Excerpt from the Locksmith Ledger, September issue
By TIM O’LEARY on Sep 1, 2016
AES Corporation is a leading manufacturer of long-range wireless private mesh radio alarm communication products and services. AES-IntelliNet® mesh radio technology empowers companies to grow profitable alarm monitoring businesses and government agencies. AES provides the only patented owner operated and controlled network of its kind, ensuring low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and optimal RMR while reducing dependence on costly public communication infrastructures and traditional telephone, cellular, and radio tower-based solutions.
This licensed private wireless mesh network forms the foundation of their flagship AES-IntelliNet products.
Mesh radio technology is conceptually simple. Signals that need to get from a monitored alarm panel to the Central Monitoring Station may either go directly from the AES subscriber at the alarm panel to the AES receiver in the Central Monitoring Station or it will “hop” through other AES subscribers along the way via one of many possible routes until it delivery is confirmed at the Central Station.
The difference between AES-IntelliNet fault tolerant mesh radio and conventional technology is that other systems rely on repeater/tower technology to operate. This creates additional cost to the system operator for ongoing lease and maintenance contracts. Also, towers and repeaters have the potential for single point/single path failure: if a tower goes down, many subscribers will be out of service. In contrast, AES-IntelliNet provides multiple paths and each subscriber unit can adapt to changes via smart routing and self-healing.
The difference between AES-IntelliNet and cellular/control channel technology is that there are no recurring fees charged to the dealer, creating cost savings for the system operator and consumers.
AES-IntelliNet products are listed for use in UL-AA Burglary, UL-Commercial Fire, UL-Residential Burglary/Fire applications and are NFPA 72 compliant for Fire alarm monitoring.
Radio signals are conveyed through the AES-IntelliNet system in a matter of a few seconds.
AES-IntelliNet systems can grow to cover thousands of square miles, thanks to the patented AES store and forward technology The typical range for an AES-IntelliNet subscriber utilizing the provided case top 2.5db antenna is 1 – 5 miles, though this is dependent upon antenna mounting location in the protected premises, building construction material and techniques, nearby structures, terrain, etc. Remotely mounted higher gain antennas on a rooftop or in an attic can multiply this range by a factor of 2 or 3 times.
Every installed subscriber provides a communication point in the mesh network and increasingly populating the service area will strengthen communications over significant distances.
Most alarm panels are compatible with AES transceivers. There is a wide range of interface options:
There are direct “zone” inputs on every AES-IntelliNet transceiver unit.
The AES-IntelliTAP dialer receiver module, an option for most AES-IntelliNet transceiver units, “reads” the digital dialer output of many types of alarm panel and conveys the information by radio.
When AES-IntelliNet technology is used to replace dedicated telephone lines for alarm reporting, the savings can be substantial and immediate. Becoming an authorized AES dealer can help system owners grow their networks and operate on a positive cash flow with only a small number of customers.
Q&A: Owais Hassan
The Locksmith Ledger contacted AES’ vice President of Engineering Owais Hassan for more detailed information about the company and the technology:
Q. What are the wireless topologies employed in life safety, security and access control applications?
AES Corporation’s patented AES-IntelliNet® mesh radio technology is employed in intrusion, fire protection, and life safety applications.
AES-IntelliNet private wireless networks are licensed, giving network owners and operators complete control of critical event alarm communications using patented mesh radio technology on their own Radio Frequency (RF). AES networks are comprised of various components connected to the alarm panel including Subscribers, IP Links, and Central Station Receivers. To see How Mesh Radio Technology Works, view our animation video at https://vimeo.com/125050248.
Q. Is AES competitive with LAN and WAN alternatives?
AES-IntelliNet mesh radio technology is engineered solely for alarm communications. The AES technology is not dependent on customer premises with Local Area Networks or reliant on public infrastructure with Wide Area Networks and also independent of monthly recurring transport cost and reliability issues with LAN and WAN technologies.
Q. Can your system be used for video surveillance?
Currently AES products monitor the surveillance equipment from potential tampering and removals. AES Next-Generation products have the capability to provide video alarm signals, streaming video, counter measures and control of the surveillance equipment.
Q. How about security and reliability? How does AES rank in these regards?
AES fault tolerant networks are proven to withstand challenging conditions such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, super storms, and wild fires. When traditional alternatives fail during power and cellular outages, AES mesh network radio signals keep operations running at peak performance. AES-IntelliNet networks deliver critical event signals in 1-3 seconds via the shortest route available compared to Internet, Telephone and Cellular methods that can take up to 45 seconds.
Q. If a dealer sets up a network, can traffic from multiple clients be accommodated?
Alarm dealers and installers can set up a new AES-IntelliNet network from the ground up by taking advantage of AES Corporation’s AES-IntelliStart service or they can easily expand their existing networks. AES offers assistance with Network Planning and Site Certification as part of the company’s professional services managed by the global Support team of alarm industry experts.
Q. What hardware must be installed at each premises?
Hardware installed at AES network locations consists of Fire and/or Burglary Subscribers, IP Links, AES-MultiNet Receivers, and AES-Network Management System (NMS) appliances (no cabling, no trenching, and no wiring required).
Q. Is the AES equipment sold or leased to clients?
AES Corporation products and services are sold directly to authorized AES Dealers. If interested in becoming an authorized AES Dealer, Contract Central Station, or Reseller, please email email@example.com or call (800) 237-6387.
Q. What training and investment is required to become a dealer?
Authorized AES Dealers should have existing knowledge of alarm panel programming and installation, basic electrical theory and/or experience, radio and coax termination understanding. AES offers a wide variety of AES Training Academy options including monthly live technical training sessions held at corporate headquarters in Peabody, MA as well as scheduled Onsite or planned regional product training sessions.