By Jim Burditt, Vice President of Sales for The Americas, AES Corporation
In today’s increasingly modernized world, disaster and tragedy can strike anywhere and at any time. With rapid advances in technology, it is becoming easier to manage such situations and proactively lessen the severity of impact. These instances must be dealt with immediately in a fast, efficient, and effective manner. That’s where patented wireless mesh radio technology comes in, the most reliable alarm communications method available in the security industry today. This patented technology was originally developed for rigorous military installations over four decades ago. Facilities, embassies, and diplomatic residences around the world require rugged security equipment that can stand up to the elements of rough terrain and remote locations that are vulnerable. Mesh radio operates with no telephone service, cabling, or generators needed. Private wireless network owners and operators control services end-to-end.
Current events and nightly news reports about weak security practices overseas remind us daily about the need for stronger protection of people and property that face increased risk of being targeted by terrorist groups or subject to natural disasters. Many diplomatic personnel and their families reside, work and go to school in what’s considered high threat areas. Employees are well protected on embassy and consulate compounds, then go home at night. The security mission doesn’t end at the embassy gates, securing the overseas homes of embassy staff is an important job. The residential security task is challenged by increasing threats and limited resources. Security professionals must create a successful plan from a mix of physical security, electronics, alarms, guards and roving patrols. Guards can’t be everywhere and are usually assigned where security is needed most. A Central Alarm Monitoring System (CAMS) boosts communications, provides the quickest response time possible, and increases guard force effectiveness.
Alarms and CAMS systems privately owned and operated by the embassy, independent of phone lines and cellular services, are a sound investment for protecting diplomatic personnel and their families with a one-time-only procurement expense and low costs for maintenance and monitoring.
CAMS links home alarm panels to a central monitoring post by radio. It is ideal in regions where phone lines are unavailable, unreliable, or exposed to tampering. Mesh radio technology is proven to withstand even the most challenging conditions such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, super storms and wild fires. When other alarm communication alternatives fail during power and cellular outages, radio signals keep operations running at peak performance. Many US government civilian and military sites have deployed mesh radio technology along with thousands of commercial operations worldwide.
For diplomatic home security applications, mesh radio is installed at every alarm panel location. The radio acts as both a transceiver and a “smart” repeater. Each radio can handle traffic from other radios installed in the private wireless network, creating a rugged “mesh” radio alarm communications system. This eliminates the need for dedicated repeaters, lowers costs, and streamlines installation and licensing requirements. Mesh radio technology is highly reliable, dedicated to linking home alarms to your central station. Radios connect directly to any brand of alarm panels for transmission of complete alarm data to the central station, so even legacy properties can be included in the radio alarm monitoring system.
Alarm dealers, installers, and end users have experienced the benefit of patented mesh radio technology. Private wireless technology is quickly being adopted as a security solution for intrusion, fire and life safety applications in lieu of 2G, AlarmNet-A, and traditional POTS alternatives.