it much more difficult to steal the information. Lastly, once upgrading your security system to newer 3g/4g communicator you can feel confident that you are going to get longevity out because that technology will be around for quite some time.

The time is nearing that the 2g cellular services will be sun-setting “eliminated” by the major communication networks by Jan 2017. The process has already begun and many areas have already been affected. What this means to you is that if your security system communicates to the central monitoring station with a 2g cellular communicator/radio your service may end at any time between now and 2017. GEOARM strongly recommend for you to upgrade now to one of the 3g/4g cellular communicators that way you don’t see any interruption in services leaving you vulnerable.

If you are unsure if your security system has a 2g cellular alarm communicator contact GEOARM Security so we can provide you with an array of options that would suit you best. Contact us at 1-877-443-6276 option 3 for assistance.

 

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 Tyco Security Products and Alarm.com announced their partnership with the DSC IMPASSA Wireless security system

Tyco Security Products and Alarm.com announced their partnership and the IMPASSA Series is the first solution to reach dealers. This system comes with the alarm.com 3g8055 AT&T Cellular Communicator which cannot be purchased separately to be used with older IMPASSA Systems. The alarm.com IMPASSA version 1.3 + wireless security system kit also comes with the onboard daughterboard which will enable the use of the alarm.com image sensors , and the z-wave module which will allow for the use of home automation devices. If you have an older version of the IMPASSA and are looking to use the alarm.com interactive services all you would have to do is swap the control panel with the alarm.com DSC IMPASSA wireless security panel. Note if you are also wanting to have the zwave and daughterboard you must purchase this system in the kit form because if you just purchase the panel by itself it will not come with either of those items. All of your door contacts, keypads, motion detectors, smoke detectors/ heat detectors will still work with the updated panel.

The two companies plan to integrate other select hybrid systems for global markets later in the year on systems such as the all new DSC Neo system.   The close engineering collaboration and partnership between Tyco Security Products and Alarm.com will ensure the full range of current and future Alarm.com services are supported providing a leading, future-proof platform to dealers globally.

This is a much-anticipated day for Tyco – they have another great partner on board which has the ability to perfectly complement the current and future product portfolio.  It is another step in the right direction, offering customers product choice and service excellence.  “We look forward to an innovative future with this partnership with Alarm.com,” states Tim Myers, Product Line Director – Intrusion, for Tyco Security Products.

Check out another article on our blog similar to this post : WTK5504 Wireless Touch Screen 2-Way Voice Arming Station by DSC


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 The Honeywell L5100 wireless security system has been discontinued.

The Honeywell LYNX Touch L5100 Security System has been Discontinued.

They say nothing lasts forever, well in this case it’s absolutely true. The Honeywell LYNX L5100 wireless security system has seen its final day. Honeywell has discontinued the manufacturing of the this security system for good. For all of those you that can remember the 5100 model was used to replace the original L5000 LYNX Touch security system. Though the 5000 panel meant well there were quite a few knocks on the panel. The 5000 system had issues with the touchscreen calibration making it difficult for the consumer to navigate the interface, there were also hardware and software issues that would at times leave the system unusable. Then there was the release of the L5100 system which not only fixed the errors of the previous system but,  also changed the future of wireless security technology by adding the Honeywell L5100 Z-wave wireless home automation module. With this being said Geoarm security wishes the L5100 system a fond farewell.

If you are interested in finding out whats next for the Honeywell LYNX series take a look at these articles :

The Release of the Honeywell L5200 Wireless Security System

The Release of the Honeywell L7000 Wireless Security System

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